ARTIST COMMISSIONING PROGRAM

The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) awards Queens-based choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 each towards the creation of a new, original work. This innovative program democratizes the traditional commissioning process, which has historically been reserved for a privileged few. Two things make ACP distinct from a typical arts award: 1) its aim to fill gaps in American culture, as well as 2) pair artists with a cohort of "art producers". Art Producers select the artists in a panel and serve as a support structure for the cohort. Both Artists and Art Producers receive access to professional development programming and collaborative arts events throughout the year-long program. Read more about each role below.

We are now accepting applications!
Deadline: october 12 at 11:59pm

UPCOMING INFORMATION SESSIONS

JAMAICA

FLUSHING

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
6 - 8pm, REGISTER HERE
Hall of Fame Studios
89-37 164th St
Jamaica, NY 11432

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
6 - 8pm, REGISTER HERE

King Manor Museum
150-03 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
6 - 8pm, REGISTER HERE
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11354

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
6 - 8pm, REGISTER HERE

Flushing Library (Room A & B)
41-17 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355


 Artists & art producers mingling at a monthly ACP event

Artists & art producers mingling at a monthly ACP event

 ACP Awardee in Choreography '17-18 Chuan Xie performing at her World Premiere

ACP Awardee in Choreography '17-18 Chuan Xie performing at her World Premiere

Art producers may include Queens community members, art appreciators, and artists passionate about supporting art making. As an art producer, you will engage with the artists during the creative process from start to finish, from selecting the program’s artists to providing support through their world premieres.

Artists may include playwrights, choreographers, and composers. If selected, you will receive a $10,000 commission to create a theater script, dance, or musical score. We will actively support artists who present a fresh perspective by creating work that tells untold stories, defies the cultural mainstream, or privileges underrepresented identities.


upcoming world premieres
 

Voice for the Voiceless Card.png

Friday, September 14
Queens Theatre

A Voice for the Voiceless, a new work completed by ACP Awardee in Music Composition, Landon Knoblock, addresses youth homelessness. 

Salsa Masala Card Front.png

Saturday, September 15
Viva la Comida Festival

ACP Awardee in Music Composition, Neil Padukone's Salsa Masala brings Jackson Heights together for a literal and metaphorical block party with music representative of the neighborhood.

Sloan_It Can Happen Here_horizontal for web_5x7_RGB.jpg

Sunday, September 30
Jamaica Center for Performing Arts

 Can Happen Here is a new play written by Artist Commissioning Program Awardee Judith Sloan


what is it like to be a cultural gatekeeper?

Check out the artist commissioning program podcast series.


ACP ADVISORY COMMITTEE

DAVID JOHNSTON—EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EXPLORING THE METROPOLIS (ETM)

ED HARSH—PRESIDENT AND CEO, NEW MUSIC USA

GINNY LOULOUDES—EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALLIANCE OF RESIDENCY THEATRES/NEW YORK 

LANE HARWELL—EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DANCE/NYC

STEVEN HITT—MANAGING DIRECTOR, LAGAURDIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (LPAC)