Ni’Ja Whitson. Photo: Scott Shaw. Courtesy: Gibney Dance.

Gibney Dance Receives $600,000 Grant to Expand Residency Program

New York’s Gibney Dance has announced that a $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will allow the company to expand its Dance in Process (DIP) residency program. It will fund twenty-four residencies over the next two seasons. Each resident will receive three weeks of studio space at Gibney Dance, a $7,500 stipend, and an additional $2,000 for artistic, administrative, production, and marketing support.

“I am deeply grateful that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has renewed and expanded its commitment to DIP for the next two years, making space and resources available to even more NYC dance artists,” Gina Gibney, artistic director and CEO of Gibney Dance, said. “In the past three years, DIP provided residencies for thirty mid-career artists, and twenty-four more will be supported in this new cohort. This grant is not only extremely generous, it’s visionary—and its cumulative effect will be resounding.”

Two of the twelve artists each season will be selected for a new production residency, which will provide a stipend of $8,500 and $4,000 for artistic consultant fees and access to a performance space.  Jack Ferver and Alice Shepard are the production residents for the 2017–2018 season. Among the other residents are Moriah Evans, Miguel Gutierrez, Juliana F. May, and Ni’Ja Whitson.