The Bronx Museum of the Arts’ Dance and Visual Arts Collaborative Residency Program (BxMA Co-Lab) is a six-month dance residency at The Bronx Museum of the Arts for choreographers to develop a new work or work-in-progress together with a visual artist utilizing the Museum’s performance/rehearsal spaces.
Application for the Fall 2016 season is now closed.
Through the proposed BxMA CO-LAB, the Bronx Museum aims to:
• Expand the Museum’s capacity to support local dance artists and companies, and its role as an incubator for innovation, emerging talent, and collaboration in dance
• Provide much-needed performance spaces for dance artists and groups to develop their work and share it as a work-in-process with the general public
• Offer unique opportunities for dance and visual arts collaboration and cross-disciplinary exploration
• Provide space and time, financial support, professional networking, and outreach, marketing, and other resources to local dance artists and companies
Increase audiences for and access to engaging and high-caliber dance performances in the Bronx
• Give audiences an inside look at choreographers’ and artists’ development processes through viewing works-in-process, rehearsals, and Q&A sessions
• Raise awareness of local dancers, choreographers, and companies as well as the borough’s contributions to the art of dance
• The BxMA Co-Lab program is a six-month residency that offers space, time, collaborative opportunities, and financial support for choreographers to produce their work.
• BxMA Co-Lab partners choreographers with visual artists to envision dynamic environments for dance through sets, filmic projections or other visual/aural dimensions that deepen the performance presentation.
• The Museum will draw from the expertise of an Advisory Board of seasoned dance and performing arts professionals to advise on the selection of the dance artist-in-residence.
• Selected dance residency participants will be matched with a short list of suggested visual artists selected by The Bronx Museum of the Arts’ staff, with the final decision of paired visual artist to be determined by the selected dance resident in accordance with their project and resonance with the visual arts candidates’ approach and aesthetic.
• The six-month residency is on-site at the Museum with up to 10 hours of rehearsal/work time per week, free-of-charge, at the Museum in incremental periods that best match the needs of the artists' schedules and availability of facilities.
• The dance artist-in-residence will receive a $6,000 honorarium to which they may use to underwrite their work or aid in compensating dancers and collaborators in the project.
• The BxMA Co-Lab will culminate in a public performance at the Museum as part of its popular First Fridays! Dance series, accompanied by an introductory talk and/or Q & A that contextualizes the work and stages of its development.
• One rehearsal and the final First Fridays! Dance program will be filmed, providing audiovisual documentation of the artistic development process for artists to utilize in developing, promoting, and archiving their work.
• The BxMA Co-Lab artists-in-residence will be encouraged to interact with the local community during their residency, including offering selected visits by the Museum’s School Partnership groups to learn about their work and process, and one open rehearsal for the public.
PERFORMANCE AND REHEARSAL FACILITIES
The Museum’s spacious performance and event facilities are well-suited for presenting dance to the Bronx community, and can be equally utilized as rehearsal and experimentation space for artists to develop new works. Spaces include a lower gallery which seats 250 with a 350 square-foot stage.
• The BxMA Co-Lab Residency program is open to dance artists.
• Please submit up to three videos of recent works that best represent your practice.
• The Bronx Museum of the Arts will only consider complete applications.
• Please read submission instructions carefully in each section of the form.
• To be eligible for the BxMA Co-Lab Residency program, an artist must:
• Live in the New York City metropolitan area. (Within commuting distance of New York City.)
• Not be a student in a degree-granting program or its equivalent.
• Not be a current employee, consultant, board member or major funder of The Bronx • Museum of the Arts, or an immediate family member of such a person.
• Not be BxMA Residency alumni
HOW DO I APPLY TO THE BXMA CO-LAB RESIDENCY PROGRAM?
• You must submit an electronic application via The Bronx Museum of the Arts digital form. Click here for details.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE TO APPLY FOR THE BXMA CO-LAB RESIDENCY PROGRAM?
• Updated CV with history of performances, residencies, and other professional activities. (PDF format)
• Artist Statement (200-word maximum). This statement should include brief paragraph stating anticipated benefits of participating in the BxMA Residency program.
• Up to three videos of recent work (2-minute clip submitted as a web link). Applicant is responsible for posting clips on YouTube, Vimeo, or a similar site, and maintaining the link for the duration of the selection process.
HOW IS THE SELECTION PROCESS FOR THE BXMA CO-LAB RESIDENCY PROGRAM?
After thorough review of all applications, the selection panel will select the final artist-in-residence.
The artist will be notified by call and email by September 16, 2016.
The visual artist will be selected by Bronx Museum staff.
DO I NEED TO BE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN TO APPLY FOR THE BXMA CO-LAB RESIDENCY PROGRAM?
No, but you must live in the greater New York metropolitan area.
IF I AM ACCEPTED INTO THE BXMA CO-LAB RESIDENCY PROGRAM, WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME?
You must be able to:
• Rehearse up to 10 hours weekly at the Museum in incremental periods. The hours will be organized through the Museum’s public programs office and best match the needs of the artists' schedules and availability of facilities.
• Present a culminatingpublic performance at the Museum as part of the First Fridays! Dance series, accompanied by an introductory talk and/or Q & A
• Be on site for selected visits by the Museum’s School Partnership and Group Visit groups. Any visits will be organized in advance.
• Offer one open rehearsal for the public and open rehearsals for the Museum’s School Partnership and Group Visit groups. The public rehearsal will be publicized. Open rehearsals will be organized in advance.
IF I AM NOT ACCEPTED INTO THE BXMA CO-LAB RESIDENCY PROGRAM, HOW WILL I BE NOTIFIED?
You will be notified by email.
IF I AM NOT ACCEPTED INTO THE BXMA CO-LAB RESIDENCY PROGRAM, WILL I RECEIVE A WRITTEN EXPLANATION UNDERLINING THE REASONS?
Due to the high volume of applications received, the Museum cannot answer any inquiries regarding individual applications.
The Dance and Visual Arts Collaborative Residency Program (BxMA Co-Lab) is generously supported by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.