The Lucas Artists Program (LAP) supports the development of new experimental works of performance across a wide range of interrelated disciplines, including dance, music, performing arts, and drama. Works developed under this commissioning focus include
- Adapting History (2016; a co-commission with Montalvo Arts Center’s Education Department)–LAP Fellow and musician Dahlak Brathwaite takes us on a musical journey encompassing gospel, blues, jazz , R&B, funk, hip-hop, and spoken word to explore the complex and often discordant history of the US.
- Everything that Happens (2013)–a choral performance work, created Lucas Artist Fellow Nene Humphrey and her collaborator composer Roberto C. Lange, and performed by the Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley, which explores the emotional life of the brain.
- Conference of the Birds Unfeathered (2012)–a hybrid music-theatre event developed by composer Laurie San Martin and vocalist Haleh Abghari with percussionist Chris Froh and visual artist Dana Harel inspired by Persian poet Farid al-Din Attar's 12th century poem, "The Conference of the Birds."