The MAP Fund Announces 2021 Grantees!

The MAP Fund supports the development and production of original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly those that question, disrupt, and complicate notions of social and cultural hierarchies. MAP was originally established in 1988 by The Rockefeller Foundation and became an independent organization in 2016. Since our founding, MAP has provided over $33 million in support to thousands of artists within more than 1,000 projects.

Today, MAP is honored to announce a $1.4 million investment in 55 extraordinary new projects. 

MAP does not merely steward resources into the hands of artists. MAP rethinks received ways of doing and being. We believe in the livelihood and lifeblood of artists. We believe artists make the world more vibrant, sustainable, and just, said poet and MAP Fund board member, Ama Codjoe. We are thrilled to support such an incredible group of artists, thinkers, and makers and await the ripples their work will have in our world.

Through this year’s process, each grantee receives $20,000 in project development funds and $5,000 in general operating funds to advance their bold ideas. From Hawaii to Puerto Rico to Maine, creative teams will generate dance, music, and theater works that organize their communities around abolition, fight for environmental justice, explore practices for mutual care, and more. Please join us in championing performing artists who are transforming our world in revolutionary ways:


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The MAP Fund gratefully acknowledges our funding partners who help us invest in artists, including lead support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, along with the Howard Gilman Foundation.

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a haunted botany

by Gwyneth Shanks and SISTER JAMES

Acts of Liberation 

by Hoesy Corona


by UNIVERSES: Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, N’Sangou Njikam, Asia Mark, Nate John Mark, and Sophia Ramos

american (tele)visions 

by victor i. cazares

Antonym: the opposite of nostalgia 

by Sugar Vendil

Apolaki: Opera of the Scorched Earth 

by Micaela Tobin


by Floating Museum: Avery R. Young, Faheem Majeed, Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, and Andrew Schachman


by CONTRA-TIEMPO: Ana Maria Alvarez, Jannet Galdamez, Ruby Morales, Jasmine Stanley, Charlie Dando, Dalphe Morantus, and Alek Perez, in collaboration with Anaïs Maviel, Meena Murugesan, David Reynoso, Tuçe Yasak, Maximiliano Urruzmendi, and Emily Orling


by Bobby Norfolk in collaboration with Yavor Vesselinov

Carnival of the Animals 

by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Wendy Whelan in collaboration with Francesca Harper, Rika Iino, and Chisa Yamaguchi

Constant State of Otherness

by Unit Souzou: Michelle Fujii, Toru Watanabe, Ian Berve, David Wells, and Vicky Zhang

Cover Your Mouth When You Smile 

by Peiling Kao, Gerald Casel, and Na-Ye Kim

De Nive Sexangula: Snowflakes Per Sonified (working title)

by Christine Southworth and Evan Ziporyn 

EZ Bake 

by t loving, Genevieve Erin O’Brien, and Denise Uyehara

FORCE! an opera in three acts 

by Anna Martine Whitehead in collaboration with Angel Bat Dawid, Jenn Freeman, Jasmine Mendoza, Zachary Nicol, Rahila Coates, Tramaine Parker, Daniella Pruitt, Ayanna Woods, Sky Cubacub, Phillip Armstrong, and Wills Glasspiegel 

Goosh(t) Nadeh (Don’t Ear, Don’t Meat) 

by Ava Ansari aka BotehJ

Government Housing 

by Ayodele Nzinga

Into the Dark 

by Jess Curtis/Gravity: Jess Curtis, Gabriel Christian, Tiffany Taylor, Sophia Neises, Sherwood Chen, and Rachael Dichter, in collaboration with Georgina Kleege and Gerald Pirner

La Paloma Prisoner 

by Raquel Almazan, Estefanía Fadul, Andrea Abello, Francisco Arcila, Zuleyma Guevara, Mel Nieves, Gladys Pérez, Monica Steuer, Teresa Yenque, Hayley Isaacson, Aislinn Curry, Lisette Santiago, Haydee Antañuno, Daniela Hart, Elizabeth Mak, Melanie May, Noel Nichols, and Galia Backal

Love Force 

by Sunny Jain

Love, a state of grace 

by Joanna Haigood/Zaccho Dance Theatre in collaboration with Walter Kitundu, Wayne Campbell, Sean Riley, Yohana Junker, Veronica Blair, Ciarra D’Onofrio, Clarissa Dyas, Suzanne Gallo, Azraa Muhammed, Danielle Sexton, and Helen Wicks

LoveHustle: In Retrospect 

by Monica L. Williams

Mikrokosmos: One Giant Step

by Steffani Jemison and Justin Hicks

Misdemeanor Dream 

by Spiderwoman Theater’s Muriel Miguel, Penny Couchie, Imelda Villalon, Sharon Day, Russell Wallace, Megan Paulin, and Sherry Guppy, in collaboration with the Story Creation and Performing Ensemble


by Mary Ellen Childs in collaboration with Zeitgeist

On the Eve of Abolition 

by Papel Machete and AgitArte in collaboration with Deborah Hunt, Southerners On New Ground, Sisters Unchained, and Prison Radio

On the Problem of a Universal History 

by Liz Glynn


by Sarah Cameron Sunde and Joshua Dumas

Phoenix Rising 

by Silkroad

Public Enemy 

by Iquail Shaheed/DANCE IQUAIL! in collaboration with Daniel Carlton


by Heidi Latsky and Maya Man in collaboration with performers from Heidi Latsky Dance

Roots Above Ground 

by Marc Brew, Yuko Monden Juma, DeMarco Sleeper, Sonsherée Giles, JanpiStar, Miles Lassi, Emma Kingsbury, Walter Holden, Jaco Strydom, RAPT Productions, Laurie Rivard, Gravity Access Services, and East Bay Sanctuary Covenant

Sembrando Herencia (planting a heritage) 

by Dr. Ana Maria (Tekina-eirú) Maynard and community members of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center

Sister or He Buried the Body 

by Trajal Harrell

Standby Snow: Chronicles of a Heatwave, Chapter Two 

by Mary Ellen Strom and Shane Doyle in collaboration with Rachel Tang, Laine Rettmer, Ben Lloyd, and Jim Yokom

Tear a Root from the Earth 

by Johnny Walsh, Qais Essar, and Marina McClure, with Gramophonic

The Infinity Trilogy: Clean Slate & Illuminate 

by David Lee White and Kate Brennan

The Slaying of Innocence 

by Dr. André de Quadros, Halim Flowers, Momolu Stewart, Ted Hearne, Charlotte Brathwaite, and Beth Morrison Projects, in collaboration with VOICES 21C, Trinity Wall Street, LA Opera, Arts Emerson, and The Kennedy Center

The Supremes

by Abre Camino Collective: Victoria Collado and Vanessa Garcia, in collaboration with Nicole Garcia and Abigail Nover

The Whale Speaks… 

by Celeste M. Lawson, Robin H. Hibbert, Mary Craig, Sherry Robbins, and Sara Rogers

Tomorrow’s Memories: A Little Manila Diary 

by Matthew Welch, Valérie Sainte-Agathe, and the San Francisco Girls Chorus in collaboration with Sean San José, Florante Aguilar, Joan Osato, Alleluia Panis, Levy Lorenzo, and Patti Kilroy

Towards Opulence 

by ABDProductions/Skywatchers: Anne Bluethenthal, Dazié Grego-Sykes, Malia Byrne, Shakiri, Deirdre Visser, Gabriel Christian, and the Skywatchers Ensemble, in collaboration with Faithful Fools, Melanie DeMore, and Irene Gustafson


by Jean Appolon Expressions: Jean Appolon, Ivana Chan, Nadia Issa, Meghan McGrath, Meghan Riling, Lonnie Stanton, and Mcebisi Xotyeni, in collaboration with Val Jeanty


by Ashley Tata in collaboration with Eliza Bagg, Afsoon Pajoufar, Sadah Espii Proctor, Booker Stardrum, and Aoshuang Zhang


by Dahlak Brathwaite, Roberta Uno, and Toran X. Moore

under blue 

by E. Wray


by David Roussève/REALITY in collaboration with Julie Tolentino


by Jimmy López Bellido

Untitled American History Theater Project 

by Phillip Howze

Walking on Fire 

by Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy‘s Ragamala Dance Company

We Will Not Be Composed 

by Sarah Manning and Soraya Chemaly

Wild City 

by Louis Chinn (Jyun Jyun) and Huameng Yu (missTANGQ)

Women’s Work 

by Danielle Deadwyler, Madhuri Shekar, and Mary Lynn Owen, in collaboration with Angela M. Farr Schiller, Rachel May, Lisa Gordillo, Kacie Willis, and Celise Kalke

Words and Silences

by Brian Harnetty in collaboration with Katie Porter Maxwell, Jeremy Woodruff, Phil Rodriguez, William Lang, and Seth Bockley