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Live Arts Boston 2022

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

Now in its sixth year, Live Arts Boston (LAB), created with the support and partnership of the Barr Foundation, supports 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.

We are proud to once again support 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 gives 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.

Learn more about Lab's impact on artists

 Program Information

About the Program:

The application period for Live Arts Boston 2022 has closed. Information about applications for Live Arts Boston 2023 will be available later this year. 

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

To learn more about the program's past guidelines and grantees, explore this page or click through to the below pages. 
2022 Program and Eligibility Guidelines
2022 Priorities and FAQs

Thanks to our funding partner

Barr Foundation
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New Listings Coming Soon!!

LAB 2022 stats

360

projects funded since 2017

$5 million

invested directly in local artists

78%

2022 projects led by artists of color


2022 LAB Reviewers

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

Abria
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
ANSON RAP$

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

Ashley Yung
Theatre and Performance Manager
Pao Arts Center

Billy Dean Thomas
I
ndependent Artist

Bonnie Duncan
Artistic Director
The Gottabees

Ché Anderson
Organizer
F
ood & Convo

Christina Leonard
Director / Choreographer
Center Stage Dance Studio

Despoina
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
SpaceMaker

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

Josh Bhatti
Vice President
The Bowery Presents

Juana Baez
Founder
The Works of Art

Julia Schachnik
Community Organizing Manager
American Repertory Theater

Juma
Consultant and Independent Artist
The Message LLC

Junichi Fukuda
Artistic Director / Choreographer
FUKUDANCE

Kirjuan Freeman
CEO
www.elevationtheory.org

Kristina Latino
Founder & Artist Manager
Cornerscape Artist Management

Lanelle Sneed
Program Manager
BAMS Fest

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

Moe Pope
Musician, Visual Artist
STLGLD

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
Director
Bates Dance Festival

Sophie Ancival
Director of Production
MIT

Steve Schroth
Education Manager - Fruitlands Museum/Old Manse

Trustees of Reservations

Steve Theo
Owner
Pirate!

Tanya N Nixon-Silberg
Founder
Little Uprisings

Theo de Castro
Program Assistant
Ford Foundation

Tiniqua Patrick
Founder/Lead Producer
Meraki Productions

tri quach
director of engagement and organizing
masscreative