Provincetown Community Compact

Nurturing Community

Dune Shacks

The Compact is pleased to offer stays in the historic dune shacks Fowler and C-Scape from April to November through an agreement with the Cape Cod National Seashore. While stays in the shacks are open to all, 14 out of 60 weeks weeks are set aside for selected artists, writers and organizations

We offer a $500 fellowship to one Artist In Residence and we partially subsidize weeks for three jury-selected visual artists. Each year two weeks for writers are funded as well.

In keeping with our mission, The Compact also provides fully funded weeks for clients of the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod and Helping Our Women. These time slots are funded by the annual Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla – a benefit for AIDS, women’s health & the community. We also offer subsidized weeks for writing fellows of the Fine Arts Work Center.

We are pleased to collaborate with the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod who will select an artist for a weeks stay in 2018.

The Compact is asking for an application fee of $10 due to the overwhelming number of people who apply. If you want to submit your idea for consideration, please read The Compact mission statement and fill out the application form. Please join us in support of these national historic treasures.

Applications for the 2019 season will be available in November of 2018

Fowler Dune Shack

The Fowler Dune Shack is located within the “Dune Shacks of the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District” east of the old Race Point Coast Guard Station. It is bound by the Atlantic ocean and beach to the north, open dunes to the east and west, and by the sand access road to the south.

The core of the Fowler Cottage, as built by Stan and Laura Fowler c. 1949, is a 1-story, 3-room, side-gable frame structure supported by wood piers. A gabled bedroom addition was constructed during the 1950s. There is a functioning wood stove. The present bathroom addition was constructed in the early 1980s. Exterior walls are sheathed with stained wood shingles and painted flat board trim. Applications for the 2019 season will be available in November of 2018.

C-Scape Dune Shack

The C-Scape is one of 19 shacks located within the Dune Shacks of the Peaked Hill Bars National Register Historic District. The primitive nature of the structure—no electricity, indoor plumbing, or telephone—and its physical isolation allow for uninterrupted solitude and refuge. The dwelling is a 1 1/2 story, three- room structure, including a studio and wood stove. It has a propane cooking stove and small refrigerator along with a composting toilet. Applications for the 2019 season will be available in November of 2018.

Apply for Residency at an historic Dune Shack

Community Residencies

The Dune Shacks are an important part of Provincetown and woven into the fabric of the community. To extend the hospitality of Cape Cod, Community Residencies are open to all and are selected through a lottery system. You may select up to three weeks in each shack.

Artist Residencies

Visual artists can apply for 1 of 3 juried summer residencies that are each three weeks long. One of these has a $500 fellowship. The Park Service conducts once weekly walking tours to the shack. These interpretive programs expose visitors to the experiences of the artist and the artist’s work.

To complete an application, you will need to upload:
• Resume
• 3-5 images of your original work
• A statement about how living & working in the dunes will enhance your work

Writer Residencies

Writers can apply for 2, one-week week residencies funded by The Compact for writers of all genres. This is a non-juried process and writers will be selected by lottery, allowing writers of all levels the same opportunity. Applications are due by January 15.

To complete an application, you will need to upload:
• 1-2 page artist statement or resume
• 3-5 pages of your writing for our records

C-Scape Friends

Your $25 donation provides entry into a lottery for three weeks set aside for Friends at a reduced rate ($200-400 sliding scale) . This allows six chances to be drawn in the lottery.

Dune Shack Spirit

For those who wish to support the organization and help ensure the affordability of the program for all, a $1,500 donation will reserve a limited number of one-week residencies (guaranteed, $1,000 tax-deductible donation). Please contact us for details.