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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.

Theatre Bay Area, Dancers’ Group and IntermusicSF have partnered on the COVID-19 Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund

As of November 12, 2020:

  • The relief fund has raised over $597,356
  • Distributed $502,500 through 634 grants to individual performing arts workers

142 applications remain on the waitlist are waiting to be funded.

This relief fund is still accepting both applications for support and donations.

Community news

 

Read our Statement of Solidarity in support of Black Lives

 

NEFA’s 2020 National Dance Project Awards Announced

Congratulations to the Bay Area award recipients – AXIS Dance Company, Lenora Lee Dance, NAKA Dance Theater, and Sean Dorsey Dance. Read more…

 

Alonzo King LINES Ballet awarded grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Alonzo King LINES Ballet has been awarded a $350,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the creation of a new work and fund a COVID-bubble artistic residency in Wickenburg, Arizona this December. Read more…

 

Ralph Remington is the new Director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC)

Read the KQED article…
Read the Datebook article…

 

Applications are Open for San Francisco’s First Youth-led Film Festival!

Are you passionate about social issues from Black Lives Matter to environmental justice? Your voice is important right now, it’s time to tell your story. Submissions are currently open for the Youth Film Uprising Festival, San Francisco’s first youth-led film fest started by a group of alum from BAVC Youth Programs! Read more and apply…

 

Creative Work Fund Grants Announced

Congratulations to all the awardees. We’re encouraged to see so many dance artists and organizations funded this round. Read more…

NEWS

Upcoming deadlines

MAP Fund announces changes to their 2021 grant cycle

This year, in response to the ongoing challenges faced by performing artists all over the country, MAP will host a lottery-based grant selection, open to artists (individuals and ensembles) responsible for the overall execution of a performance project that was funded or advanced to the final two rounds of review in 2017-2020 grant cycles. Fifty grants will be awarded in total. The short entry form will open on January 4 and accept entries through January 28, 2021. Read more…

 

Creative Work Fund

The Creative Work Fund invites artists and nonprofit organizations to create new art works through collaborations. It celebrates the role of artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution to intellectual inquiry and to the strengthening of communities. Artists are encouraged to collaborate with nonprofit organizations of all kinds, stretching boundaries and forging new partnerships. The deadline for letters of inquiry is Jan 22, 2021. Read more…

Webinars:
Creative Work Fund: Your Questions Answered – Dec 8 at 12-1pm

Watch the webinar recordings:
Overview of the Creative Work Fund
Funding for Individual Artists: Meet the Grantmakers
Your Questions Answered

 

Alliance for California Traditional Arts Living Cultures Grant

The Living Cultures Grant Program seeks to sustain and strengthen traditional arts in the state of California with grants of $5,000 to California-based nonprofits and tribal entities, as well as other organizations who work with fiscal sponsors. Projects involving any genre of traditional art—including but not limited to dance, music, foodways, material arts, and oral traditions—are welcome. Due Dec 8. Read more…

 

SF Arts Commission Artist Grant
San Francisco Artist Grants are for individual artists, and fund works of art in all disciplines made by artists living in San Francisco. Artist projects and the majority of activities must take place in San Francisco and benefit a San Francisco audience. Creation of work and a related public event to present work must take place between July 1, 2021 and Dec 31, 2022, and may be in-person or virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions. Due Dec 15 at 12pm. Read more…

 

Zellerbach Family Foundation Community Arts COVID Response Grant

Provides general operating support to arts and culture organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties suffering revenue loss due to the closure of venues and cancellation of events. Open Dec 7 – 21, 2020. Read more…

 

Fleishhacker Foundation Small Arts Grants

Applications are currently being accepted for the spring 2021 review cycle for general operating support for 501(c)3 and fiscally sponsored arts and culture organizations and film projects. Due Jan 15, 2021. Read more…

AB5 Updates

On September 4th, Governor Newsom signed AB2257 which modifies AB5 and creates several exemptions from the stricter requirements around independent contractors and employees.

Read a summary or the full text of AB2257.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Dec 5

In partnership with REDCAT, CalArts Dance presents an ambitious, multi-track, online experience. Synthesizing the embodied memories of our faculty and students, we imagine new dances in new forms through new technologies. Join us for an immersive, digital performance charting our personal and shared histories with fresh insights through cutting-edge cartographies. 20/20 Hindsight and foresight. This virtual event includes live performances via Zoom and pre-recorded film. FIT, choreographed by Spenser Theberge THREAT, choreographed by Yusha-Marie Sorzano Bricolage, choreographed by Holley Farmer the proximity dance, choreographed by sam wentz As Yet Untitled (vignettes), choreographed by Rosanna Gamson The performances shown were created in compliance with Los Angeles County Public Health Guidelines. Any performer appearing without a mask was filmed using appropriate physical distancing, in alignment with those guidelines.

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Dec 5

Cherie Hill IrieDance presents the Earth Echoes Virtual Gallery, an exhibition of local artists whose work speaks to the power of feminism, ecology, and community. Join the virtual opening reception to connect with the artists in a shared space for celebration and showcasing some of the new pieces. The gallery will feature a dance film by Cherie Hill, new works by video and installation artist Imani Karpowich, performance artist Andreina Maldonado, dancer and herbalist Rose Rothfeder, and performer and writer Lashon Daley. Attendees of the opening reception will gain special early access to the virtual exhibition and a chance to chat directly with the artists. RSVP for a fun and entertaining virtual reception, and bring your favorite drink! This event is part two of the Earth Echoes Project series, a collaboration with Cherie Hill and the David Brower Center, with funding support from the Dancers’ Group’s CA$H Dance grant program.

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Dec 6

SAFEhouse is proud to present our last digital showcase of the year. Featuring: Cherie Hill Irie Dance Citizen Truth Lisa Townsend / Bolinas-Stinson Children's After School Theater Nafi Thompson/ Bahiya Movement Nicole Maria Dance Raven Malouf-Renning Rebekah Enderle Sawako Gannon Shawn Hawkins Sarah Bush Dance Project

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Dec 10

Your favorite holiday tradition will be available to you through Vimeo on Demand starting Thu, Dec 10. Celebrate the holidays with Mark Foehringer‘s Nutcracker Sweets, a unique 50-minute production of the classic holiday ballet designed for families with small children and audiences of all ages. This special production is danced storytelling that is affordable, magical, zany, and fun. Foehringer uses his choreographic skills in contemporary dance and ballet to craft a show that is sure to thrill dance newcomers and the most jaded balletomane. See all of the favorite Nutcracker characters in beautiful costumes performing on a colorful set with live chamber orchestra music. Maestro Michael Morgan of Oakland East Bay Symphony serves as Music Director for the nine-piece orchestra. Award-winning scenic designer Peter Crompton provides the set design and Emmy-nominated Richard Battle creates gorgeous costumes. Former ODC dancer Brian Fisher returns as the popular character Drosselmeyer. Mark Foehringer Dance Project | SF is non-profit organization. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help support our work. To donate, visit mfdpsf.org/donate/

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Dec 10

Court Theatre and the Experimental Performance Initiative at the University of Chicago Launch For You’s Artists & Elders: “A Bridge, A Gift”. For You worked with Hyde Park Art Center to identify 10 elders who have ties to Chicago’s Southside. With Experimental Performance Initiative and Court Theatre (University of Chicago), we identified 10 artists working across different disciplines including dance, theatre, music, spoken word, film, etc. We paired those artists and elders together and offered creative prompts for their exchange. We looked for beacons of hope in our connections with strangers. Artists & Elders: Sheldon D. Brown, Brenda Butler, Melissa DuPrey, Gina Freed, Benjamin Lamar Gay, Delia Gray, Karen Hirsch, Vanissa James, Mark Jeffrey, Emily Hooper Lansana, Sarah Lauzen, Efé McWorter, Michael Pogue, Kelvin Roston Jr., Darling Shear, Kelli Simpkins, Shaila Small, Christopher Mad Dog Thomas, Sophia Watson, Larry Wolf

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Dec 10

MAKING LOVE WITH THE LAND PERFORMANCE is a series of online performances inspired by Joshua Whitehead’s forthcoming book Making Love With the Land in which LGBTQ+ and BIPOC artists explore creation in a post-pandemic world. Whitehead is an Oji-nêhiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1) and currently lives in Calgary (Treaty 7). This performance of Whitehead’s work features performances by Joshua Whitehead, Barry Bilinsky, Kevin Fraser, Lisa LaTouche, Richard Lee and Zach Running Coyote. Together they celebrate and explore sensuous language, the body, land, and all their intersections. The MAKING LOVE WITH THE LAND PERFORMANCE builds on Springboard’s goal of supporting capacity building for marginalised LGBTQ+ & BIPOC voices through the arts, and provide the means for centring these individuals and communities with vibrant spaces, platforms for connection, and methodologies that can hold creation, connection, and performance in healthy ways. Springboard Performance is passionate about designing safe spaces, now both physical and digital, for art creation and systems that support a cultural ecosystem. Performance and artist conversation will launch December 10, 2020 at 6pm PST 7pm MST Buy tickets online and view from home: https://springboardperformance.com/fluidfest

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Left to Right Rami Margron, Amara Tabor Smith Zakiya Harris Pippa Fleming and Karen Ransom [Image description: Five people dressed in orange and khaki colors stare intensely into the camera. Two are seated and three stand behind. The person in the middle is in motion.]
Sep 2020

Black Women Genius, Black Women Magic, Black Women Power

by Tobe Melora Correal

June 2013… I want to do “A House Full of Black Women!” —Amara Tabor-Smith. These were the words that came falling out of Amara’s mouth, sweet and easy, like fat golden corn falls ripe and juicy off a late-summer cobb. It was mere hours after the soul-stirring finish of Amara’s 2013 presentation of He Moved Swiftly’s “Room Full of Black Men” and I was still speechless with awe at the majesty that had taken place there.

Suk hugging Wakes while Wakes holds a note that was tucked into a pocket in the pillow he made her. It says, “I love you Hamoolni.” Hamoolni is Korean for grandmother.
Sep 2020

Out of Touch

By Rowena Richie

Part 1. “Secretly I want to be ‘Amma’ a.k.a. ‘the hugging saint,’ the Indian spiritual leader who goes around the world giving hugs to millions of people. I want to midwife life after COVID-19, to bring people back into their bodies.” –April 20, 2020. When I wrote that in my journal in mid-April I was already grieving the loss of touch. I had no idea we were going to be “out of touch” for so long. No idea just how traumatic the loss of touch would be for so many. I never expected to mourn my dad’s death from cancer against the backdrop of a pandemic.

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