Dance/USA Invites Letters of Interest from Organizations and Artists for 2022 Archiving and Preservation Fellowship Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2021

CONTACT: Johanna Tschebull

Washington, DC – Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, invites Letters of Interest from dance organizations and artists interested in working with Archival Fellows in the Dance/USA 2022 Archiving and Preservation Fellowship Program. To submit a Letter of Interest, complete this form by Wednesday September 8th, 2021.

The Dance/USA Archiving and Preservation Fellowship program pairs library science students 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 2020/2021, Dance/USA awarded four Fellowships; learn about the projects here.

“I’m excited to invite a new round of artists and organizations to take part in this opportunity to preserve and organize their archives,” said Dance/USA Executive Director Kellee Edusei. “Preservation is one of Dance/USA’s core services and we’re grateful to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for supporting the dance ecosystem in this way.”

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 in the summer of 2022. 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. Due to the ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19, the 2022 Fellowships may take place in person, take place remotely, or take place as a hybrid experience. A call for Fellows to be placed with selected host organizations or artists will go out in early 2022. Dance/USA will award six Fellowships in 2022. Learnings from the programs will be shared with the dance field.

Learn more about the criteria for selection and submit a Letter of Interest here today.

If you have any questions, please contact Imogen Smith, Dance/USA Director of Archiving & Preservation, and Hallie Chametzky, Dance/USA Archiving Specialist.

About Dance/USA
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.