The Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists supports new cutting-edge dance and movement-based performance work by self-identified women, gender-nonconforming, and non-binary artists. 

the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds  by Eva Yaa Asantewaa (2017)

the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds by Eva Yaa Asantewaa (2017)

“Folks who care about the art of dance—an art of the moving body in time and space—try to preserve its wonders against disappearance. In a society ambivalent about, and sometimes hostile to, both the body and its artistry, lovers of dance honor the body in all of its variations, its rich stories, its wisdom and creative expression. With this award, we seek to record and honor the creative innovation and labor of queer women dance artists. To acknowledge them as full humans and artists informed and nourished by love, by experience, and by culture. To support and revere our artists for exactly and completely who they are; so they know a fierce community of peers, elders, and ancestors has got their back; and to make our world a safer, more empowering place for queer artists and, in truth, for all artists and for all people.”

Eva Yaa Asantewaa


The Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists is a $10,000 grant awarded to US-based artists for making cutting-edge dance and movement-based performance work. Queer|Art strongly encourages self-identified women, gender-nonconforming, and non-binary artists to apply. Named in honor of visionary dance curator, critic, and educator Eva Yaa Asantewaa, the grant is administered through Queer|Art by a panel of queer women and nonbinary judges and seeks to highlight the important contributions queer women and nonbinary artists have made to dance throughout history.

Applications for the second year of the Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists will be open September 10th – November 10th, 2019. Funds can be requested to support work at any stage of development, from concept to presentation. Qualifying work may be dance and/or movement-based performance work of any format.



What information does the application require?

  • Contact info, narrative bio, and headshot

  • Synopsis of project and strategy for presentation

  • Budget

  • Work samples (1-2 samples, no more than 7-10 minutes total)

  • 2 professional references

  • CV

What is required in the synopsis and budget?


1.     Description of the project and the process by which it will be made. (Up to 800 words) *Required

2.     What is your timeline for completing the work and strategy for its presentation? (Up to 400 words) * Required

3.     Are there any additional aspects of this work you would like the judging panel to know? (Up to 400 words) *Not required

Budget (one page, uploaded as PDF):

Your budget should account for how the work will be made (you do not need to include presentation costs). If the cost of production exceeds the grant amount, please indicate within the budget any confirmed funding you have received or additional funding you anticipate that will enable you to complete this project.

There is a $6 application fee*

Queer|Art uses the online application software SlideRoom to organize applications. SlideRoom charges applicants for the Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists a fee of $6 for each individual application. The fee does not profit Queer|Art. 



Gabrielle Civil (Los Angeles) is a black feminist performance artist and poet, originally from Detroit MI. She has premiered over forty original solo and collaborative performance art works around the world, including a year-long investigation of practice as a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico and a trilogy of diaspora grief works after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. A widely published writer and journal editor, Civil is the author of the memoir Swallow the Fish, which intersperses original performance texts, essays, and images with critical meditations on black feminist performance practice. Her recent book, Experiments in Joy, engages race, performance, and collaboration in essays, scores, critical dialogues, and performance texts. In addition, she has designed and facilitated workshops in writing and performance in California, New York City, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Haiti, among other places. The aim of her work is to open up space. 

Image: Whitney Browne Photography

Image: Whitney Browne Photography

Jasmine Hearn (New York City) is a performer, director, choreographer, organizer, and teaching artist. A native Houstonian, they graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with their B.A. in Dance. She currently is a member of Urban Bush Women Dance Company and also collaborates with BANDportier, Vanessa German, and Alisha B. Wormsley. They have worked and performed with David Dorfman Dance, Alesandra Seutin’s vocabdance, Solange Knowles, Kate Watson-Wallace, STAYCEE PEARL dance project, Marjani Forté-Saunders, will rawls, Tara Aisha Willis, Jennifer Myers, Helen Simoneau Danse, Lovie Olivia, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, and with Nick Mauss as a part of exhibition, TRANSMISSIONS, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Awarded a 2017 “Bessie"Award for Outstanding Performance with Skeleton Architecture, Jasmine has had residencies at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Camargo Foundation, and Dance Source Houston. She currently is a 2018 Movement Research AIR and a 2019 Jerome Foundation Jerome Hill Artist Fellow.


Jane Jerardi (Chicago) is a time-based artist working in the media of choreography, performance, and video. Her work has been presented by spaces such as the Joyce Soho, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, the LUMEN Festival (in New York); Links Hall, 6018North, Sector 2337, and defibrillator performance gallery (Chicago); at Transformer, The Warehouse, Dance Place, and the Kennedy Center (in DC), among other venues. A recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities' Artist Fellowship and a three-time recipient of its Young Emerging Artist award, she has also received support through its New Media grant program. She received a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist award in 2019. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Performance and a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she studied choreography and cultural studies. She is currently on faculty and staff at the Dance Center at Columbia College, Chicago.


Photo by Scott Shaw

Photo by Scott Shaw

Eva Yaa Asantewaa is Senior Curatorial Director of Gibney, New York’s acclaimed center for dance and social activism. She won the 2017 Bessie Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance as a veteran writer, curator and community educator. Since 1976, she has contributed writing on dance to Dance MagazineThe Village VoiceSoHo Weekly NewsGay City NewsThe Dance EnthusiastTime Out New York, and other publications.

Ms. Yaa Asantewaa joined the curatorial team for Danspace Project’s “Platform 2016: Lost and Found” and created the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds, an evening of group improvisation featuring 21 black women and gender-nonconforming performers. Her cast was awarded a 2017 Bessie for Outstanding Performer. As EYA Projects, she has begun partnerships with organizations such as Gibney, Abrons Arts Center, Dance/NYC, BAX, and Dancing While Black to curate and facilitate Long Table conversations on topics of concern in the dance/performance community.

A native New Yorker of Black Caribbean heritage, Eva makes her home in the East Village with her wife, Deborah, and cat, Crystal.