National Sawdust is a non-profit performing arts organization and music venue in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn conceived in 2015 by arts lover and musician/attorney, Kevin Dolan, and composer Paola Prestini.


National Sawdust’s Artists-in-Residence program provides opportunities for working artists to develop new work that lays a foundation for civic and artistic dialogue taking on the complex realities of gender disparities, racial inequities, climate change, and disabilities. The program provides creative time and resources for professional development with renowned practitioners and thought leaders through peer interaction, discussion groups, lectures, and mentorships. Select artist residencies also provide artists and sound designers with opportunities to optimize the Meyer Sound Constellation® acoustic system and its immersive component Spacemap® at National Sawdust.

Resident artists work with National Sawdust Poet-in-Residence, Lynne Procope, to invite audiences behind the scenes to the thinking that informs NS programs and the artists we present through our digital platform, Ideas Zone. Procope leads the development of profiles, creative nonfiction, journalism, video and photo essays,  animation, and illustrations to amplify artists’ process, influences, and impact.  Through this content, NS seeks to stimulate interest in and understanding of dynamics among   the multiplicity of experiences that shape our world as filtered through artists’ unique visions and creativity.

This program is generously supported by the Alphadyne Foundation, and Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trust and with significant leadership support from the National Sawdust Board of Directors.


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