Texas Performing Arts and Fusebox Festival are collaborating to launch a new residency program for Austin-based performing artists. This partnership comes at a time both organizations believe there is vital work to do to ensure the performing arts industry has not only a future, but a sustainable one. The ultimate goal is to put resources directly in the hands of Austin artists.
The first of its kind in Austin, the residency program is geared towards adventurous Austin-based artists who are pushing the boundaries of performance and on the cusp of new projects, as well as furthering the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the local performing arts community. The program provides four individual artists or ensembles up to $20,000 in project funding for technical support and artist fees, plus access to the theatres, studios and production shops at Texas Performing Arts valued at $30,000, to create a total award of $50,000 each.
The residencies are designed to be flexible to respond to the needs of each participating artist and the project they plan to create. The creative process will be shared with audiences online through interviews and other forms of digital documentation. Texas Performing Arts and Fusebox will continue to support the projects in the next stages of their development leading to their premieres.
“In this difficult time for live performance, it’s essential that we make radical investments in new work rather than retrench,” said Texas Performing Arts Executive Director Bob Bursey. “Without a typical schedule of performances, it’s the perfect moment for us to repurpose our stages as laboratories for Austin artists who have been so hard hit by the pandemic. When we are able to gather together again, we want to ensure there will be compelling new performances to see.”
Fusebox Artistic Directors Ron Berry and Anna Gallagher-Ross, stated “This unprecedented moment has asked us to rethink our relationship to time and the allocation of institutional resources. We want to provide time and space for diverse artists to create and invent on their own terms, rather than focusing on an immediate product or outcome, and we believe the financial burden of this creation process should not fall entirely on the artists.”
After evaluating and learning from the pilot year, the intention for the program is to become an annual opportunity for the Austin performing arts community, with the 2021-2022 program involving an Austin-area call for submissions, with participants selected by an invited committee of Austin artists and arts leaders.
2020-2021 PROGRAM ARTISTS/COLLECTIVES
Gesel Mason / “Yes, And”
Charles O. Anderson / (Re)current Unrest
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