2020 Jadin Wong Fellowship
Asian American Arts Alliance
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
The Asian American Arts Alliance is pleased to administer, with support from the New York Community Trust, the 2020 Jadin Wong Fellowship for an emerging Asian American dance artist to create new work.
A4’s mission is to ensure greater representation, equity, and opportunities for Asian American artists and cultural organizations through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. In line with these efforts, it is the aim of the Jadin Wong Fellowship to support an early-career individual Asian American artist living in New York City to develop new work to add to the creative discourse.
This award is a tribute to the life and work of renowned Chinese American actress, dancer, and comedienne Jadin Wong. Ms. Wong was a lifelong pioneer and innovator in the field of performing arts and strove to ensure opportunities for Asian Americans through her efforts as a performer and talent agent.
A4 will grant an eight-month fellowship to one early-career Asian American dance artist, age 30 or younger, whose work shows outstanding promise and who may benefit from further professional artistic development, and who is of limited financial means.
The fellowship recipient will receive an unrestricted cash stipend of $6,000 and an eight-month fellowship, beginning in May 2020 and ending in December 2020, tailored to respond to the unique needs of their practice. The fellowship includes artistic mentorship with an established or mid-career dance professional, leadership coaching, and a range of technical support.
A4 will administer an open application process.
The applicant MUST:
- Be of Asian heritage
- 30 years of age or younger during the fellowship period (born May 1, 1989 or later)
- Not be currently enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in a degree-granting program during the fellowship period (May – December 2020)
- Be a resident of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, or Staten Island)
- Be currently living in the US and primarily based in New York City during the fellowship period (May – December 2020)
- Have at least two years of experience in presented dance
The fellow will be selected through an open call and jury process. A jury composed of established professionals in the field will evaluate the submitted applications based on the following criteria:
- Artistic merit: Technical skill, performance quality, and expression will be evaluated.
- Creation of new work: Description of the project to be developed or completed during the fellowship.
- Community impact: Articulation of interest or hopes to make a significant impact on the Asian American and New York City artistic community as a whole, based on narrative responses in the application.
- Potential for growth: Extent to which the fellowship will advance the applicant’s goals and career.
- Financial need: Demonstrated need for financial support. Finalists may be asked to provide further financial documentation
NOTE: Current A4 staff, board members, and review panelists are not eligible. Immediate family of A4 staff, board members, and review panelists are not eligible.
- A 100-word (maximum) statement describing the influences, legacies, and/or heritage in your artistic work. NOTE this question is optional, but will provide context and a better understanding of your work for the review committee
- A 750-word (maximum) statement identifying the applicant’s approach to working in dance, where the applicant is in their professional and artistic development, and how the fellowship will help them pursue their future ambitions and goals.
- A 250-word (maximum) statement articulating how the applicant hopes to make an impact on the Asian American artistic community through their work.
- A 500-word (maximum) statement describing the project to be created through the support of this fellowship.
- A 150-word (maximum) statement describing how the cash stipend awarded as part of this fellowship would financially support the project and the applicant’s livelihood as an artist.
- Letter of recommendation (from an educator or dance professional experienced with the artist’s work)
- Resume and headshot
- Work samples (up to three work samples total)
- Three recent (within the past 4 years) video work samples demonstrating the applicant’s best performance or choreography. Each sample should be no more than 4 minutes in length.
Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM EDT on Monday, March 16, 2020. Applications must be submitted through the online form; we will not accept hard copy applications.
Application Info Sessions:
Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the Information Session for 2020 Jadin Wong Award Applicants on Tuesday, February 11 from 10:30am – 12:00pm OR Wednesday, February 12 from 6:30 - 8:00pm.
A4 hopes that this workshop will not only provide applicants with the nuts and bolts of a strong Jadin Wong Fellowship application, but also offer enriching suggestions for other fellowship opportunities. Part info session and part workshop, this 1.5-hour session will include background and logistics of the awards process and pointers on preparing a strong application.
Space is limited, so we encourage early RSVPs. You may RSVP via Eventbrite here.