Gary Champi in City Center Event workshop. Photo by Stephanie Berger 2014
Furthering our mission of teaching, reviving and sharing Cunningham's works.
Fellows reconstruct a complete Cunningham dance during intensive, multi-week workshops that culminate in free public showings. Dancers are chosen by audition or invitation.
The Trust welcomes Special Project applications that present ideas that facilitate the dissemination of Merce Cunningham's work. Projects may include, but are not limited to, intensive weekend workshops, curricular examination, historical study, etc.
The Trust Provides Support
Each recipient receives a stipend, travel and housing, access to studio space and relevant archival materials that include the digital Dance Capsules.
Ernesto Breton and Erin Dowd in Crises workshop. Photo by Ian Douglas 2014
Strengthening The Legacy
The Cunningham Fellowships and Special Projects support and strenthen the legacy, its vibrancy and relevance into the future.
Workshop dancers performing at the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants Reception. Photo 2015
Sharing the Work
Through the Fellowship program, we share Merce's work with new groups of dancers who embody his movement and we conduct presentations for audiences both domestic and abroad.
Merce Cunningham's notes for Exchange.
Uncovering New Information
The research and investigation involved in staging a Cunningham dance and in developing workshops to share his ideas, continually lead to the discovery of new information about Cunningham's work and process.
2019 Applications Available Soon*
Fellowship applications have a rolling deadline.
Application Available Soon
*Available only for previous company members or by invitation.
Awards We've Supported
In addition to Fellowships and Special Projects, the Trust has helped fund and sponsor other grants and awards.
Merce Cunningham in Totem Ancestor. Photo by Barbara Morgan 1942
Merce Cunningham Award
The Merce Cunningham Award was established in 2015 by the Foundation for Comemporary Arts with an endowment gift from the Merce Cunningham Trust to extend and preserve Cunningham's legacy.