Our mission is to create a vigorous, intellectually curious, ever-growing community of concert dance artists in Austin. We see a need to challenge ourselves and our peers to create dance that reflects an intelligent, thoughtful, and fearless approach to choreography. Through a rigorous series of reviews, rounds of editing, and culminating performances, we will build a powerful environment for the development of dance artists. A key function in this process is the invitation of meaningful criticism from the community, including peers, established choreographers, dance writers, and audiences at large. In service of this goal, we need to empower audiences to participate in the process of conversing critically with each other and with artists about the work that they see. By creating a safe structure for audiences to contribute to the development and criticism of work within the series, we hope to build a much-needed framework for communication and thoughtful critique in the dance community as a whole. By establishing an inclusive platform for fearless development of both audiences and dance artists, we see Articulate as a long-term part of the ongoing growth of the Austin performing arts community.