Art Omi: Dance

2022 Residency Dates: Thursday, July 21 - Monday, August 8, 2022
The open call for applications for 2023 residencies will reopen later this year.

Art Omi: Dance 2022 Residents are:

  • Lavy
  • Maya Billig
  • Miriam Hermina
  • Aime Irasema
  • Cat Mahari
  • Ntege Moses
  • Raymond Pinto

Click here to learn more about the Art Omi: Dance 2022 cohort.

About

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, Art 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.

Past Residents

2021
2019
2018
2017

Click here to view the Art Omi alumni searchable database, including the full list of Art Omi: Dance alumni.

How to Apply

2022 Residency Dates: Thursday, July 21 - Monday, August 8, 2022
Application Requirements: Bio, photo, brief statement, professional letter of recommendation, examples of recent choreographic works and presentations, examples of companies or projects worked in as a performer, training history, two-three video samples of work as a performer, improviser, and/or choreographer.

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Director & Board

Program Director

Christopher K. Morgan has directed Art Omi: Dance since 2006, shaping its unique approach to cross cultural collaboration and peer-to-peer mentorship. His Native Hawaiian ancestry and a wide-ranging dance career that moved him to San Diego, Munich, Washington DC, New York, Dublin, London, and Hawai'i - all influence his work. He is Vice President of Programming at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (the MACC), curating dozens of music, dance, and theater performances each year, overseeing the Schaefer International Gallery, and a robust arts education program that serves thousands of Hawai'i youth, adults, and arts educators. From 2017-2021 he served as Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place in Washington, D.C. stewarding the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact by maintaining Dance Place’s entire 23 person staff with no layoffs or furloughs and continuing to pay artists. Christopher founded dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, in 2011; the same year Dance Magazine profiled him as one of six breakout choreographers in the United States. His choreographic work has received support from Creative Capital, New England Foundation for the Arts, Dance USA, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and Western Arts Alliance. Nominated by President Joseph R. Biden and confirmed by Congress, Christopher serves on the National Council on the Arts. He lives in Makawao, Hawai'i with his husband, opera director Kyle Lang.


Program Board

  • Maria Mitchell
  • Lynn Neuman
  • Amber Sloan
  • Nicole Smith
  • Gus Solomons, Jr.

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