3Arts and a three-university partnership expand funding for dance
At an October 3 event to honor its dozen awards recipients for 2011, 3Arts announced that, beginning next year, it will include choreographers and dancers among its awardees, who each receive $15,000.
Music, theater, teaching arts and visual arts are the other areas which 3Arts has supported annually since 2008, focused on women artists, those of color and creatives with disabilities. Its no-strings-attached grants are equal in size to the Chicago Dancemakers Forum’s Lab Artist awards, which go to four local dance artists each spring.
And today, Northwestern University announced that it will collaborate with Brown and Stanford for Dance Studies in/and the Humanities. Funded by $1.4 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dance Studies in/and the Humanities will consist of postdoctoral fellowships at each school from 2012–16, and weeklong summer seminars “to formulate strategies for interdisciplinary research and teaching in the field.”
Northwestern will be the administrative center for the latter project, whose summer seminars will rotate among the three campuses. (Northwestern hosts the first, which runs June 24–30, 2012.) Project codirector Rebecca Schneider, theater arts and performance studies chair at Brown University, said in a statement that “the summer seminars will engage rigorous thinking about the live body as archive as well as engage efforts to develop digital technology for teaching and research in dance.” DSH fellowships are open to North American and international scholars.
For the 3Arts awards, a panel of judges from around the country selects from about 100 artists nominated locally by 30 anonymous arts leaders, curators and presenters. Participation in Dance Studies in/and the Humanities programs is by application; the deadline is February 12, 2012 and more info is here.