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Keep It Moving | Report on Dance + Performing Arts Residencies

As part of the 28th Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA, arts administrators, community organizers and artists gathered together for three focused track sessions that explored the challenges and opportunities for residency programs for performing arts.

This track had two main goals: to take time to assess where the field of performing arts organizations has come over the last decade in our effort to provide residency support to ensemble-based artists; and to establish some priorities to advance this work moving forward. The conversations were framed around strategically significant advances in the field dating back to a national convening at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) in 2009, an AAC field-wide assessment report called Mind the Gap from 2011, and other collaborative projects that grew from a burgeoning awareness of this under-resourced sector of the arts field.

Twenty-eight participants attended all of the conversations over the three-day conference (sixty-nine participants attended at least one session during the three day track). Participants included artists, funders, community organizers, producers, residency providers, and presenters of dance and performance. The conversations surveyed models and systems at various levels of the field; from local strategies (as represented in and important to Philadelphia), to the national model that MANCC represents. On the final day, participants broke into working groups to consider our efforts carefully and identify ideas, needs, and recommendations for collective strategies for connectivity, ethical working practices, and collaboration moving forward.

The following is a report on the issues that surfaced throughout the conference followed by three specific challenges and possible solutions that were discussed.