Space Grants


The Space Grant Program is designed to give choreographers, playwrights, and multi-disciplinary artists the opportunity to create new work in a setting that is conducive to working deeply and exploring new territory. Our Space Grant program is the oldest of our programs that support developing artists. It was initially created for dance artists and expanded to support theater and performance artists in the late 1990s. Space grants are often an artist’s entry point into a deeper relationship with BAX. A significant number of our Artists In Residence started their relationship with BAX as space grantees and then claimed the organization as their artistic home.

Space grants acknowledge that seasoned artists and newly emerging artists need uninterrupted space and time to try new ideas or to change directions. Again and again in surveys of NYC’s performing artists, access to space is the most essential resource. We remain committed to space grants as the core provision of our Artist Services offerings.

“Most importantly, I experienced BAX as a place where everyone is skilled and supported, and where the most important value is to create a vital, creative space.” – Jen Abrams

Artists are selected by application and reviewed by a panel of former space grantees, AIR and staff. Applications are made available in February and are due in early spring of each year. Please check back for exact dates. Recipients receive free rehearsal space in one of BAX’s four studios and have the opportunity to share their work with other Space Grantees and Marya Warshaw in an in-progress showing and feedback session.


BAX offers different types of Space Grants:


40 hours, Work Period only with childcare stipend

This program, founded as the Parent/Choreographer Space Grant, is an initiative by BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation & The Puffin Foundation. The grant addresses some of the needs of NYC choreographers who are trying to meet the challenges of being an artist and a parent to newborn through pre-school age (0-4) children. In 2014, we will be announcing the launch of an expansion of this program to serve theater artists with studio-based practices. [more info]


100 hours, Work Period only

The Summer Space Grant is ideal for the Brooklyn & Queens based dance or theater artist who already has a performance commitment or an artist who is embarking on a research period for an upcoming work and does not wish to present. [more info]


100 hours, Work Period followed by a showcase performance

The Fall Space Grant allows Brooklyn & Queens based dance and theater artists an opportunity to perform the work they have developed in front of an audience at the conclusion of the rehearsal process in a showcase format with a post- performance discussion. [more info]


The Alumni Space Grant award acknowledges artists who began as dance students at BAX and supports them as working professionals in developing their original voices. There is no formal application for this program. Please contact for more information.


BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange receives generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Marta Heflin Foundation, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

BAX is committed to meeting ADA compliance regulations.