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.


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

We’re thrilled to announce the 2018-19 season of our Artist Commissioning Program World Premieres! All events are free and open to the public upon reservation. Please see each project’s event page for more information and to RSVP.

September 15

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ACP Awardee in Playwriting Y? Guyadin tells the autobiographical and heart-wrenching story of how guns impacted a young man growing up in Jamaica, Queens.

september 20

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ACP Awardee in Music Claire Marie Lim presents music created with young women of Asian descent, shedding light on the realities they face as individuals between multiple cultures.

october 20

The latest work by ACP Awardee in Choreography Guanglei Hui, this piece depicts the true lives of Chinese immigrants through body language.

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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)