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.
Adobo-Fish-Sauce will practice a public display of process as product by documenting the journey of writing, developing, and the first performance of a new cooking and poetry show.
Wendy will complete and perform the work The Women Gather, with a creative ensemble made up equally of international and local women-identified artists and conduct workshops for local community members culminating in a two-week run at the Strand Theater.
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
Freelance Dancer, Arts Administrator
VLA Dance, Zamana Art
Director of Dance & Interdisciplinary Arts
Boston Center for the Arts
Angela Miracle Gladue
Miss Chief Rocka, The Halluci-Nation
The Lewis Prize for Music
Artistic/Executive Director and violist
Castle of our Skins
Theatre and Performance Manager
Pao Arts Center
Billy Dean Thomas
Food & Convo
Director / Choreographer
Center Stage Dance Studio
J. Andrés Ballesteros
Freelance Theatre Artist
Actor / Writer / Director
Artists For Humanity
Founder and Artistic Director
Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE)
Jha D Amazi
Jorge Santiago Arce
Performing Artist (Music,Theater & Dance)/Educator
The Bowery Presents
The Works of Art
Community Organizing Manager
American Repertory Theater
Consultant and Independent Artist
The Message LLC
Artistic Director / Choreographer
Founder & Artist Manager
Cornerscape Artist Management
Marian Taylor Brown
co-director of collective abundance
Arts Connect International
Musician, Visual Artist
Independent Artist and Organizer
Hip Hop/Spoken Word Artist and DEI Consultant
Storyteller, Cultural Worker
Bates Dance Festival
Director of Production
Education Manager - Fruitlands Museum/Old Manse
Trustees of Reservations
Tanya N Nixon-Silberg
Theo de Castro
director of engagement and organizing