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ARTIST SUPPORT

ARCOS offers support and mentorship to independent dance artists in Austin throughout the process of supporting their practices and projects, providing logistical and creative guidance. Current artist support programs include the DADA microgrant and ARCOS Presents production mentorship.


Dance Artist Development Award



ARCOS Foundation for the Arts provides the Dance Artist Development Award (DADA) to honor independent professional dance artists in Austin seeking to deepen, expand, or refine their practices. While many grants provide funding for artistic projects, the impact of which can be quantified (for example, by measuring artists paid or audience members directly affected), this award is intended to provide dance artists the opportunity to take a risk to explore a practice- rather than product-based pursuit that may have profound, long-term effects on their creative development and work going forward. Prior recipients have used the development funds to explore new movement modalities within and outside of our community, work with mentors to strengthen their self-producing capacity, and conduct leadership training in art as social engagement and activism.






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APPLY

Applications available at this link through June 30, 2024.



︎ ARCOS, Faith Davis, Uli García Vela, Sarah Annie Navarrete
ARCOS believes in relational, rather than transactional, practices of sharing resources, knowledge, and care. ARCOS Presents is a production mentorship and laboratory designed to prepare artists to be nimble, courageous, and willing to take creative risks by tackling difficult ideas in new ways. We aim to support Austin-based “emerging-into-self-producing” dance artists at any stage of their choreographic practices.

Applicants should be interested in experimentation and making art that is resilient to the ongoing changes we will all continue to face. We invite dance artists thinking in genre-expanding, unconventional, multidisciplinary, and risky directions. The lab program will produce two artists: one full-length piece already in development and one short-form work-in-progress.

Awardees receive financial support, including artist stipend, production budget, studio rehearsal space, technical inventory access, and performance venue rental. Additionally, mentorship provides awardees creative thought partnering, production and technical support, and audience and press outreach.

PROGRAM TIMELINE

May 31 - Applications open
June 30 - Applications close
July–August - Creation period
September - Performance presentation



Fiscal Sponsorship

Previously, ARCOS served as a nonprofit fiscal sponsor primarily to Austin-based artists by providing financial management and administrative support for municipal arts grants. Since the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division launched revised funding programs that no longer require fiscal sponsorship for application, this is no longer one of ARCOS’ currently offered forms of arts service. 


Past fiscally sponsored artists and projects include Magdalena Jarkowiec’s In Here at Fusebox Festival (2018) and Us Kids Are Alone In The House at Salvage Vanguard Theater (2016), Millie Heckler’s SoulFunktion Yes Body summer dance parties (2018), Esther Bramlett’s Articulate Austin Series (2019), and Michael J. Love’s virtual-hybrid Beatbox Series (2020-21).