The Open Call Period for 2012 Lab Artist Proposals is Now Closed.
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ABOUT THE LAB ARTIST AWARDS
The Lab Artist Application process is done in two parts. Preliminary Applications are openly accepted from Chicago area dancemakers. During the next granting cycle, the Preliminary Application Form will be available for download on the CDF website.
The Chicago Dancemakers Forum Consortium reviews all preliminary proposals, and then selects a group of applicants to prepare a separate, full-length Final Proposal. Award recipients are then selected after a review process which includes a guest panelist.
ABOUT THE LAB ARTIST PROGRAM
CDF selects up to four artists to receive up to $15,000 each to support the development and creation of a new work.The grant is highly competitive and is the largest source for new dance development in the state of Illinois.
• The program supports Chicago area dancemakers who are active in their field and developing a distinctive trajectory in their work.
• Lab Artists must possess the skills, maturity and experience to undertake a larger project of extended scale, scope or depth, and utilize independent research time.
• Lab Artists have the capacity to contribute to and benefit from an environment of artistic interchange, in conjunction with consortium representatives, other Lab Artists, and the larger dance community.
Selected Lab Artists are offered broad support for in-depth research and development periods that culminate with the production of a new dance work. These three distinct phases of dedicated research, development and production, are key elements to the program.
Throughout the year-long grant period, Lab Artists come together with one another and members of the consortium for periodic structured open roundtable discussions. Prospective Lab Artists should understand that these gatherings require an additional time commitment. The roundtable discussions provide Lab Artists with the opportunity to advance their artistic vision and to stimulate new approaches to their own and one another's choreography. Additionally, the specific inquiries of the lab artists often shape the selection process of workshops and discussions that are led by guest artists and leaders in the field, sponsored by CDF, such as our public Salon series.
CDF defines three distinct phases to give the program a working structure. Each phase is set within a general time frame.
|Research||4 months |
|This “idea phase” is intended to provide the Lab Artists with much needed support for investigating new conceptual territory. Monthly roundtable discussions will begin on a regular schedule in the Research Phase and continue throughout the grant period. |
|Development||5 months |
|During the Development Phase, the Lab Artists will apply the insight gained through their research and ongoing discussions to their choreographic practice. Workshops, progress-showings and other activities, as desired by the lab artists, begin during this phase. Regular roundtable discussions may become less frequent as time needed to develop the new work increases. |
|The Production Phase pertains specifically to the time immediately preceding, including, and following the scheduled performance dates. We understand that each Lab Artist will have a unique approach to developing his or her own detailed time frame for these project phases. CDF encourages this, and will make every effort to structure our support in ways that are relevant to each artist’s individual process. |
- Degree-seeking students are not eligible for this award.
- Only Chicago-area residents are eligible to apply.
- Artists previously funded by the CDF Lab Artist Program are not eligible to apply.
- Permanent equipment purchases are not allowed with the grant money.
If you have questions about the Lab Artist Program, please contact Suzy Grant, CDF Program Manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org