Select scholarships are available to residents of limited means. Please indicate your interest in a scholarship when applying to the residency. Upon acceptance, scholarship applications will be made available to you.
There is a $25 tax-deductible application fee. Once accepted, residents are asked to pay a residency fee of $125 per person. This is separate from the application fee, and will be put toward meals and general facility maintenance during the residency session.
Travel costs to Bangor airport or by auto to Jonesport are the responsibility of accepted residents.
You can find the application on their website.
In 2000, the Norton Island Residency Program, under the leadership of the Eastern Frontier Education Foundation, was founded as a nonprofit and developed to create an ideal place for artists to paint, write, sculpt and compose. The nature of this program is straightforward, even rudimentary: this is a remote, rustic wilderness with facilities to accommodate a select group of artists who sometimes share their work after dinner but are otherwise there to work uninterrupted. The environment is beautiful, extreme, and unadorned. Each resident is required to work with their fellow residents to conserve water and electricity, to help clean up after dinner, and to tote their own share of firewood. Norton Island is an outdoorsy experience that may come as a shock at first to residents who have spent time at other artist residencies.
Accommodation is provided. Cabins have no running water or facilities. Bathrooms and showers are located at the main lodge. Each cabin is charming and set far from other cabins for maximum privacy and work conditions.
There are 7 cabins for writers and a small conservatory with a piano for a composer or musician. Visual artists are hosted in the workshop barn with large doors that open south for a well-lit art studio and easy portage of large equipment. Writers and artists generally sleep where they work.
It is an island about one mile from the mainland, and the closest mainland town is the fishing village of Jonesport. Travel to and from the island is done by boats, used for emergencies, supplies, and planned trips to the mainland only.