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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Performing Artist in Residence program 2024


Deadline: February 29, 2024

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Performing Artist in Residence program allows artists and visitors to experience the Garden through a different lens.

The theme for the 2024 residency is Natural Attraction, celebrating the plant-pollinator relationship through the lens of BBG’s vast and varied collections and the native insects to which they are inextricably linked.

One artist will be selected for a residency in 2024. During the residency, the artist will spend time creating work in and inspired by the Garden. They will host one or two public classes, seminars, or activities, then showcase their final work in September 2024.
Residency Support
  • Access to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden library and archives and a curated package of research material on the Natural Attraction theme
  • Research meetings with gardeners and staff
  • Access to the Garden, including outside of public hours by arrangement
  • Access to BBG’s events and programs
  • A shared desk area and wifi
  • Artist stipend of $7,000, plus opportunity to request production and additional performer support
  • 2024 TimelineApplication accepted: January 15 to February 29
  • Selection: May 1
  • Residency: June 1 to September 30
  • Final Presentation: September 21 & 22

2023 Artist in Residence: Kamala Sankaram

From June through September 2023, Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosted Kamala Sankaram as artist in residence. Drawing inspiration from trees in our collection, tree care and caretakers, and the symbolism of trees as places of gathering, shelter, and culture, Sankaram created two new pieces inspired by the Garden’s 2023 theme, Power of Trees.

2022 Artist in Residence: Jean-René Delsoin

During his summer 2022 residency, Delsoin’s study of BBG’s gardens, plants, trees, and wildlife along with Haitian culture, traditions, and heritage informed a work created and presented in collaboration with NYC-based dance and drum practitioners.


EligibilityDiscipline: Artists interested in the live performance world including (but not limited to) choreographers, dancers, musicians, playwrights, and theater makers.

Artist must be a resident of New York City. This residency does not provide housing or transportation.
Artist must respect the plant life and abide by Garden rules. A residency contract will be executed.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an equal opportunity organization and encourages all eligible applicants to apply.

Application Components

Portfolio of 3–5 pieces of work
Written proposal including:Performance ideas integrating the 2024 theme
Public engagement ideas
Artist’s relation to or interest in botanic subject matter
Anticipated needs for residency supplies, equipment, and space
SelectionApplications will be reviewed by a committee composed of Brooklyn Botanic Garden staff, previous artists in residence, and Brooklyn Committee.
Selection is based on the applicant’s proposal of performance relating to the Natural Attraction theme and relation to or interest in botanic subject matter.

Applications are due by February 29, 2024. Resident will be announced May 1, 2024.

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