From 2017-2019, SFAI was been proud to support visual artists & writers with spinal cord injuries (SCI) through the Creative Access Fellowship. Creative Access offers US and Canadian visual artists and writers with spinal cord injury the rare opportunity for concentrated time dedicated to their creative practice in a supportive residency community. Twelve awardees receive the invaluable opportunity of a 2-8 week residency at one of four host sites, including room and board, a $1000 stipend, and travel award for a personal assistant/caregiver if needed.
Funded by the Neilsen Foundation, the Creative Access Fellowships Program is in partnership with the Alliance of Artists Communities and Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), PLAYA (Summerlake, OR), Ragdale Foundation (Lake Forest, IL), and the Santa Fe Art Institute. 2019 was the last year of a 3-year grant, with the hope for a continued and expanded program in the future. Case studies and best practices will be released at the end of the year.