AIRSPACE Queer & Trans Artists of Color Fellowship & Residency
TIMELINE:
All dates in this timeline are mandatory and will be reviewed on the November 17th Community Day.

Applications open: September
Applications close: October 1st
Notification: October/November

October 30th 2019- Photo Shoot
November 17th 2019- Community Day
February 23rd 2019- Community Day
March 29th, 30th 2019- AIRspace showcase
May 4th- SAFEhouse's Summer Performance Festival mandatory feedback showing
May 18th, 2019- Community Day
June 1st- SAFEhouse's Summer Performance Festival mandatory feedback showing
June 13th, 14th 2019- NQAF mandatory showing
July 12th, 13th, 14th- Summer Performance Festival
August 24th 2019- Community Day
October 26th 2019- SAFEhouse Gala- Exquisite Corspe
November 15th, 16th Final Showcase
November 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 meetings
Mandatory Community Days
Work 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 opportunities
3 hours of rehearsal space per week
Monthly Fellowship Meetings
Professional Development Workshops
Basic technical support
Performance opportunities
The 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.

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