Dance Source Houston’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program is open to Houston dance artists of all experience levels. Artists for the 2016-17 season were selected based upon their desire to push themselves and their art to new levels by taking risks and maximizing their time in the residency. The residency will culminate with performances of the work created as part of the Barnstorm Dance Fest. This season’s artists are Laura Harrell, Ty’esha Lewis, Jennifer Mabus, Felicia Thomas and Heather vonReichbauer. Click here to learn more about the 2016-17 AIRs.

Laura Gutierrez. 2015-16 AIR. Photo by Lynn Lane.

Residency artists receive:

– Weekly rehearsal space at a Houston area studio
– Access to professional development workshops and Fieldwork
– Production and marketing plan assistance
– Individual artist grant application assistance
– Shared performance opportunities
– A share of the ticketed income from the performances

 

 

Felicia Thomas. 2016-17 AIR. Photo by Lynn Lane.

Residency artists are required to:

– Attend workshops, Fieldwork sessions, and meetings with other resident artists
– Execute deadlines on production/marketing plan
– Complete Individual Artist Grant application through Houston Arts Alliance as well as residency applications
– Create 10-15 minutes of new work by the end of the residency term
– Be available for tech/production weeks for Barnstorm Dance Fest performances

The residency term will culminate with performances of the work created as part of the Barnstorm Dance Fest in June 2017.


Be an AIR Sponsor!
DSH invites you to create a personal connection with our Artists in Residence (AIR) and the Houston dance community by sponsoring an AIR for the 2017 season. DSH programs and performances are conversations between dancers and audiences. AIR sponsorship deepens the conversation and builds personal connections between the dance artists and sponsors.

What is an AIR Sponsor?
AIR sponsorship is offered to donors who want to directly support our Artist in Residence Program. Each year through the AIR program, DSH provides selected artists with focused tools, rehearsal space, professional development, and performance opportunities to encourage and enable them to push themselves and their art to new levels by taking risks and maximizing their time in the residency. The residency culminates with performances of the work created as part of the Barnstorm Dance Fest. AIR sponsorships serve the essential purpose of providing support for DSH, its operating budget, AIR creative, rehearsal and production expenses, outreach and educational programs. In addition, AIR sponsorship is an opportunity to get to know these dance artists and their work.

Sponsor Benefits
AIR Sponsors will have opportunities to interact with DSH Artists in Residence and see the creative process firsthand. These opportunities include invitations to special events, rehearsals, backstage tours, and more, where sponsors and AIRs meet, mix, and experience the creative process in action. AIR sponsors are recognized in DSH marketing materials, in the Barnstorm Dance Fest program, and on the DSH website. AIR sponsorship not only supports DSH, but also helps transform each event into a meeting among friends. And it helps DSH advance its mission to “nurture and support contemporary dance artists, the organizations that present them, and to identify and build audiences for contemporary dance in the greater Houston area.”

How Do I Become an AIR Sponsor?
There are two ways to become an AIR sponsor: as the sponsor of a residency, or as a sponsor of the AIR program overall.

AIR Residency Sponsor
A donor may support the cost of an entire residency with a donation of $1000 for the year. The Residency Sponsor name will be listed in all DSH materials, and highlighted in the Barnstorm Dance Festival program and on the DSH website. Alternately, a group of individuals may jointly sponsor a residency. In this case, the group name will be recognized as the Residency Sponsor and individuals as program sponsors.

AIR Program Sponsorship
For a donation of $250 or more, anyone may sponsor the AIR program overall. AIR sponsors will be recognized in DSH materials, in the Barnstorm program and on the DSH website.