ACE (Asheville/Chicago Exchange) Choreographic Fellowship

Dancers in rehearsal

Dancers in rehearsal

ACE (Asheville/Chicago Exchange) Choreographic Fellowship

Mars Hill, NC, United States

An ACE Fellowship in Dance provides immersive creative time and space to selected artists, free of charge.

Available to established Chicago area choreographers and dancemakers, awardees receive the rare opportunity of uninterrupted time and space to create their next great work, along a variety of supportive financial benefits. The length of the residency is one to two weeks, and the choreographer can be joined by 3-5 dancers/collaborators. There is no expectation of producing any specific work or material. However, during the ACE Fellowship, artists are invited to engage with the regional community in a variety of ways. During the residency, there may be a Meet the Artists event, or other opportunities for the Chicago-based artists to interact and exchange time and talent with members of the local arts community. Trillium Arts acts as a facilitator for this “Exchange” portion of ACE, providing suggestions for pairings and introductions as necessary. Beyond any selected engagements, this is a self-directed program, and the artists determine the specific ways to use their residency time.


357 Joe Brown Road
Mars Hill, NC 28754
United States

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
7 days - 14 days
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Interdisciplinary Arts
Performance Art
Pets (Non-service animals)
Country of Residence
Only open to artists based in country the program is located
Family Friendly
Spouses/partners allowed for full stay (non-collaborators)
Children allowed for full stay
Stage of Career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in public programming
Give artist talk or presentation
Teach in studio
Lead workshop for the public
Lead a skill share
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Immersion in new culture and/context
Unstructured time
Unrestricted funding
Research support
Art production support
Access to studio space to create new work
Access to equipment, specialized facilities and/or technical support
Inspiration from natural environment
Inspiration from cultural context
Professional development support and/or trainings
Opportunities to develop relationships with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to collaborate with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities for work with the local community
Opportunities to exhibit or perform new work
Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Application by invitation only
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Manual / handbook before arrival
Orientation upon arrival
Contact information and available accommodations for programs, events, and campus
Staff/volunteer giving directions
Staff/volunteer providing guidance to help locate facilities or activities
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Partially Accessible
Additional Accessibility Information

Trillium Arts strives to support artists of all abilities. Trillium’s campus is currently under renovation with construction plans for an accessible 30’ x 40’ studio and artist accommodations consistent with ADA standards. In the interim, Trillium Arts invites artists with disabilities to apply and staff will work to meet specific needs to the best of our current limitations. Special needs are reviewed and discussed with the applying artist on a case by case basis. 

A new path is being built in spring 2022 that will enable artists with mobility issues improved access the creek and firepit area.

Case by case consideration by staff
Accessibility Contact Name
Phil Reynolds
Accessibility Contact Email
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
Other Services/Aids Offered in Residency + Other Programming

Service Animal dogs under 50lb. are welcome. Rabies and proof of current vaccinations is required. 

How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

The participation level will vary depending upon the nature of the disability. 

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.

The barn rehearsal studio is currently not accessible.

Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Private housing off campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Shared bedroom
Accessible Housing
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Case by case consideration
Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry in housing
WIFI available in housing
Air Conditioned Housing
Heat and Cool control managed by resident
Meals Provided
Some meals (at least 2 meals provided)
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Residents have access to private kitchen
Food stipend provided
Additional Meals Information
Vegan meal options can be requested
Vegetarian meal options can be requested
Gluten-free meal options can be requested
Kosher and halal options can be requested
Food allergies and restrictions can be accommodated
Snack and beverage provided
Computer/Internet Access
Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared)
Computer and internet connection provided in studio area (private)
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Facilities Details

The choreography studio/rehearsal space is located in an 80 year old barn. Seasonal use only.

The custom built sprung dance floor is 19' x 30'. Audio equipment available, no mirrors. 

Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Dance Studio With Sprung Floor
Drying Racks
Large Sinks
Washer And Dryer
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
Studio support provided by staff
On-call Studio support provided