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We are thrilled that our residency will be back in 2022 in collaboration with The DaVinci Pursuit. This year’s residency is made possible by a generous grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation.

DATES: April 27-May 6

Our Flagship Residency, Convergence

As an artist, 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. 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 other artists. Artists also truly explore and practice what it means to collaborate. The goal is for artists to push themselves to a new level of work, and develop new skills that will help them in their creative careers.

This program has been called “an artistic bootcamp”.  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 are here. For participants to explore, fail, try again, 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 designers play the drums, and painters try their hand at dance.
  • Workshop: most participants will teach a workshop in their area of expertise at an entry level. In 2022 some workshops will be part of The DaVinci Pursuit’s “Walks” or “Round Table” series. 
  • We begin each morning with a shared warm up 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 beleive that to create something new, something that reflects our communities, our times, and our dreams 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 lightbulb 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
  • Diveristy of participants (gender, age, ability, ethinicity, 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 applicaitons from artists of all races, ethnicities, abilities, socio-economic statues, and genders. 

Indy Convergence expects that all participants will be physcially, emotionally, financially, and psycologically responsible for their own wellbeing while at our residency. Indy Convergence will gladly work with any participant to create reasonable accomodations to make the program accessible for all. Please bear in mind the staff are not liscened medical professionals and will be unable to assist participants who are working with conditions that require professional assistance. Please consider this when submitting your application and reach out to us at any time with questions.