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Open Application for National Center for Choreography’s Administration Program (DEADLINE: OCT 5)

Open Application for National Center for Choreography’s Administration Program (DEADLINE: OCT 5)


National Center for Choreography


National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron
228 E Buchtel Ave #398F, Akron, OH 44325


Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - 12:00am daily through October 5, 2023



National Center for Choreography



CAR Program Challenges and Innovates Administrative Practices for the Arts


AKRON, Ohio (September 5, 2023) — The National Center for Choreography - Akron (NCCAkron) announces its next Creative Administration Research (CAR) open application period. Funded by a multi-year grant from the Mellon Foundation, the CAR program supports U.S. dance artists and challenges the field to think beyond the boundaries of known, traditional models and “best practices.”  Launched in 2020, the program has already initiated five cohorts for a total of 19 Artist Teams from across the U.S. The application period for the Creative Administration Research program opens September 5, 2023, and closes October 5, 2023.

Through this open application, NCCAkron will welcome a new CAR cohort of up to three Artist Teams. Teams include the Artist, a curated Thought Partner, and NCCAkron team members.  Artists are encouraged to include any other staff or independent contractors from their own operating environment in the experience as well. Each Artist Team will engage in a virtual Investigative Retreat dedicated to reflect on the Artist’s body of work; project long-term artistic goals; examine chronic pain points across their operations; reconsider current habits and practices; and identify possible administrative experiments to evolve business operations. 

The Artist and Thought Partner are provided a stipend— $8,750 and $3,750, respectively—to do this work in the Investigative Retreat as well as meet on their own throughout the contract period. NCCAkron recently received a $1 million reinvestment from the Mellon Foundation to fund and evolve the CAR program 2023-2026.

NCCAkron Executive/Artistic Director Christy Bolingbroke notes “We have learned that ideal Creative Admin Research candidates have a strong and distinct artistic point of view as well as a specific sense of self-awareness when navigating the performing arts field. NCCAkron is also keen to continue connecting dancemakers and organizations in support of the artform outside the usual big-city hubs for dance.  With 19 teams across 14 states to date, new CAR Artist Teams will become a part of this special network that we hope strengthens the foundation of the dance field.”

An Artist Selection Committee will review applications, and in November 2023 selected participants will be invited to join the program. Non-selected applicants will also be notified of the committee’s decisions. A detailed schedule is below. Learn more about this application and program here: bit.ly/2023-car-faqs.

CAR Artist since 2021, Pioneer Winter (Miami, FL) remarks, “The NCCAkron ethos is so warm and accepting. I immediately felt welcomed into a community of humans asking questions I never knew how to verbalize. For the past two years, the questions asked and lessons learned have inspired a new approach to 'administration'. It has also fostered in me new confidence as an artist and leader. The opportunities, experiences, and lessons shared between us have expanded my capacity to consider and create beyond what I thought possible.”


CAR Application Schedule:

Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Application opens to the public


September 12 - October 4, 2023 
Office Hours, details below


Thursday, October 5, 5pm ET
Applications due


November 10 - 17, 2023
Applicant notifications 


November 20 - December 15, 2023
New Cohort Orientation


Interested parties can email programs@nccakron.org with any questions about the program or the application. 

Artists are also invited to attend Office Hours to speak with an NCCAkron team member in real-time. Attendance is not required in order to apply, but advance registration is requested if you do wish to attend. Click on the date/time to RSVP:

September 12, 2023 from 11am-12noon ET

September 14, 2023 from 3-4pm ET

September 18, 2023 from 11am-12noon ET

September 20, 2023 from 6-7pm ET

October 3, 2023 from 11am-12noon ET

October 4, 2023 from 3-4pm ET


Thought Partner, Indira Goodwine-Josias (Boston, MA), reflects, “NCCAkron’s Creative Administration Research program provides an opportunity to intentionally merge a choreographer’s creative practices with emergent administrative strategies that support their career trajectory and overall desired social impact through dance. It not only creates additional pathways to better support individual artists, but also places a high value on the stewardship of trust that must be built amongst all members of the dance ecology for equitable transformation to occur in our field.”

Current Creative Administration Research Artists include:
Brandon "Chief Manny" Calhoun and Jamal "Litebulb" Oliver (Chicago, IL)
Edgar L. Page (Denver, CO)
Takahiro Yamamoto (Portland, OR)
Umi IMAN Siferllah-Griffin (Atlanta, GA)

Creative Administration Research Artist and Thought Partner Alumni include:
Abby Zbikowski (Columbus, OH and New York, NY) | Francine Sheffield (Richmond, VA)
Banning Bouldin (Nashville, TN) | John Michael Schert (Boise, ID)
Bebe Miller (Columbus, OH) | Antuan Byers (New York, NY)
Brian Brooks (New York, NY) | Huong Hoang (New York, NY)
Dominic Moore-Dunson (Akron, OH) | Antuan Byers (New York, NY)
Iquail Shaheed (Philadelphia, PA) | Conrhonda Baker (Elberton, GA)
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko (Philadelphia, PA/New York, NY) | Ellen Chenoweth (Philadelphia, PA)
jumatatu m. poe (Philadelphia, PA) | Reuben Roqueñi (Portland, OR)
Kate Wallich (Seattle, WA) | Indira Goodwine-Josias (Boston, MA)
Marjani Forté-Saunders (Pasadena, CA/New York, NY) | Michele Byrd-McPhee (Jersey City, NJ)
Pioneer Winter (Miami, FL) | Dixon|Dahlia Li (New York, NY)
Raja Feather Kelly (Brooklyn, NY) | Byron Au Yong (Palm Springs, CA/Seattle, WA)
Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener (Margaretville, NY) | Tonya Lockyer (Suquamish, WA)
Ronald K. Brown (Brooklyn, NY) | Sandra Burton (Williamstown, MA)
Rosie Herrera (Miami, FL) | Aaron Mattocks (Acra, NY)

About NCCAkron

The National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron supports the research and development of new work in dance by exploring the full potential of the creative process. In addition to offering studio and technical residencies to make new work, activities focus on catalyzing dialogue and experimentation; creating proximity among artists and dance thinkers; and aggregating resources around dance making. For more information, visit nccakron.org. 

A discrete organization of its own, separate from the University, the establishment and general operation of NCCAkron are made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


About The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is the nation’s largest supporter of the arts and humanities. Since 1969, the Foundation has been guided by its core belief that the humanities and arts are essential to human understanding. The Foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom that can be found there. Through our grants, we seek to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive. Learn more at mellon.org.


CAR Artists, Thought Partners, and NCCAkron team members at the 2022 Summit Convening; photo by W. Tanner Young.

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