Each year, an artist is invited by a group of panelists consisting of AAADS faculty, colleagues at Columbia and our partnering institutions. The residency offers established and emerging artists an opportunity to deepen their creative practice while enriching the scholarship and academic experience of students. The Artist-in-Residence assists in shaping the intellectual vision, programming and curriculum at AAADS in ways that last beyond the period of their residency. During their time in residence the artist will offer one public program, and one course for student engagement. The inaugural Artist-in-Residence is acclaimed jazz pianist, composer and educator Jason Moran.

2021/2022 Artist-in-Residence

Black and white image of author Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, The Farming of Bones, Claire of the Sea Light, and Everything Inside. She is the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States, Haiti Noir and Haiti Noir 2. She has written seven books for young adults and children, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance. Her memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was a National Book Award finalist in 2007, and a National Book Critics Circle Award winner for autobiography. She is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow and a two-time winner of The Story Prize, a 2018 Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow, a 2020 United States Artist Fellow, and a winner of the 2020 Vilcek Prize for Literature.

Past Artist-in-Residence

Jason Moran


Pianist, composer, and artist Jason Moran was born in Houston, TX in 1975. He earned a degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Jaki Byard. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010 and is currently the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center. His activity stretches beyond the 15 critically acclaimed solo recordings. His 21-year relationship with his trio The Bandwagon (with drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Tarus Mateen) has resulted in a profound discography for Blue Note Records and Yes Records, a label he co-owns with his wife, singer and composer Alicia Hall Moran. Moran keeps a close relationship with music and activism, culminating in his film scoring with director Ava DuVernay on SELMA and 13th.  His groundbreaking multimedia tributes to Thelonious Monk, Fats Waller, and James Reese Europe have shifted the jazz performance paradigm.  Moran currently teaches at the New England Conservatory.