DATES: Our 2023 Residency will be held May 30 through June 10.
This residency is a full time residency where participants are actively involved in rehearsals and workshops each day.
As a creator, you want agency, freedom of expression, and time. While these might seem like lofty ideals, what we understand is that these outcomes are the result of increased confidence.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications are open through March31.
- Receive a minimum $500 stipend
- Have access to our alumni network
- Housing (if out of town participant)
- Materials for Side Projects
- Access to the work space
Although confidence can grow from praise and success, ultimately, the root of confidence is overcoming challenges. The residency was imagined and designed to be an annual event to give artists time, space, and materials to develop their own projects alongside their peers.
This program has been called an “artistic boot camp.” The days are long. You will feel tired and vulnerable. You might doubt your work one day, but make an incredible discovery the next. That’s why we’re here—for participants to explore, fail, and try again, to build relationships and keep creating.
Each residency has the following components:
- Side Project: an in-process project. These projects have 8 hours of rehearsal and a small materials budget.
- Umbrella project: a project that incorporates contributions from every resident over 20 hours of rehearsal. Participants will work across disciplines. Choreographers might create costumes, while a researcher plays the drums and painters create visual work from environmental data.
- Workshop: most participants will teach a workshop in their area of expertise at an entry level.
- We begin each morning with a shared movement class and check-in. The warm-ups are taught as “all levels” classes and residents are encouraged to participate as fully as they are able.
We believe that to create something new, something that reflects our communities, our times, and our dreams, and sometimes you have to fail. You can fail here. But we know, and you know, that failure isn’t the final step. It’s one dysfunctional light bulb closer to the real, hairy thing.
How do we choose participants?
As Indy Convergence has grown so has the quantity and caliber of applicants. The selection process is based on balancing a few key elements:
- Diversity of artistic discipline
- Diversity of participants (gender, age, ability, ethnicity, race, economic status)
- Accommodating the needs of the side project proposals we receive. For example: one year might need more actors or opera singers.
- The unique ideas or talents that a particular applicant brings to the table
- Keeping a balance of out of state and local artists
Indy Convergence is dedicated to creating a holistic, inclusive environment and welcomes applications from creators from all races, ethnicities, ages, national origins, abilities, socioeconomic status, and gender identities.
Questions? We love talking about our residency! Call us, email us, message us on social media, and we’ll talk through anything you would like to discuss.
Take a look at our list of past Convergers.
Indy Convergence expects that all participants will be physically, emotionally, financially, and psychologically responsible for their own well-being while at our residency. Indy Convergence will gladly work with any participant to create reasonable accommodations to make the program accessible for all. Please consider this when submitting your application and reach out to us at any time with questions.
What to Expect
Indy Convergence is designed to bring artists out of their comfort zones while providing an atmosphere of encouragement and camaraderie. We encourage artists to try a trade you’ve never attempted all while honing your skills as a creative.
- All participants will receive a competitive stipend
- Out-of-town participants will receive housing and a travel stipend (based on home location)
- Everyone will participate in daily warm-up classes taught for all levels.
- Participants are expected to be available for the entire 10-day residency (even our Indianapolis participants).
- Participants are asked to attend all workshops and umbrella project rehearsals
- All participants will be involved in at least two side projects (either as the creator or contributor).
- The residency concludes with an informal show (with some technical elements) on the final day of the residency. Please do not plan to leave on the evening of the final day.
- This is a collaborative residency where you’ll have the opportunity be a creator, participant, teacher, and student.
- Participants should be prepared for 10 hour days—bring your vitamins!
- Fully refundable $300 deposit for all participants. This deposit secures your spot at IC, and allows us to replace an artist if you are unable to attend. The artists at IC create an ensemble, and the commitment to attend is to your own work and the work of other artists. The deposit is there to protect your work and to respect the work of your peers.
- There is no fee to attend
If you are an out-of-town participant you will be housed in a large, beautiful, historic home. All out-of-town participants will have their own bedroom and shared living spaces. There will be one daily pick-up for out of town participants and two drop off times for those without cars. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with special housing needs (no stairs, access to running trail, severe allergies etc.).
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