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Dance Theater Workshop awards over $30K in Subsidy Grants to ten studios through OUTER/SPACE program

by Sarah Hart
May 20, 2009
* Union St. Dance
* Spoke the Hub
* Chez Bushwick
* Dancewave
* Triskelion Arts
* Green Space
* Topaz Arts
Dance Theater Workshop announces today that it has awarded rehearsal subsidy grants to ten dance facilities in the boroughs outside of Manhattan through its Outer/Space Program. Dance Theater Workshop will distribute a total of $33,500 in the form of grants in two categories: Rehearsal Subsidy and Creative Residency.


As a part of the Rehearsal Subsidy support, the following studios will receive cash awards ranging from $3,000 - $3,500. In turn, each grant recipient will offer 1,000 hours of studio time to the dance community at the subsidized rate of $10 an hour.


* Union St. Dance
* Spoke the Hub
* Chez Bushwick
* Dancewave
* Triskelion Arts
* Green Space
* Topaz Arts


Through Creative Residency grants, participating studios will each provide 200 hours of free studio space to artists who will be selected by Dance Theater Workshop to participate in the Outer/Space Creative Residency program. Studios awarded grants in this category, who will receive a $2,000 cash award to support the creative subsidy, include:


* Brooklyn Arts Exchange
* Cave Organization
* BRAZIL
* Green Space
* Topaz Arts


ABOUT OUTER/SPACE


Dance Theater Workshop's Outer/Space program was established in 2000 in response to a shortage of affordable rehearsal and performance spaces in Manhattan, and the subsequent opening of many artist-run studios in the outer boroughs. The program is funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council. Now in its ninth year, the rehearsal subsidy component provides viable and affordable rehearsal space to the greater dance community.


The award recipients were selected by a panel of artists, arts administrators and studio managers, and included Andrea Sholler (Executive Director of Dance Theater Workshop), Chris Henderson (Creative Director, Moviehouse), Michelle Burkhart (Executive Director, DanceNYC), Nicholas Leichter (Artistic Director, Nicholas Leichter Dance and DTW board member), and Jen Abrams (Choreographer and Arts Manager).


The Outer/Space Program supports creative development in three ways:


1) Rehearsal Subsidy for Studios – Awards ranging from $3000-3500 are distributed annually in a continued effort to assist artists who manage public studios in the outer boroughs of New York City. Grant recipients are required to offer a minimum of 1,000 hours of rehearsal time to the greater dance community at the subsidized rate of $10/hour or less.


2) Creative Residency Subsidy for Studios - Studios that receive a creative residency grant provide free studio space to artists selected by Dance Theater Workshop to participate in the Outer/Space Creative Residency program. A $2000 grant subsidizes 200 hours of studio time, which is distributed equally amongst the resident artists at each space.


3) Creative Residency for Artists – This program is focused on creative development with an emphasis on process. Artists selected to participate in a creative residency receive 100 hours of free rehearsal space and are invited to attend a series of professional development workshops and critical dialogues. Throughout the residency, artists work with an advisor who provides constructive criticism as well as an outside perspective on new material that is generated during the residency.



ABOUT THE STUDIOS



BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange is a multi-arts non-profit organization in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Since it was founded in 1991 BAX has provided a nurturing, year-round performance, rehearsal and educational venue in Brooklyn that encourages artistic risk-taking and stimulates dialogue among diverse constituencies. A neighborhood home for the arts and recognized citywide and nationally for its work "developing" artists, BAX is an advocate of cultural diversity and inventiveness.



BRAZIL was founded in 2005 by choreographer Anna Sperber. Located in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn, BRAZIL provides affordable space for choreographers, companies, and classes. Among other offerings, it is one of the homes of the new CLASS CLASS CLASS series.



CAVE is an artists' collective, gallery-performance space and arts organization. Founded in 1996 and organized as a non-profit organization in 2004, CAVE is now one of the longest running experimental art spaces in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY. CAVE strives to provide an explorative arena and support system for the artistic development of its resident artists by hosting studio workspace, educational workshops, exhibition and performance opportunities and assistance in the realization of projects that support risk taking in the in visual, media and performing arts.



Chez Bushwick is committed to providing outstanding resources to performing artists, fostering the development, research, and presentation of new work. Since its inception in 2002, the arts center stands as a model of economic and financial sustainability, while also demonstrating a concern for the health of its surrounding civic neighborhoods. Chez Bushwick is located in the geographical and cultural heart of Bushwick, and features a beautiful light-filled 1400 square foot studio.



Dancewave brings together a diverse community of young people through dance education and performance. Since its inception in 1995 by Diane Jacobowtiz, Artistic/Executive Director, Dancewave has created programs that are challenging and artistically substantial, and which address young people's needs for individual achievement and

group identity. Available for both classes and studio rental, Dancewave offers 680 square feet of unobstructed space and state of the art audio and visual equipment.



Green Space was founded by Valerie Green and Dance Entropy, Inc. in November 2005 in response to the need for professional rehearsal space in the New York metropolitan area. Located in Long Island City, Green Space serves the public by offering discounted services to individual artists and dance companies in a spacious 1200 sq. foot studio. Green Space's mission is to serve the Queens and general dance community by providing an affordable and welcoming environment for rehearsals, classes, and performances. Green Space embraces the diversity of Long Island City as strength, encouraging exchange on an artistic, educational, and interactive level.



Spoke the Hub serves as a multi-dimensional "home" for working artists of all disciplines and is located in Located in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Based in the Gowanus Arts Building this space offers a 1,500 square foot studio for rehearsals and performances, and is host to a variety of classes, workshops, and festivals. Spoke the Hub's mission is to nurture both individual and community health and happiness by providing the general public with affordable creative arts study, as well as contemplation and practice opportunities of the highest caliber.



Topaz Arts is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 by artists Todd Richmond and Paz Tanjuaquio. TOPAZ ARTS fosters the creative process by providing public programs for contemporary performing and visual arts. TOPAZ ARTS produces the collaborative works of its founders and maintains a 2,500 sq. ft. multidisciplinary arts center in Woodside, NY which houses a dance rehearsal space, audio room, and gallery. Offering a creative space, technical support, residency and presentation opportunities, TOPAZ ARTS enables artists to realize their projects and the process shared with audience.


Triskelion Arts strives to protect and encourage artists' creative process by providing them with an affordable home in which to realize their work. Since opening their doors in 2000, Triskelion has consistently offered quality, low-cost rehearsal space to the NYC dance community. Located in the heart of North Williamsburg, the studio features a sprung oak wood floor, full-length mirrors along one wall, and large westward facing windows with a striking Manhattan view.



Union Street Dance is the home of Eva Dean Dance. Since its opening in September 2000 in Park Slope, Broooklyn, the dance community has recognized Union Street Dance as a viable space to rent for rehearsals. The studio provides subsidized rehearsal space rental to over 120 dance companies annually and serves as the company's home. Union Street Dance offers professional-level open classes on a weekly basis. Union Street Dance is a clean and warm, artist-friendly studio.





ABOUT DANCE THEATER WORKSHOP



One of America's preeminent performing arts institutions, Dance Theater Workshop maintains an uncompromising mission to identify, present, and support independent contemporary artists and companies to advance dance and live performance in New York and worldwide. A center for the development and presentation of contemporary dance and performance Dance Theater Workshop offers services and presentation opportunities that support the process of artists as they make and show their work. Dance Theater Workshop stimulates dialog and pioneers new contexts for contemporary dance while also providing administrative, promotional, and technical support for independent artists and companies through a spectrum of programs, classes, workshops, and forums.
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