Pieter Dancemakers Grant 2019
Application Available: Monday, May 6, 2019
Applications Due: Monday, July 8, 2019 by 11:59pm PST
Grants Announcement: Friday, August 31, 2019
Grant period: September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020

Located in Lincoln Heights, Pieter Performance Space provides the Los Angeles dance community a platform to exchange resources and information with each other and the broader dance world. Pieter is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which gives space for dancers to create a nurturing society. Based on holistic support for all bodies, an open exchange of ideas and a reciprocity of generosity, Pieter is a place to be comfortable in the body-mind-spirit. Through workshops, classes, public performances and residencies, dancers work and play together in a non-hierarchical environment. Ideas are embodied, exchanged and transformed rather than owned. There is a belief that dance means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. There is a belief in abundance and goodness. There is a belief that everyone has something to give. At Pieter, brave dancing bodies are at home.
Pieter’s Dancemakers Grant grant aims to subvert the discriminatory hierarchical pyramid model of dance in America. The grant stands opposed to the prevailing values of the patriarchy, where women are frequently socialized to take supporting or submissive roles in their respective fields, to feel ashamed of their bodies, and experience further marginalization as they age. Giving woman-identifying choreographers over 40 visibility, credit, and support, the grant serves as an antidote to the many institutions and foundations in dance that continue to allocate resources and power to more men than women, whether they be choreographers, presenters, curators, or funders.

The grant serves to problematize the dance canon which contains a wildly disproportionate number of male choreographers, narrowly representing the female bodies and minds that labor and sustain the field. Rather than continuing to squeeze people and their ideas up into the narrow point of a triangle, this grant supports a wider, more loving, kind, and real representation of the amazing things the human body can be and do at all stages throughout a life.

Two grants, each $7000, will be awarded in addition to 50 hours of studio time at Pieter. Recipients will select a three-month period - between September 2019 and September 2020 - to use the allotted 50 hours of studio space. Along with their studio time, it is required that grantees organize one public engagement with their work at Pieter, in the form of a showing, a workshop, or an artist talk.

Pieter’s 2019 Dancemakers Grant grants aim to:
- support the lives and work of women choreographers over 40 years old in Southern California
- recognize the continued contribution of women choreographers throughout their careers
- establish Pieter as an arts organization that values women choreographers at all ages
- support creative and social exchange between the Pieter community, the larger dance community of Los Angeles, and the grantees
Individual artists may apply if they meet the following eligibility criteria:
- age 40 and over as of January 1, 2019
- woman-identified choreographer
- live and work in one of the following Southern California counties: Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Ventura, and San Diego

* All levels of experience with funding and external support are welcome to apply
* Solo applicants are welcome to apply
* Practitioners from all styles and traditions of dance are welcome to apply
* Queer, women of color, and artists under-represented in the dominant dance world are encouraged to apply
* Organizations, collectives, or collaboratives are ineligible
* Pieter’s current Board of Directors and staff are ineligible
* While previous applicants are welcome to apply, previous grantees are ineligible

- resonance with Pieter’s overall mission and programming
- the potential impact of the specific nature of this grant program on the artist’s development
- demonstrated rigor of choreographic practice (as evidenced in work samples and in letters of reference)
The selection panel will be comprised of three woman-identifying dance artists 40 and over, who are not staff or Board of Director members at Pieter, and who live outside of Southern California.
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