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Performance AIRspace Residency: 2021-2022

With support from The Jerome Foundation, a cohort of 4 early career movement-based performing artists are annually invited to participate in our Performance AIRspace Residency.


For this annual residency, Performance AIRspace Residents Receive:

  • $5,000 Commission for a new work to be presented at Abrons as part of our 2021-2022 Presenting Season. Performances must be programmed to occur before June 30, 2022 
  • 200 hours of full subsidized studio space in any of our performance studios (excluding Studio G-05) and theaters. Please visit our Rental page to learn more about our studio and theater spaces, as well as our COVID-19 health and safety protocols
  • 1 week Production Residency in the theater prior to premiere
  • Studio visits with curators, artists, and cultural workers
  • Cohort meetings with resident artists


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be based in New York City and living within 5 boroughs at the time of application submission and during the residency period. 
  • Applicants working in movement-based practices that are interdisciplinary in nature are encouraged to apply. Collaborative groups are invited to apply but will receive the same commission fee as an individual artist. Collaboratives can only submit 1 application; Collaboratives that submit more than 1 application for the same project will be disqualified from the review process.
  • Applicants must identify as early career artists. (Please see below for Abrons’ and Jerome Foundation’s criteria for “early career artist.”)
  • Applicants must apply with a project proposal that has not yet premiered in its final form in New York City. Applicants who prefer a Fall 2021 presentation date must apply with a project that is in its final stages of development. Applicants who prefer a Spring 2022 presentation date may apply with a project that is in its earlier stages of development.
  • Applicants who are enrolled in degree-granting programs or be students during the grant period are not eligible to apply. 
  • As a program of the historic Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Arts Center is committed to the belief that artistic practice is key to a socio-politically engaged and healthy society. Applicants should closely review the Abrons Arts Center Mission Statement and Declaration of Inclusion before applying for the Residency.  


“Early Career” Artist according to the Jerome Foundation and Abrons Arts Center:
According to the Jerome Foundation, an early career artist “typically has a track record of generating and publicly presenting full work over which they have ultimate creative control in the discipline in which they are applying, but are not yet at a point in their careers where they receive consistent development and production opportunities and significant recognition, awards, and acclaim.”  Please note that this category is not contingent on the age of the artist.

Since our founding, Abrons Arts Center has proudly supported artists at all stages of their professional development. Through our partnership with the Jerome Foundation, we are able to provide dedicated monetary and production support to early-career artists who are making ambitious performance works.


Important Dates
November 12, 2020, 12:00PM ET: Applications go live

December 13, 2020 at 11:59PM ET: Applications close

Week of January 18, 2021: Finalist Interviews

February 8, 2021: All Applicants notified

Questions?: Email abronsairspace@henrystreet.org

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