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The Commons 2019

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The Commons is a new initiative devoted to supporting performing artists and fostering local creative community and discourse in and around the Triangle.

Supported by Carolina Performing Arts, this inaugural program offers a four-week residency, billing in a public festival at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, and critical feedback for the three selected locally-based artists whose applications most keenly demonstrate that their intended performance is pressing for this time, place, and community. Successful proposed projects will question and break accepted performance conventions, invite audience co-creation, and take bold artistic risks.

The Commons Festival will feature performances by the selected artists, as well as additional events, from networking to roundtables on performance criticism/arts writing. Fellowships also include a stipend. We’re grateful to INDY Week, the UNC Communication Department, and UNC Summer School program for being partners in The Commons.

The Commons was created with the belief that, ideally, “artistic citizenship” relies on connections between individuals and their larger artistic community. Starting in May, selected performing artists-in-residence will be given free studio time in a Carolina Performing Arts-provided space over four weeks to work on a performance to be shown publicly at The Commons Festival (May 30-June 1, 2019). Each artist will be paired with a writer/critic during this process and for a talkback experience at the festival.

Download the full application materials. All applications are due by 5 PM on February 21, 2019.

Application period: January 14–February 21, 2019
The Commons Residency: May 7–29, 2019
The Commons Festival: May 30–June 1, 2019