Artist Residencies

In this podcast, host Richard Evans explores two stories of artist residencies that are highly rewarding for the artist, the presenter, and the public. Jean Davidson of New York Live Arts discusses their new artist residency focused on mid-career artists. Marlène Ramírez-Cancio of Hemispheric Institute speaks about their residency for artists making political performance art that seeks to be a vehicle for social change.

This podcast is part of an ongoing series that profiles the work of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 2011 Cultural Innovation Fund grantees. Learn more.


JeanDavidsonJean Davidson (Chief Executive Officer, New York Live Arts) was appointed Chief Executive Officer of New York Live Arts in 2011 after serving as the Executive Director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company for six years. She was instrumental in leading the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company through its merger with Dance Theater Workshop to create New York Live Arts, a new model of artist-led, producing and presenting arts organization unique in the United States.


Marlène Ramírez-Cancio (Associate Director of Arts & Media, Hemispheric Institute) is an interdisciplinary artist from Puerto Rico who co-founded and co-directs Fulana, a Latina video collective based in New York City. The Hemispheric Institute is a multilingual, collaborative network of institutions, artists, scholars, activists and cultural creators from throughout the Americas who work at the intersection of art, scholarship and social change.

Richard Evans is the President Emeritus of EmcArts, where he directs program design, research, and strategic partnerships that place a particular emphasis on innovation, adaptive organization change, and effective ways that the arts and culture field can respond to the demands of a new era.