The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi has named the initial intake of 14 UAE-based artists for its new artists development programme Numoo.
The aim of the year-long programme, currently a pilot supported by a grant from the US Mission to the UAE, is to embellish their professional skills and foster a comprehensive understanding of the arts field in the UAE. It is tailored toward professional skills and process, rather than being product oriented – the press release says “Numoo aims to have each artist grow professionally in their field, to build a sustainable artistic community, to better enable them to bring their work to the public, in the UAE and further afield”.
Bill Bragin, Executive Artistic Director at The Arts Center, said the Center is committed to investing in the UAE’s creative economy through commissioning and professional development.
“Numoo allows us to play a vital role in the UAE’s artistic and cultural scenes, and will support our expanded efforts to connect The Arts Center’s work to educational efforts at NYUAD, and with other UAE universities, primary, and secondary schools.
“It’s our hope that the artists selected to inaugurate this programme will strengthen their ability to build sustainable careers in the UAE, as well as increasing UAE-based artists’ capacity to bring their work to international stages.”
“We hope that the program will continue annually, to create connections and artistic community across each cohort.”
The schedule includes regular meetings with the cohort and instructors, working sessions, and independent work for each artist based on their own artistic practices. Participants will receive guidance from The Arts Center staff, invited arts professionals, and one another. They will also engage with The Arts Center’s public performances and attend Off the Stage workshops and panels.
In the curriculum are such topics as defining and communicating an artistic vision; project management and budgeting; rights, royalties, and intellectual property; contracts and negotiation; and working with technical production and touring.
Selected through a mix of nominations and an open call application followed by a collaborative evaluation process, the participants come from varied backgrounds and artistic experiences; they range from poets to musicians, writers and theatre makers.
The 2021/2022 cohort: