2020 SAN Performing Arts Residency

San Diego International Airport’s Performing Arts Program

San Diego, CA

2020 SAN Performing Arts Residency 


San Diego International Airport’s Performing Arts Program provides a unique platform to celebrate San Diego’s local culture and present the region’s diverse talent in dance, theater, live music, and more through an ongoing concert series, special event performances, and an bi-annual airport residency. The program enhances the airport environment and enriches the experience of airport visitors by providing unexpected encounters with arts programming.

SAN’s Arts Program launched its Performing Arts Residency Program in 2016. The residency cultivates the local performing arts community by inviting two artist groups/collectives to develop and perform new work over the course of five months that is inspired by and enlivens the airport environment.


The Performing Arts Residency Program supports the development and public performance of new work that simultaneously affords the artists an opportunity and space to create and rehearse new material while also providing patrons of SAN a unique opportunity for interaction through the performing arts. This process-oriented residency is open to contemporary performing artists in all disciplines—dance, music, theater, as well cross-disciplinary media including digital performance and projection.

Examples of programming may include local, regional and international music; modern, traditional or ethnic dance; as well theatrical productions inspired by or developed in response to the airport setting. Performing artists, arts groups, collectives, organizations, companies, and higher education performing arts departments are encouraged to submit their qualifications for consideration.

Goals of the program include:

  • Enhance the airport environment and engage the traveling public with unexpected and participatory encounters with culture through the performing arts.

  • Provide artists with an opportunity for the research, development, and performance of new projects.

  • Extend artists the opportunity to expand the reach of their programming and gain new patronage through the airport’s audience of 25 million annual travelers.

  • Provide a unique venue for rehearsals, public interaction (including workshops), and cumulative performances.

  • Create new opportunities for dialogue and collaboration between SAN and community arts organizations.

A contract in the amount of $15,000 will be awarded for a five-month residency period. The selected artist groups/organizations will be required to be onsite at least twice per month and conduct at least one performance or workshop per month. Residents will work with the airport’s Arts Program staff to schedule all meetings, activities and engagement exercises necessary for the project development process. Each residency will commence with an initial site research and proposal development period and the selected artist groups/organizations will work with Arts Program staff to define subsequent performances.

Community Engagement

One performance/workshop/community event will be required to be offsite and within the San Diego community. The event will incorporate material and content generated from the Airport Residency and can be presented in partnership with other local organizations or events.

Residency Documentation

The residency group is responsible for creating professional quality photographs and professional quality video documenting the entire residency period and each performance, public rehearsal or workshop. Please be sure to consider how this requirement will be fulfilled from a capacity and budget standpoint (see "Submission Requirements"). For past examples please visit our website: http://arts.san.org/residency-perfor/


Information Session: August 29, 2019 - More Info

Submissions Due: September 9, 2019

Finalist Interviews: Week of September 23, 2019

Notification: October 2019

To apply and for complete details please visit https://san.submittable.com


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