It felt like the facets of my life that exist outside of work were not only validated but prioritized. I was truly supported and valued and made to feel like I didn’t have to choose between helping out at home and working for Nova Dance.

Participating Artist

Nova Dance

Nova Dance

Compassion Fund for Large-Scale Dance Project

Level UP! Strategy Area: Compassion Fund

Pilot Project: Piloted a Compassion Fund for the large cast of their production Svāhā!

Project Duration: Summer and Fall 2022

Continuing to Implement: On a project basis, alongside other supports like Rest Residencies.

Resources Shared: Project Field Notes, Compassion Fund Follow-Up Survey, Mother’s Day Fundraising Email

About Nova Dance

Location: Ontario
Artistic Discipline: Dance
Operating Budget: $100,000 to $1,000,000

Nova Dance makes dance. Dance that brings new ideas to dance, transforming respected traditions with individual expression, taking audiences on a shared journey of the imagination.

The people behind Nova Dance are passionate about diversity. Diversity of dance forms, disciplines, individuals, generations, opinions and cultures. Their work celebrates the act of gathering, creating a community that embraces the essential life-force of art in our lives.

Nova Dance’s Level UP! Project

In the summer and fall of 2022, Nova Dance (under the Artistic Direction of Nova Bhattacharya) embarked upon a crucial phase of development of their production Svāhā!.  Knowing that many of the artists had caregiving responsibilities, Associate Artist, Neena Jayarajan, facilitated a Compassion Fund that was offered to the cast of 25 dancers.

Project Highlights:

    • Surveying the artist team to find out the range of caring responsibilities among the group
    • Offering the fund in a low-barrier way, through conversation and email


Nova Dance | Project Field Notes

About This Resource Nova Dance created these Project Field Notes in 2023 as part of their Balancing Act Level UP! Pilot Project. Their project focused on piloting a Compassion Fund for artist caregivers in the cast of Svāhā!.

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Nova Dance | Compassion Fund Follow-Up Survey

About This Resource Nova Dance created this Compassion Fund Follow-Up Survey in 2023 as part of their Balancing Act Level UP! Pilot Project. The survey was sent to artists who received funding through the project to subsidize caregiving expenses towards the end of the...

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