Black Futures Artist in Residence Program
Zaccho Dance Theatre’s Black Futures Artist in Residence Program is open to diverse voices, emerging and established, called to express the Black experience through an arts practice that inspires dialogue and builds community. Our goal is to support artists at all points of their process and to give them an opportunity to conduct in depth research without the pressure of presenting a completed work by the end of the residency.

All Bay Area Black theater, dance, and interdisciplinary artists, as well as collaborative teams are eligible to apply. Residencies will take place from January to September 2022. Four residencies will be awarded.

Individuals and collaborative teams selected for the Black Futures residency program will receive:

- a $6,000 stipend along with an additional $2,500 in production support
- 100 hours of free rehearsal space at Zaccho Studio in San Francisco
- mentorship support within your discipline
- social media and marketing support

In collaboration with Zaccho staff, each Artist in Residence will produce one community engagement activity (i.e. workshop, open studio talk, showing, and/or a special event designed by the artist) and one master class with community youth through Zaccho’s Youth Performing Arts Program.

The Black Futures Artist in Residence Program is funded by the City of San Francisco’s Dream Keeper Initiative and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Photo Credit: Black Futures logo features Bay Area performing artist Robert Henry Johnson from Zaccho’s 2012 Between me and the other world
Application Deadline: November 15, 2021

Eligibility: Theater, dance, and interdisciplinary artists, as well as collaborative teams who identify as Black, African or African American. Both emerging and established artists are welcome to apply. Artists should have at least three years of professional work in their field. Applicants must live in the Bay Area and preference will be given to residents of San Francisco.

Participation: An interdisciplinary selection committee will consider applications for the residencies. There will be careful consideration when selecting artists who represent a diverse set of disciplines, experiences, and ideas. Artists will be notified of their acceptance into this program by no later than December 17, 2021.

Application Process: Submit all materials requested in the Google form below by no later than November 15, 2021.
What is the Dream Keeper Initiative?
Inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem of the same name, the Dream Keeper Initiative is a new, citywide effort to reinvest $120 million over the next two years from law enforcement into San Francisco’s Black and African American community. This initiative is part of Mayor London N. Breed’s roadmap for reforming public safety and addressing structural inequities in San Francisco.

The Dream Keeper by Langston Hughes

“Bring me all of your dreams,
You dreamers,
Bring me all of your
Heart melodies
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world.”