PARENT ARTIST RESOURCES

The following resource list is a collaboration between the Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) and StateraArts. If you would like to suggest organizations or resources to add to this list, please contact us at info@stateraarts.org. Thank you.

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General Resources | Grants | Residencies | Childcare | Networking | Birth


GENERAL RESOURCES for Parent Artists

Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts (PAAL) - Best Practices Handbook

PAAL has compiled the first contributions to their Best Practices Handbook for Parent Artists and Employers to be available nationally to theatres in the United States. The handbook consists of featured interviews with professional parent artists and supportive institutions translated into guide-sheets and principles that can apply to a wide range of institution levels, from Broadway to Regional to festival-size theatres. Topics include the intersectional and intergenerational effects of parent discrimination, true stories of individual parent-artist discrimination and job loss, and research recommendations for reducing discrimination.

Directory of Family Friendly Theatres Awarded by PAAL for Best Practices

The PAAL Awards are national recognition awards for theatre institutions, companies, and organizations that engage in parent-inclusive practices. The awards are rolling and nominations stay open. PAAL will review each submission and notify theatres that qualify for inclusion on the awards list. Nominate your organization here. 

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PARENT ARTIST GRANTS & FUNDING

PAAL Childcare Grants

These grants are for parent-artist creating in the United States seeking funding for general artistic and/or general professional childcare support or project-specific childcare support. Union membership not required. All theatrical disciplines and administrative positions are eligible to apply for these grants. Pregnant Parent Artists and Artists in Late Stages of the Adoption Process are welcome and qualified to apply. Applications open in the fall.

Sustainable Arts Foundation

The Sustainable Arts Foundation is a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families. Our mission is to provide financial awards to parents pursuing creative work.Too often, creative impulses are set aside to meet the wonderful, but pressing, demands of raising a family. The foundation’s goal is to encourage parents to continue pursuing their creative passion, and to rekindle it in those who may have let it slide.

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PARENT ARTIST RESIDENCIES & FAMILY FRIENDLY RETREATS

AS220 - Providence, RI

AS220 is offering tuition fellowships and childcare stipends for parents to attend Practice/Practice, a 4-day professional development residency program for arts administrators.

Aunt Karen’s Farm - Cooperstown, NY

A residency that has been hosting artists’ families on an ad hoc basis for years, Aunt Karen’s Farm is now formalizing its support by hosting families for one-week sessions in individual guest houses during their new family residency program.

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company - Boulder, CO

BETC’s Generations project helps put plays by parent-playwrights into development; this year, the program is doubling in size and making a commitment to racial equity by supporting a commissioned play by a local playwright.

Brooklyn Art Exchange - Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Art Exchange will offer Parent-Artist Space Grants designed to provide New York City emerging dance and theater artists with multi-faceted support over an extended period of time as they develop and produce new work. The grant includes a childcare stipend as well as discounted BAX performing arts classes for the children of grantees.

Caldera - Portland, OR

Caldera offers parent-artist fellowships which include housing and childcare on-site for visual, literary, performing, and culinary artists.

Gallery Aferro - Newark, NJ

Co-founded by a single mother artist, Gallery Aferro provides residencies and stipends for parent artists in Newark, New Jersey.

Kala Art Institute - Berkeley, CA

A hub for Bay Area visual artists, Kala offers flexible programs—including residencies, classes, children’s art camp, and consultations about professional development—to parent artists.

The Luminary - Saint Louis, MO

Founded by parent-artists, The Luminary offers a dedicated fellowship for artist parents that includes increased financial support, a private apartment, and participation in an artist-led childcare cooperative, all to facilitate creative time in the studio.

The Marble House Project - Dorset, VT

A sixteen-day summer camp for the whole family, Marble House Project’s Family Friendly Session is in its fourth year of providing onsite child-centered programming and support so that the parents can work uninterrupted for most of the day.

Millay Colony - Austerlitz, NY

Millay is a model of flexibility for parent artists, offering shortened and “virtual” residencies (a one-month bank to be used as the resident likes), as well as post-residency workshops and professional development programs.

Popps Packing - Hamtramck, MI

Founded in a former meat-packing plant by parent artists, Popps Packing offers a fully-funded family residency, the Momm and Popp Residency, which includes a childcare stipend and the support of a residency intern to facilitate workshops and childcare.

Rivendell Writer’s Colony - Sewanee, TN

A relatively new and year-round residency neighboring the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Rivendell will offer fully-funded residencies for writers with children.

Santa Fe Art Institute - Santa Fe, NM

The Santa Fe Art Institute will continue its Family Residency Initiative, supporting parent artists with a residency fellowship and childcare stipend.

SPACE at Ryder Farm - Brewster, NY

The SPACE at Ryder Farm will significantly expand a family-friendly residency they’ve been hosting for two years. It’s one of the most thoughtful programs we’ve seen where the needs of both parents and children are perfectly addressed.

Spread Art - Detroit, MI

Spread Art offers fully-funded residencies for visual artists, writers, dancers, musicians, curators and performing artists, including stipends to cover childcare and other costs whether their family accompanies them to Detroit or stays at home.

Vermont Studio Center - Johnson, VT

A leader in adjusting their programs to best fit parent writers and artists, VSC will again offer residency fellowships for parents.

Women’s Studio Workshop - Rosedale, NY

Located in upstate New York, The Women’s Studio Workshop offers a fully-subsidized, month-long residency for a parent artist working in printmaking, book making, ceramics, or photography.

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PARENT ARTIST CHILDCARE RESOURCES

Child Care Providers

Broadway Babysitters (NYC)

Urbansitter.com (Nation-Wide)

Care.com (Nation-Wide)

Crowdsource Social Media Pages for Parents (Post your requests)


Childcare for Artists that is Community Driven

Moxie Theatre Company: Baby Holders

Fund Source: Volunteers
Fund Recipients: Any member of staff
Specs: Vetted members of the community and former Moxie employees hold babies as needed for mothers working rehearsals/tech
Benefits: Breastfeeding mothers have their babies on-site and in close proximity for feeds. Technical disciplines allow for the mother to be nearby while working tech hands-free.


Articles about Open Space for Children

CHILDREN IN THE SPACE – A Collaborative Photo Essay on Working Parents in the Theatre

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PARENT ARTIST NETWORKING RESOURCES

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Resources for Expecting Parents

North American Registry of Midwives - National

A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is a knowledgeable, skilled and professional independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and is qualified to provide the Midwives Model of Care. The CPM is the only midwifery credential that requires knowledge about and experience in out-of-hospital settings.

National Black Doula Association - National

The National Black Doula Association has an incredible directory of trained and certified black doulas for regions all over the country.

Cornerstone Doulas - Southern CA, Bay Area, Portland, OR

Cornerstone is a doula training program with a directory. With a strong commitment to inclusivity and social justice, our agency is at the forefront of a doula training revolution. This is a great resource for expecting parents who are trans and gender non—conforming.