Oral History, Personal Papers & Manuscripts, Records Management
4 Year Degree
Dance/USA invites applications for the 2020 SummerFellowships in Dance Archiving and Preservation for master's degree students in library and information sciences. The theme of this round of Fellowships is Honoring Dance Elders and Pioneers. Four Fellowships will be awarded for Summer 2020.
Timeline and commitment: June-August 2020, approximately 450 hours total.
Locations: Los Angeles, CA (Viver Brasil), San Francisco, CA (World Arts West), Oakland, CA (AXIS Dance Company), Atlanta, GA (DanceATL)
The Fellowship will be supervised and administered by Dance/USA’s Department of Archiving & Preservation. The Fellow will receive orientation and training in dance-specific concepts and resources for archiving, and will work with local mentors and organizations on projects to preserve and create access to unique dance materials. Each Fellow will be assigned to work on one of the four projects listed above.
The goal of this program is to develop an engaged, passionate, and well-trained next generation of archivists in the dance field and to advance models for community-based archiving assistance to regional dance communities. Aligned with Dance/USA’s core values of equity, inclusion, and diversity, this Fellowship program invites applicants who are committed to advancing a more equitable and inclusive archives field that reflects and supports the true diversity of voices, practices, and identities within dance communities. Applicants should be interested in building bridges of access to the arts with a wide range of diverse communities.
This program builds on the Fellowships in Archiving and Preservation offered by Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC), between 2001 and 2014, and on Dance/USA’s 2018 pilot Archiving Fellowships. Read about Dance/USA’s previous Archiving Fellows and their projects here.
Current full- or part-time enrollment in an ALA-accredited graduate program through (at least) Spring 2020. Fellows must be available to work full-time for approximately 13 weeks during June, July, and August 2020 and able to travel for conferences. (Exact start and end dates can be coordinated with academic year commitments.) Applicants who identify with ALAANA (African-American, Latinx, Asian-American, Arab, Native American) races and ethnicities, as gender diverse, as disabled, and/or as committed to advancing social justice causes, are strongly encouraged.
Submit a resume, list of references, and a Vision, Values, and Goal Statement explaining what the applicant hopes to contribute to and gain from the Fellowship and how this opportunity aligns with career goals and personal values. This statement should highlight any experience or connection with dance/performing arts and dance legacy materials. Please include any language skills. Applicants may, but are not required to, express a preference for one of the four projects described; however, Dance/USA does not commit to assigning the applicant to the preferred project.
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Please send Vision, Values, and Goal statement, resume, and contact and relationship (e.g. professor, supervisor) information for 3 references as one PDF named "Lastname_Firstname.pdf" to Hallie Chametzky, Archiving Specialist, email@example.com.
Applicant Finalists will be contacted to schedule a phone/video conference interview with Dance/USA staff. Applicants will be asked to provide proof of current enrollment in an accredited program.
Additional Salary Information: In addition to a stipend of $10,000, the Fellows will receive travel support to attend the Dance/USA and SAA annual conferences.
Established in 1982, Dance/USA is the national service organization for professional dance, serving a broad cross-section of the dance field. Dance/USA is committed to honoring, nurturing and advancing dance through the lens of equity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in all aspects of its programming, services, and organization.
In June 2018, Dance/USA announced a new strategic plan that establishes archiving and preservation as a core service. Dance/USA’s Department of Archiving and Preservation offers expertise on archiving practices specific to dance organizations and artists, building on the integration of Dance Heritage Coalition’s (DHC) successful programs. Since 1996, DHC advanced preservation through digitization and access to dance archives, education and training, and hands-on archiving help for artists and dance companies.
Our Mission: Dance/USA champions an inclusive and equitable dance field by leading, convening, advocating, and supporting individuals and organizations. Dance/USA’s core programs are focused in the areas of engagement, advocacy, research, and preservation.
Our Vision: Propelled by our belief that dance can inspire a more just and human...e world, Dance/USA will amplify the power of dance to inform and inspire a nation where creativity and the field thrive.
Our Values: Dance/USA’s core values are Connectivity, Creativity, Equity, and Integrity.
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