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Doris Duke Foundation Supports ICPP's Performing Artist Case Studies

July 28, 2018 by Olivia Drake

This summer, students seeking a master’s degree in performance curation from Wesleyan’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) are working on six performing artist case studies funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

On July 16, the ICPP Entrepreneurial Strategies class discussed their first artist — Becca Blackwell, an award-winning trans actor, performer and writer based in New York City. Blackwell is working with consultants and mentors at ICPP to develop a strategic framework for the next two to five years of their career. Blackwell will also be presenting their work at Wesleyan on October 5.

Click here to view photos of the class.

NEFA's National Dance Project announces annual awards

Congratulations to NEFA's National Dance Project award winnes, including ICPP alum Jaamil Olawale Kosoko!

Ford Foundation grant supports curatorial mini-intensives at Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance

Apply for a curatorial mini-intensive at Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance in July 2018! Applications will be reviewed starting May 31, 2018 and will continue until the positions are filled. The curatorial mini-intensive provides accommodation and a modest travel stipend. Click here for more details.

7 Students Graduate with MA Degrees from Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance

May 27, 2018 by Olivia Drake

On May 27, seven students graduated with a Master of Arts in Performance Curation through the Center for the Arts Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP).

Since being introduced as a pilot initiative in 2011, ICPP has graduated 16 students from the ICPP Master’s program (including this year’s class). ICPP encourages emerging curators to enrich their understanding of intellectually rigorous, innovative, and artist-centered curatorial models. Through a low-residency model, ICPP asks its students to not only engage with ideas but also to simultaneously put those ideas into practice in their professional lives, developing responsive curatorial practices that address the interdisciplinary nature of performance work today.

The mix of ICPP instructors—artists, scholars, curators, cultural leaders, writers, and theorists—is intended to spark new possibilities and connections both intellectually and professionally. Instructors provide theoretical and practical tools for students to deepen their research methodologies through reading, writing, viewings, and discussion.

The degree recipients include Michèle Steinwald ’13, Ellina Kevorkian, Ali Rosa-Salas, Brian Hyunsuk Lee ’13, Katrina De Wees, Rachel Scandling, and Michelle Daly. Steinwald and Kevorkian were unable to attend the commencement ceremony.

Following the 186th Commencement ceremony, the recent alumni gathered for a reception with their friends and family at the Center for the Arts. 

Click here to view photos of the event (Photos by Tom Dzimian).

Sam Miller (1952-2018)

May 18, 2018 by Judy Hussie-Taylor

Judy Hussie-Taylor, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Danspace Project, and Program Advisor and faculty at the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University, writes about the passing of Sam Miller in Artforum.

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Sam Miller, ICPP Co-founder & Director

May 15, 2018 by Sarah Curran

A message from Sarah Curran, Managing Director of ICPP and Director of the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan, on the passing of Sam Miller

ICPP Receives $200,000 Grant from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

May 7, 2018 by Camille De Beus

The University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) recently received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) in an effort to inspire a dialogue about the new economy of the performing arts.

"Tell them everything you know." Bessie Schönberg to Sam Miller (1952-2018)

May 3, 2018 by Judy Hussie-Taylor

Sam Millerwith Ralph Lemon and David Thomson at Danspace's 2011 Gala

Sam Miller with Ralph Lemon and David Thomson at Danspace's 2011 Gala

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Supports ICPP's Performing Artist Case Studies

April 28, 2018 by Olivia Drake

Wesleyan’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) has been awarded a two-year, $200,000 grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

The grant will be used to support performing artist case studies, working with artists at critical points in their careers to provide analysis of their entrepreneurial strategies, as well as engagement with the economic drivers of cultural production. This funding will further ICPP’s efforts to bring to light different models for artist development, and highlight successful tactics for philanthropic support over the arc of their career. Findings developed during the case studies, including best practices and replicable models, will be shared via a website and print publication, as well as at various conferences.

Ford Foundation Supports Wesleyan's Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance

February 1, 2018 by Olivia Drake

Wesleyan’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) received a two-year, $150,000 grant from the Ford Foundation.

The award will support a new leadership fellowship program; three curatorial mini-intensives for prospective students; and two global curatorial forums designed to bring an international perspective to the discussion and dissemination of best practices and forge a global network of performing arts curators. This funding will further ICPP’s efforts to advance diversity among participants and to amplify the graduate program’s impact on the field of performance.