Decisions are based on the quality of the individual or team project or conference proposed, the importance of the proposed work to development and innovation in its field and discipline, the competence of the applicant(s), and the suitability of the Bellagio Center for the proposed activity. Individuals from outside North America are especially encouraged to apply. Those who have already applied and been declined are ineligible to reapply during the two succeeding years.
⚠️Due to COVID-19, the next open call for residency applicants is portponed to a later date that shall be communicated as soon as there is a greater clarity on the situation in Italy.
The Bellagio Arts & Literary Arts residency is for any artist, including but not limited to composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, dancers, musicians, and visual artists who share in the Foundation’s mission of promoting the well-being of humankind, and produce work that enhances our shared understanding of pressing global or social issues. Successful applicants will demonstrate decades of significant contributions to their artistic field or show evidence of being on a strong upward trajectory for those earlier in their careers.
The Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with The Rockefeller Foundation’s efforts to promote the well-being of humanity, particularly through issues that have a direct impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable populations around the world. These issues include but are not limited to health, economic opportunity and jobs, urban resilience, food and agriculture, clean energy, the field of philanthropy, and innovation for development.
Selected Arts fellows are provided month-long residences intended for disciplined work, reflection, and meaningful engagement with a global community of people from myriad domains including the public and private sector, civil society, academia, and the arts.
Applications are available on our online application portal along with detailed instructions and further information on applying to the Bellagio Residency Program. We strongly recommend that applicants carefully review this information prior to beginning an application.
Each resident is provided with a private room, bath and work study/studio. There are 14 studies for residents, including one for a visual artist and one for a composer.
High speed internet is provided free of charge.
The Center's small library has basic reference books but is not appropriate for anyone requiring a research facility.
Known also as the Villa Serbelloni, the Center occupies a wooded promontory in the foothills of the Italian Alps. The main house and seven other buildings, parts of which date back to the 17th century, are surrounded by 50 acres of park and gardens and provide a locale highly conducive to productivity and collaboration.
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