BAC Residencies support artists by providing space for creative investigation in all performing arts disciplines: dance, music, theater, multimedia, performance art, or any combination thereof. Each year, BAC hosts up to 20 artists in residence to develop ideas, projects, and collaborations. Support can include use of BAC’s studios and theaters, work-in-progress showings, artist honoraria, and technical and administrative services. BAC Residencies provide a pressure-free environment for artists, who are encouraged to focus on their current priorities without the expectation of delivering a finished product.
A four-week residency designed to support the creative process by providing artists with resources to develop ideas, projects, and collaborations. The program offers a pressure-free environment for artists, who are encouraged to focus on their current priorities without the expectation of delivering a finished work. The BAC Open format, which hosts multiple residencies concurrently in BAC’s studio spaces, provides opportunities for artists across disciplines to meet and exchange ideas. BAC Open concludes in a day of voluntary public studio showings.
A fellowship granted biannually to a dance artist through a fund sponsored by the late BAC Board Member James H. Duffy. The James and Martha Duffy Fellowship provides additional financial support to a selected BAC Space resident artist working in the dance discipline.
The James and Martha Duffy Fellowship was originally created by BAC Board Member James H. Duffy in memory of his wife, Martha Duffy, a former senior editor overseeing coverage of the performing arts and longtime dance critic for Time Magazine. One of the first women to become a senior editor at the magazine, Martha Duffy held that post from 1974 to 1989, joining Time in 1960 as a researcher and progressing to reporter, contributing editor, and associate editor before her promotion to senior editor. She was a senior writer specializing in culture and entertainment news from 1989 until her death in 1997, and was well known as a mentor for young writers. Upon the passing of James H. Duffy, at his request, the Fellowship was renamed the James and Martha Duffy Fellowship. James Duffy was a founding board member of BAC, who believed strongly in ensuring that artists have the time and space to create. We are proud that with this gift their legacy and commitment to creative process will continue to thrive here at BAC.
A two-year residency awarded annually to an artist or artists committed to innovation and collaboration as exemplified by John Cage and Merce Cunningham. The Cage Cunningham Fund awards $50,000 distributed over two years in support of the Fellow’s work. In addition, BAC provides use of the John Cage & Merce Cunningham Studio for eight weeks, as well as significant administrative support for project development.
An expanded residency opportunity for artists to develop projects first at Bogliasco’s facility in the serene coastal Italian environment, and then continue at BAC’s studios in the urban setting of New York City. The Bogliasco Fellowship is offered annually and includes an honorarium as well as use of BAC’s studio spaces.
This residency is for Princess Grace Award winners who are developing projects of a multi-media or interdisciplinary nature. Princess Grace Foundation-USA Works-in-Progress Residents are identified through a panel process and are provided significant funding, exclusive use of a BAC studio or theater space for between one and three weeks, and full technical support.
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