2019 DISABLED ARTIST SPACE GRANT AWARDEES

Introducing the first cohort of BAX’s 
DISABLED ARTIST SPACE GRANT PILOT PROGRAM 

Anna GichanAnna Gichan is a moderately-severe to severely-profound Deaf artist. She graduated with a B.F.A in dance from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. She also spent a year studying Dance at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. 
Currently, Anna is exploring the relationship she has with sound through visuals and movement. annagichan.com
Naja GordonNaja Gordon is a dancer and choreographer from New York City. She studied pre-professionally at the Alvin Ailey School for 12 years, under the training of Tracy Inman, Earl Mosley, Judith Jamison, and Pedro Ruiz. During her time as a student at Ailey, Naja was fortunate to receive the “Fellowship Award,” performing in the Macy’s Day Parade, on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and as a junior company member performing “Revelations” at Alvin Ailey’s 50th Anniversary Gala.
At Bard College, while earning her Bachelor of the Arts in Dance, she studied under Leah Cox, Stuart Singer, Leah Morrison, Maria Simpson, and Peter Kyle, and led the Bard Dance Club for two consecutive years, where she curated film screenings, and hosted free movement workshops. There, she continued her passion for movement, health, and education, at the Abigail Lundquist Botstein nursery school, as a movement specialist for nursery school aged-children. Her choreographed works have been presented at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.
Currently, Naja works at BAX as the Artistic Programs Associate, previously serving as a Group Leader for the Summer Arts Program and School Breaks Programs, and considers BAX to be a second home. She is working administratively with artists Marya Warshaw, Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born. While not dancing, Naja enjoys practicing Yoga Nidra, writing, and spending time with family.
Kayla Hamilton Kayla Hamilton is a movement artist and teacher originally from Texarkana, Texas and now reside in Bronx, NY. Kayla earned a BA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and an MS Ed in Special Education from Hunter College. She is a member of the 2017 Bessie-award winning collective of the Skeleton Architecture, the future of our world's curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. In addition to Skeleton Architecture, Kayla dances with Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, and Maria Bauman/MBDance. Kayla’s embodied explorations have been supported by Paloma McGregor/Angela’s Pulse, Dance USA’s Institute of Leadership Training, and Bronx Council of the Arts. When Kayla is not dancing, she's a special education teacher at the Highbridge Green School who loves to watch Law and Order on Hulu while sipping on peppermint tea.
Jacob Slominski Jacob Slominski has performed and toured with Jack Ferver, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and Faye Driscoll, and has shown work at the Museum of Arts and Design, Gibney Dance, CPR, CATCH, Judson Church, Chez Bushwick, etc. He took a break from performing and choreographing as he learned how to live with chronic pain. He is still learning, and is returning to performance with a new and different body and outlook. He lives with his wife and 5-month-old daughter in Brooklyn and Rhinecliff, NY, works remotely as a medical editor, and is getting his Master’s degree in Disability Studies. He is thrilled to be a part of this residency.

BAX’s DISABLED ARTIST SPACE GRANT PILOT PROGRAM is facilitated by Lindsay Londs Reuter, a non-disabled cultural practitioner working at the intersections of performance and accessibility. 

Modeled after BAX’s long-standing space grants, artists will be provided with an honorarium, travel stipend, and advising. These artists will attend and participate in 3-4 sessions evaluating the pilot, sharing their own work with each other and with BAX’s resident artists and staff.

This project is generously supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs as part of the CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund. 

EACH ARTIST RECEIVES:

  • 100 hours of rehearsal space to be used at Cora Dance (ADA Accessible) or BAX’s main site (not ADA accessible).
  • Artists will receive a $400 artist fee, $250 travel stipend, and an additional $100 honorarium for participation in 3-4 meetings (total $100, not per meeting) for a total compensation of $750.

Press Release Announcing the Application.
Visit the application page (now closed).