2023 Queer and BIPOC Space Residency Initiative

2023 Queer and BIPOC Space Residency Initiative

Some of our artists who are the most pandemic-impacted in the region are struggling to regain momentum in their movement practices and careers. ODC is proud to offer the 2023 Queer and BIPOC Space Residency Initiative as a means to countering this situation. The residency will support five dance artists/companies from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQIA2S+ communities, each with a 30-hour space residency in one of ODC’s studios. 

Three Guest Curators will help develop, then review applications and curate a cohort of selected artists. Once the artists are selected they will be invited to meet and build community with one another, as well as take part in some marketing efforts. The residency does not require any final product or performance and can be utilized to invest in old practices/develop new routines, create new work for yourself or group, or simply have dedicated space in which to move.

Application Period: October 17, 2022, through November 20 11:59 PST



Group Info Session: November 3, 2022, at 5PM 



One-on-One Application Help Session



Notifications will take place in the 3rd week of December 2022

Guest Curators

  • Per Sia

    With a pedigree from weekly performances at the late, iconic Esta Noche, Per Sia trajectory has gone on to include art curation, stand-up, television, and maybe a quinceañera or two, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and México. Currently she is a regular performer in the nationally acclaimed "Drag Queen Story Hour" as well as an educator in residence at the Children's After School Arts (CASA) program in the San Francisco Unified School District profiled on KQED Arts and National Public Radio.

     Photo provided by the Artist


    SPULU is a creative entrepreneur, mover, storyteller, dance maker, fashion designer, and multidisciplinary performing artist. SPULU comes by way of Tongan South Pacific roots, by way of East Oakland, California, and by way of immigrant parents. Their work has been showcased all over the world via social media in response to the social issues facing Pasifika communities' throughout the diaspora through music, theatre, and dance. SPULU uses arts and movement as a form of resistance and protest. Their recent work was featured in the Levi's Pride 2019 International campaign and also co-created a NIKE shoe; which sold out the first few days of launch. SPULU currently serves as the Associate Director of the Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp, a national dance program housed under the UC Berkeley: Cal Performance educations program and an entity of the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. They are an active member of the MANA Pasifika Doula Collective as a Doula and community ambassador.

    Photo Provided by the Artist

  • Tammy Johnson

    Tammy Johnson is a dancer, producer, culture keeper, writer, equity consultant and godmother extraordinaire. Johnson directed living wage, welfare rights, public education and election campaigns as community organizer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has partnered with World Trust and spent a decade at Race Forward as a national organizer, trainer, writer, and policy analyst. Johnson co-produced the television special Colorlines: Race and Economic Recovery with LinkTV. She was also the curator of creativesinplace.org, a listening project and digital platform that features the stores of Bay Area artists and their work. Johnson specializes in raks baladi, also known as Egyptian style belly dance. She was a recipient of the 2016 Deborah Slater Studio 201 Residency Program and performed as part of ChimaTEK: Hybridity Visualization Mandala, a piece created by renowned performance visual artists Saya Woolfalk. She is currently serving a residency with the Bridge Live Arts Community Engagement Program. The Oakland based Johnson embraces work that is healing and gives her joy. 

    ​​​​​Photo Provided by the Artist


  • How can I receive more information on the program and/or help on my application?

    There are three ways to gain info and help with the application process:

    1) Have general questions? Please email Zackary at spaceresidency@odc.dance

    2) For more one-on-one assistance with your application please sign up for an “office hours” 20-minute session by clicking here. 

    3) Informal Zoom group info session on Nov. 3rd. Register here.

    All questions, one-on-one assistance sessions and zoom informal info session will be led by Zackary Forcum, Initiative Facilitator.

  • Eligibility requirements?

    1) Every applicant must submit a proposal within the application period. 

    2) Participants must be residents of one of the following 9 counties within the San Francisco Bay Area: Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Alameda, and Santa Clara. 

    3) The program is intended to serve a range of dance and movement individual artists and companies from Queer and BIPOC Communities. This may include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, nonbinary community members, as well as folks from Black, Latina\o\x, Hispanic, East Asian, South Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, and Multiracial cultures.  

    Please note: ODC works hard to follow all ADA guidelines and we value ALL Bodies. Please DO NOT discount yourself from this opportunity if your body or your relationship to it has shifted over the course of the pandemic. We hope you will apply.

  • How many hours are available per residency and how are these managed?

    Five individual artists/companies will be selected. Each selected artist/company will receive access to thirty hours of studio space. Each selected artist/company will work with ODC’s front desk team starting in Early January 2023, to schedule and manage their studio time. Residency Artists are encouraged to schedule time well in advance to best access studio-availability. 

  • When do the residencies start?

    While all of the 5 artists/companies will gather together (digitally or in person as the group decides) in early January to meet one another in a kick-off meeting, each artist’s Residency Period can start at their discretion after February 1, 2023. Each space residency artist will have until the end of August 2023 to utilize their hours. 

  • How is the residency structured/what is required of me?

    Once the residency begins for each artist, no check-ins, showings, or products of any kind are required except for participating in a final exit survey. ODC encourages selected space residency artists to hold work-in-progress screenings (and with advance notice we may be able to provide logistical assistance) and otherwise share their work, yet we do not require this. While this is not a mentorship program, if feedback from artists within ODC’s network is desired we will work with selected space residency artists to see what is possible.  

  • What marketing efforts are selected artists invited to participate in?

    Selected space residency artists will be invited to be featured in ODC’s Winter 2023 community announcement of artists, via a social media campaign and outreach to local arts organizations and foundations. There may be other opportunities to highlight artists and their work/practices over the course of 2023. 

Interested in hearing more about our past year’s Artist Cohort? Check them out here.

Please note: These FAQS may be updated over time to include answers to questions that frequently come up over the application cycle.