At the Ko Festival of Performance we repeatedly hear about the moments of transformation and transcendence our community of audience members and artists have experienced at our home in Amherst, MA as they participate in our
- theme-based seasons of performances and the stimulating opportunities for dialogue that follow every performance
- intensive six-day workshops, where people come to take a creative leap
- rehearsal residencies, where new work is broached in an environment of rigorous support
- internships that expose young people, particularly women, to technical and managerial skills, multiple creative processes, and time with the extraordinary roster of artists we produce
While we continue to run a “lean and mean” operation, our costs are rising, as are those of the artists we produce. Be they moments of sublime beauty, provocative ideas, or rolling-in-the-aisles humor, we need your help to achieve them!
Ko is funded in part by:
The Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency
The Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council
The Pelham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council
The New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies
The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
In seasons when we are able to meet in person we are also extremely grateful to the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance for access to the Holden Theater and Webster Hall studio spaces.