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The service organization Dance/NYC is pleased to announce its Disability. Dance. Artistry. Dance and Social Justice Fellowship Program, made possible by the generous support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.
The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to recognize the critical role that disabled dance workers and arts practitioners play in social justice movements and to ensure that these workers are supported while continuing to place disability front and center as a positive artistic and generative force. Dance/NYC recognizes that, despite the multiple ways disabled communities have been impacted by COVID-19 and ongoing racial violence, disabled dance workers have remained active in serving their communities through online programming, community organizing efforts, and mutual aid, often without compensation or funding. The Fellowship Program provides a recognition of all activities completed between March 11 and June 30, 2020. This Fellowship Program is being administered in place of the Disability. Dance. Artistry. Residency Program originally announced in February 2020 which would have awarded residencies to four disabled dance artists or integrated dance companies at Gibney from May 21 through June 20, 2020. The cancellation of the residency program was necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the social restriction measures implemented to contain the spread of the virus.