Momentum is an intensive professional development program over a three-year period for a group of five Southern dance companies, which will include mentorship, networking, conference showcasing and exhibiting, on-site planning meetings with presenters, tour-prep residencies, and touring. South Arts will convene the group for in-person meetings, webinars, and conference calls throughout the program’s duration and provide funds to support touring engagements in at least five Southern communities. For each touring engagement, the companies will provide multi-day community residencies to include educational activities and public performances. Technical assistance and professional development will be designed to complement the tours and enhance companies’ organizational and touring capacity. Throughout the initiative, South Arts provides access to additional resources.
Using a cohort learning community model, the goals of this initiative are to increase (1) touring capacity, (2) access to resources and opportunities, and (3) awareness/recognition within and outside of the South Arts region. The companies will improve their organizational capacity, gain further understanding of the touring process, enhance the tools for touring, and increase their touring in the South.