Art Omi: Dance
2019 Residency Dates
July 15 - August 5, 2019
Art Omi: Dance brings together ten accomplished dance artists from around the world for three weeks of creative exchange each summer. Residents experience each other’s creative process and the freedom to play in this collaborative residency program.
The emphasis of the Art Omi: Dance residency is not a performance product; rather, a gently facilitated process of experimentation and collaboration. This exploration is enhanced by providing resources that dancers and choreographers often lack: space, time and other artists with whom to work. The result is a model of creative process and community building that envisions consequences for the participants beyond the sphere of art making.
Informal showings each summer invite the public to experience the residents' creative process, collaborations, and the development of their ideas.
Art Omi: Dance welcomes professional dancers and choreographers of all styles who have the desire to share ideas and process with dancers from around the world. Applicants should not have specific projects in mind, but should come open to working with others on jointly conceived projects. Applications for the summer residencies are accepted each winter.
Art Omi residency programs offer artists the vital opportunity of space and time to create. Lodging, meals and studio space on Art Omi’s beautiful 200-acre campus in the Hudson Valley are provided at no cost to the residents.
Accommodations & Facilities
Art Omi is located two and a half hours north of New York City in the historic Hudson River Valley. Named for a neighboring village, Omi is close to the small town of Ghent, New York, as well as Albany and Hudson, which offer train connections only thirty minutes away.
The facilities, situated on three hundred acres of open land, include a large two-story barn with indoor studios; contemporary residence buildings designed with a vernacular reference to local barns, surrounded by abundant perennial beds, expansive lawns dotted with fruit trees, adjacent to The Fields Sculpture Park.
A Federal Period farm house serves as a gathering center, providing a full kitchen, television room and library; while the front porch overlooks rolling hills and the majestic outline of the Catskill Range. A swimming pool, bicycles, WiFi access and several state of the art computers are available on the premises.
Columbia County, and the nearby Berkshire Mountains, are popular destinations because of their historical, natural and cultural riches. From bird sanctuaries to modern dance, presidential mansions to farmer's markets, the environs offer a singular blend of rural quiet and cultural stimulation. Staff and friends in the neighborhood are often available for excursions of interest to residents.
Applications are due January 2, 2019. All applications must be sent through Submittable; no exceptions.
Director & Board
Christopher K. Morgan (Art Omi: Dance Program Director) has directed Art Omi: Dance since 2006, shaping its unique approach to cross cultural collaboration and peer-to-peer artist mentorship. He is the Artistic Director of contemporary dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (CKM&A), and the Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place, a 37-year-old dance venue and school in Washington, D.C. Christopher founded CKM&A in 2011; the same year Dance Magazine profiled him as one of six breakout choreographers in the United States. Said to be "charming and poignant" by The New York Times, his work has been presented in 18 countries on 5 continents and has addressed issues including sexuality, gender identity, race, climate change, and water conservation. At Dance Place, he oversees the curation of over 45 weekends of performances by national and international choreographers annually; a school for youth and adults, youth enrichment programs and continues Dance Place’s leadership in creative placemaking.
Christopher’s Native Hawaiian ancestry and a diverse, international modern dance career that moved him to Munich, Washington DC, New York, Dublin and London, all influence his work. In demand as a speaker, panelist and grants reviewer for his informed and balanced perspective, Morgan has recently been at the forefront of national and international discussions on cultural appropriation, diversity, equity and inclusion. He regularly adjudicates for the American College Dance Festival and has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council and McKnight Foundation among others. Recent awards include a 2013 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellowship, 2014 NPN Creation Fund Award, a 2014 National Dance Project (NDP) award from NEFA, being named one of the top 100 Creatives in the U.S. by Origin Magazine in 2015, the 2015 Montgomery County Executive's Award for Outstanding Artist, a 2017 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, and has been named as a 2018 Native Launchpad Artist by the Western Arts Alliance. He resides in North Bethesda, Maryland with his husband, opera director Kyle Lang.
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