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Live Arts Boston 2022

Banner photo: PeterDiMuro: Public Displays of Motion / Photo: Melissa Ostrow

Information is out now about the next generation of LAB. Click here to learn more!


Congratulations to the performing artists selected for Live Arts Boston 2022!

We are pleased to share with you the names of the 50 artists and organizations selected as the 2022 cohort for Live Arts Boston. 

In its sixth year, Live Arts Boston (LAB), created with the support and partnership of the Barr Foundation, supported Greater Boston area artists to test ideas, explore collaborations and build skills in the process of generating new, original work.  Arts and music are the translators of meaning. In an era of health, racial, and economic pandemics that will forever change our lives, we believe that art is a critical force for advancing needed conversations, building belonging, imagining a better future and inspiring us to move towards it.

LAB once again supported visionary performing artists creating new work through Live Arts Boston. LAB provides up to $15,000 in project-specific funds to create, produce or present new performing arts work for Greater Boston audiences. In addition to funding, grantees will receive project documentation, one-on-one advising, peer networking opportunities and support for other professional development.

Funding supports work in dance, theater, music, opera, musical theater, spoken word, performance art, circus arts, traditional and folk performing arts and any multi-disciplinary combination of the above.

Beyond dollars, the LAB program gave grantees access to an invaluable resource--Boston-based Dunamis, a professional development organization specializing in the support and training of Boston’s emerging artists and arts-managers of color. A vital partner of the LAB since program 2020, the Dunamis team meets creatives where they are at any stage of their careers, offering 1:1 consultation, project advising with a dedicated cohort of artist-advisors, and an evolving array of professional development workshops based on the needs of the current cohort.  Their podcast series, Dexter's L.A.B., created to give voice to LAB artists, highlights grantees for their work and unique perspectives.  

Scroll down to learn more about the program and meet the 2022 LAB grantees.

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 Program Information

About the Program:

The next application period for Live Arts Boston will be in early 2024. 

Read the press release about the 2022 Live Arts Boston cohort of artists!

Learn more about past cohorts:

Thanks to our funding partner

Barr Foundation
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2022 LAB Reviewers

Live Arts Boston would like to thank our 2022 reviewers - without them, this program could not happen.

Arts Administrator, Actor, Musician, Writer
Berklee College of Music

Aliza Franz
Freelance Dancer, Arts Administrator
VLA Dance, Zamana Art

Andrea Blesso
Director of Dance & Interdisciplinary Arts
Boston Center for the Arts

Aneesh Kumar
Independent Artist/Administrator

Angela Miracle Gladue
Independent Artist
Miss Chief Rocka, The Halluci-Nation

Ann Gregg
Field Learning
The Lewis Prize for Music

Anson Frazier
Independent Artist

Ashleigh Gordon
Artistic/Executive Director and violist
Castle of our Skins

Ashley Yung
Theatre and Performance Manager
Pao Arts Center

Billy Dean Thomas
ndependent Artist

Bonnie Duncan
Artistic Director
The Gottabees

Ché Anderson
ood & Convo

Christina Leonard
Director / Choreographer
Center Stage Dance Studio

Independent Artist

J. Andrés Ballesteros
Executive Director
Eureka Ensemble

Jasmine Brooks
Freelance Theatre Artist

Jasmine Rush
Actor / Writer / Director

Jason Talbot
Deputy Director
Artists For Humanity

Jean Appolon
Founder and Artistic Director
Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE)

Jha D Amazi

Jorge Santiago Arce
Performing Artist (Music,Theater & Dance)/Educator

Josh Bhatti
Vice President
The Bowery Presents

Juana Baez
The Works of Art

Julia Schachnik
Community Organizing Manager
American Repertory Theater

Consultant and Independent Artist
The Message LLC

Junichi Fukuda
Artistic Director / Choreographer

Kirjuan Freeman

Kristina Latino
Founder & Artist Manager
Cornerscape Artist Management

Lanelle Sneed
Program Manager

Marian Taylor Brown
co-director of collective abundance
Arts Connect International

Moe Pope
Musician, Visual Artist

Ngoc-Tran Vu
Independent Artist and Organizer

Paul Miranda
Independent Artist

Paul Willis
Hip Hop/Spoken Word Artist and DEI Consultant

Rhea Vedro
Independent Artist

Sara Porkalob
Storyteller, Cultural Worker

Shoshona Currier
Bates Dance Festival

Sophie Ancival
Director of Production

Steve Schroth
Education Manager - Fruitlands Museum/Old Manse

Trustees of Reservations

Steve Theo

Tanya N Nixon-Silberg
Little Uprisings

Theo de Castro
Program Assistant
Ford Foundation

Tiniqua Patrick
Founder/Lead Producer
Meraki Productions

tri quach
director of engagement and organizing