Artists aim to interpret the world, and draw on personal experiences to develop work that creates an impact. To realize that goal, they need space, support, and guidance. As an artist-led institution, this was the genesis for the National Sawdust Artists-in-Residence program.

National Sawdust’s Artist-in-Residence program offers structured opportunities for artists to develop new work based on pertinent social or political themes, experiment with new sounds leveraging state-of-the-art technology — including the Meyer Sound Constellation® Acoustic System and Spacemap® Multi-Channel Panning System — and learn about the art of making art from industry leaders and the most renowned musicians in the field today.

Through peer interaction, discussion groups, formal lectures, mentorship, and performances of their work for the National Sawdust season, participants deeply explore the creative process and gain insights that can be applied to the professional development of their work.

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2022 Toulmin Fellows

National Sawdust and the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU welcome the 2022 class of Toulmin Fellows: Adji Cissoko, Val Jeanty, Jihye Lee, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Emily Wells, and Kara Wilkes. Special thanks to the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation for the Arts for their continued support and commitment to fostering collaborations between women choreographers and composers. Each Toulmin Fellow will receive mentorship from established leaders in the cultural sector. These mentors (to date) are Alicia Adams for Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Darcy James Argue for Jihye Lee, Joe Goode for Kara Wilkes, Nona Hendryx for Val Jeanty, Alicia Graf Mack for Adji Cissoko.

The Toulmin Fellowships provide these six fellows financial support, time, and space to develop their work, as well as continued programming and infrastructure for the growing Toulmin alumni community at both National Sawdust and Center for Ballet and the Arts.