Northern California Post Graduate Performance Program
Northern California is situated within the confluence of a number of pervasive determining factors that have had an impact on the nature of the performing arts that are practiced here. One of them is the spirit of artistic innovation and experimentation that has flourished in the last half a century; a second is a rich history of civil rights and social justice action; a third is the fact that the region is one of the international driving forces in the computer and internet technology industries.
Among the most vital places that these different (and sometimes opposing) value and technology systems are being fused, dissected, remade and re calibrated is in the arts departments of the Bay Areas university campuses. As such they are sometimes turning out graduates creating forms of expression hitherto unseen.
As we begin to focus on the third decade of the 21st Century and these graduates have embarked on their own careers as artists some of them will take these forms to new places; re-imagining what the performing arts are and what their relationship to audiences can be. The Festival is interested in presenting examples of this developmentand other post-graduate (alumni) artists whose work shows exceptional promiseon an ongoing basis starting in 2019.
The goal is to offer low-risk opportunities for younger people who are at a stage of their careers where they have decided to become generative performing artists. Specifically those who are in the process of creating an external or formal structure to sustain and manage their careers (i.e. an ensemble, band, 501(c)(3), sole proprietorship or another form of support mechanism) that will enable them to build a place for themselves in the performing arts business.
The May 26 presentation is for alumni from Northern California graduate degree arts programs that outlines how they can participate in the Festival through their Alma Mater. Learn more about:
- The rationale and reasoning behind the program
- When the most opportune time for individual artists to consider participation might be.
- The curatorial priorities and the types of artist and work the Festival is interested in.
- The opportunity cost of participation.
- The application process and how to be nominated by your school
California State University East Bay
California institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco State University
University of California Santa Cruz
University of San Francisco
Gallery 308, Building A, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (View)
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123
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