Applying for the Creative Capital Award as a Performance-Based Artist

Learn how artists can apply for the Creative Capital Award which provides $50,000 in individual project funding, and additional career development services—all dedicated to supporting artists complete their innovative project ideas. The application, opening February 2021, is free and open to artists working in all disciplines across the country.

Creative Capital staff will present an overview of the organization and answer questions about the application process, the type of work they support, and how to apply. This online session is free.

Creative Capital Awardee Erika Chong Shuch and Pia Agrawal, Curator of Performing Arts at the Momentary, will join us to share their insights about how to apply for a Creative Capital Award as performance-based artists.

The event will be recorded and available to watch after it airs. Artists will be able to submit questions live to the panelists.

ASL interpretation and live-captioning will be provided for this event.

Check out Creative Capital’s website for more information about the application and the Creative Capital Award.

Wed, January 27, 2021

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST



Pia Kishore Agrawal is the Curator of Performing Arts at the Momentary, a multidisciplinary space for visual and performing arts, culinary experiences and an artist-in-residency program. From 2014-18, Pia was the Program Director at the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts where she produced the Center’s public programming including the annual Mitchell Artist Lecture and CounterCurrent festival. Prior to her work at the Mitchell Center, Pia served as the Programming Director of FringeArts (Philadelphia, PA). She is a graduate of Haverford College with a BA in sociology. Aside from the transformative power of art, Pia’s interests include tote bags; Topo Chico; and her blind cat, Butchie.

Erika Chong Shuch is a performance maker, choreographer and director whose topic-driven ruminations coalesce into imagistic assemblages of music, movement, text, and design. Interested in expanding ideas around how performance is created and shared, Erika’s work has been performed in city halls, theaters, industrial offices spaces, diners, parking lots and food courts. Moving between theater, experimental performance and social practice, Erika’s projects bring together interdisciplinary communities in the spirit of creative research. Erika’s most recent body of work is presented through her Creative Capital supported project For You, an ongoing performance making practice running in collaboration with Ryan Tacata and Rowena Richie. For You brings strangers together for intimate encounters and considers performance making as gift giving. As a response to worldwide shelter-in-place ordinances due to COVID-19, and with the awareness that many elders are at risk in terms of infection and the compounding hardships of isolation, For You launched Artists & Elders, a project that brings artists and elders together for shared creative exchange. Artists & Elders is being supported in part by commissions from the Court Theatre and Experimental Performance Initiative (University of Chicago) and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. As a choreographer and director for theater, Erika is a full member of the Choreographer and Stage Directors Union and has worked for theaters across the country.