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Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

24 Pearl Street
508-487-9960

Mission

The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown is a nonprofit organization dedicated  to encouraging the growth and development of emerging visual artists and writers and to restoring the year-round vitality of the historic art colony of Provincetown. The Work Center is internationally known for it acclaimed 7-month residency program granting fellowships to 20 emerging writers and artists, as well as its open enrollment Summer Workshop Program, an online writing program 24PearlStreet, and an extensive series of year-round cultural events and exhibitions.

History

The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown was founded in 1968 by 
a group of artists, writers and patrons, including Fritz Bultman, Salvatore and Josephine Del Deo, Stanley Kunitz, Phil Malicoat, Robert Motherwell, Myron 
Stout, Jack Tworkov and Hudson D. Walker, among others. The founders envisioned a place in Provincetown, the country’s most enduring artists’ colony, where artists and writers could live and work together in the early phase of their careers. The founders believed that the freedom to pursue creative work within a community of peers is the best catalyst for artistic growth. The Work Center has dedicated itself to this mission for over 40 years.

Today the Work Center is a leading long-term residency program for emerging artists and writers and one of the most renowned. Each year the Work Center offers residencies – the gift of time, space and community – to twenty Fellows selected from some 1,500 applications worldwide. From October to May, the Work Center gives the Fellows living and workspace, a modest stipend and each other. The only thing asked in return is that they focus on new work while they are in residence. 


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In-Person Plein Air Visual Arts Workshops at the Work Center

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Fine Arts Work Center Happenings Newsletter - Summer 2021

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24PearlStreet Online Writing Workshops – Spring 2021 Registration Now Open

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Fine Arts Work Center Happenings Newsletter - Spring 2021

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24PearlStreet Online Writing Workshops – Spring 2021

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Fine Arts Work Center Happenings Newsletter - Fall 2020

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The Work Center Congratulates Louise Glück and Jacqueline Woodson

The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown is honored to share the news of two extraordinary literary achievements awarded to past Fellows and announced this week: Louise Gliick (Writing Fellow, 1969-70) has received the 2020 Nobel Prize in…

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Summer 2020 Virtual Event Series – Streaming Now

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Register Now for Victoria Redel's 24 Pearl Street Live Online Workshop

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Fine Arts Work Center Upcoming Programs - July 29, 2020

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Don’t Miss This Fascinating Printmaking Symposium

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Workshop - Memoir As Bewilderment

In The Unnamable, Beckett offers this: "Dear incomprehension, it’s thanks to you I’ll be myself in the end." In our week together, I would like to examine this idea by thinking about the concept of "bewilderment" and how it gets acted…

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Fine Arts Work Center Happenings Newsletter - July 2020

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Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Response to the Call to Action

The Board of Trustees and Staff share this letter as a first step towards necessary change at the Fine Arts Work Center (FAWC). From here on out, FAWC is committed to structural reform in both culture and governance. We resolve to make prompt as…

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Fine Arts Work Center Virtual Programs for Summer 2020

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Fine Arts Work Center Happenings Newsletter - May 2020

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Be Part of Our Online Writing Community This Summer 2020

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Call For Proposals - The Provincetown Community Compact

The Provincetown Community Compact invites artists of all genres to re-imagine and recreate a response to the first democratic document in the "New" World of 1620: The Mayflower Compact.   What does democracy mean in 2020? How does…

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Summer Workshops - Registration Open

Join us as we celebrate an extraordinary summer of workshops, exhibitions, and events. Browse our catalog of nearly 100 inspiring classes in poetry, fiction, memoir, nonfiction, playwriting, songwriting, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture,…

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We Remember Our Beloved Friend - Roger Skillings

Roger Skillings died on the night of January IS, 2020, in a hospice on Cape Cod. He had been suffering from dementia and in failing health for years. His wife, Heidi Jon Schmidt, and daughter, Marisa Rose Skillings, took care of him to the end and…

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Fine Arts Work Center Happenings Newsletter - January 2020

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Fine Arts Work Center Happenings Newsletter - October 2019

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Long-Term Residency Space Available at Meadow Road for Writers and Visual Artists

In 2006, the Fine Arts Work Center added five new live/work spaces to its Long-Term Residency Program at Meadow Road in Provincetown’s West End. The program was designed for income-eligible households who wish to live and work in Provincetown…

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Fine Arts Work Center Happenings Newsletter - September 2019

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Fine Arts Work Center's Workshop Programs for Summer 2019

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Fine Arts Work Center Happenings Newsletter - April 2019

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Fine Arts Work Center Happenings Newsletter - March 2019

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - February 2019

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Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown - Summer Workshops Registration Open!

We are thrilled to announce the 2019 Summer Workshops! This year, we offer an extraordinary summer of workshops, exhibitions, and events. Browse our catalog of nearly 100 inspiring classes in poetry, fiction, memoir, nonfiction, playwriting,…

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - January 2019

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Application Deadline Announces for 'Stephen Pace Residency for a Mid-Career Painter' is January 1, 2019

Program: The Fine Arts Work Center is pleased to announce the Stephen Pace Residency—a month-long residency for one mid-career painter at our complex located in coastal Provincetown, Massachusetts. The residency includes a fully equipped…

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Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown - Annual Appeal 2018 Invest in Creativity

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Visual Arts Fellowships - Apply Now

Stephen Pace residency For a Mid - Career painter Application Deadline - January 1, 2019 The Fine Arts Work Center and the Stephen and Palmina Pace Foundation are pleased to invite applications from mid-career painters for a month-long residency…

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - November 2018

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Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown - Apply for a 2019-2020 Fellowship

Apply For a 2019-2020 Fellowship Seven-Month Residencies For Emerging Writers and Visual Artists   The Fine Arts Work Center offers an extraordinary residency program for visual artists and writers in the crucial early stages of their careers.…

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Position Announcement of Co-Executive Directorship

The Board of Trustees of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown is pleased to announce its decision to adopt a collaborative leadership model in replacing its current Executive Director, Michael Roberts, who is retiring in December 2018. We thank…

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - October 2018

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Apply Now for 2019-20 Writing Fellowships

Now Accepting Applications for 2019-20 Writing Fellowships   Deadline: December 2, 2018 The Fellowship: -Seven-month residency for emerging* writers of fiction and poetry -Housing and modest stipend provided -Live and write in a community of…

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Fine Arts Work Center News Monthly - September 2018

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Fine Arts Work Center News Monthly - August 2018

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - July 2018

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - May 2018

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - April 2018

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Friends of the Fine Arts Work Center

This year, the Work Center celebrates its 50th Anniversary! For fifty years, our esteemed Fellowship Program has supported and nurtured emerging writers and visual artists, while simultaneously contributing to the year-round vitality of Provincetown…

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Summer Workshop Scholarship Opportunities

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Apply Now for Fellows on Fellowship

“My acceptance phone call came at a critical time in my life. I had applied to FAWC two previous times and was struggling to find time and resources to sustain my studio practice. When I received that phone call, I literally shed tears because…

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Registration Now Open For Summer Workshops June 10 – August 24, 2018

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Seven-Month Visual Arts Fellowships Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

The Fine Arts Work Center offers a unique residency for visual artists and writers in the crucial early stages of their careers. Located in Provincetown, Massachusetts, an area with a long history as an arts colony, the Work Center provides…

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - December 2017

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - November 2017

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The Luxury of Time.. Jennifer Tseng, Fiction Fellow

For an artist, time is the only commodity, and the Work Center gave me such a luxurious amount. I began to dive more slowly into my work. I learned how to sit, to listen, to wait, to receive.   Visiting writer Mary Ruefle gave a reading at the…

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What a Fellowship does.. Joseph Cassarà, Fiction Fellow

The Fine Arts Work Center came at exactly the right time in my life. I had just finished my MFA and was living out of a suitcase, trying to figure out how to be a working artist in the world. I had a manuscript that needed revising, and I was trying…

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Fine Arts Work Center News - October 2017

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Because of my Fellowship... Leslie Marie Aguilar, Poetry Fellow

Leslie Marie Aguilar (2015-16) reflects on her experience as a Fine Arts Work Center Poetry Fellow. Before the Fellowship, I was an MFA candidate at Indiana University. I applied at the behest of my mentor, Catherine Bowman, but had absolutely no…

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Fine Arts Work Center - Stephen Pace Residency Deadline

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Fine Arts Work Center - Apply Now for 2018-19 Writing Fellowships

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Fine Arts Work Center News - September 2017

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Fine Arts Work Center News - August 2017

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Fine Arts Work Center News - July 2017

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Fine Arts Work Center News - May 2017

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Fine Arts Work Center's Workshop Programs for Summer 2017

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Fine Arts Work Center News - April 2017

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Fine Arts Work Center News - March 2017

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Fine Arts Work Center News - January 2017

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Fine Arts Work Center News - December 31, 2016

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - December 2016

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - November 2016

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - October 2016

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - September 2016

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - August 2016

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Poetry Festival 2016

Schedule August 7, 2016 7:00PM - Keynote Address - Richard Blanco Cost: $15 General Admission, $75 Patron Reserved Seating & After Party August 8, 2016 6:30PM Readings - ADA Limon & Gregory Pardlo ArtistTalk - Daniel Heyman Cost: Free …

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Fine Arts Center Summer Workshops - July 2016

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - June 2016

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - May 2016

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - April 2016

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - March 2016

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - January 2016

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Fine Arts Work Center Newsletter - December 2015

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FAWC Summer 2015 Workshops Now Online!

The Work Center's 2015 Summer Program Workshop Catalog is now online! Visit fawc.org/summer to see the upcoming summer's offerings. This year's program will run for 11 inspiring weeks - from June 14 - August 28. In addition to drawing,…

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24PearlStreet - Online Writing Program

LEARN FROM ACCLAIMED WRITERS & POETS WHEREVER YOU ARE, WHENEVER YOU WANT. Building on the Work Center's tradition of creative excellence and community, 24PearlStreet offers an engaging online learning experience led by nationally recognized…

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FAWC Summer 2014 Workshops Now Online!

Exceptional Workshops In Creative Writing And The Visual Arts Award-winning faculty includes many of the most respected and renowned artists and writers working today. They will work with you to develop your craft, offering guidance and…

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Fall Scholarships for Online Writing Classes Still Available

Anyone, anywhere, can take these great classes, and a limited number of full-tuition scholarships for Massachusetts residents are available for this fall. Complete an application for a class, then submit a scholarship application, found HERE. The…

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Fine Arts Work Center News - August 19, 2013

Summer Program Faculty Readings and Artist Talks Readings and lectures given by the Fine Arts Work Center's Summer Program Faculty run throughout the summer. All readings and artist talks take place in the Stanley Kunitz Common Room. There is a…

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Fine Arts Work Center News - August 5, 2013

Summer Program Faculty Readings and Artist Talks Readings and lectures given by the Fine Arts Work Center's Summer Program Faculty run throughout the summer. All readings and artist talks take place in the Stanley Kunitz Common Room. There is a…

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2013 Summer Workshops for the Week of July 29, 2013

Summer Program Faculty Readings and Artist Talks Readings and lectures given by the Fine Arts Work Center's Summer Program Faculty run throughout the summer. All readings and artist talks take place in the Stanley Kunitz Common Room. There is a…

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Meet Some of FAWC's New Writing Faculty!

We'd like to introduce some new members of our faculty who will be teaching upcoming workshops. Andrea Cohen Andrea Cohen's poems and stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The Threepenny Review, Glimmertrain, The New Republic, The…

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2013 Summer Workshops - June 16 - August 23, 2013

Space still available in workshops with the following instructors: (Click on an instructor's name for more information about their workshop.) Painting Linda Bond - Louise Hamlin - Robert Henry & Selina Trieff - Joel Janowitz - James Everett…

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FAWC Summer 2013 Workshops

The Fine Arts Work Center 2013 Summer Program is now online!  Offering 70 exciting week-long workshops in the visual arts and creative writing.  Click here to browse the catalog. As ever, during your summer program week at FAWC, students…

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Special Fall Discounts For Online Writing Classes

BRING A FRIEND TO CLASS Invite a friend to take a 24PearlStreet workshop when you do. If your friend registers for any online writing class, you'll receive a $50 credit toward your tuition. TAKE MULTIPLE WORKSHOPS If you register for multiple…

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Exciting New Cross-Genre Classes

Apply Now for Fall Classes Thinking Narratively: Intensive Workshop in First-Person Fiction and Nonfiction 1-week Intensive September 17-21, 2012 Whether you are interested in writing first-person fiction or nonfiction, Howard Norman's new…

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Register Now For Fall Classes

Starting dates for each class are listed below. Visit www.fawc.org/24PearlStreet to view the complete class schedule and course descriptions, and to register. September 17: Howard Norman, "Thinking Narratively: Intensive Workshop in…

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