FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2023
Contact: Johanna Tschebull
Washington, DC – Dance/USA, the national service organization for dance, invites Letters of Interest from dance artists and organizations interested in working with Archival Fellows in the Dance/USA 2024 Archiving and Preservation Fellowship Program, generously supported by funding from the Mellon Foundation. To submit a Letter of Interest, complete this form by September 20, 2023 at 11:59pm PST.
The Dance/USA Archiving and Preservation Fellowship program pairs library science students and other emerging archivists with dance companies, arts organizations, and independent artists to complete archiving projects. The program’s goals include developing an engaged, passionate, and well-trained next generation of archivists in the dance field; advancing models for community-based archiving assistance to regional dance communities; and providing high quality archival assistance to dance organizations and artists who may otherwise not have the resources, time, or expertise to access professional archiving services. In 2023, Dance/USA awarded four Fellowships; learn about the Fellows and their projects here.
“It is vital for dancemakers and organizations to preserve their legacies and I’m excited to invite a new cohort of artists and organizations to participate in this program,” said Dance/USA Executive Director Kellee Edusei. “Dance/USA’s core service of Archiving and Preservation is actively expanding and diversifying the dance archiving community and broadening the narrative about whose work is worthy of preservation.”
In summer 2024, each host organization or artist will be assigned to one Fellow who will work with the organization/artist to develop and execute an archiving project over the course of 13 weeks. This opportunity is open to all regardless of membership status with Dance/USA. Stipends are available to support the time and labor needed to execute archiving projects as well as cover the cost of supplies. The 2024 Fellowships may take place in person, remotely, or as a hybrid experience based on the needs of the host. A call for Fellows to be placed with selected host organizations or artists will go out in late 2023. Dance/USA will award four Fellowships in 2024. Learnings from the programs will be shared with the dance field.
If you have any questions, please contact Hallie Chametzky, Dance/USA Archiving and Preservation Specialist.
Propelled by our belief that dance can inspire a more just and humane world, Dance/USA will amplify the power of dance to inform and inspire a nation where creativity and the field thrive.
Established in 1982, Dance/USA champions an inclusive and equitable dance field by leading, convening, advocating, and supporting individuals and organizations. Dance/USA’s core programs are focused in the areas of engagement, advocacy, research, and preservation. Learn more about Dance/USA at danceusa.org.