Headlands Center for the Arts

Alumni New Works

Alumni New Works is a project-based award program intended to support the cutting edge contemporary creative practices of Headlands Alumni. The program offers support in the form of return visits of two to six weeks, along with cash grants of $1000-$5000 to assist with project execution. For 2015, four grants have been awarded in support of noteworthy projects.

Award Period

  • Application period for 2016 program is April 21 through June 5, 2015. Program runs March to December, 2016.

Program Goals

  • Support projects in the critically underfunded realm of cutting edge contemporary creative practices, of which Headlands Alumni are distinguished
  • Provide an impactful award to granted Alumni toward the successful completion of a project, through the means of finishing funds and a project-focused return visit
  • Facilitate recognition of awardees’ artistic excellence by providing a venue for sharing project outcomes on Headlands’ webpage and by promoting public manifestations of the project.

Program Details

  • The Alumni New Works program replaces previous informal Alumni return visits in order to refine and improve Headlands’ support for Alumni
  • Award includes a grant ranging from $1000 to $5000 to support project, and a return visit between two and six weeks
  • Alumni New Works awardees may not receive the full grant funding requested
  • During return visit, Alumni artists receive all benefits enjoyed by current Artists in Residence
  • Headlands cannot offer extra rooms for collaborators; only collaborators who are also Headlands Alumni are eligible


  • All individuals who are Alumni of Headlands Artists Programs are eligible to apply after two years of their previous Residency. Alumni of the Affiliate Program may apply at any time.

Selection Criteria

  • Merit of application, including quality and innovation of proposed project
  • Past record of accomplishment and project completion
  • Impact of award on successful completion of project
  • Stage of project: committed or likely public presentation or other tangible outcome, as detailed in Alumni New Works application

Selection Process

  • Proposals will be accepted through an online application process
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel comprised of non-applicant Headlands Alumni artists, outside experts, and Headlands’ staff members

What You Need to Apply

  • There is a $25 application fee to apply to Alumni New Works
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest outlining your specific interest in returning to Headlands, how program participation will affect your practice or project, and how award will impact your project
  • Project Description: general project description, current stage of project, and intended outcomes
  • Public Presentation: if project has an intended public manifestation, clarify commitments and details including venue, type of presentation, curators, publishers, and any confirmed dates
  • Project budget: please use downloadable template to detail project income and expenses, and to indicate the grant amount sought
  • Preferred season for return residency: Spring (March-May), Summer (June-August), or Fall (September-November); if you are seeking a family stay for all or part of your return visit, you must make that request here to be considered for accommodations
  • Documentation: Please select from the following list materials appropriate to your practice. The category headings are guidelines; please submit media that best represents your work.
    Visual (painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation, conceptual)
    Submit up to 15 images, or up to 30 minutes of video and/or DVD. Images must be accompanied by an image list with title, date, size, media, and, where applicable, conceptual intent.
    (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting)
    Submit up to 20 pages of poetry, 30 pages of prose or one to two full-length plays/scripts.
    Performance / Dance

    Submit 30 minutes of video, along with any other material that adequately describes your work. Please note: the first 10 minutes will be used for primary review.
    Film / Video / New Media

    Submit up to 30 minutes of video. Please note: the first 10 minutes will be used for primary review.
    Music / Sound
    Submit up to 30 minutes of audio and/or video. Please note: the first 10 minutes will be used for primary review.
    Arts Professionals (art writers, administrators, and curators)
    Submit sufficient material to evidence the breadth of your work and interests, including reviews, essays, and catalogs.
    Architecture / Environment
    Review documentation requirements for Visual Artists.
    Interdisciplinary Arts
    Review other categories to determine what materials you should submit.