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.
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.
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)