Arts & Social Justice Residency

BAX x CDI: CUNY Dance Initiative x BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange

BAX and the CUNY Dance Initiative partner with Brooklyn College School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts to support a two-year arts & social justice oriented creative development residency with opportunities for teaching & public showings. 


The residency includes:

  • 25 hours studio space at BAX and 25+ hours studio space at Brooklyn College each year

  • Mentorship from BAX Artist Advisors

  • Free fiscal sponsorship via BAX throughout residency

  • Residency honorarium of $1250 each year

  • Teaching opportunities at Brooklyn College

  • Public engagement component, as appropriate for the selected artist/project

2023/2025 BAX x CDI Artist in Residence: Enya-Kalia Jordan

Enya-Kalia Jordan is a choreographer, researcher, scholar, teaching artist, and multiple award recipient from Brooklyn, New York. She received a BA in Arts & Letters Dance from Buffalo State University and MFA from Temple University in choreography and performance. In 2023. she was named an “Artistic Visionary,” honored as Temple University’s 30 under 30 distinguished Alumna. In 2023, she successfully completed qualifying examinations and was awarded doctoral candidacy at Texas Woman’s University for her research on cultural embodiment and black feminist choreographic perspectives. In 2023, she was awarded doctoral candidacy and the 2022-2023 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Spouses Education Scholarship for high academic and leadership potential for her Ph.D. work and community activism.

BAX x CDI Artist in Residence:

Disabled Artist Space Grant (2018/2019):

Anna Gichan

Anna Gichan headshot

To this end, BAX worked to garner funding from The New York Community Trust in service of disability access practices for the sector–to provide opportunities for collective growth across the field, shared learning circles, skill sharing sessions, and analysis of effective and less than ideal approaches. This constellation of efforts will help build an organizational culture within the broader field of contemporary dance, theater and performing arts. Together, we can build momentum and expertise about disability access and artistry, a key dimension to sustainable organizing that too often remains on a loop of the introductory concepts, siloed among only those spearheading the work.

With lead designer and curator, Kevin Gotkin, this project will include a framework for ongoing staff training in access practices, incubation of sector-wide initiatives to support Disability Justice that go beyond the repetition of introductory programming. A series of 12 learning circles and skill sharing sessions, over the course of 18 months, will build momentum in engagement and organizing to sustain and advance the expertise about disability artistry, access, and activism in the arts world. These efforts will impact entire organizations – training frontline staff to meet the needs of audiences, training programmers to be attuned to the challenges that disabled artists have in making work, honing inclusive marketing practices, training Artistic and Executive Directors to consider access from the onset of all decisions. It is not only the institution-wide learning, but sector-wide learning that will lead to a desired culture shift.

This series is an evolving process that will grow as we collectively learn and discover.