We believe the arts have value for everyone in society and that participation in the arts, especially the act of creating performance, transforms lives for the better. Yet we are now seeing and feeling the effects of 30 years of arts funding being diverted away from public schools and community based organizations. The Performance Project answers the call to mentor, encourage, and diversify our art makers, leaders, educators and students. University Settlement is a 130 year-old cultural kitchen that is deeply rooted in our community, and the arts are represented across our entire body of work. Our creative community development approach fosters a sense of belonging, reciprocity and possibility for creative leaders from all walks of life at every stage in their development.
Since 2007, The Performance Project has been offering local young artists and professional emerging artists opportunities to connect, create and publicly present new work. We support artists who are interested in how live art can heal, empower and activate. The artists we work with commit to organizational and creative practices that promote trust, imagination and power-sharing.
Our incubator for the next generation of citizen artists is fueled by our distinct, yet connected, cohorts: the Artist-in-Residency for Professional Emerging Artists, The Play Tank Fellowship for Young Adult Artists, and our annual Group Performance Intensive for Young Artists. We also host other community ensembles and dynamic guest artists seeking an affordable and supportive opportunity to self-produce their work.