Black Futures Artist in Residence Program
“To engage in art work is a dynamic experience.”
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 $5,000 stipend along with an additional $2,500 in production support
- 100 hours of free rehearsal space at Zaccho Dance Theatre 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.
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.

Application Process: Please provide the following using this Google form no later than November 15, 2021.

(1) Artist Statement: Tell us about your work, its intentions, and the larger issues that frame your work in today’s world. Please articulate how this residency might positively impact your goals as an artist. (Upload as PDF, maximum one page, 11 point font using Arial text.)

(2) Resume or CV (Upload as PDF)

(3) Work Samples (Upload as PDF): Please share 2 to 3 relevant artistic work examples. Follow these instructions for submission:

- Limit audio/video samples to a minimum of 3 minutes up to maximum of 10 minutes in length. Do not send highly edited samples or trailers.
- Please include work title, year of sample, brief description, and URL link to each video/audio submission.
- Work samples submitted as uploaded files will not be accepted.

(4) References (Upload as PDF): Please provide letters of recommendation for two individual references who are familiar with your work. Please ask each reference to include how they know you and for how long.