SummerSpace: Time and Space to Create

By on January 13, 2016


As creative artists, you need time and space to do what you do. Lauren Warnecke/Art Intercepts is proud to present SummerSpace, a rehearsal residency for dance and movement-based artists in partnership with the Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls and Project Bound Dance.

SummerSpace provides (mostly) unrestricted time and space to dance and movement artists. Selected artists will be awarded an average of 10 hours per week for 7 weeks between June and August. That’s, like, 70 hours.

SummerSpace will provide a little bit of mentorship along the way from various community members, and a culminating event where you can show off any products of your effort. We aren’t entirely concerned about what that product looks like – only that you use the time wisely.Logo

Meet the 2016 artists here.

Meet the producers of SummerSpace here.


Who should apply for SummerSpace:

  • SummerSpace residencies are restricted to dance and movement artists. While there is a lot of gray area here, Menomonee Club’s beautiful maple floors and 30′ ceilings are ideal for movement practice and not for, say, mural painting. All types of movement and most footwear are acceptable, however rosin is prohibited. If you have questions or concerns about suitable footwear, props, or artistic mediums, contact me.
  • Artists who plan to be in Chicago for the summer. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to live in Chicago, but we cannot provide any lodging or additional accommodations. If selected, you are expected to use the full amount of time you are given (all of it). If you’re going on a 3-week Tahitian vacation in July, reschedule your trip or wait until next year. Roughly speaking, selected artists will be scheduled 10 hours a week between the hours of 6:00 and 11:00pm, weekdays only.
  • It doesn’t matter what you’re working on, but this residency is ideal for artists working on big, conceptual projects, long-form works, or dances requiring a lot of time and investigation. You can start something new, finish something you’ve started, or explore an idea that doesn’t yet have a home. We have no restrictions or expectations about what happens with the work when you finish the residency, but will provide some insight and suggestions should you wish to produce it.
  • Menomonee Club is a community center hosting hundreds of children and families in a variety of activities. While we are not interested in censoring your work, we ask that you be respectful of the environment in which you are working. If you have concerns about the content of your work and whether or not it’s appropriate for this residency, contact me.

How to apply:

Applications for 2016 are closed, and 2017 residency information will be available in January, 2017. For more information or to opt into a mailing list about SummerSpace and other programs, please fill out the form below.

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