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Community Engagement Residency 2024-2025

Application now closed. Review period will be from April 15th - May 15th. 

The Community Engagement Residency (CER) offers year-long support for historically marginalized dance and movement artists to engage in a creative process 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.

Learn more about the CER program and past residency artists here.



B.L.A. will accept applications from independent artists, partnerships, and collectives residing in San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma Counties. Interdisciplinary artists are welcome to apply, but the proposed project should articulate an embodied component and explain how the project focuses on centering the body. Black, Indigenous, Queer, Transfolk, disabled, and people of color are encouraged to apply.


You are not eligible to apply if: 

- Your project is happening outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, CA.

- You or your collective were funded by the CER residency within the last 5 years.


B.L.A.’s CER residency aims to support artists in a multitude of ways for the long-term development and sustainability of their project, which include:​

  • Financial Support
    Residency recipients receive $8000 over the course of the residency (distributed amongst all involved artists), a $2000 additional project expense fund, and access to $1500 of shared professional development funds available for all artists in the cohort.

  • Thought-Partnership
    We seek residency artists who value dialogue and exchange and want to engage with B.L.A.’s team for any aspect of your practice's growing capacity and sustainability through consistent check-ins at intervals that work for you - typically monthly, bi-monthly. B.L.A. staff and CER artists learn from each other in a symbiotic relationship.

  • Professional Development
    CER artists are supported in developing their skills through dedicated professional development with B.L.A. staff or aligned consultants / organizations. We offer $1500 in shared funds for the artists (of that cohort) to cover the costs of workshops, classes, and resources dedicated to their development during the residency.

  • Marketing Support
    B.L.A. supports the promotion of any CER related activities across our social media, website, and email list. This can include: marketing support for performances, workshops, classes, project updates, and process documentation. 

  • Future Collaborations
    CER artists are often invited to be a thought partner in developing the organization’s activities after completing your residency, which may include facilitating workshops, public dialogues, presenting opportunities, and other events that bring together the community.

  • Networking
    Residency artists get access to a broad range of artists in our network that have gone on to continue their work in equity across the field. This includes: past CER artists, funders, organization representatives, and other artists in the community that we have relationships with.

  • Resources
    B.L.A. shares access to resources in grant writing, pay equity, distributed leadership, project management, and marketing to residency artists.


The Community Engagement Residency is a year-long commitment that takes place from September 1, 2024 - August 31, 2025, in the San Francisco Bay Area. 


- Application Opens: Mar 1, 2024

- Application Deadline: April 12th, 2024
- Review Period: April 15th - May 15th, 2024
- Notifications: May 31st, 2024

A panel of 3-6 former Community Engagement Artists along with Bridge Live Arts staff, will select 1-2 artists/artist collectives to receive funding for the 2024-2025 cycle.

For any questions, please contact


Should I apply as an individual or a collective/group?

> If you are applying for the CER on behalf of a collective or group, please fill out one application for the collective and include individual bios for each involved artist at the beginning of the form. The contact email associated with the application will be the main point of contact for any application updates or questions.

Can I apply if I’m not primarily a dance/movement artist?

> Interdisciplinary artists are welcome to apply, but the proposed project should articulate an embodied component and explain how the project focuses on centering the body. Above all, your proposed project should embody CER's core values of equity, dialogue, process, artist autonomy, intersecting art-making and activism, and building meaningful relationships. 


Am I eligible if I do not reside in the San Francisco Bay Area counties listed above?

> No. B.L.A. is only accepting applications from artists who reside in, and whose projects are taking place in, San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma Counties. CER artists are expected to attend several in-person events and professional development opportunities as part of the residency. 


How is the CER Residency funded?

> The CER has been funded through the California Arts Council (CAC). B.L.A will apply again to CAC for funding for the 2024-25 Community Engagement Residency cohort. If selected as a lead artist, B.L.A will share the CAC grant proposal with you, including the proposed budget. Throughout the residency, we commit to ongoing financial transparency with lead artists, tracking expenses as they occur through shared documents and staying in open dialogue about how residency resources are used. B.L.A. is actively pursuing opportunities to fund CER programming in addition to CAC and will update the CER artists as necessary.


How are the funds distributed throughout the residency?

> Each residency receives a $ 8,000 lead artist stipend (split amongst all involved artists if it’s a group), distributed equally throughout the residency at the beginning, middle, and end. The $2000 additional project expense fund is a reimbursement-based fund that artists can utilize towards space rental, equipment, collaborator fees, printing/marketing, and any other materials related to their project. Reimbursements from this fund may be requested at any point during the residency, and any remaining funds not used will return to B.L.A. at the end of the residency.

Video credits: “Dancing Around Race” Public Gathering led by Gerald Casel (CER 2018-2019) presented by Bridge Live Arts; ɡaT͟H(ə)riNGs class with gizeh muñiz-vengel (CER 2023-2024) at Impact Center for the Arts; Rehearsal for "Nuestro Trabajo, Nuestra Dignidad" with members of La Colectiva de Mujeres SF and Day Labor Program SF, led by Andreína Maldonado (CER 2021-2022); participants dancing at “to be like a river” retreat for QTBIPOC Bay Area artists at Dance Mission’s Dos Rios Retreat Center in Yuki Territory, led by jose abad & Stephanie Hewett (CER 2021-2022); members of Asian Babe Gang engaging in public performance at Golden Gate Park (CER 2022-2023).

Photo Credits (in order of appearance): Andrea Rodriguez by Robbie Sweeny. "La Rumba No Para", Andrea Rodriguez with salsa partner c/o artist; ɡaT͟H(ə)riNGs class organized by ainsley tharp, gizeh muñiz-vengel, and Emily Hansel, image by gizeh muñiz-vengel; Tammy Johnson performing raks baladi, c/o the artist, "Black Women's Freedom Circle" toolkit by Tammy Johnson; Asian Babe Gang at speaking event and retreat, c/o the artists; stephanie hewett and jose abad, "to be like a river" retreat photos c/o the artists; La Colectiva de Mujeres performing at Carnaval SF & Andreína Maldonado, c/o the artist; Performance Primers logo by Zoe Donnellycolt, designed by Claire Rabkin; Jarrel Phillips by Michole Forks; David Herrera by Randy Basso; Yayoi Kambara by Deeksha Prakash, "Aesthetic Shift - A Dance Lab for Equitable Practices" (2019); QTBIPOC Hive logo by Dongyi Wu; Gerald Casel by Robbie Sweeny, "Dancing Around Race" Public Gathering photo by Karla Quintero; "The Hard Corps & a.u.l.e." collage by Julie Tolentino.

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