Parent Artist Space Grant

Now in its 8th year, this grant is designed to address some of the needs of artists who are trying to meet the challenges of being an artist and a parent to young children. BAX is intimately familiar with the joys and the difficulties of raising a family while creating and producing work in New York City. This space grant program is supported, in part, by The Sustainable Arts Foundation.

The 2020/21 Parent Artist Space Grant recipients are dance artist Davalois Fearon and interdisciplinary artist Leyna Marika Papach.

Davalois Fearon

2019 MAP Fund grantee Davalois Fearon is a critically-acclaimed dancer, teacher, and choreographer born in Jamaica and raised in the Bronx, NY. She is one of Dance Magazine’s seven ‘Up-and-coming Black Artists to Have on Your Radar’ and a Bessie Award recipient for her performance in “the skeleton architecture, or the future of our world’s.” She is the founder and Artistic Director of Davalois Fearon Dance, a company with a mission that pushes both artistic and social boundaries. Her choreography has been presented nationally and internationally, on Broadway at the New Victory Theater, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the world-renowned Joyce Theater. She has been commissioned by the likes of Pentacle, Harlem Stage, Barnard, SUNY Purchase, and The Bronx Museum and received awards such as the Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO, Mabou Mines Suite/Space Residency, and Alvin Ailey New Dance Directions Choreography Lab. She has received awards from the Bronx Council on the Arts, Groundworks Hudson Valley and The MuKha Arts & Science Foundation among others. Fearon is the recipient of the Mabou Mines Suite/Space Residency, Restorations Arts Choreoquest residency, and is an Alvin Ailey New Dance Directions Choreography Lab fellow.

Photo by Mikael Walter

Leyna Marika Papach

Leyna Marika Papach is a musician and interdisciplinary artist from Japan and the United States. Her compositions house the languages of dance, theater, sound, and image. Leyna’s performative work has been presented internationally in Europe, Japan, and the US. She has written and directed four evening-length dance-theater pieces alongside her work as a composer and violinist. Her work and research have been supported through residencies and grant programs such as HARP (HERE Arts Center), Arts International, and Frank Huntington Beebe Fund (for music+dance research in the Czech Republic and West Africa), Japan/US Friendship Commission (six-month fellowship in Japan–funded by the NEA and Ministry of Culture in Japan), amongst many other smaller grants.

As a composer and violinist, she has worked with a wide range of artists, both as a collaborator and interpreter (Clarinda Mac Low, Taylor Mac, Eric Ting, J.G.Thirwell, Geraldind Fibbers/Nels Cline and many others), performing in venues/festivals such as; Unlimited Festival (Austria), HAU (Berlin), International House (Japan), Dance Afrique Dance (Paris/Tunisia) All Tomorrow’s Parties (US) and New York venues such as BAM, St.Marks Church, UNESCO, MoMA, St.Anne’s Warehouse, The Stone, Issue project room and many others.

Leyna holds an MFA in interdisciplinary studies from Bard College, MA in Theater and Dance studies from DasArts, Amsterdam. She studied dance with Germaine Acogny at L’ecole des Sables, Senegal, and studied violin at the Prague Academy of Music and UMKC Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, where she received her Bachelor’s degree.

Photo by Soomi Kim