“I can truly say that E2C and Seaside helped build me into the artist I am today. Thank you, E2C and Seaside." Jenny Krasner, visual artist


Only complete applications are reviewed and ranked by a panel of distinguished Escape To Create Alums representing each discipline.  Their recommendations are made on the strength of three one-page proposals: Project, Performance, and Educational Outreach.  A selection committee awards residencies based on recommendations of the Alum Panel. Notifications are emailed to all applicants in August.


1. 2020 Application Form

Application Form must be complete.  

2. Cover Letter

The Cover Letter introduces you to the jurors and informs them about what you are seeking through a residency experience.  Limited to a single page, it can include statements on why you have selected Escape to Create, mention of any prior residency experience, a brief artist’s statement, etc.  

3.  Project Proposal

The Project Proposal describes the work you will be undertaking, what you hope to accomplish, and any specific outcome(s) you expect. E2C does not own laptops or other professional/technical equipment other than pianos. Please indicate other requirements such as work tables; task lighting; printer, etc. The REP Theatre provides audiovisual and technical support.

4. Performance Proposal

As a contribution to the community, artists are required to submit a performance proposal.  Examples of recent presentations appear on our Escape to Create facebook page and on this website (See PERFORMANCE). Artist presentations are often produced in partnership with The Seaside REPertory Theatre, Northwest Florida's premier community theatre. Located in downtown Seaside, the 75-seat black box theatre offers equipment and technical support for quality screenings of film, video, PowerPoint presentations, and music performance.   Any admission charge or suggested donations defray production costs and underwrite residency expense.  

5. Educational Outreach Proposal

We recognize that artists are not necessarily teachers; however, the need is so great in our underserved county schools we require this important contribution. Educational Outreach can be satisfied with a single classroom visit to a student body presentation (average 50 minutes); a visit to an school program (up to 2 hours); readings/performance at local library, etc. Recent examples appear on Escape to Create facebook page and in the bios of our 2018 fellows (see ARTISTS).

6. References

Two letters of reference are required for each application. When submitting application, list here the names and contact information of the two references who will send letters on your behalf. Actual letters must be sent directly from your supporters to info@escape2create.org as a PDF attachment. The Subject field must be addressed as: YOUR NAME, REFERENCE.

7. Resume or CV

Resume or cv should substantiate your professional and creative work.  Email this document to info@escape2create.org with the Subject field:  YOUR NAME, RESUME.

8. Work Samples

YOUR NAME, DISCIPLINE must appear in the upper right corner of every page on submitted documents.  Email your information to info@escape2create.org with Subject field YOUR NAME, WORK SAMPLES:

Writers of fiction, non-fiction, film, theatre and scholarship: Submit one complete chapter or short story or no more than 30 numbered, double spaced pages. Please provide a brief description explaining the context of the sample.  

Poets: Submit 10 poems not to exceed 30 numbered double-spaced pages. Provide a brief description of how the selected samples represent your work.

Visual artists: Submit 10 High Resolution PDF or JPEG images no larger than 1,000 pixels on the longest side of each sample and no files larger than 1MB. Each sample should be numbered and identified by YOUR NAME, TITLE, MEDIUM, and SIZE.

Performance and video art: Provide a link to your work sample that is no longer than 15 minutes with comments limited to one page.  Subject line: YOUR NAME, WORK SAMPLE

Music Composition: Provide a link to music samples no longer that 15 minutes total with explanatory comments limited to one page.  Subject line: YOUR NAME, WORK SAMPLE

9.  Processing Fee 

A non-refundable $35 Processing Fee is payable on this website  - simply click on the gold button Donate below.  

Please note E2C will not process applications or materials sent through the mail. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.




2020 Session Dates:

Jan 3 - 31 or
Jan 31 - Feb 28

Application window for 2020 Escape to Create Artist Residency is now open. Deadline to apply is July 8, 2019

Residencies will be awarded in August 2019

We are available to answer your questions at info@escape2create.org