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Community Engagement Residency Program

B.L.A.’s Community Engagement Residency (CER) provides year-long support for socially-engaged dance and movement artists to engage in a creative processes within their self-defined communities. In addition to funding, the CER residency supports artist capacity-building through professional development, networking, resource-sharing, and thought-partnership with Bridge Live Arts staff and community. Core values of the residency are equity, dialogue, process, artist autonomy, intersecting art-making and activism, and building meaningful relationships among artists.

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Photo (L to R): ainsley e. tharp by Miguel Zavala, gizeh muñiz vengel by Kevin Martinez, Andrea Rodriguez by Robbie Sweeney

2023 - 2024

Lead Artists

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Andrea Rodriguez
La Rumba No Para

2022 - 2023

Lead Artists

Asian Babe Gang
Malia Hatico-Byrne, Rose Huey, Kim Ip, Melissa Lewis Wong, Aiano Nakagawa, and Nina Wu

Tammy Johnson
The Black Women's Freedom Circle:

The Progression Project

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Photo (Left): Members of Asian Babe Gang (Malia Hatico-Byrne, Rose Huey, Kim Ip, Melissa Lewis Wong, Aiano Nakagawa, and Nina Wu.(Right): Tammy Johnson. Photos courtesy of the artists.

Photos of jose e. abad, Stephanie Hewett, Andreina Maldonado

Photo (L to R): jose e. abad by Robbie Sweeny; Stephanie Hewett by Amina El Kabbany; Andreina Maldonado by Cynthia Valeska

2021 - 2022

Lead Artists

jose e. abad & Stephanie Hewett
to be like the river

Andreina Maldonado
Our Work / Our Dignity

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2020 - 2021

Lead Artists

Performance Primers
Hannah Ayasse, Chibueze Crouch, Zoe Donnellycolt

Jarrel Phillips
Living Folklore

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Photo (L to R): Performance Primers logo created and photographed by Zoe Donnellycolt, designed by Claire Rabkin; Jarrel Phillips by Michole "Micholiano" Forks

Photo of David Herrera, photo of Yayoi Kambara, and the BIPOC Performing Artist Hive logo

2019 - 2020

Lead Artists

David Herrera
LatinXtensions: Latinx Choreographic Mentorship Program

Yayoi Kambara
Aesthetic Shift: A Dance Lab for Equitable Practices

Estrellx Supernova and Daria Garina
QTBIPOC Performing Artist Hive

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Photo (L to R): David Herrera, Yayoi Kambara, and the QTBIPOC Performing Artist HIVE, initiated by Estrellx Supernova and Daria Garina.

2018 - 2019

Lead Artist

Gerald Casel
Dancing Around Race

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Photo by Robbie Sweeney

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2017 - 2018

Lead Artist

Julie Tolentino

The Hard Corps & a.u.l.e.

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Photo by Hillary Goidell of Julie Tolentino in 2018

The Community Engagement Residency is made possible with support from the California Arts Council Artists in Communities Program Grant.

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