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On behalf of the National Dance Project Advisor Cohort, we are pleased to share the 2022 National Dance Project (NDP) Production Grantees.
Established to support the creation and U.S.* touring** of new dance projects, the National Dance Project Production Grant offers a unique funding framework that centers the agency of dance artists and companies to deepen, interrogate, and share their creative process, lineages, and community engagement practices, as well as experiment with new collaborative, operational, and touring models.
All 20 NDP Production Grantees will receive:
*NEFA defines U.S. as all 50 of the United States, as well as Washington D.C., American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
**Due to the impacts of COVID-19, NEFA continues to embrace an expanded definition of touring to include virtual sharing. We understand that there are new opportunities and interest for artists and companies to share their projects virtually, reaching a more global audience, and have remained flexible to support this kind of expansion.
From May 16 to June 15, NDP Production Grant Finalists worked closely with an NDP Advisor to support the development of their full proposal submission. During the initial meeting, NDP Advisors shared feedback from the preliminary application round discussions that would be important for their respective Finalists to consider as they craft their full proposal. This often includes highlighting current strengths of the project, observations, and questions that the NDP Advisors would appreciate be answered for deeper understanding/clarity of the proposed project. In preparation for these meetings, the NDP Team provides the NDP Advisors with tools to support providing feedback in a way that is both comprehensive and encouraging. Though the NDP Advisors offer availability to Finalists to have several meetings during this time, it is ultimately the choice of the Finalist to determine how many times they would like to meet with their NDP Advisor.
NDP Advisors convened virtually at the end of the July for a week-long grant review process of the submitted NDP Production Grant full proposals. Their discussions centered program criteria as they carefully assessed narrative responses and reviewed work samples that emphasized the Finalists’ choreographic voice. For the NDP Advisors, this part of the process remains the most rigorous both mentally and emotionally as they collectively determine the 20 new dance projects that will receive the full Production Grant. They understand the weight of their decision-making and how it has the power to create multi-layered shifts that promote important dialogue about the (r)evolution of dance as a form and support action for equitable business practices. We commend their hard work and recognize that their inquisitiveness, forward-thinking, and care continues to enhance the program and subsequently create an indelible impression on the larger dance ecology. For a full outline of the grant review process at the finalist stage, please see the 2021 blog post.
In addition to advancing NEFA’s values, this year’s NDP Production Grantees represent an elevation of a next generation of various practices rooted in/addressing themes of social justice, environmental justice, care & wellness, spirituality, and cultural resilience. They are embracing multiple ways to experience dance via story-building and being responsible about the ways they choose to make their projects accessible for and with community. These projects intentionally desire to create a values-shift for the ways presenters engage and support artists, while also offering communities and audiences tools that promote continued exploration and calls for action related to their project’s subject matter. NDP Grantees range in career stage, diversity of form and aesthetics, project scale, operational models, engagement strategies, and geographic reach.
While we currently can only offer 20 NDP Production Grants, we continue to look for opportunities to deepen and expand our investment in the development of new dance projects across the country. With support from our funders, we are thrilled to extend this kind of support via our amplified Finalist Awards, providing $10,000 to each project that ultimately does not receive an NDP Production Grant. It is our hope that these unrestricted funds are embraced as an affirmation of NEFA’s interest, belief and support of the artistic prowess exhibited through the overall project, including its creative collaborations, partnerships, operational models, and desired impact in communities.
As we continue to be more transparent in our work, it is important to acknowledge that this year’s NDP Finalist Cohort is comprised of 16 new dance projects instead of 20. This is due to the following:
NEFA remains committed to building a nation where artists can flourish and communities celebrate art as essential to a thriving, equitable society. While we recognize that the journey to an NDP Production Grant has sometimes require re-submitting projects over multiple cycles, we work deeply with artists/companies to support them through our process. We look forward to receiving future project applications that continue to reflect the cultural and aesthetics diversities of today’s dance field and remain excited about the future of dance.
To our NDP Advisors: You did it once again! Thank you for your unwavering commitment to the dance field and for how you collectively embraced this process from a place of learning and deep accountability. It is never an easy journey, but you made it through, and we are proud of what you have accomplished via this portfolio of projects.
To the National Dance Project Team: Cheri and Kristin – There are elements of this work that never get seen or fully understood, yet we still do it together with so much integrity and care. We challenge and learn from each other daily and that is ultimately at the core of what continues to advance this program.
In addition, the National Dance Project Team would like to thank Jane Preston, Deputy Director of Programs and Elizabeth Timmerman, Technology & Data Coordinator, for their continued support and guidance with this year’s process. Your contributions remain invaluable.
NEFA's National Dance Project is generously supported with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Mellon Foundation, with funding for special initiatives from the Boston Foundation, and the Aliad Fund at the Boston Foundation.
NEFA welcomes conversations regarding its grantmaking priorities and process. We support and believe in creating space for dialogues that foster mutual learning and build/strengthen our various roles in the field as allies. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the National Dance Project Team.
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