The Akatonbo Fellowship provides emerging artists who are not resident in the United States with the opportunity to pursue their art and learn from other artists for up to three months in New York City. The Fellowship provides:

  • Travel stipend to and from New York City from the artist’s home country
  • Lodging in New York City
  • A per-diem to cover local transportation and food
  • Stipend to cover travel, project and other related expenses
  • The opportunity to work with and learn from other artists, collectors, and gallerists


2016 Recipient

Chien-Hao Chang
Chien-Hao Chang is one of Taiwan’s most promising young dance artists. A former member of the Bulareyaung Dance Company, Mr. Chang creates original work for CHANG Dance Theater, which he founded with his two younger brothers in 2011. In their debut performance that same year, CHANG Dance Theater presented choreography by Tsung-Lung Chen, and Mr. Chang received a Taishin Arts Award for his performance. In 2014, with support from the Ministry of Culture, Mr. Chang participated in the International Choreographers Residency Program at the American Dance Festival, where he developed a new work titled “Hui.” Mr. Chang’s first solo work, Hui has since been presented at a number of international dance festivals in Asia and Europe. The Akatonbo fellowship subsidizes a grant from the Asian Cultural Council and will enable Mr. Change to come to New York for six months starting in December 2016 to see performances, take dance and movement classes and workshops, and observe the wide range of movement traditions that are performed and taught in this international milieu.


2015 Recipient

Nao Nishihara
Mr. Nishihara is a sound designer, sculptor, and performer whose artwork and sound performances have been presented in Japan, South Korea, and Germany. Mr. Nishihara finished his undergraduate studies as a sound engineer. When he entered the M.F.A. program at Tokyo University of the Arts, he met Phil Niblock, a minimalist composer and multimedia musician, and the director of the avant-garde foundation Experimental Intermedia based in New York City. Since then, Mr. Nishihara has been integrating sound and sculptural objects. The Akatonbo fellowship subsidizes a grant from the Asian Cultural Council and will enable Mr. Nishihara to work with the 82-year-old Niblock to further explore sound and interdisciplinary media, and bring his experiences back to Japan.


What is Akatonbo?

It is a red dragonfly. It is also the name of a popular Japanese folk song, which recalls nostalgia for one’s home, family, and past. The Akatonbo emblem was graciously designed and donated to Omomuki by Kate Saliba and Deb Bastien, founders of Smudge Ink in Charlestown, Massachussetts. We thank Mr. Koichiro Wakai for the akatonbo concept, and for his guidance in developing this program.