The ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE (A.I.R.) PROGRAM serves the needs of accomplished professional dance + movement-based artists or collaborative teams engaged in the process of research / creation, by providing free space + time for work, reflection, and community interaction. The Artist in Residence also interfaces with other Velocity programs throughout the year.

The A.I.R. is required to show work in at least one Velocity program in their year in residence, and acts as an advisor for The Bridge Project. Additionally, the A.I.R. is also invited to devise with Velocity on-site or outreach activities that support their creative process while fostering meaningful links between the Artist-in-Residence + the community. These opportunities may include performances, curated exhibitions, community conversations, open rehearsals, classes, media projects, humanities events or other formats.

In 2012, Velocity expanded its Residency program to also include annual CREATIVE RESIDENTS, awarded 10-80 hour space grants. Residency outcomes can include performances, interactive events, exhibitions + installations; all designed to support the creative process of selected artists.



The center of Seattle in the heart of the Capitol Hill Arts District within Seattle’s premier art center dedicated to contemporary dance and performance. Velocity functions as an education, performance and movement laboratory with three studios and a studio theater. It does not offer living accommodation.


Each year, one A.I.R., at no cost, is provided with studio accommodations of approx. 150-300 hours a year, over a 6-12 month period. From the A.I.R. application pool, Creative Residents may also be selected for shorter self-directed residencies. Creative Residents receive, at no cost, studio accommodations compatible with available studio space, facilities and resources up to a maximum of 80 hours a year during the following annual sessions.

  • Session I: Jan 1-July 8
  • Session II: Aug 8-Sept 8
  • Session III: Sept 8-Jan 1


Performance, Interactive events, Exhibitions, Workshops, Installations or other related activities designed to support the individualized creative process of selected artists.


  1. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. If you are interested in participating in A.I.R. or the Creative Resident Program 2017, please send a letter of interest to Tonya Lockyer by November 1.
  2. Selected Seattle-based artists will be required to discuss their proposals with Velocity’s Executive/Artistic Director, and may be asked to submit an application. Proposals for self-directed creative residencies must be compatible with available studio space, facilities and resources.
  3. Out of Town Applications: 2 work samples, 1-page resume, references, and a 300-400 word statement describing your work plan while in residence. In the statement include:
  • Are you applying to be A.I.R., a Creative Resident, or both?
  • Personal and artistic goals for the residency period
  • Motivations that are a critical part of your process as a whole or for the proposed residency
  • Questions, concepts, materials, processes, structures, external sources or subjects central to your current work
  • Ways you might be interested in interfacing with other Velocity programs




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