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2022 CALI Catalyst Grantees Announced

CCI is pleased to announce that 20 California artists and arts workers were awarded a CALI Catalyst grant in 2022 for their change-making work in the arts and culture sector. From fighting cultural erasure to challenging exploitive practices in the arts, these individuals and collectives are effecting greater inclusion, access, diversity, and equity in the sector. Read more…


2023 Creative Capital Awardees Announced

Creative Capital awarded 50 groundbreaking projects–comprising 66 individual artists–focused on Technology, Performing Arts, and Literature, as well as Multidisciplinary and Socially Engaged forms. Awardees will receive varying amounts up to $50,000 in direct funding to help finance their projects and build thriving artistic careers. The award provides a range of grant services from industry connections and financial planning to peer mentorship and community-building opportunities. Read more…


Shifts To The NEW Program’s Funding Opportunities

The Rainin Foundation remains committed to supporting diverse, visionary artists. The New and Experimental Works (NEW) Program has been a key part of this strategy. As we explore how to deepen our support of artists, we have paused our NEW Program grantmaking. In the second half of 2023, we will announce new funding opportunities to support artists working in dance, theater and multidisciplinary arts. Read more…


East Bay Fund for Artists Announces 2023 Awardees 

East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF) announced the 2023 awardees of the East Bay Fund for Artists, which will provide $316,608 to eight local artists and 11 arts and culture organizations. All grants from the East Bay Fund for Artists support Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) artists and BIPOC-led organizations. Read more…


Upcoming Deadlines

California Humanities Quick Grant – ($1,000 to $5,000) Awarded three times a year (Feb, June, Oct) to small-scale public humanities programs and projects which take place within one year from the award date. Projects should be grounded in the humanities, show potential to provide high quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences, and demonstrate capacity for successful implementation. Any California-based nonprofit organization or non-federal public agency is eligible to apply. Due Wed, Feb 15. Read more…


AXIS Choreo-Lab – Four Disabled Choreographers will be selected to receive a $1,000 fee for their participation in Choreo Lab at AXIS’ home base in Berkeley, CA. Additional stipends offered for studio rental prep in advance of the Lab, travel, and per diem for those from outside of the Bay Area. Residency will take place from Tue. May 30 –  Sat. June 10 2023. Due Wed, Feb 22. Read More…


NEFA National Dance Project Production Grant – NDP Production Grants provide funding to artists/companies to create new dance works and touring subsidies to the U.S. organizations who bring those works to their communities. Artists/choreographers and/or companies apply to receive a package of support that includes:

$45,000 for the creation of a new work
$10,000 in general operating support for the artist/company
$11,500 for production residency and/or community engagement plans
up to $35,000 to support a U.S. tour of the work
Due Wed, Mar 1. Read more…

COVID-19 Information and Resources

We are thinking of you. The health and well-being of the artists, organizations, and communities we work with is vitally important to us. We’re aware that many are adjusting to new realities and facing hardships, and Dancers’ Group will continue to collect and share information under our Resources tab.

Jan 2023

Adapting Instead of Excluding: a Conversation with Nadia Adame, AXIS Dance Company Artistic Director

by Natalia Velarde

This article was written in English and Spanish. Este artículo fue escrito en inglés y español.
At age 14, I had a car accident which left me with a spinal cord injury.
A los 14 años, tuve un accidente automovilístico que me dejó con una lesión en la médula espinal.

Jan 2023

Artists in Exile: Latina Immigrants’ Stories Through Flamenco

by Angela Arteritano

After reaching almost fifteen years in exile and noticing the increasing number of fellow Venezuelan immigrants across the US and the world, I pondered the question of how to encapsulate a displaced legacy.


Feb 3

MoToR/dance’s first evening-length production, featuring Artistic Director Evie Ladin’s body music choreography (harmony singing, body percussion, rhythm dance). Water in the Kettle illuminates the maddeningly recurrent struggles of modern women, and the country, with intention, humor, and connective rhythm. At Rhythmix Cultural Works, MoToR/dance reimagines the performance space, bringing the audience close, as in a village square. Layering rhythmic systems in hands, feet and body, adding three+part harmonies, MoToR/dance illustrates a collective consciousness, a precision requiring performers to listen intently to each other. From self-directed hum to blaring sarcasm, MoToR/dance tells choreographed stories with emotional impact.

Feb 4

OACC is collaborating with the Malonga Arts Residence Association (MARA) to create an intentional space for Black History and Future in Oakland Chinatown while continuing to honor Asian American cultural traditions. This event will spotlight performers that celebrate arts and culture in Oakland, and highlight how our communities are intertwined through both our similarities and differences. Performance Line-up: Lily Flowers Chinese Folk Dance Group Dance-A-Vision Tae Kwon Do demo Capoeira Bay Area Cal VSA Lion Dance Destiny Muhammad, Harpist from the Hood Poetry and Storytelling by Journey, featuring Tureeda Mikell, Tarika Lewis, Val Serrant, Tacuma King, and Genny Lim Emeryville Taiko African Drumming Sambafunk! Our Auditorium will include a marketplace for vendors and organizations that serve the Oakland community, a featured exhibition: Bandung to the Bay, which showcases the history of Black and Asian solidarity across various movements, and a Literature Fair, which includes a book giveaway and special poetry and storytelling session. The event is in-person, with performances live streamed. Register for the event to receive the livestream link by email. To support OACC, register for the event through the donation tier.

Feb 4

A multidisciplinary experience for the senses, with a unique culinary experience led by Chef Erica Marie, a world-renowned cast of international flamenco artists, and a fully immersive interactive art installation on stage. The Royal School of Ballet’s Majesty Ballet Company will be opening the show as our special guests of this premiere, with a unique collaborative piece created by both Angela Arteritano and Cassandra Kamakeeaina. Taking the stage next and joining us all the way from Barcelona, Spain, is award winner Flamenco Dancer Mariana Martinez, and highly acclaimed flamenco and AfroLatino percussionist Lucas Balbo. This work was created by Angela Arteritano, a Venezuelan-American multidisciplinary artist, choreographer, and dance researcher who recently relocated to Vacaville.

Feb 10

Swan Lake Suite features highlights from Act 1, White Swan and Black Swan Pas de Deux, First Act Pas de trois, czardas, variations and grande finale featuring the entire company, accompanied by the legendary score by Tchaikovsky. Also included in the program is the thrilling Tarantella by George Balanchine and set to the Grande Tarantelle by Louis Moreau Gottschalk; a command performance of the glorious Sur Le Fil by Penny Saunders; and a world premiere Existing in Parallel by company dancer and choreographer, Michael Wells and Derion Loman who was featured on “So You Think You Can Dance” and “World of Dance”.

Feb 10

Premiered inside the vast sanctuary of Nob Hill’s Grace Cathedral in 2018, KT Nelson’s Path of Miracles guides the audience through a story inspired by Spain’s famous pilgrimage trail, the Camino de Santiago. Nelson works from Joby Talbot’s sometimes stirring, sometimes comforting, ultimately exuberant choral score, sung live by the topnotch vocal ensemble Volti. Returning to the site of its creation, the dance is a contemplative journey filled with moments of vulnerability, surrender and celebration.

Feb 11

Music. Performances. Vendors. Drinks. Food. + more! MC’d by beloved Bay Area personality DCisChillin (KMEL, Sobre Mesa), this multigenre, multifaceted talent showcase represents everything that is unique about the Bay Area’s creative culture. With performances intertwined in between DJ sets by Bay Area veteran DJs Druskee, Mark Maidan + William Stokes, DAMsf is the place to get inspired while supporting local artists.



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