PASS Open Call

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is excited to announce its first open call for the Performing Arts Salon Saturdays (PASS) artist residency and performance program. Snug Harbor seeks applications to select five (5) residencies that will support the creation and development of new works in performance.  Apply here.

PASS is a performing artist residency series that takes place at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden and focuses on the creation and development of original works of performing arts (dance, music, theatre, multi-disciplinary). We offer six residencies per year, five of which will be selected through this process. *


Artists live (and sometimes work) in one of our historic cottages, with studio space available in our Dance Center for the creation, development, and performance of new work. At the end of each residency, artists share their work in a public work-in-progress performance. Performances have taken place across our site, in the Dance Center, as well as outdoors in various gardens and meadows on our historic 83-acre site. The primary goal of PASS is to provide time, space and support to incubate artists in the development of their work.  

PASS is a unique, sought-after opportunity in offering space for living, creating and presenting new performance work in New York City. Snug Harbor is proud of its role as an arts incubator for artists to explore new dimension in their work.

* Note: an additional PASS artist is selected in partnership with the CUNY Dance Initiative, with a separate application process currently closed.


PASS residencies take place at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, located on Staten Island’s North Shore. Easily reachable via public transportation, Snug Harbor is a 10-minute bus ride on the S40 or S44 bus from the Staten Island Ferry. View our Directions page for more information.


Snug Harbor is a springboard for artistry that is bold and unexpected, which reflects and celebrates the vibrant diversity of Staten Island. We explore collaborative and interdisciplinary connections between the historical, cultural and environmental aspects of our mission.


  • Provide space and support for performing artists at different stages in their careers to develop and deepen their craft
  • Incubate discourse and community engagement around new ideas and artistic expression
  • Cultivate a supportive environment for artists to take creative risks in their process, practice, and overall vision


  • Selected artists receive $1500.00 residency and performance honorarium
  • Selected artists receive up to 100 hours of rehearsal time in our dance studios (scheduling contingent upon availability). Learn more about our dance studios: 
  • Selected artists receive 1-month access to private residence in a historic cottage located on Snug Harbor’s campus, preceding their culminating performance/public showing


  • This call is free and open to all artists who reside, rehearse, or have staged past performances in NYC with a demonstrated history of creating original works in live performance (dance, music/sound composition, theater, and multi-disciplinary)
  • Artists must be 18 or over to apply  
  • Artists who are or will be enrolled in a college or university degree-granting program from August 2020 through June 2021 are not eligible to apply
  • Past PASS artists are not eligible to apply


  • Selected artists are required to develop their proposed project at Snug Harbor during the agreed upon residency timeframe 
  • Selected artists are required to meet with the Vice President of Curation at least 3 times: 1x prior to residency, at least 2x during residency 
  • Selected artists are required to present their work during a public performance. Artists should commit to presenting at least 30 minutes of material (with a recommended limit of 45-50 minutes)
  • Selected artists are required to participate in a talkback session (a “Q & A”) with the audience, moderated by the VP of Curation, immediately after the performance
  • Selected artists are required to complete an exit survey at the end of their residency


  • Application Narrative

o Project proposal is aesthetically compelling and clearly articulates themes and ideas motivating the applicant’s work

o Applicant demonstrates a history of committing to, producing and completing quality performance work that is bold, socially relevant, and pushes forward new ideas and artistic expression 

o Applicant communicates goals that are feasible within the residency timeframe and appropriate to the program and organization’s mission

  • Artistic Merit – Work Sample

o Work sample reflects rigor and originality in aesthetic voice

o Work sample demonstrates the artist’s ability to successfully translate their written artistic vision to their performance practice 

  • Site Responsiveness

o Project proposal considers and/or is in conversation with the historical, cultural and environmental aspects of our mission. This does not have to be overt in the project’s intended outcome but should contribute to and inform the process 

o The project’s size, scale and technical needs are appropriate to the spaces of Snug Harbor    


A juried panel comprised of Snug Harbor staff and arts professionals will select the awarded projects. 


Applications are due by Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 11:59PM EST. Selected artist will be notified by April 30, 2020.  Residencies will begin in Summer 2020.  


Snug Harbor staff will host a PASS application information session at 2PM on Saturday, February 15, 2020. This session will be held at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (entrance at Building C). We encourage all applicants to familiarize themselves with Snug Harbor’s campus before applying to this opportunity. RSVP for the 02/15 info session here.  


The following application materials should be submitted HERE by Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST

Completed application form. The application form on Google has three sections: 

Short and long form responses – applicant information 

Work samples – two video or sound files of the applicant’s existing original work (each no more than 2-minutes in length). Please include hyperlink via Vimeo, YouTube, Dropbox, Soundcloud. If password protected, pleas e include password. If the video is longer than two minutes, please indicate viewing cue

Demographics Survey – We invite all applicants to fill out this brief, voluntary demographics survey. This information is used for internal assessment and evaluation as we work toward facilitating processes that are more equitable. Your responses in this section will be kept confidential and will not be shared with the selection panel. All questions in this section are optional

For questions regarding your application, please email

PASS and the PASS Open Call are supported by the Howard Gilman Foundation.