Summer Archiving Fellowships
Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, offers Archiving and Preservation Fellowships for current and recent master’s or doctoral degree students in library and information sciences and related fields, and other emerging archivists. Archiving and Preservation Fellows are paired with dance companies, arts organizations, and independent artists to complete archiving projects for 13 weeks in the summer. In 2023, Dance/USA will award four Archiving and Preservation Fellowships. This program is generously supported by funding from the Mellon Foundation.
The goals of the Archiving and Preservation Fellowship Program are to develop an engaged, passionate, and well-trained next generation of archivists in the dance ecosystem; to advance models for community-based archiving assistance to regional dance communities; and to provide high quality archival assistance to dance organizations and artists who may otherwise not have the resources, time, or expertise to access professional archiving services. Read about Dance/USA’s previous Archiving and Preservation Fellows and their projects here.
Dance/USA invites Letters of Interest from artists, dance companies, and arts organizations interested in working with 2023 Archiving and Preservation Fellows. The deadline to submit a Letter of Interest is October 19, 2022. Read about eligibility and criteria for selection, and submit a proposal, here.
A call for applications from those interested in being a 2023 Archiving and Preservation Fellow will open in December 2022. Watch this page for information on the 2023 host sites and how to apply.
Read about the 2022 Archiving Fellowships
Program Format and Project Descriptions
**This cycle is complete.**
The theme of the 2022 Archiving and Preservation Fellowships was Preserving Cultural Heritage, Supporting Communities. Dance/USA awarded six Fellowships in 2022.
Timeline and commitment: June-August 2022, approximately 450 hours total.
Ballethnic Dance Company (East Point, GA)
Charya Burt Cambodian Dance (Windsor, CA)
Dancing Wheels Company (Cleveland, OH)
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (Dayton, OH)
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (San Antonio, TX)
TeMaTe Institute for Black Dance and Culture (Detroit, MI)
Find descriptions of projects and project sites below!
NOTE: The Fellowships will be in-person or hybrid, unless health and safety concerns require a complete shift to remote work.
Proof of vaccination will be required for any on-site work or attendance at in-person convenings, and Fellows must agree to follow any COVID protocols or mandates required by their host sites.
Stipend: $10,000 per Fellow
The Fellowship will be supervised and administered by Dance/USA’s Department of Archiving & Preservation. The Fellow will receive orientation and training in dance-specific concepts and resources for archiving, and will work with local mentors and organizations on projects to preserve and create access to unique dance materials. Each Fellow will be assigned to work on one of the following projects.