Thursday, January 8, 2015

BAX announces Artist Services Day 2015

Artist Services Day
Dance artist Nia Love performs at BAX.
(photo: Iquo B. Essien)

BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange 

2nd Annual 

Sunday, February 15


Suggested donation $5

For close to twenty-four years BAX has been at the forefront of developing and supporting dance, theater and performance artists through an array of programs and services that make up an artistic home for so many.

We designed Artist Services Day to share resources and support available to artists and their supporters.

The day will include a variety of workshops that range from activism, to writing to teaching artistry as well as welcoming Dancing While Black, the HELIX queer performance network, a discussion with parent artists, and a unique conversation about the relationship between performing artists and institutions. 2015/16 artist residency and space grant applications for BAX will also be available.

Workshops are sponsored through the underwriting and generous contributions of the Scott Klein Team Group at Douglas Elliman Real Estate.


$40 registration for CREATING SPACE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS is required. This workshop is Part 1 of a 3-part series. To learn more about all three workshops, visit
Free childcare is available by reservation one week in advance for participating adults. Please email with names, ages of children and what time periods you are in need of childcare.
If you plan to participate in the Words on the Move writing workshop, please bring a brief writing sample as described below. 

Creating Space for Young Artists*
Facilitated by Donna Costello *This workshop is Part 1 of a 3-part series and includes a $40 fee. Advance registration required: Purchase ticket.

Teaching Artists working in all disciplines and with all ages and skill levels, join Donna Costello for part one of a three part PD workshop series on creating a creative and collaborative class culture in which young artists can flourish.

Establishing an open and trusting environment is essential to a healthy and productive learning environment. It is the facilitator's role to create and hold this space in order for collaboration and creativity to flourish.  The workshop will look at ways to make this happen and the challenges that come up in the spaces we facilitate. We will look at tools for identifying who is in the room in order to lead to a collaborative community that engages in diverse perspectives and ideas.  By looking at different environments and participating in activities, this workshop will find ways to make connections to the daily rituals of the class and the art making we strive to engage in with young artists.


BAX/2015 Artist Applications

Come learn about BAX's three artists grants. Residency, Space Grants and Parent/Artist Space Grants. Guidelines and applications will be available and staff & artists on hand to answer any questions you may have.


Words on the Move

Led by veteran dance writer Eva Yaa Asantewaa

 What challenges and opportunities do you face when you write about yourself? Your artistic mission? Your body of work or new projects?
Required: Bring one brief sample (~250-300 words) of this writing. We will share a freewriting exercise and explore a few of your samples, building strategies for effective, satisfying expression.


Making Art While Parenting

Led by Alexandra Beller, David Vining and Karen Grenke

Conversation with dance and theater artists whose children range from tots to teens. This event dives into the mess and opportunity of Making Art while Parenting (MAWP, which is coincidentally the sound your brain makes late at night).


Performance as Civic Engagement

With arts activists George Emilio Sanchez and Daniel Carlton

As we find ourselves nearly halfway through the second decade of the 21st century, this workshop aims to explore the significance and meaning of contemporary experimental artists and their involvement with "civic practice". This workshop will explore how to nurture and develop relationships and partnerships with communities and municipalities by bringing together arts and non-arts based organizations to address the needs and priorities of its residents. We will embark on a dialogue of how artistic practice dedicated to creating original performance works can extend into a collaborative process built on a foundation of dialogue, reflection and action to serve individuals, groups; communities and municipalities.


HELIX Queer Performance Network

Led by Dan Fishback with Greg Newton, Donnie Jochum, Kia LaBeija and T.L. Cowan

Director Dan Fishback will discuss Helix's expansive array of programming for queer artists, writers and audiences. He'll be joined by a variety of queer culture-makers, from people who present performance to people who make their own. All of the panelists make cultural work in a political or activist context, and our conversation will emerge from that intersection.


Dancing While Black: Cultivating Community

Led by Paloma McGregor with Dr. Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, Nia Austin-Edwards, Candace Feldman, and Jaamil Kosoko

A roundtable discussion on building solidarity and equity within the field, featuring Dr. Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, dance scholar/author of The Black Dancing Body; Nia Austin-Edwards, founder Purpose Productions; Candace Feldman, Associate Producer of 651 Arts;  Jaamil Kosoko, curator of Black Male Revisited


The Relationship Between Artists and Institutions

Moderated by BAX Executive Director Marya Warshaw with Levi Gonzalez, luciana achugar, and current BAX Artists In Residence

Panel of BAX AIRs past and present including Levi Gonzalez and luciana achugar and discuss with BAX's Executive Director Marya Warshaw the complicated relationship between individual artists, the cultural institutions that "house" and present them, their funders and "who speaks for who?"



All panelists, participants, and people interested in Artist Services at BAX.

BAX / Brooklyn Arts Exchange
421 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn

Founded in 1991, BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange is a vital center for artistic and cultural development in Brooklyn, serving over 2,500 artists, 9,000 students, and over 2,000 audience members each year. BAX offers an annual presenting season, artist services, and educational programs for youth and adults. Our two decades of providing student and emerging artists with the right support at the right time plays a crucial role in ensuring that important artistic voices are launched successfully. BAX provides classes six days per week, public school residencies, 75 evenings of performance and free conferences/festivals to NYC youth including our groundbreaking Young Women's Project and YouthWorks programs. BAX offers scholarships to 25% of the students who take class with us each year.

It is an organizational priority to ensure our core constituency continues to have access to community-based arts education. In addition, artists in dance, theatre and performance are provided meaningful residencies to develop artistically, professionally and curatorially. Residencies include uninterrupted development space, performance opportunities, peer and mentor support.

For more information about BAX and its programs please call 718-832-0018, email or visit us on the web at


BAX's Artist Services Programs receive generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation.   

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