​Mission Statement

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation provides resources for artists, engages with community and promotes the legacy of the founding artists, Joan Beauregard and John David Ellis.

​Vision Statement

The vision of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is to encourage, expand and sustain the courageous and imaginative dialogue that is fundamental to the arts. The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation celebrates the value of art to transcend cultures and engage with diverse communities. Through its programs, the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation supports the exploration of the common ground that art occupies, the way it engages people, and its ability to reveal our shared human experience.

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, in partnership with Portland Ovations, announces a $40,000.00 award for contemporary dance

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is pleased to announce a national $25,000.00 award to a contemporary choreographer paired with an additional $15,000.00 to bring a performance of the awardees work to a Maine audience. The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is proud to partner with Portland Ovations to present the work of the awardee through their Raising the Barre initiative. Applications are being accepted through www.submittble.com by choreographers living in the United States beginning May 1, 2022 with a deadline of July 15 2022.

The Contemporary Dance Award is an effort to bolster the field, incubate new ideas and, thanks to our wonderful partnership with Portland Ovations and our amazing jurors, bring more dance to Maine. In its finest iteration, Contemporary Dance is transcendent and sublime, expressive and powerful beyond language. We are thrilled to join the conversation and support movement based art

Artists across America are welcome to apply. Applicants must be 18 years of age, US citizens and not enrolled in an educational program.


Kyle Abraham is an American choreographer and dancer. He founded his own company A.I.M by Kyle Abraham in 2006 in New York City and has produced many original works for A.I.M such as The Radio Show, Absent Matter, Pavement, Dearest Home, Drive, INDY, Studies on Farewell, and An Untitled Love. Kyle is a recipient of the McArthur Foundation “Genius” award.

Janet Wong is the Associate Artistic Director of the Bill T Jones/Arne Zane Dance Company. She was born in Hong Kong and trained in Hong Kong and London. Union graduation, she joined the Berlin Ballet where she first met Bill when he was invited to choreograph on the company. In 1996 she became Rehearsal Director of the Company, Associate Artistic Director in 2006 and Associate Artistic Director of New York Live Arts in 2016.

Philip Bither, Walker Art Center’s Senior Curator of Performing Arts since April 1997, oversees one of the country's leading contemporary performing arts programs. He has overseen significant expansion of the Performing Arts program, including the building of the McGuire Theater, an acclaimed new theatrical space within the Walker expansion (2005), the raising of the program's first commissioning/programming endowment, the commissioning of more than 100 new works in dance, music and performance, and the annual presentation/residency support of dozens of contemporary performing arts creators, established and emerging. Prior to this, he served as Director of Programming/Artistic Director for the Flynn Center, later becoming Associate Director/Music Curator at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). He received the Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award in 2009. He sits on numerous federal, state, local, and national foundation arts panels and he speaks and writes about the contemporary performing arts nationally.

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