Creation * Presentation * Preservation * Education

a) Dance Residency & Performance * Creation & Presentation

             b) Artist Residency & Documentation * Creation & Preservation             

c) Archives * Education 

d) Exhibitions * Education  

e) Professional & Children's Programs * Education  

a) Dance Residency & Performance * Creation & Presentation

Contemporary American modern dance choreographers and their companies of dancers will be invited to create and present new work at the Museum.

In order to represent the history of American modern dance, special performances of modern dance masterpieces choreographed by pioneers of American modern dance, such as Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey and Ted Shawn, will also be presented. These special performances of historic dances will affirm the importance of the Museum, which through its five linked programs (Dance Residency & Performance, Artist Residency & Documentation, Archives, Exhibitions, Professional & Children’s Programs), will create, document, preserve, present, and thereby continue the history of American modern dance in a way that has not been done anywhere else.

b) Artist Residency & Documentation * Creation & Preservation  

Contemporary American visual artists will be invited to observe choreographers and dancers in rehearsal at the Museum, and will create new artworks based on their observations. Thus, the ephemeral art of dance will be used as subject material for the visual arts, and the creative process of making dance will be documented and preserved.

c) Archives * Education 

The artwork collections created by the artists in residence will be housed onsite in the archives, and will be made available to the public for research and educational purposes. The archives will be a unique repository of primary sources that document American contemporary modern dance. Furthermore, these primary sources will be generated solely by visual artists and dancers working at the Museum. Thus, the Museum will build an institutional history reflecting trends in American contemporary modern dance. Over time, then, it will be possible for researchers to review trends in American contemporary modern dance based on these specialized collections.

The collections will include the following:

        *       paintings

        *       sculptures

·          drawings

·          prints

        *       illustrations

        *       sketches

        *       costume renderings

        *       photographs

        *       videos

        *       films

        *       musical scores and recordings

        *       manuscript collections including performance programs, copies of grant proposals, notes and diagrams, written descriptions, critical writings, monographs, discussions/interviews, poetry  

d) Exhibitions * Education  

The artwork and objects to be included in the exhibitions will be drawn exclusively from the primary sources in the onsite archives. Exhibitions will be open to the general public for educational purposes and to audiences who have come to the Museum to see dance performances, rehearsals and documentation in progress. Special exhibitions of visual art by professional choreographers and dancers will also be held. 

e) Professional & Children’s Programs * Education

Janet Panetta, an internationally renowned and award-winning dance teacher, will be Teacher in Residence. She will teach a professional level dance technique class for dancers in residence, which will be open to the professional dance community; and will research teaching dance technique as a creative act. The Museum will also offer educational programs involving documentation of dance through fine art, photography and video/film for children who may not otherwise be exposed to the arts.