Fundaçao Sacatar

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The SACATAR FOUNDATION, a United States private non-profit corporation, supports the FUNDAÇÃO SACATAR, a Brazilian non-profit, which runs an international arts residency program on the island of ITAPARICA, BAHIA, BRAZIL. Selected artists are awarded roundtrip airfare, a room with private bath, meals and in most cases appropriate studio space for the duration of their stay (from 6-12 weeks). The Sacatar Foundation sponsors residencies for highly qualified individuals in all creative pursuits, without regard to race, creed, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability or HIV status. Each year fifteen to twenty-five artists are awarded Fellowships, which are scheduled between May and February. Over fifty artists from eighteen countries -chosen from over six hundred applicants from sixty countries-have come since the first Fellows arrived in September 2001. In 2005 the organization added five small buildings clustered around the coconut grove facing the ocean, including an administration building, a wood-working shop, two studios with internal gardens and a raised studio with panoramic ocean views. The Instituto Sacatar is the first international artists’ residency program established in Brazil and one of the largest in South America.The Sacatar Foundation is situated on the island of Itaparica, across the bay from Salvador, Bahia, the colonial capital of Brazil. Its residential estate, the former retreat of a Catholic girls’ school, features a cloistered home on two and a half acres of gardens, fronting a secluded beach. The historic town of Itaparica is a brief walk from the property. Boats from the island to the historic core of Salvador take 20-50 minutes.