Hip Hop Artist Residency & Training
The Hip Hop Artist Residency & Training (HART) Program is a 4-month residency that will provide training and performance opportunities to 8 Black transitional youth (ages 18-26) with aspirations to build a career in Hip Hop and the performing arts. This culturally enriching program will also address how racial equity and social justice issues impact the Hip Hop and performing arts community. The HART Program will culminate in the creation of a collaborative performance led by the HART Resident Artists at the Bayview Opera House.

All Bay Area Black transitional youth (ages 18-26) are eligible to apply and then chosen by a panel of experienced Black performing arts professionals. Each HART Resident will have an opportunity to engage in their particular area of interest or expertise, focusing on the three tenets of Hip Hop: dance, music, and visual art. Placement in one of the three tenets of Hip Hop is determined by the candidate’s strengths and progress throughout the program.

Each HART Resident Artist will receive:

- A stipend of $2,000
- 100 hours of studio time
- Mentorship and Workshops
- Social Media skill building

HART is a collaborative partnership between Zaccho Dance Theatre and PUSH Dance Company, and funded by the City of San Francisco’s Dream Keeper Initiative.

For inquiries and/or application support, please contact office@pushdance.org
Application Process
Application Deadline: January 13, 2022

Eligibility: Dance, music, visual and interdisciplinary artists who identify as Black, African or African American. Both developing and emerging artists are welcome to apply. Applicants must live in the Bay Area and preference will be given to residents of San Francisco.

Because Zaccho Dance Theatre is a dance studio in San Francisco, current San Francisco public health mandates require that we verify that all resident artists are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for an eligible exemption.

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 February 8, 2022.

Application Process: Submit all materials requested in the Google form (“Apply Here” button on the right!) by no later than January 13, 2022. Application requires google email to apply. Please contact Zaccho at office@zaccho.org if you need assistance applying without a Google email.
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.”