Artist Residencies

Since its inception, BAX has been renowned for nurturing and supporting a diverse range of dance, movement, theater, and multidisciplinary performance artists, many of whom lead social justice initiatives within and beyond the art sector. BAX’s resident artists exemplify how performance practices can uniquely highlight lineage, gender, race, and culture, while intersecting across gender, sexuality, race, and abilities.

Most BAX residencies are designed as intentional cohorts, offering opportunities for peer exchange and artist advisor mentorship. In support of parent artists, BAX provides free arts programming for the school-aged children of all resident artists. The curatorial selection process reflects BAX’s mission and core commitments to anti-oppression and inclusion, considering the art field’s history of racism and discrimination.

Artist in Residence Program

BAX’s Artist in Residence (AIR) program pThe Artist in Residence (AIR) program at BAX supports three NYC-based dance, movement, theater, and multidisciplinary performance artists with space, financial stipends, and artistic, technical, and administrative support to develop new work. These residencies, lasting from 1 to 2 years, offer individual artistic exploration within a supportive cohort of other artists and mentorship from BAX Artistic Director Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, Senior Director of Programs and Production Lucia Scheckner, and Artistic Advisors Abigail Browde and nia love.

Space Grant Program

BAX also offers shorter Space Grant residencies —spanning 2-3 months— which include a stipend, support of a cohort, free rehearsal space, performance opportunities, mentorship and studio showings.

In the 2018 season, BAX initiated the Disabled Artist Space Grant program specifically for disabled artists. As of 2022, the principles of this program are incorporated into all residency programs, ensuring that all RFPs include a specific invitation and encouragement for disabled artists to apply. In addition to mentorship from the collective groups and artistic advisors, disabled artists are invited to participate in D.R.E.A.M. (the Disability, Radicality, Embodiment, and Access for Makers Studio Program), a mentorship initiative designed and led by international artist Perel.

As of 2023, the Parent Artist Space Grant was phased out, and our support for parent artists has been extended to all BAX residencies.