Advancing Indigenous Performance

2018 Advancing Indigenous Cohort from l to r: Andre Bouchard, Larissa FastHorse, Karen Fischer, Jenny Marlowe, DeLanna Studi, Scott Stoner, Maura Garcia, Allison Warden, Autumn Chacon, Christopher K. Morgan, Ed Bourgeois, Moses Goods, Quita Sullivan, Dawn Avery, Thea Hopkins, Margo Kane, Tim Wilson and Anthony Hudson, by Ambience Photography


The Advancing Indigenous Performance Program (AIP) is a new program established by the Western Arts Alliance with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  AIP deepens support for Indigenous performing artists and touring networks in ways that are rooted in the shared values of openness, inclusion, equity and generosity.  The initiative aims to provide educational and professional development resources for US-based Indigenous artists that will build audiences for Indigenous performing arts.  

AIP will include the following activities that will build over the three-year launch period:

  • Native Launchpad:  providing professional development, resources and connection for yearly cohorts of Native performing artists
  • Indigenous Performance Symposium:  a dedicated WAA Pre-conference event that will focus on bringing together mid-career Indigenous performing artists and professionals to build knowledge, strategies and opportunities in the first year (2018) and will expand out to include non-native agents, presenters and other allies (2019-2020) incorporating DHUMBA WIINY – a Indigenous critical response technique developed by Blak Dance in Australia to catalyze inter-cultural discourse.
  • AIP Travel and Touring Funding:  a program that will be rolled out for the benefit of the field in the 3rd quarter of 2018.

2018 Western Arts Alliance from Ambience Photography on Vimeo.