The Suitcase Fund is New York Live Arts’ international artist and cultural worker exchange program. Offering artists and cultural workers from the U.S. and abroad indelible opportunities for conversation and collaboration, the Suitcase Fund forges an international artistic community and facilitates the exchange of best practices on a global scale. The Suitcase Fund was founded in 1985 by Dance Theater Workshop.

The Suitcase Fund receives generous support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding for projects in East/Central Europe, and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation for projects in Africa and the Middle East.

Currently, the Suitcase Fund has projects and partnerships in Eastern/Central Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Previous projects have focused on South America and Asia.

The Suitcase Fund

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Projects Overview

Creative Residencies, where international artists come together in process-oriented exchange that focuses on artist practice rather than product.

Teaching Residencies, which bring U.S. teaching artists to schools and festivals worldwide.

Arts Management Fellowships at New York Live Arts teach arts managers from around the world about U.S. presenting and producing models.

Research and Planning Programs support the travel of international artists, presenters and administrators for curatorial research.

Current Projects
To read about some of our recent projects please visit our blog.
To Apply

Proposals to The Suitcase Fund are submitted by invitation and should meet the following criteria & eligibility:

  • professional level contemporary dance organizations and/or artists engaging in international research, residency, teaching, and/or exchange activities
  • involve a U.S. based artist(s)
  • activities occur in the USA and/or any of the eligible countries*
  • occur during the calendar year of January 2013 to December 2013
  • request funding for travel-related expenses (international airfare, accommodation, ground transport, visa costs, per diem, etc) only. Please note that performance fees are not eligible for support.

   *For a list of eligible countries in East and Central Europe, click here.