Residency Dates: June 25, 2023 - July 15, 2023
Application Deadline: January 15, 2023

Please note this is a themed residency titled Forums for Storytelling:

This ACA residency with visual artist Alteronce Gumby, performance maker Okwui Okpokwasili, and writer/curator Larry Ossei-Mensah will be an experience designed to unfurl the power of overlapping ideas, abstraction, the body, and materiality as forums for contemporary storytelling.

This three-week residency will feature dedicated time with each mentor and group sessions organized for the collective to build comradery, learn, and listen to each other.

During the residency, the mentors seek to unpack a series of questions, including:

-How can the human body connect to physical materials?

-How can the body be energized through engagement with the material world?

-How can one use their body and materials to tell a story about their identity?

-How can writing, painting, or dance be abstracted?

-How can the act of painting be a dance and performance within itself?

-How can movement work and performance be a form of writing?


Okwui Okpokwasili is a Brooklyn-based performance maker. Her work includes two Bessie Award-winning productions: Pent-Up: a revenge dance and Bronx Gothic. Other productions include Poor People’s TV Room and Adaku’s Revolt. She was the “Lady in Green” in the Public Theater’s revival of For Colored Girls. Okpokwasili recently co-curated the Danspace Project Platform Utterances From the Chorus. An installation work was exhibited in the New Museum show titled, Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America.

Her commissions, residencies, and awards: 10th Annual Berlin Biennale Commission, 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award in Contemporary Dance, 2018 USA Artist Fellow, 2018 Princeton Hodder Fellow, 2018 Herb Alpert Award in Dance, LMCC’s Extended Life Program (2013-2016, 2019); The Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ Artist Grant in Dance (2014), MOMA, The Young Vic, Tate Modern, the Onassis USA Foundation, and CapUCLA. Okpokwasili is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow.

Residency Statement:

The participants should have an embodied practice and be open to exploring gesture, image, text, and sound in a durational practice. They should be open to recombination and reconfiguring ideas. They should be generous to others and open to having their own ideas fall apart.

Application Requirements:



Residency Fee: Waived for this Residency (Includes weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.)

For details, please visit the Mentoring Artist details page.

Application fee: $25 Click here to Apply!

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