Applications open: SeptemberApplications close: October 1stNotification: October/November
October 30th 2019- Photo ShootNovember 17th 2019- Community Day February 23rd 2019- Community DayMarch 29th, 30th 2019- AIRspace showcaseMay 4th- SAFEhouse's Summer Performance Festival mandatory feedback showing May 18th, 2019- Community DayJune 1st- SAFEhouse's Summer Performance Festival mandatory feedback showingJune 13th, 14th 2019- NQAF mandatory showingJuly 12th, 13th, 14th- Summer Performance FestivalAugust 24th 2019- Community DayOctober 26th 2019- SAFEhouse Gala- Exquisite CorspeNovember 15th, 16th Final ShowcaseNovember 16th 2019- Community Day Celebration
HISTORY: AIRspace was founded in1987 at the Jon Sims Center for the Arts, which was dedicated to supporting queer and trans artists of color and people living with HIV/AIDS. In 2007, after the close of the Sims Center, the program was transferred to SAFEHouse and operated as a no frills residency for queer artists. In 2015, the program was put on hiatus for 2 years, while SAFEhouse shifted to a cooperative organizational model and secured a new facility in the Tenderloin’s newly created Transgender Cultural District. In 2017, AIRspace was relaunched as a hybrid fellowship/residency, aimed at investing in queer artists of color and building QTPOC community at SAFEhouse. To that end, SAFEHouse is looking for trans and queer artists of color interested in shaping the program.
MISSION:AIRspace fosters fellowship and connection between Bay Area emerging trans and queer artists of color. AIRspace sustains the artistic practice for emerging queer artists providing artists with residencies that provide rehearsal time and venue to produce new work. AIRspace nurtures artistic community with professional development trainings and work groups.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:The AIRspace Queer Arts Fellowship/Residency is a rolling residency for QTPOC performing artists to connect and share work with each other at SAFEHouse Arts, a traditionally dance-centered performing arts cooperative program based in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. The intention of this residency is to cultivate and empower queer & trans artists of color to grow professionally and creatively through consistent meetings, work and knowledge sharing, group critique and professional development.
The AIRSPACE residency changes according to the chemistry of the existing group of fellows. Airspace will hold space for monthly meetings. There will be quarterly opportunities to join the fellowship and/or apply for small amounts of funding to support a work or project.
FELLOW EXPECTATIONS:10~15hrs/month participation commitment. (This includes individual fellow responsibilities AND participation in the SAFEHouse cooperative structure.) Including:Monthly meetingsMandatory Community DaysWork Groups (as needed) Constructive feedback on fellow related meetings and duties capturing their observations, questions & insights.
Fellows will be responsible for :presenting work in progress showcases/performances and/or other community activations, social art activities and a Critical Feedback Report
based on the collation of constructive feedback with the support of the Program Leadership.
FELLOWS RECEIVE: Small funding opportunities3 hours of rehearsal space per weekMonthly Fellowship MeetingsProfessional Development WorkshopsBasic technical supportPerformance opportunitiesThe biggest thing that fellows will receive is the opportunity to have a creative community to share and get feedback to develop their work. A place to test ideas, start a teaching practice or just connect and play in the studio. Participants can work collaboratively or solo and can include storytelling, spoken word, movement, and theater. The residency will culminate in a Performance Showcase/Graduation.
ELIGIBILITY: Must self-identify as a queer or trans person of color with a history of performance. Must commit to actively participating in organization and fellowship activities and are subject to quarterly evaluation
QUALIFICATIONS: Drag queens. Urban & Club dancers. Ballet Dancers. Theater geeks. Storytellers. Spoken word poets. Hip hop artists. Choreographers!!!We are not interested in limiting the possibilities of this residency for QTPOC performing artists, but SAFEHouse is rooted in dance. Other types of performing artists should consider the potential impacts on their work and the benefits or disadvantages of making working within a dance community. That being said, a strong artistic vision, ability to self motivate and the desire to realize work and participate in a cooperative arts organization are the top priorities.