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Creative Residencies Program


Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Tri-College Creative Residencies Program encourages Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore faculty from across the three divisions—natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities—to design and implement arts residencies in conjunction with their curricular and scholarly agendas. 

The program takes as its primary goal the broad integration of the arts through small liberal arts college curricula, seeking particularly to stimulate the creation and enhancement of courses and broader curricular missions by supporting extended, multi-dimensional arts residencies that combine pedagogy, public presentation, and informal exchange among artists, faculty, students, the wider campus, and area communities.

By "artist" we mean not only practitioners of traditional media—fine arts; music; creative writing; filmmaking—but also a spectrum of creators, including innovative practitioners of scientific narrative and imaging, creative non-fiction writers, performance artists, illustrators, architects, sonic fabulists, environmental bricoleurs, explorers of virtual media and spaces, "outsider" image-makers, multimedia curators, and others working at the frontiers of what we think of as "art."

With the aim of advancing the arts throughout Tri-College curricula, the Mellon Foundation is particularly interested in supporting artist residencies organized by faculty outside the traditional creative arts departments at the three Colleges; however, all three institutions strongly encourage joint proposals made by experienced arts faculty and those working in departments not traditionally associated with the arts. In addition, special priority will be given to projects that involve faculty and students from more than one college within the Tri-College Consortium

Residencies may vary in duration, frequency, focus, and methodology, taking a variety of forms: class visits, public lectures, and small workshops; longer-term collaborative creative projects with faculty and students; and specially-designed team-taught classes involving Tri-Co faculty members and a visiting artist. They may be undertaken by faculty as part of a specific class, as a concentration- or department-wide residency, or as a multi-departmental project. Tri-College faculty have already developed a number of potential models over the past few years with support from a Mellon Planning Grant; more information on those residencies can be found at

The Tri-College Creative Residencies Program is jointly administered by the John B. Hurford ‘60 Center for the Arts and Humanities at Haverford College, the Committee on the Undergraduate Curriculum at Bryn Mawr College, and the Mellon Creative Residencies Committee at Swarthmore College. 

Faculty should apply to Tom Bonner, Creative Residency Coordinator at 

Current application with budget tips can be found on our Forms page.