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The Democracy Cycle
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Perelman Performing Arts Center / PAC NYC
New York, USA

The Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC) and Galvan Initiatives (Galvan) are pleased to announce the launch of The Democracy Cycle, a new commissioning program designed to support new works that illuminate the promise, practice, imperfection, and opportunity of democracy. Proposals are requested for new performing arts works following that theme from artists working in theater, dance, music, opera, and multi-disciplinary performance.Over a five-year period, The Democracy Cycle will commission and develop 25 new performing arts works across the fields of theater, dance, music, opera, and multi-disciplinary performance. The commissioned works, to be selected over the course of three annual Rounds of Open Calls, the first opening on January 16, 2024, will explore themes relating to the nature, practice, and experience of democracy.

Galvan and PAC NYC have come together because of our shared beliefs to create this commissioning program. These shared beliefs are: We believe that democratic values are a global expression of humanity’s striving to live with one another with respect and in peace. We believe that democracy, as practiced in the United States of America, includes a history of founding exclusions and that it has been, and must continue to be, the ongoing work of our society to expand upon the inclusive ideals embedded in our founding documents. We believe that democracy faces significant perceived and actual threats in the current moment, both domestically and internationally. We believe that the intersection of capitalism and democracy creates both opportunities and tensions. We believe that artists are the beating heart of democratic values because of their ability to imagine new worlds, envision new possibilities, and provoke meaningful discourse across any number of divides. Our hope is that projects commissioned as part of The Democracy Cycle will enrich and expand the discussion around and participation in democracy – be it in the national, state, regional, or hyperlocal community realm – as it is practiced both within the United States and worldwide.

The Cycle will provide a $30,000 commission to each awarded project. The Cycle will also provide an additional $30,000 towards each commissioned project’s development process (research, readings, workshops etc.). The commissions will be awarded across three annual Open Calls, beginning in January 2024. In the first Open Call, The Democracy Cycle will commission eight projects.

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