Holly Bass


Holly Bass is a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, writer and director. Her work has been presented at the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Museums, Seattle Art Museum, Art Basel Miami Beach (Project Miami Fair) and South African State Theatre. Her visual art work spans photography, installation, video, and performance. A Cave Canem fellow, she has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies. She studied modern dance under Viola Farber and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College before earning her Master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. As an arts journalist early in her career, she was the first to put the term “hip hop theater” into print in American Theatre magazine. She has received numerous grants from the DC Arts Commission, a 2019 Red Bull Detroit Artist-in-Residence, and a 2019 Dance/USA Artist Fellow. A gifted and dedicated teaching artist, for four years she directed a year-round creative writing and performance program for adjudicated youth in DC’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services as well as facilitating workshops nationally and internationally. She is currently the national director for Turnaround Arts at the Kennedy Center, a program which uses the arts strategically to transform schools facing severe inequities.



Holly Bass, Cultural Preserves: American Stories @ NGA, Project documentation (2018)

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