Dixon Place, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1986 to provide a space for literary and performing artists to create and develop new works in front of a live audience. Our mission to support and nurture the development of new work and work in progress from diverse artists and to build new audiences for the work is carried out through five main programming objectives:
- to present and encourage new and experimental work in performance art, literature, dance, and music by providing a venue for emerging and established artists to develop this new work in a safe, supportive environment
- to discover the needs and interests of artists of color by providing a venue in which cultural, personal, and societal issues may be explored and addressed
- to furnish gay and lesbian writers and performing artists with the opportunity to present their work in a supportive and non-homophobic atmosphere
- to give writers of poetry, prose, nonfiction and science fiction the chance to read and/or speak before an audience
- and to contribute to the community by making Dixon Place available as a meeting place for social change organizations.
The artist’s experience is given top priority through our professional atmosphere and remuneration, and their process is enhanced through the reaction of our adventurous audiences. Dixon Place is a local haven for creativity as well as an international model for the open exploration of the process of creation.