Artists, Theaters, and Communities Making Change

Artist-Investigator Project call for proposals

UPDATE: We were astounded to receive 140 proposals in response to our call—there are clearly a lot of artists thinking along these lines! Earlier this month our panel met to narrow down the pool to 30 finalists, discovering some interesting clusters of applications like projects based around food, projects that bring performance into people’s homes, and even multiple projects that connect the worlds of opera and comics.

 Stay tuned for the February announcement of the final ten Artist-Investigators.

Original Post:

The Artist-Investigator Project offers funding to ten artists to conduct experiments in creating new kinds of performances.

Our communities are changing, the ways we engage with culture are changing, and our art-making is changing too. We want to learn from artists how you envision the performances of the future.  

You’ll lay out your experiment in our short application form.  We’ll ask you to choose either a HOW or a WHERE focus.  “HOW” Experiments should explore a particular method of making work. “WHERE” Experiments should explore a particular place (real or virtual) where you’d like your work to take place. There must be a performative component to either the process or product of your experiment and your experiment should clearly articulate who (audience, community) will be part of making/experiencing the work and how that work will take place.  

Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Our full RFP and short application form can be downloaded here: Artist-Investigator RFP.  The application deadline is December 3rd, 2012.

Questions? Email Triangle Lab Director Rebecca Novick at rnovick (at)


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  • Sarah November 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Do I need to be a California resident to apply? I was a California resident for nearly 16 years, San Diego to San Francisco, though am now based in Portland, Or.

    Thank you,


  • RebeccaN November 4, 2012 at 12:13 am

    HI Sarah – that is a good question, and I don’t think we have set a specific parameter. Let me confer and get back to you.

  • RebeccaN November 6, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Sarah – ok, the answer is that the project needs to take place in the Bay Area (if it’s a “where” project) or engage with a Bay Area community (if it’s a “how” project). So if you can swing that from elsewhere, you’re welcome to apply. Thanks – Rebecca

  • Kristi November 30, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Can the project be a “How” and a “Where” focus if they are equally important?

  • RebeccaN November 30, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Yes it can.

  • Rachel December 6, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I just came across your web site, and I would be very interested in applying.
    I saw the deadline passed a few days ago.
    Is it still ok if iI send an application.

  • RebeccaN December 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Hi Rachel – I’m sorry but we’re not accepting any late applications.

Posted on November 2, 2012
Categories: Artist-Investigator Project