Atlanta Contemporary and Dance Canvas partner on the 2nd year of Summer Choreographic Residencies. 

Both organizations are strong believers in the power of art and the strength of artists’ voices to heal, make commentary, lift spirits, inspire hope, and demand change. Dance Canvas and Atlanta Contemporary are offering resources to support dance artists in metro Atlanta. The residency is designed to provide metro Atlanta-based choreographers with a platform for creation and presentation of works reflecting our communities and to be a creative outlet for dance artists while supporting and amplifying diverse voices.

Artists will be provided a 10-week residency (July 5th - Sept 12th) on the campus of Atlanta Contemporary. Choreographers will work in the Pavilion and incubate, ideate, and create a new work based on the theme above. Choreographers will also receive access to dancers, feedback/artistic support, production assistance and promotion from Dance Canvas. Resident choreographers will create a 10-15 minute work, with a culminating performance at Atlanta Contemporary September 10-12, 2021.

Call for Proposals

Apply online here.

The Request

This year, we are seeking artists who are interested in investigating migration and movement. Atlanta is a transient city. And whether forcibly or freely our communities are rooted in movement. This year’s residency will privilege the narratives of people who have been displaced. People migrating as a means of finding home or safety or something else entirely. Choreographers are asked to question or maybe find answers to questions they have already asked:

• Who has access to spaces? What does movement (in all senses) mean in our communities? Who has the freedom to move, migrate, and create place?

This thematic concept is inspired by Danielle Deadwyler’s current installation FOR(E)RUNNER on view at Atlanta Contemporary as part of the Virtual Remains exhibition curated by TK Smith. FOR(E)RUNNER is a multimedia installation that incorporates performance, video, and sculpture to intervene on the histories of the Atlanta railway corridor by unearthing the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of the Black laborers who worked to construct it.

Atlanta Contemporary occupies the land of the Mvskoke (Muscogee/Creek) Nation. These individuals were forcibly removed against their will, and we reap the benefits of their turmoil. Our occupation of this land is an act of privilege. We acknowledge this land and their legacy. It is important to reflect that acknowledgement in the art that is created through this residency. We are interested in the stories and art of BIPOC and marginalized communities and encourage artists of the diaspora to use this residency for storytelling and creation.
Learn more about the program and guidelines on the Dance Canvas website.


Dance Canvas

Dance Canvas, Inc. is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization, incorporated in the City of Atlanta in 2008 with a mission to provide opportunities and venues to increase the awareness of professional dance in Atlanta. We achieve our mission through three program areas of service:

Choreographer Career Development, Youth Leadership Development, & Audience Engagement. Visit to learn more.


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Upcoming Events

June 24 / 7:00pm

Pagan Five

Redaction of Archival Materials


Adam Forrester manifests a physical representation of the notion of selective memory by interacting with formally confidential archival materials reflecting the hidden history of his hometown.

June 27 / 12:00pm
Contemporary Kids

Contemporary Kids


A free and interactive family-friendly program, Contemporary Kids introduces children to contemporary art and artists through approachable media and hands-on activities.

July 10 / 7:00pm
Special Event

La Femme Noire


La Femme Noire: The Celebrated Womxn is an artistic celebration of African-American womxn and the contributions they have made to classical music as composers, poets, and performers.

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