Links Hall’s Co-MISSION Curators-In-Residence program is an opportunity for independent, self-producing dance curators, producers, and social practice artists to present work for their communities, by their communities. Three individuals will be selected by Links Hall and granted a budget of $10,000 to work with a venue or organization in their Chicago neighborhood between January-June 2023. Curators-in-residence will invite performing artists from their communities to present new or existing work in cross-town collaborations, to include a) presenting a weekend of performance at Links Hall’s Roscoe Village venue, and b) presenting performances and/or  organizing community events to engage and collaborate with their neighbors, in their neighborhood, in a more hands-on way. For the 2023 season, Curatorial Residencies are reserved for curators who identify as BIPOC, with priority given to curators/artists on the South & West sides.

Budget

  • Curators-in-Residence will be paid a stipend of $2,500.
  • Curators-in-Residence will be provided a Project Budget of $5,000-$6,000, to cover project expenses (i.e. artist/performer fees, designer fees, materials, equipment, transportation, hospitality/meals or per diem, etc.)
  • Community organizations (1 per curator-in-residence) will be provided a partnership stipend of $2,500, to help cover any indirect costs outside of the project budget (i.e. facility-use/rental, administrative overhead, staffing, utilities, etc.).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be over the age of 18. 
  • Applicants must identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a person of color.
  • Applicants must currently live or have lived in their identified community. 
  • Applicants must focus on dance/movement-based performance, but can include other forms of performing arts. 
  • Past applicants who accepted a residency or fellowship at Links Hall for the 2021-2023 seasons are not eligible.

How to Apply:

Curatorial applicants are required to submit their application materials to residencies@linkshall.org. Application Narrative should be submitted via a single .pdf document, including links to any work sample videos. Additional work samples (images, pdfs, etc.) may be attached separately from the Narrative, but should be clearly labeled. The Email Subject line should read: Co-MISSION Curator-in-Residence Application. Each document should have the applicant’s name in the title. Acceptable links include, but are not limited to YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive shared link, and curator’s website.

DEADLINE

Applicants have until Monday, December 19, 2022 at 11:59pm CT to submit.

Review Process & Timeline

Proposals for Co-MISSION residencies are reviewed by a majority BIPOC jury panel, which includes working artists, culture workers, Links Hall staff, and board. Review of all applications will be completed in January, with anticipated notification of all applicants by early February 2023.

Curators-in-Residence will present their projects between April and June of 2023, with Links Hall performances taking place in late April & throughout May. Applicants should consider the timeline, when evaluating the scope and feasibility of your program proposal.

Applicant Introduction

Name/Curatorial Identifier: *specify if it’s a collective/group 

Main Email:

Main Phone Number:

Main Mailing Address: *specify City, State, Zip Code

Neighborhood/Community Identifier:

Do you live in this community?/Have you ever lived in this community?

How long have you/did you live in this neighborhood?

Identify the best way to contact you: *select all that apply

  • Email
  • Text
  • Phone Call
  • Snail Mail
  • Other *specify

Please indicate your age range(s):

  • 18-24
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55-64
  • 65+

Please specify your identified pronouns:

Do you identify as BIPOC or non-white? You may specify if you’d like.

Do you identify as LGBTQIA+? You may specify if you’d like.

Have you ever worked with Links Hall before?

If so, describe the experience.

How did you hear about this program?

  • Social Media
  • Email/Newsletter
  • Word of Mouth
  • Links Hall staff/board member
  • Other *please specify

Project Description

Event/Performance Title: *working titles are okay/unknown titles are also okay

Identity your community partner venue/space: *specify if this is unknown and/or if you have several options that are not yet confirmed. Please note that community organizations will be provided with a partnership stipend of $2,500 each, to help cover costs outside of the Curator’s budget (i.e. facility-use or rental, administrative overhead, staffing, utilities, marketing, etc.).

Describe the event and/or performance you’d like to bring to your community partner: *please answer with a maximum of 250 and a minimum of 50 words. Be advised: your curation in your community/neighborhood can include workshops, performances, community forums/panels, etc.

Describe the performances you’d like to bring to Links Hall (if it differs from the above): *please answer with a maximum of 250 and a minimum of 50 words. Be advised: your curation at Links Hall must include performance(s).

With a project budget of $5,000-6,000, please provide your own breakdown of how you would pay your artists and other expenses, materials/supplies, equipment, marketing, transportation, meals/per diem, etc. Each selected curator-in-residence will receive a $2,500 stipend outside of the project budget to accommodate their creative work. Each community partner organization will receive a $2,500 stipend to cover indirect costs outside of the project budget. The budget may be provided as a separate spreadsheet pdf document. 

Will the neighborhood performance/event be ticketed? If so, how much would you charge community members for admission?

Who makes up the majority of your community members? What are the important values and/or customs held by you/your neighbors for the community space? *please answer with a maximum of 250 and a minimum of 50 words.

Lastly, please provide up to two work samples highlighting your curatorial, performance, and/or community organizing work. Work samples can also include video, image, program/brochure archive, or audio file. For videos: please specify which portion you would like the committee to view with time stamps. If no time stamps are offered, the committee will view up to 10 minutes of the sample. See paragraph two for accepted formats. Optional: Provide descriptions of your work samples (no longer than 50 words) including the date and location.

This project is funded in part by a CityArts grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.