Fostering the Arts in Franklin County


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Regional Resources

Local Resources:

Health Insurance information for artists:

  • - best resource for MA healthcare info - has free help line
  • Pollack Krasner Foundation provides artist grants for artists with demonstrable need, including medical emergencies
  • The Artists Foundation Has an EXCELLENT list of sources.
  • MassHealth 1-800-841-2900 Is the State's health care "HMO" program for the uninsured with a full range of benefits. They have several plans that are all income/need based. The plans pay for doctor's visit, prescription drugs, dental services, counseling, hospital services and other health care services. One needs to be a Massachusetts resident to be eligible for the program.

Artist Retreats:

  • MacDowell Colony, country's oldest artist retreat.
  • Norton Island Residency Program for Writers and Artists
  • Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture,
  • Wellspring House, Preston Browning, PO Box 2006 Ashfield, MA 01330 413-628-3276 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Walk to the lake, nice cozy rooms, cook your own food, lovely sitting room and outside area, lots of books available to read, linens provided.