The primary initiative at SAFEhouse Arts is our artist residency programs, which hosts around 80 groups per year. Starting Summer 2016, the program formally became an artists’ cooperative model, with the goal of encouraging the artists to become more invested in the organization, thus creating a more sustainable program model for the future of SAFEhouse.


RAW (resident artist workshop)

As SAFEhouse's primary program, RAW residencies support approximately 100 emerging and established artists in the development of new works in contemporary dance, experimental theatre, and interdisciplinary performance.  RAW residencies provide artists 3-6 hours of rehearsal space for approximately 12 weeks, as well as mentorship, marketing, and production support for two nights of performance in shared showcases.  The goal of the RAW residency program is to provide a consistent source of support for emerging and established artists to create and perform new work without the stress of self-producing. RAW requires 20 hours of volunteer service including training in tech and production.  Since the program is free, artists can focus on investigation and development of their work.

Fall 2020 RAW Application

*The deadline to submit RAW applications is now rolling. Fall applications are now available. Once the Fall schedule is filled, we will remove the application and put up the form for Winter 2021.*



AIRspace was founded in 1987 at the Jon Sims Center for the Arts, which was dedicated to supporting queer and trans artists of color and people living with HIV/AIDS. In 2007, after the close of the Sims Center, the program was transferred to SAFEHouse. In 2015, the program was put on hiatus for 2 years, and this year it comes back with new leadership at our new venue. 

*The application period for 2020 has closed. Applications for 2021 will be available later this year. 




The Lead Artist Program is a year-long program for artists who wish to have a long-term artistic relationship with SAFEhouse. Lead Artists will work directly with the staff on administrative and organizational tasks for 5 hrs per month as well as attend monthly meetings and quarterly community days. Lead Artists will participate in 1-4 RAW residencies throughout the year and have the opportunity to receive a percentage of their box office sales for all shows in which they participate. Lead Artists are also given priority consideration for the Annual West Wave Dance Festival in Fall 2020.

2020 Lead Artist Application

*We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis*