Claude Smith, Operations Director, email@example.com
Viola Arduini, Education and Outreach Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
516 ARTS is a non-collecting contemporary art museum in the center of Downtown Albuquerque that celebrates thought-provoking art in the here and now. Our mission is to connect contemporary artists and diverse audiences. 516 ARTS presents relevant exhibitions and public programs, which feature a mix of local, national, and international artists and inspire curiosity, risk-taking and creative experimentation.
Founded in 2006, 516 ARTS engages with timely themes such as the environment, immigration, and the north/south axis of cultural exchange with a focus on Latin America. Our public programs include collaborations with museums and organizations around the region and beyond, public art projects, guest speakers, public forums, the 516 WORDS literary series, workshops, performances and special events. Education programs include exhibition tours for schools and community groups with curriculum support materials for teachers, youth activities, and hands-on workshops with guest artists.
Monica L. Williams, Chief Curator and Director of Programs, email@example.com
Farren Wood, Program Associate, Farren.Wood@651arts.org
Founded in 1989, 651 ARTS is Brooklyn’s premier presenter of contemporary dance, theater and music from the African Diaspora. Our signature programs are the mainstage Performance Series, Tradition and Transformation (finished work by emerging and established artists), Live & Outspoken (provocative artist interviews and live performances), Africa Exchange (exchange projects and access for African artists to perform in the United States), Artist Development Initiative, and Education and Community programs which engage artists in adult and youth learning.
651 ARTS is committed to presenting a high level of excellence in the contemporary performing arts of the African Diaspora. Our presentations, humanities events and artist development activities seek to further quality cultural programming by and for people representing the full breadth of the Black and African Diasporic experience.
Heidi Howard, Artistic Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mack Headrick, Managing Director, email@example.com
7 Stages is a professional, non-profit theatre company devoted to engaging artists and audiences by focusing on the social, political, and spiritual values of contemporary culture. 7 Stages gives primary emphasis to social justice work and the support and development of new plays, new playwrights, and new methods of collaboration. With over 40 years of producing, presenting, and educating, we continue to offer a home to artists and activists as a global center for the creation of vital conversations through collaborative performance. By creating relationships with and presenting high quality international and national artists, 7S exposes Atlanta to new art and ideas, while supporting the growth of our local community and peer companies that embody our mission.
June Wilson, Philanthropic Advisor & Strategist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by the CrossCurrents and Compton Foundations, the Arts and Activism (A&A) ColLABoration supports six projects between artists and activist organizations. Each project uses arts-integrated organizing to build power within their respective communities. Through storytelling and community engagement they produce narratives that elevate themes of democracy, power, and freedom in the United States. While the projects vary in model, practice, and development, they share similar goals: to achieve impact and to deepen engagement on salient issues by centering the voices of those who are most affected by them.
A&A ColLABoration intentionally selected projects at different stages of development to showcase what successful collaborations between artists and activists. As part of a national learning cohort, the projects contribute to a network where methods and strategies are discussed, documented, and shared.
The projects are:
The League is one of two startups supported by A&A ColLABoration. The League offers media/marketing strategies to musicians and media producers who want to elevate social issues on their platforms. Formed by a collective of creatives, analysts, and campaigners, The League experiments with cultural engagement strategies to reach new audiences through social media and curated events.
Similarly, the School of Good Citizenship is a new venture launched by the artists duo LigaronoReese. Inspired by the success of their previous public art installations Melted Away, the artists will mount four simultaneous public art projects in Charlotte, North Carolina in the week leading up to the Republican Convention. These installations will anchor workshops around democracy that blend creativity and art with civic dialogue.
Skylight Engagement will launch its first convening of filmmakers and activists in the United States, based on successful models of their work in Central and South America. The Borderlands Solidari Labs will gather a new network of artists and activists to examine immigration in the United States along the Southwest border. The group will collaboratively prototype media projects that tell nuanced stories about immigration challenging the prevailing dominant and demeaning narratives.
The Midwest Cultural Lab will deepen its model for connecting artists and activists in Ohio. Using social media platforms, artists in the network will create content that mobilize young voters of color around local and state level issues.
National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) will expand its media marketing campaign for its Families Belong Together: Coloring Without Borders children’s coloring book and accompanying curriculum. The coloring book is a result of NDWA’s partnership with numerous artists who donated their work for the pages of the book. The coloring book distribution will be done in two parts: first, to migrant children at the border to help them process their experiences. Second, to families in the U.S. whose purchases are an act of solidarity and support for NDWA’s work at the border.
Led by their Artist in Residence, Forward Together partners with artists of color and allied organizations to strengthen the effectiveness of movements and campaigns through the use of visual imagery. With A&A ColLABoration funding, Forward Together will expand the Art As Power program, with a specific focus on the fifth annual Transgender Day of Resilience as well as mobilizing artists in rapid response campaigns.
LANE Cohort / National Partner
All My Relations Arts / Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI)
Angela Two Stars, Arts Director, email@example.com
Juleana Enright, Gallery and Programs Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
All My Relations Arts honors and strengthens relationships between contemporary American Indian artists and the living influence of preceding generations, between artists and audiences of all ethnic backgrounds, and between art and the vitality of the American Indian Cultural Corridor.
Arab American National Museum (AANM)
Fatima Al-Rasool, Public Programming Coordinator, FAl-Rasool@accesscommunity.org
The Arab American National Museum (AANM) is the first and only museum of its kind in the United States devoted to recording the Arab American experience. Since opening in 2005, AANM’s mission has been to document, preserve and present the history, culture and contributions of Arab Americans. Our exhibitions cover the Arab world and the history of Arab Americans from the first immigrants who arrived in the late 19th century to today. We offer safe spaces for open dialogue and community gatherings and provide educational opportunities for children and students of all ages to expand their knowledge and appreciation of Arab American history and culture. We work with established and emerging artists of all artistic mediums to uplift their work and share it with our regional and national audiences. All of this is intended to build community through the arts by showcasing our nation’s cultural diversity in thoughtful and impacting ways.
Art2Action Inc. (A2A)
Andrea Assaf, Artistic & Executive Director, email@example.com
Gabrielle Vigueira, General Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Art2Action creates, develops, produces and presents original theatre, interdisciplinary performances, performative acts and progressive cultural organizing. We support women artists, artists of color, queer or trans* artists, and creative allies. We are dedicated to these values, and hold them to be of equal importance: Cultural Equity & Aesthetic Innovation, Artistic Quality & Community Value, Performativity & Impact.
Whether developing new work, touring, or acting as a presenter, community process and meaningful engagement is central to all our work. As a mission-driven, artist-led organization, we increase capacity, extend and deepen our impact through multi-year partnerships with local and national institutions, organizations and networks.
Art2Action is incorporated in the State of New York, and the State of Florida. As a presenter, we work closely with our Tampa partners, from the University of South Florida (USF) to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, to local community service organizations. Presenting venues vary in size and technical capacity, from 50-500 seats; identifying the appropriate partners for each residency is key to our process.
Artist Corps New Orleans
Sonya Robinson, Managing Director
Artist Corps CONNECTS New Orleans music education initiatives with local and national resources to build strong music programs with:
- EMPOWERED Educators
- EMBEDDED Artists and Culture Bearers
- EQUIPPED School Leaders
- ENGAGED Communities
- EXCELLENT Opportunities for Young People
AFFIRMS that music is young people’s birthright, innovation is New Orleans’ legacy, and investing in the next generation is our shared responsibility.
COMMITS to establishing pathways to excellent, comprehensive, sequential music education for every young person in New Orleans.
HONORS New Orleans educators, artists, and culture bearers – valuing their expertise and amplifying their voices in developing strategy for advancing music education.
CELEBRATES the many dedicated schools, programs, cultural organizations, families, funders, resource providers and supporters that provide music education in New Orleans – and strives to coordinate efforts and focus resources to increase collaborative impact.
CENTERS equity and justice in our work, cultivating systemic opportunity that enables young people to engage in their cultural legacy and grow as musicians and as individuals.
MODELS a reflective practice that respects tradition, integrates diverse perspectives, fosters growth and embraces change.
ArtPower at UC San Diego
Jordan Peimer, Executive Director, email@example.com
ArtPower’s mission is to present performing and media arts that engage, energize, and transform the diverse cultural life of the University and San Diego. Through ArtPower’s curation of artists representing a multitude of diverse ethnicities, cultures, and identities we strive to develop more empathetic students and community members that are better prepared to engage in the world around them. Through their participation in high quality artistic programs the program’s goal is to broaden thinking and awareness, deepen understanding, and encourage new dialogues across UC San Diego and the community.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
Frederick "Wood" Delahoussaye, Chief Creative Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, Chief Equity Officer, email@example.com
Ashé Cultural Arts Center is the primary initiative of Efforts of Grace. Its mission is to promote, produce, create and support programs, activities and creative works that emphasize the positive contributions of people of African descent. We pride ourselves on our commitment to and experience with collaboration and on our ability to combine art, culture and community into a variety of activities, events, performances and exhibits. We are a multi-disciplinary cultural arts organization with a focus on performance art.
We encourage collaborations among and between artistic disciplines and artists in the Ashé artistic family, independent artists, and artists associated with other arts organizations. Ashé collaborates among its directing team to select artists and identify themes of interest that emerge from our artistic family and the community.
Asian Arts Initiative
Dave Kyu, Creative Supervisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joey Wong, Development Supervisor, email@example.com
Connecting cultural expression and social change, Asian Arts Initiative uses art as a vehicle to explore the diverse experiences of all communities which include Asian Americans. Located in Philadelphia’s Chinatown North, Asian Arts Initiative is a multidisciplinary arts center offering exhibitions, performances, artist residencies, youth workshops, and a community gathering space. Here, all of us can view and create art that reflects our lives, and think critically, creatively about the future we want to build for our communities.
Katalin Lukács, Project Director
Lisa Hooper, Project Director
Rising Water is working to amplify the voices of regional communities threatened by rising sea levels through artistic expressions. Local artists have been commissioned to work with threatened communities to create new performance art reflective of the traditions, values, and beliefs that will be lost as rising seas swallow these communities. Through public performances of these works, Rising Water will creatively inform, challenge, and inspire the broader community to take positive action against sea level rise and climate change.
Your support helps us:
- Equitably pay our participating composers, poets, video artists, and performers
- Partner with local schools to hold student poetry contests (winner’s work will be set to
music by a Rising Water composer)
- Rent community-accessible rehearsal and performance space
- Provide ticket-free performances
If today is your day to give, then please use the donation button on this page. Thank you!
Bates Dance Festival (BDF)
Shoshona Currier, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexandra James, Director of Training Programs, email@example.com
The Bates Dance Festival is an international destination for dance located in Lewiston, Maine. BDF provides rigorous training for dancers, offers residencies for practicing dance artists, and presents performances by a renown roster of local, national, and international dancemakers. Serving Maine, as well as a diverse community of dance audiences and arts lovers, BDF offers unprecedented access to and fosters deep appreciation for contemporary dance. BDF supports approximately 100 artists each summer and 300 students, ages 6-74. Curatorial priorities include contemporary practice, transparent process, diverse dancing bodies, collaboration, and community-designed and engaged work.
Birmingham Black Repertory Theatre Collective
The award-winning Birmingham Black Repertory Theatre Collective is a grassroots theatre incubator that operates as a collective of individuals invested in preserving a culture of Black theatre in the city of Birmingham. Our goal is to produce bodies of performance art by and for people across the African Diaspora in order to showcase and introduce Black artistic work to the city of Birmingham through staged readings, mainstage and black-box performances, and workshops with industry professionals. BBRTC has a continued laser focus on telling stories of people across the African diaspora who live in the margins and we are committed to hiring within those groups as well. These include, but are not limited to, Black women, Black queer people, and Black disabled people.
Read about their current project Marassa, a ritual and performance work inspired by the Haitian/Dominican divine loa twins the Marassa Jumeaux.
Bunnell Street Arts Center
Asia Freeman, Artistic Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adele Person, Executive Director, email@example.com
Bunnell Street Arts Center is situated on Nichiłt’ana, lands of Ninilchik Village Tribe, stewarded for thousands of years, since time immemorial by Indigenous people of this region. We are committed to resisting colonialism by supporting Indigenous-led programs and artistic practices. Bunnell sparks artistic inquiry, innovation, and equity to strengthen the physical, social and economic fabric of Alaska and beyond. Through exhibits, talks, Bunnell workshops, residencies, artist-in-schools, performances and creative placemaking actions Bunnell increases opportunities, benefits, and resources for a widespread geographic area of diverse rural communities, from Indigenous and Russian Old Believer villages to BIPOC, LGBTQ+, youth at risk, and low-income Alaskans. Bunnell amplifies the voices of disparate, isolated, and historically marginalized communities in educational youth outreach activities, training for community leaders, artists’ projects, and leadership on our Board of Directors. Bunnell seeks diverse participation in programs that challenge systemic White supremacy and elevate Indigenous life ways, build artists’ power and interweave a constellation of support for artists across the circumpolar north and beyond.
Bvlbancha Public Access
Bvlbancha Public Access is a media channel based in Bulbancha, Louisiana. We collect stories, facilitate art, and produce events on Indigenous identity in the Gulf South.
Canales Abiertos || Open Channels
Mathew "Mat" Schwarzman, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
A multinational learning community of Spanish and English–speaking popular theater artists, researchers, students, teachers, and enthusiasts of Caribbean culture and performance. We meet online and face-to-face to share work, ideas, and resources.
LANE Cohort / National Partner
The Carpetbag Theatre
Jonathan Clark, Executive & Artistic Director, email@example.com
Founded in 1969, The Carpetbag Theatre is a Knoxville-based professional, multi-generational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works. We work in partnership with community artists, activists, cultural workers, storytellers, and leaders to create original, theatrical works. Our mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression. Our artistic vision is rooted in the practice of revealing, reframing, and reclaiming the hidden stories of our communities; believing that this process is what reveals the beauty of our collective experiences.We also believe that this process has the power to reframe our experiences and provide the kinds of healing it takes to release us from strongholds that have held us hostage over time.
Carver Community Cultural Center
Cassandra Parker-Nowicki, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Yonnie Blanchette, Executive Director of Operations, email@example.com
The Carver Community Cultural Center is a multicultural, multidisciplinary performing and visual arts center who celebrates the diverse cultures of our global community, with an emphasis on its African American heritage by presenting challenging artistic presentations, arts education programs and community outreach activities. The Carver Development Board raises funds to support the arts education and community engagement programs of the Carver Community Cultural Center. The Carver is located on the near East Side of San Antonio, historically home to the majority of San Antonio’s Black community and currently still one of the most under-resourced communities in the City, predominately populated by people of color.
LANE Cohort / National Partner
Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas
Sharon Williams, Managing Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nina Yarbrough, Business Development Manager, email@example.com
Central District forum for Arts & Ideas is the only organization in the Seattle area solely dedicated to presenting emerging Black arts, artists, and ideas. Our mission is to present and produce Black cultural programs that encourage thought and debate, with a vision of inspiring new thoughts and challenging assumptions about Black culture. We believe in the value of cultural and geographic community, creativity, identity and passion. By focusing on community, we commit to collective efforts that celebrate the diversity of the Black experience. By focusing on creativity, we honor the role of artistic expression and disparate ideas in inspiring conversations leading to social and cultural change. By focusing on identity, we create spaces, experiences and conversations that allow people and communities to see themselves in the arts and ideas we present. By focusing on passion, we acknowledge the intensity and generosity of the work of artists, the interest of audiences, the intellect of thought leaders and the investments of supporters. These values serve as our strategic frame and guide day-to-day operations and curatorial decisions.
Asher Griffith, Executive Producer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cicada Radio is a New Orleans–based audio production company and podcast network focused on equity, environmental justice, and artistic expression.
LANE Cohort / National Partner
Coleman Center for the Arts
Marguerite Hinrichs, Executive Director and Curator, email@example.com
Curtis Riley, Jr., Curator of Arts Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coleman Center for the Arts is a 36-year old arts organization located in rural west Alabama. Our work is done through five main programmatic arms: arts education for area youth and adults; a community-based artists’ residency that produces socially engaged public art projects and events; exhibitions that feature the work of regional artists; a free, public community garden that promotes small-scale food production; and Pop Start, a storefront space for artists-community experimentation.
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
Marcus Margerum, Interim Director, email@example.com
Rebecca Roman, Registrar and Exhibition Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
The CAC provides experiences, through exhibitions and performances as well as educational and outreach programs, to engage and interact with the art, artists, and ideas of our time. Working with our regional community of visitors, patrons, and partners, and with our global community of artists and institutions, we explore and celebrate the unfolding landscape of art and expression.
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
Megan Koza Mitchell, Development Director, email@example.com
The CAC is a multidisciplinary arts center that is dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of the art of our time.
The CAC is a cultural leader. As such, it organizes, presents, and tours curated exhibitions, performances and programs by local, regional, national, and international artists. It demonstrates proactive local and regional leadership by educating children and adults, cultivating and growing audiences, and initiating and encouraging collaboration among diverse artists, institutions, communities, and supporters.
Creating New Futures
Creating New Futures is an arts worker-driven effort speaking to the dance and performance field in what is currently called the United States.
In Phase 1, a group of arts workers came together to create the “living document” Creating New Futures: Working Guidelines for Ethics & Equity in Presenting Dance & Performance, which attempts to frame principles and guidelines for conversations within the dance and performance field to shape our futures in light of the extraordinary chaos and disruption caused by COVID-19. The document addresses concerns regarding cancellations and what future work, funding, survival might look like. More pressingly, it looks beyond the present moment to address longstanding inequities, deficiencies, and power imbalances in the field.
Phase 2 is now emerging and is formed by working groups that include: Black and Indigenous Survivors group, Disability+ group, Intersectional Riders group, and Contracts/Force Majeure group with potential groups in discussion like the Natureculture Watershed group.
Catherine Lane, Events and Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
CSPS builds community through the presentation, advocacy and support of the arts, music and theater of our time. Presenting visual and performing artists inside CSPS Hall, an historic Czech social hall we operate, as well as venues and community space around our city, we connect contemporary artists with communities within our city to foster social change and cultural exchange. While we work with all communities in our city, we have programmatic initiatives to work with emerging artists, youth, immigrant communities and local Black Lives Matter organizations.
Our curatorial process takes the following qualifications into consideration: Is the work self produced? What are the barriers of entry to experience the work and are they solvable? Is the work diverse relative to our other programmatic offerings? What communities are served by this work?
dani tirrell, Artistic Director, email@example.com
Bonnie Brady, Grants Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rooted in the United States capital, Washington D.C., Dance Place supports movement artists by creating opportunities for creative development, performance, and education. By investing deeply in artists and centering those who have been systemically excluded from such opportunities, we strengthen the dance field.
Dance Place accomplishes its mission by: Supporting the creation and development of new dance work by artists and companies from the Washington, DC area and around the United States. Presenting dance performances by artists and companies from the Washington, DC area, from around the United States, and from around the world of a variety of dance genres in our theater, online, and in locations throughout the D.C. metro area; Providing opportunities for youth and adult dancers to engage in a wide range of dance classes in our dance school; Serving our city and the arts community therein, through inclusive ticketing options, scholarships to our educational programs, broad access to programs both on our campus and throughout the city, and civic participation in advocacy, local government, and neighborhood growth.
Dawn DeDeaux’s Projects
Dawn DeDeaux, Artist, email@example.com
DeDeaux has merged art with new technologies for decades to broaden art and audience engagement. Early works from the 1970s such as CB Radio Booths were works of mobility that travelled the communication systems and streets of underserved communities. Mid-career works were large-scale installations and pioneering immersive, synchronized media environments including Soul Shadows, Women Eating, and The Face of God that premiered at the 1996 Olympics. Latter works, including Project Mutants, The Goddess Fortuna and The MotherShip Series, are inspired by environmental challenges.
Works by DeDeaux have been exhibited nationwide including Whitney Museum of American Art, Armand Hammer Museum, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art of Connecticut, The Contemporary / Baltimore, Canadian Film Society of Toronto, and Ballroom Marfa, Marfa TX. Recent exhibitions include her acclaimed Prospect.2 20,000 square foot multimedia installation The Goddess Fortuna and Her Dunces, and the touring MotherShip Series that adapts the theory that mankind has 100 years left – not to save Earth but to leave. Current exhibitions include a solo exhibition I’ve Seen the Future and It Was Yesterday at Arthur Roger Gallery / New Orleans, her exhibition at MASSMoCA Thumbs Up for the MotherShip, and her participation in the international exhibition Alrededoreson on Chile’s Island of Chiloe in 2018.
DeDeaux is a 1997 Rome Prize recipient as Knight Foundation Visiting Southern Artist at the American Academy in Rome and selected among the eight most important southern U.S. artists by the 1996 Olympics. She is a 2013 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist in Residence, the 2014 Prospect New Orleans Triennial Alumni of the Year, and the 2015 Artist in Residence at Tulane University’s Center for Bioenvironmental Research.
DeDeaux’s work is the in-depth subject of the concluding chapter of Discipline and Photograph, a book by art theorist James Huginin of Chicago Art Institute and, Five Video Artists by Larry Qualls, Associate Editor for Performing Arts Journal, MIT Press. Her work has been reviewed in numerous publications including New York Times, Art in America, USA Today and ArtForum, and the focus of televised features including CBS Sunday Morning and Canada Public Broadcasting’s series The Future.
DeDeaux is also a writer, publisher and founding editor of Arts Quarterly. She is among the eight founders of the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans and served on its Board throughout its formative years. She produced and hosted Louisiana’s first radio program on the arts, Art Now, for National Public Radio affiliate WWNO. As an educator DeDeaux established and directed a comprehensive arts program for a 6,000 inmate facility in Orleans Parish, Louisiana and has been Visiting Artist at a number of institutions including Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Texas A&M Visualization Laboratory within the College of Architecture.
DeDeaux is the winner of the 1976 Demolition Derby in the Louisiana Superdome as the only female contestant in a field of 35 drivers.
Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI)
Rosemarie Gordon-Wallace, Founder/Curator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanya Desdunes, Executive Director, email@example.com
The mission of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Inc. is to promote, nurture, and cultivate the vision and diverse talents of emerging artists from the Caribbean and Latin Diaspora through our exhibitions program, artists-in-residence program, international exchange programs, and education and outreach activities that celebrate Miami-Dade County’s rich cultural and social fabric.
DVCAI is attuned to a regional understanding of Caribbeanness, quite different from different parts of the country. Miami Caribbean space is a heavy presence of Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, the English speaking Caribbean , Latinx communities from Latin America and Central America, the French Caribbean and Dutch Caribbean. These communities engage the Black Communities and white, suburban communities.
DVCAI curatorial vision is one that is invested in deconstructing complex contemporary cultural issues and attempts to provide a dialogue within which these issues can be discussed. We face the global south and focus on Caribbean artists in the Caribbean and in Diaspora Miami defined and experienced as a Creole City.
Xandra Eden, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley DeHoyos, Curator, email@example.com
The mission of DiverseWorks is to commission, produce, and present new and daring art in all its forms through innovative collaborations that honor each artist’s vision without constraint. Founded by artists in 1982, DiverseWorks is nationally known for its groundbreaking artistic programming, meaningful engagement with communities, and advancement of progressive art and ideas in Houston and the nation.
Throughout its 40 year history, DW has been committed to equity and diversity in the arts and supported brave projects that cultivate social change. Currently, more than 70% of artists, 50% of staff, and 47% of the Board of Directors are BIPOC and/or identify as LGBTQ+.
DiverseWorks fulfills its mission through a year-round schedule of exhibitions, performances, and community programs presented to the public free of charge. DiverseWorks’ primary audiences are artists and culturally curious audiences who seek experiences outside of the larger, more traditional arts venues. Geographically, the Greater Houston Area is the focus, though the artists and audiences we engage are local, national, and international. Taking an adaptive and artist-centered approach to the use of space, DiverseWorks produces performances and projects in a variety of sites across the city of Houston.
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Jay Wahl, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Leckey, Development Director, email@example.com
The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is the largest arts organization in Vermont, presenting world-class performances, extensive arts education classes, programs and workshops, as well as exhibitions. It encompasses a beautifully restored landmark 1,411-seat Art Deco Theater, a 180-seat black box experimental space, two studios, and a gallery in downtown Burlington. It is home to many Vermont performing groups and the box office serves as a regional ticketing agency. With broad-based community support, the Flynn has over 2,500 members; local, regional, and national donors; and serves over 200,000 audience members each season.
The Flynn’s curatorial vision is guided by its mission to present a diverse range of high-quality performances that expand the community’s cultural experiences and support artists in the development of new work. Flynn programming includes a balance of recognized masters and emerging new voices in dance, jazz, music, theater, family programs and multi-disciplinary performance. We plan our programs one to two years in advance.
Ron Berry, Co-Artistic Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessika Malone, Producing Director, email@example.com
Fusebox is a non-profit arts organization in Austin, TX. At the center of our work is an ongoing exploration of live performance. Our programs bring unique artistic projects to thousands of people in Central Texas; provide support and resources to artists; and address civic issues at the center of contemporary life and culture. Fusebox serves the artist community in Austin, in strong support of BIPOC arts.
FUSEBOX CORE VALUES
We believe in the boundless possibilities of live performance.
We believe in the potential of imagination to shape the world.
We believe in shaking things up.
We believe in access.
We believe in, and are committed to, cultural equity, anti-racism, and diversity.
We believe in supporting arts workers.
We believe in the act of gathering, and the power of presence.
We believe in leading with joy, care, and generosity.
We believe in long-term collaborations.
We believe in a plurality of perspectives.
We believe in the exchange of ideas across artistic disciplines, sectors, neighborhoods, and countries.
We believe exchanges should be relational and reciprocal rather than transactional.
We believe our festival should be free, but that artists’ work should be valued.
We believe that art is central to a healthy society
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Abel López, Associate Producing Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Medrano, Executive Director, email@example.com
GALA Hispanic Theatre’s mission is to develop, produce, and present works that explore the breadth of Latinx performing arts, making this work accessible to the broadest possible audience and using theater as a vehicle for social change. In doing so, GALA provides opportunities for Latinx artists, educates and trains youth, and engages the entire community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives.
Jeff Klein, Project Director, Africanola1@gmail.com
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
Jorge Piña, Director of Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org
Belinda Menchaca, Education Director, email@example.com
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, founded in 1980, is located in the heart of San Antonio’s Westside. It is one of the largest community-based, multi-disciplinary organizations in the U.S. The GCAC provides programming across six disciplines (dance, theatre, visual arts, music, film and literature), offers year- round educational programming through its Guadalupe Academy and free community events, and also produces the annual Tejano Conjunto festival and Cinefestival.
Hammonds House Museum
Hammonds House museum and Resource Center of African American Art is a fine arts museum established in 1988 and housed in an early 19th Century Victorian home. The mission is to preserve, exhibit and increase public awareness about art of the African Diaspora. Hammonds House museum attendees gain greater understanding and expanded knowledge about the contributions that artists of African descent make to world culture.
Hammonds House museum is known for presenting artists of merit and artistic excellence. The museum’s curator and curatorial committee use a stringent review process to select exhibiting artists two to three years in advance. The museum remains sensitive to local and/or emerging artists by providing alternate opportunities for exposure, self-development assistance and avenues to realize additional income streams. Hammonds House museum offers a year- round calendar of exhibitions, panels, lectures and symposia, workshops and demonstrations, youth programming, concerts and other unique events.
LANE Cohort / National Partner
The Hayti Heritage Center
Angela Lee, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Quentin Talley, Program Director, email@example.com
We lift up Durham’s Black community and the broader community around us through programs that preserve the heritage of historic Hayti and promote the African American experience through arts programs, operating as a cultural hub and as a space for engagement. In addition to core programs, we provide space for facility rentals. Our programming includes visual artist exhibitions, a poetry slam/spoken word team, summer/year round youth programming, African dance classes, a music series that celebrates noted black jazz, blues, gospel and other artists performed by local talent, an annual film festival that promotes southern black film, an annual Kwanzaa celebration, and a Juneteenth event among others. “We regularly feature and promote local visual artists by showcasing their works in our gallery space, inviting the public to meet artists and see the work during receptions and talks back, and we promote the sale of our artists’ works. We support performing artists through social media and our website, with focus on local talented vocalists, musicians and deejays. Presenting the arts in our sacred space makes our programming even more memorable and helps preserve the community’s heritage”.
HBC430 Creative Programs and Consulting
Maryam Fatima Foye, Founder and Creative Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
HBC430 aims to help grow an ecosystem of individuals and organizations dedicated to using art, performance, and creative advocacy to co-create a more just and equitable society for Black and other marginalized people. HBC430 is home of Solid Ground Theatre Company, a growing collective of citizen artists and Instinctive Theatre practitioners. Instinctive theater is an art for social justice technique designed by HBC430 founder, Maryam Foye, inspired by African and Black diasporic ritual, psychodrama, and Theater of the Oppressed.
Highways Performance Space & Gallery
Leo Garcia, Executive Director, email@example.com
Patrick Kennelly, Artistic Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Highways is Southern California’s boldest center for new performance. In our 33rd year, Highways continues to be an important alternative cultural center in Los Angeles that encourages radical artists from diverse communities to develop and present innovative new works. Described by the Los Angeles Times as “a hub of experimental theater, dance, solo drama and other multimedia performance,” Highways promotes the development of contemporary socially involved artists and art forms.
Our mission is to develop and present innovative performance and visual artists, promote interaction among people of diverse cultural backgrounds and engage artists and the communities they serve in cross-cultural dialogues about social, cultural and artistic issues.
In Good Company Theatre
Rebecca Frank, Founder and Co-Project Director
A classically based New Orleans theatre collective focused on creating work that fosters collaboration with local artists from other mediums such as media arts, visual art, music and installation art. In Good Company is also passionate about presenting work that supports the voices of strong female playwrights, performers and artists.
International Sonoran Desert Alliance / ISDA
Aaron Cooper, Executive Director, email@example.com
Vicki Tapp, Artist Liaison, firstname.lastname@example.org
ISDA is a tri-national creative place-making organization dedicated to preserving and enriching the environment, culture, and economy of the Sonoran Desert. Located in Ajo, Arizona (formerly the three separate, segregated communities of Indian Village, Mexican Town, and the Ajo Anglo Townsite), ISDA uses arts and culture to bring people together across long-standing racial and ethnic divisions, and to build community across the U.S., Mexico, and Tohono O’odham Nation borders.
For the last decade, ISDA has been renovating historic buildings in Ajo’s town center where ISDA now manages 30 affordable live/work artist apartments, an indoor/outdoor performance venue, and the new Sonoran Desert Inn and Conference Center created for meetings, arts gatherings, and artists-in- residence. ISDA presents local, regional and national performing artists. ISDA takes a special interest in presenting community and folk arts, and art that evokes or addresses issues of social justice and racial equity.
Jaime Fennelly’s Mind Over Mirrors
Jaime Fennelly, Artist
Mind Over Mirrors is the ever-evolving project of composer, harmoniumist, and synthesist Jaime Fennelly, who buttresses his modest instrumental foundation of Indian pedal harmonium with an array of tape delays, effect processors, and synthesizers that belong to the world of classic analog electronic composition. Both as a solo artist and with various collaborators, he creates immersive interdisciplinary work that NPR has described as “an out-of-body experience.” His explorations of the natural world’s sensory dimensions and the dialogues between cultural traditions—vernacular and avant-garde—have led him down a path of creating work that deliberately situates itself in a questing, edge-of-earth spirit. After five solo albums on several labels, Paradise of Bachelors released Fennelly’s first work for an ensemble, Undying Color (2017), followed by Bellowing Sun (2018), which was commissioned for its world premiere live performance by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Pitchfork called Bellowing Sun, “one of the decade’s true experimental wonders.” Bellowing Sun received funding from the NPN Creation & Forth Fund.
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Ann Brusky, Director of Public Programs, email@example.com
Angela Ramey, Performing Arts Program Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s mission is to generate a creative exchange between artists and the public. The Arts Center serves as a laboratory for the creation of new works, nurturer of interdisciplinary initiatives, originator of exhibitions, presenter of performing arts, educator, community builder and advocate for arts issues, functioning as a catalyst for ideas that will impact the lives of artists and the public. The Arts Center works with community partners to develop goals and priorities as we reach the local Sheboygan, WI community, Midwest region, and nationally. We envision a world in which communities collaborate and explore the arts to nourish and enrich the lives of all. We believe that art in all its forms is vital to the health of our communities, our nation, and our world; we believe that art enriches the human spirit. We activate creative exchanges through equitable, intentional, and creative opportunities inclusive of artist collaborations, participatory experiences, community partnerships, and accessible resources that foster lifelong learning through the arts.
LANE Cohort / National Partner
Stephanie McKee, Executive Artistic Director, email@example.com
Damia Khanboubi, Director of Marketing and Public Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org
Junebug Productions emerged from the Free Southern Theater in 1980 with a mission to create and support artistic works that question and confront inequitable conditions that have historically impacted the Black community.
Through interrogation, we challenge ourselves and those aligned with the organization to make greater and deeper contributions towards a just society.
Samesa Hoskin, Founder, email@example.com
“Come to the garden, and let’s talk.”
JUST SPACE creates a just space for all. This initiative innovatively addresses oppressive systems of power that are rooted in the history and legacy of exploitation. Black and Indigenous youth bear the brunt of the burdens of these systems and JUST SPACE seeks to alleviate part of that.
JUST SPACE is a center for intentional congregation and a program for place reimagination through art. Meet us at the land to garden, make art, laugh, and cry if you need to. The focus is on environmental racism in Indianola, MS. Participants enjoy access to environmental education, art education, and collaborative art production instructed by local artists. This initiative offers free resources to the entire community and is deliberately a safe zone.
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Ben Pryor, Programming Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Uhrine, Development Manager, email@example.com
Mission: Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) is a home for creative experimentation, community dialogue, and collective action rooted in the liberation of Black and queer people.
Focusing on the performing and media arts of our time, KST takes a multidisciplinary and inclusive approach to presenting contemporary performing arts. KST programs examine the questions that define and inspire us as individuals and communities. Our mission supports a vision in three parts: A leading presenter of innovative works in dance, theater, music, and live art; a community resource for youth education, emerging artist support and community partnership; and a neighborhood anchor institution accelerating the transformation of East Liberty as a destination for cultural entertainment and business opportunity.
KST is a leading interdisciplinary producer and presenter of contemporary art and performance committed to the liberation of Black Life and the empowerment of historically marginalized communities. Through performances, artist residencies, and community partnerships KST is where artists and audiences test new ideas and shape public conversation. KST programs examine the questions that define and inspire us as individuals and communities.
The King Arts Complex
Jevon Collins, Performing Arts Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
The King Arts Complex is located in the oldest area of African-American life in Columbus, Ohio. The Complex preserves, presents and fosters the contributions of African-Americans through creative expression and education. The Complex has built artistically strong offerings that represent the spectrum of the performing and cultural arts, establishing it as a primary African-American institution in Ohio. The Complex houses three performance spaces, two dance studios, an art gallery and three permanent interactive learning areas. The Complex sponsors community events in the adjacent public park and hosts a variety of education programs. Artist selection and review is a year-round process. The traditional performing arts season runs September through June, with artist selections finalized by the prior April.
indee mitchell, Co-Director
Lyam Gabel, Co-Director
Last Call is a multiracial collective of queer artists, activists, and archivists. Drawn together by the closing of the last remaining dyke bar, Last Call creates innovative, multi-platform performances, events, and digital media that document and interpret neglected queer history, creating connections between those who lived this history and those who have much at stake if it is forgotten. We conjure up intergenerational gathering places where the movement for queer liberation is carried forward.
There are four interwoven components to Last Call: (1) a digital archive of full-length interviews; (2) a podcast series to cull these interviews into curated stories; (3) live performance that honors these stories; and (4) community events that bring together queer people across lines of race, class, gender-identity and generational difference. Last Call was founded by Rachel Lee, Sara Pic and Lyam Gabel.
Leah Glenn Dance Theatre
Leah Glenn, Artistic Director, email@example.com
Leah Glenn Dance Theatre is a modern dance company dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the world in which we live through thought-provoking works of art that entertain, inspire and challenge its audiences.
Life Celebration Project
Yohan Giaume, Artist
Stephanie Pacheco, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaliyah Christina, Artist Programs Manager, email@example.com
Links Hall is proud to be a home for independent artists across all performance disciplines, at all stages of their careers — simultaneously a presenter, incubator, and service organization. Founded in 1978 by three experimental choreographers (Bob Eisen, Carol Bobrow and Charlie Vernon), Links encourages artistic innovation and public engagement by maintaining a facility and providing flexible programming for the research, development, and presentation of new work in the performing arts. We provide residency programs, performance series, co-presentations with local organizations and ensembles, festivals, and subsidized performance and rehearsal rentals for self-producing artists. One artist notes, “Links Hall matters because it’s quite easy as an artist to feel like you’re always asking for support and resources from the world around you. Links feels like a place that just gives those things willingly and not only invests in the artist but then reinvests in them over and over again.” Links serves artists from across Chicago, the Midwest, and nationally; and has supported national tours and exchanges with arts partners in Japan and Haiti. Over 50% of Links artists identify as Black, Indigenous, or artists of color. Festivals, ongoing performance series, and residencies are collectively curated by artists or artist-led jury panels.
Lisa Shattuck and Jeff Becker
Lisa Shattuck, Artist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Becker, Artist
Current project: A Wonder Wander
Go on a date with someone from the future, take a stroll with your great great grandparent, or meet a vibrant version of yourself in a parallel universe in a Wonder Wander play. This innovative theater walk-and-talk questions embedded inequities in our societal systems while engaging you in a unique live experience in a location of your choice.
A Wonder Wander play is a live experience between one audience member and one virtual character played by an actor remotely as they take a walk “together” in their own distinct neighborhoods. Haptic technology, which creates the experience of touch is a key factor. Supported by story, live sound and human interaction the haptic feedback is delivered through a smartphone the audience member holds as they walk. This makes Wonder Wander a pioneer in this new accessible theatrical form.
WHAT: A short immersive play for one audience member with a virtual character. Rather than a play in a theater in a traditional sense, this play takes place as the audience member takes an actual physical walk outside “with” the virtual character. Traversing the disciplines of theater and haptic technology, this captivating encounter is experienced through live interactive sound and virtual touch. The virtual character who is a great great great grandparent, a date from the future, or a version of the audience member themselves in a parallel universe is not seen but manifests through speaking and listening to the audience member live and “holding hands” through haptic vibrations through the audience member’s smartphone.
WHY: To connect when it is impossible or unmanageable to meet in person. To offer an artistic experience that could spark a new perspective or passion. To share an affordable enchanted theatrical experience in a structure that is accessible.
WHY NOW: To be invigorated by an innovative art form and connect during times of physical isolation such as a global pandemic or general apocalyptic malaise.
WHERE: The play takes place outside in a neighborhood chosen by the audience member who offers a point of interest to walk to within a 15 minute radius. Without being physically seen, an actor is performing remotely, interacting with the audience member and managing the haptics in real time.
WHO: People who have a smartphone and are able to travel on an accessible walking path.
HOW: Using wireless internet and the incredible developments in haptic technology/kinaesthetic communication, the audience member feels the haptic vibrations of the motions of holding hands, gentle heartbeats, a poke or a nudge from the virtual character through holding their smartphone, hears them speak through wireless headphones and responds through their microphone. The actor responds to the audience member’s voice and their location through GPS. Each script is written with improvisational space to accommodate the audience’s responses engaging the audience member whether they are talkative or reserved. A pre-show survey, research, and discreetly placed objects along the walk by the actor customizes the experience.
Live Arts Miami
Kathryn Garcia, Executive Director, email@example.com
Edward Davis, Managing Producer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Live Arts Miami (LAM) is an action-driven, people-centered platform for powerful performances, impactful community programs and learning experiences that spark dialogue, raise awareness around pressing issues, and open minds and hearts. Its mission is to empower artists, audiences, and students to cultivate change through transformative programs and performances that broaden the local horizon of possibilities to create Miami’s brightest future through the live arts.
Created in 1990 by Arts impresario Olga Garay, Live Arts Miami is proud to be a part of Miami Dade College’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Its programs strive to empower historically underserved cultural producers and audiences, including the MDC student body, the largest, most diverse and one of the most economically underprivileged in the nation.
LAM envisions a democratic creative culture which celebrates the rich complexity of its multicultural city. It embraces practices that restore balance and connection to its communities and the planet we inhabit. Live Arts that foster transformation and advance local and global struggles for justice, equity, and freedom. A culture not just unfettered and free, but one that frees and empowers people to actively participate in the (re)creation of our collective future.
Living Arts of Tulsa
Jessica Dewey, Executive Director, email@example.com
Living Arts’ mission is to present and develop contemporary art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We believe boundary-breaking art is essential within a diverse arts-ecology and a catalyst for social change. We are interested in evolving ideas, engendering new art forms, exploring the relationship of art to other disciplines and fields of knowledge, and empowering the community through creative workshops, performances, exhibitions, films, demonstrations of current art, lectures and educational activities. Since 1969, Living Arts has been a platform for artistic integrity and experimentation. We produce cultural history-in-the-making.
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
Juan Silverio, Assistant Director of Programming, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Russin, Executive Director, email@example.com
LACE both champions and challenges the art of our time by fostering artists who innovate, explore, and risk. We move within and beyond our four walls to provide opportunities for diverse publics to engage deeply with contemporary art. In doing so, we further dialogue and participation between and among artists and those audiences.
Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame
Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Co-Founder & Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame is committed to supporting and maintaining New Orleans grassroots indigenous cultural expressions, particularly the Mardi Gras Indian tradition which has been carried on exclusively in the African American neighborhoods of New Orleans since the 1880s. The Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame works year-round to create community among those who mask; honor the individuals and group who create and uphold the masking traditions; and educate the public.
Dr. Roslyn J. Smith and Cherice Harrison-Nelson co-founded the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame in 1998 through the spirit of Big Chief Donald Harrison Senior (1933-1998), founder of the Guardians of the Flame and a past Big Chief of the White Eagles.
Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Erin Brothers, Grants Manager, email@example.com
The MACC is the most comprehensive multi-disciplinary arts facility in Hawai’i, and a gathering place where people can celebrate creativity through personal and shared experiences of the arts. It is a world-class facility where popular and innovative performing artists can be enjoyed, connecting our community to the world. Looking forward to our next 25 years, we continue to strive for the enrichment of life on Maui through personal and shared experiences of the arts: to engage, to inspire, to educate, and to broaden all of our horizons.
Miami Light Project
Elizabeth Boone, Artistic & Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Regina Moore, Director of Planning and Development, email@example.com
Founded in 1989, Miami Light Project is a not-for-profit cultural organization, which commissions and presents artists from all over the world and throughout Miami. We support the vanguard in contemporary performance – dance, music, theater and multimedia artists who are internationally recognized for risk-taking innovation, technical virtuosity and thought-provoking content. Our programmatic vision has led the way in establishing Miami as an internationally recognized center for art and culture, with a vibrant locally based artistic community. Miami Light Project is an art and culture forum to explore the issues that define contemporary society.
LANE Cohort / National Partner
Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA)
Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eda Benites, Finance & Operations Manager, email@example.com
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana is an inclusive contemporary arts space grounded in the Chicano/Latino experience that incubates new visual, literary and performance art in order to engage people in civic dialogue and community transformation.
Founded in 1989 as the result of a broad community mobilization in the City of San Jose and nationwide on behalf of multicultural arts, MACLA promotes a vision of arts programming as a vehicle social equity.
Each year we offer up to six arts exhibitions (including one that features new work commissioned by MACLA) showcasing artists whose work is rooted in a Latino aesthetic and history. Our free exhibitions include artist talks that expand upon the themes and issues addressed.
Our performance and literary arts tract offers perspectives on contemporary Latino culture. Our 100-seat Castellano Playhouse provides space for diverse artists and performing arts groups. As part of the NPN, we offer two artist residencies annually and present national touring professionals.
MACLA’s year-round arts education curriculum serves youth ages 13-18. The Best Buy Teen Tech Center features a gallery, classroom, and music production studio for our youth programs. Our Family Art Day program encourages families with young children to participate in our many arts programs.
Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA)
Armando Silva, Arts Program Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alice Valdez, Executive Director and Founder, email@example.com
A Latino-based multidisciplinary arts and multicultural arts organization, MECA provides arts education, support services, and multicultural artistic programming to underserved, underrepresented families that help build community, discipline, self-esteem, and cultural pride.
MECA predominantly serves BIPOC communities in Houston and its surrounding areas. However, its doors are open to all communities regardless of color, sex, race, or religious beliefs.
The MECA Presents Performing Arts Series is a platform that convenes community through the arts and encourages dialogue about issues ranging from social justice and equity to diversity and community transformation. From incubating works in progress to presenting local and touring artists, MECA seeks to work with innovative and socially engaged artists whose work expands the boundaries of tradition and practice. MECA is especially interested in projects that bring to light the experiences of life on the margins of societies, economies, and cultures.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago / MCA
Kendall Karg, Associate Director of Performance, firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is to be an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists and understand the historical, social and cultural context of the art of our time. The museum boldly interweaves exhibitions, performances, collections and educational programs to excite, challenge and illuminate our visitors and to provide insight into the creative process. The MCA aspires to engage a broad and diverse audience, create a sense of community and be a place for contemplation, stimulation and discussion about contemporary art and culture.
The MCA presents more than 20 different projects yearly involving close to 100 performances in dance, theater, music and interdisciplinary performance. MCA champions U.S., international, and Chicago-based artists and pursues innovation, collaboration and community engagement. Audience-engaged residency activities are integrated with the public performances. The performing arts programming actively promotes diversity, featuring the voices of culturally and racially diverse artists. The MCA works with arts and community cultural organizations to co- organize and co-present about one-third of the performing arts programs, thereby utilizing the MCA as a shared resource for the city.
Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
Gwen Thompkins, Executive Director, email@example.com
Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins is a weekly public radio broadcast that showcases musicians who have made profound contributions to the musical landscape of Louisiana and the wider world. Host Gwen Thompkins and her guests talk extensively about the fire and sweat of the creative process and parse songs that reflect Louisiana’s unusually varied cultural heritage. Each week, Music Inside Out explores unexpected layers of curiosity and inventiveness in the work of modern-day musicians. Just as Louis Armstrong loved Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, and played an aria from that opera every day, contemporary Louisiana artists live with their ears wide open. Music Inside Out airs on WWNO 89.9 FM- New Orleans Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at noon. In addition, web users can access any program at musicinsideout.org.
Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Centers
Jeannhenriette Mam-Luft, Artistic & Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jefferson James, Board Member, Jfrsonj@aol.com
Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Centers was formerly known as Contemporary Dance Theater (est. 1972) and MamLuft&Co. Dance (est. 2007). The two small organizations recently merged to become the single organization in Cincinnati to self-identify as Modern Dance-dedicated.
Mutual Dance Theatre’s mission is to enrich and improve lives by bringing palpable Modern Dance to people in Cincinnati, reducing barriers to experiencing the art form. Mutual seeks to engage diverse populations by providing opportunities for both children and adults to experience hands-on participation, to get closer to the art form, and to gain more and deeper understanding of dance in theaters, schools, and community hubs. The organization prioritizes dance that speaks to non-eurocentric experiences and works with community partners to raise the reach of marginalized populations. Our collaborative and creative models emphasize discovery, as well as a value for process, pluralism of voices, and individualism. Mutual highly values racial representation and works to change longstanding biases and embedded exclusion in dance, which begins with a goal for at least 50% BIPOC representation at all levels.
LANE Cohort / National Partner
The Myrna Loy
Krys Holmes, Executive Director, email@example.com
The Myrna Loy is an outstanding rural arts center in Helena, Montana that presents live performances, arts education experiences, community-building events of all kinds, plus two movies daily, to our community in the Northern Rockies. We also host a monthly online program, The Myrna Soundstage, celebrating Montana artists. We serve as a gateway to multiple cultural expressions, bringing performers from many cultures into our rural landscape. We are small yet mighty. We instigate happenings. We support new works. We are rural, hard to get to, with expensive travel costs, and all our wealth is in relationships. The Myrna Loy lives in a transformed 100-year-old granite jailhouse. Our motto is “Art transforms everything.” Come see why.
New Orleans Accordion Festival
Michael Ward-Bergeman, Steering Committee Member
Stephanie Reed, Steering Committee Member
Our mission is to foster and grow the New Orleans accordion community through performances and educational programs, and to celebrate the diverse cultural styles of the instrument within the city and beyond with a festival. The New Orleans Accordion Festival showcases the work of local and regional accordionists of diverse musical styles.
Steering Committee Members:
- Michael Ward-Bergeman
- Stephanie Reed
- Greg Speck
- David Symons
New Orleans Community Printshop & Darkroom
Savannah Levin, Collective Member
Anthony Oscar, Collective Member
The New Orleans Community Print Shop & Darkroom (NOCPD) is an artist collective that provides the New Orleans community with public access to affordable printmaking and art making equipment, training, and services. It aims to increase awareness, appreciation, and exposure of print media and contemporary printmaking. NOCPD strives to help independent artists build bodies of work and entrepreneurs grow their business through screen- printing. Additionally, it provides youth and adult classes with limited access to arts education and activity. NOCPD seeks to create a supportive print community for volunteers and collective members to grow their artistic practice during non-public Print Shop/Darkroom hours.
New Orleans International Muralists’ The Tchoupitoulas St. Floodwall Project
Daniel ‘DeeJay‘ Pate, Co-Founder
Jamar Pierre, Co-Founder
New Orleans International Muralists, LLC (NOIM) create murals that provide artistic looks into the past, present, or future within communities. Our murals are educational tools for the community, as points of interest(s) for tourism, or simply appreciated for their aesthetic beauty. NOIM’s current project is Tchoupitoulas St. Floodwall Mural: 300 Years of New Orleans History depicting the city’s vibrant 300-year history through imagery created by lead artist Jamar Pierre. Our murals are created to enable the community to gain a better understanding of why cultural preservation is important.
New York Live Arts
David Archuletta, Chief Development Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org
New York Live Arts is a center devoted to the creation of live art that elevates the human spirit and brings people together in shared humanity. We are a place that brings people together to explore common values through live gathering and performance reminding us of our humanity and elevating the human spirit. At the core of our programming is our certainty that art has the ability to create communities and platforms for the exchange of ideas.
Maxwell Dulaney, Co-Director
Mendel Lee, Co-Director
nienteForte Contemporary Music is a concert series that features contemporary music performers and composers from across the globe that provide concert performances and master classes/workshops for the Tulane University, University of New Orleans, and greater New Orleans community. nienteForte is built upon the belief that contemporary music of all shapes and sizes has the ability to resonate with a diverse populace and that any gap between contemporary art and its audience can be bridged with an open and inviting conversation on both sides. The hope is that nienteForte performers, composers, and audience members can walk away from our programs as a singular entity that believes contemporary music and art is something that belongs to all of us collectively and is therefore deserving of our acceptance, respect, and love.
No Dream Deferred NOLA
Lauren E. Turner, Producing Artistic Director
Launched in 2016, No Dream Deferred started as a vision for equitable and inclusive theatre in New Orleans. As a community-anchored theatre that prioritizes New Orleans’ community audience, we produce culturally relevant work written by playwrights that have been historically marginalized. Our values ensure that our productions are relevant, accessible, and affordable for all in our community.
Our vision is to employ a revolutionary approach to art making in our city for our communities and in doing so create theatre that is anchored to place. We, through our programming and advocacy, are building a future where art leaders of color are not the exception but the norm.
- We work to amplify the voice of historically marginalized playwrights.
- We empower theatre-makers of color in the city of New Orleans and beyond.
- Our approach to theatre-making is equitable in its visioning, design, and implementation.
OUR CORE VALUES
- EQUITY | POWER
Claiming and giving a rightful share of the artistic pie.
- CULTURAL AUTHENTICITY | REALNESS
We bring authenticity to the workspace, rehearsal room and table in a way that is essential, valued, and encouraged.
- LEGACY | WEALTH
Excellent stewards of what we have been given. Intentional about what we contribute. Generous with what we leave for future generations.
On the Boards
Rachel Cook, Artistic Director
Founded by artists in 1978, the mission of On the Boards (OtB) is to introduce audiences to international innovators in contemporary dance, theater and music while developing and presenting new work by Northwest performing artists.
As one of the leading organizations of our size and focus in the U.S., OtB produces unique performance projects by leading artists and creates one-of-a-kind experiences for our audiences. We program approximately 12–15 productions per year from September through June. We present contemporary performance from all disciplines; typically companies are in residence for one week. Production residencies and commissions are selected on a case-by-case basis as part of our overall programming curation. OtB is committed to a range of resources and events that provide in-depth information and complimentary social experiences to frame the art on our stages and create dynamic access for our audiences. Alongside our live performances we also create and distribute films of full-length performance through our OntheBoards.tv initiative.
Onye Ozuzu, Artist
Onye Ozuzu is a performing artist, choreographer, administrator, educator, and researcher currently serving as the Dean of the College of the Arts at the University of Florida. Ozuzu has dedicated much of her work as a dance artist to cultivating space for diverse dance forms to exist in a pluralist relationship to one another. The deep juxtapositions in her birth and upbringing (biracial, intercultural, with American-Nigerian parents), her orientation towards physical training, and her professional practices have all resulted in understanding the body as technology and an archive that has the capacity to thread meaning through and across diverse languages. Physically, Ozuzu has negotiated the intersectionality in her body between many movement forms from tennis to ballet, West African dance to hatha yoga, freestyle house to salsa, contemporary dance to aikido. Rather than just “collecting” these dance styles, she has cultivated the ability to make choices among these techniques, like the relationship of a maker to their tools.
Artistically, Ozuzu has focused on the body as technology. Space Carcasses is the convergence of her interests in technology and the body and in trans+space+time Africanness. This interdisciplinary performance juxtaposes, superimposes, and amplifies the contested African diaspora relationship between the vaults on Factors Row in Savannah, Georgia; the architecture of La Rochelle, France; and the history of similarly complex sites (in terms of their connection to histories of humans traded as commodities) in Northern Nigeria. Developed in collaboration with visual and graffiti artist Native Maqari and video and projection designer Simon Rouby, the project will use 3D audio and visual technologies to record, recontextualize, and re-remember these spaces that echo with the impact of the events and experiences they have contained, particularly regarding African diasporic migrations. Interfacing the ephemeral residue of the body’s presence with these geographically disparate sites, Space Carcasses will reveal how space, place, history, and lineage are linked together.
Painted Bride Art Center
Carlos Roa-Cruz, Program Manager, email@example.com
Laurel Raczka, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Building on a 53-year legacy, the Painted Bride brings together artists, audiences and communities to push the boundaries of how we create and experience art. Since our 1969 founding as part of the Alternative Space movement, we have focused on supporting Black and Brown artists, LGBTQ+, women, disabled and other intentionally oppressed and overlooked communities. We believe that our work is to support marginalized Philadelphia artists and communities to create, express, and influence how our neighborhoods and our city will evolve. We work with artists who are generous, open and collaborative, and committed to building relationships with audiences.
LANE Cohort / National Partner
Pangea World Theater
Meena Natarajan, Artistic & Executive Director, email@example.com
Adlyn Carreras, Office Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pangea World Theater illuminates the human condition, celebrates cultural differences and promotes human rights by creating and presenting international, multi-disciplinary theater. Pangea constitutes a vital new force in American theater, bringing an international perspective to the Twin Cities’ community. Since its founding in 1995, Pangea has been dedicated to the production and presentation of work that brings together people from different backgrounds and ethnicities, and the contextualization of work by artists from all backgrounds for a multiracial audience. Our theater works, drawn from multiple sources and multiple traditions, have always challenged dominant European-American paradigms and definitions of theater. As we create work that is truly inclusive in its scope and artistic aesthetic, we are also developing a critical language to describe our work. We are engaged in work that involves a cross-cultural perspective, illuminating issues of social justice and human rights.
The artistic and literary directors select the artists we present. members of the ensemble and staff make recommendations. In addition, we have created a community committee that helps with audience development. The selection process is ongoing. We prefer to see live work but documentation is also considered. Our aesthetic is not fixed; it includes the voices and artistic visions of multiple voices and realities.
LANE Cohort / National Partner
La Peña Cultural Center
Tara Dalbo, Deputy Executive Director, email@example.com
Rooted in the Latin American and Caribbean diaspora, La Peña Cultural Center collaborates with and unites communities by preserving and celebrating cultural traditions; producing creative new works; and nurturing global grassroots social justice movements with artists, activists and allies.
Performance Space New York
Paula Bennett, Senior Manager, Institutional Partnerships, firstname.lastname@example.org
Performance Space was founded by artists in a decommissioned public school building in the East Village in 1980. For over 42 years, we have been commissioning and presenting artistic works that dissolve the borders of performance art, dance, theater, music, visual art, poetry and prose, ritual, night life, food, film, and technology, shattering artistic and social norms alike. Our new mission is:
YES To Artists
YES To Risks
YES To Community
YES To Every Body
YES To ______* (an invitation to the public to propose a 5th affirmation)
The artists of Performance Space foreground emergent movements in contemporary art and performance. New work takes risks, which is why “YES to Risks” is the second affirmation in our mission right after “YES to Artists.” This is not the first time our community has lived through a pandemic and political turmoil. In the 1980s and 90s, the organization was at the epicenter of the AIDS crisis and Culture Wars. Historically, the organization has had LGBTQ leadership and served LGBTQ communities, which reflects our founding by LGBTQ artists who created spaces for free artistic expression in our East Village neighborhood. Today, Performance Space remains a haven for queer and radical voices.
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)
Erin Boberg Doughton, Artistic Director & Curator of Performance, email@example.com
Arminda Gandara, Grants Associate, firstname.lastname@example.org
PICA is a multidisciplinary contemporary art center supporting artists through residencies, commissions, exhibitions, performances, publications, and the annual TBA (Time-Based Art Festival.) PICA’s offices and core program spaces are in 10,000 sq ft flexible warehouse space in NE Portland. PICA’s programs are curated and produced by a team of three artistic directors, Roya Amirsoleymani, Erin Boberg Doughton, and Kristan Kennedy. Our curatorial practice is collaborative and artist-centered, with a focus on supporting experimental, multidisciplinary, and evolving work, with a priority on LGBTQ and global majority artists. We redistribute resources through the Precipice Fund which offers funding to artist-driven projects and groups, the SPACE program which provides access to space, equipment and production support for self-produced work and community-led initiatives, and as fiscal sponsor for BAEP (Black Art Ecology of Portland) and FNPA (First Nations Performing Arts.)
Katelyn Manfre, Director of Community Programs & Partnerships, email@example.com
Jamie Barilone, Development Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a non-profit performing arts organization in Portland connecting artists and audiences through diverse arts experiences. Connections happen both onstage and off as we strive to make performing arts, theater, music, and dance an integral part of our community. Ovations serves Maine families, schools, youth, adults, seniors, new Mainers, and artists spanning economic, educational, cultural, and geographic spectrums. While the majority served come from Greater Portland, new digital programs reach the state, region and beyond. Expanding access by centering BIPOC voices and via Disability Justice initiatives, we intend to broaden and deepen our impact within BIPOC communities and for those who are challenged by physical, economic, or cultural barriers. Our unique mix of live performances and more intimate workshops, lectures, masterclasses, and School-Time Performances have delighted, inspired, and educated since 1931. Our venues span historic and modern theaters, galleries, and classrooms to ensure the best possible experience.
Postcards From Over the Edge
Karel Sloane-Boekbinder, Project Producer, email@example.com
The focus of POSTCARDS FROM OVER THE EDGE is to raise awareness and engage the community in:
- the creation and production of a theatrical work that is a truthful-telling of the historically separate and unequal treatment experienced by the LBGTQ community and woman of color as it relates to the illegal sale of sex in Louisiana,
- the creation and distribution of postcard art works to organizations providing services such as shelters that serve women and children and other organizations that work with women who have been trafficked,
- the cultivation of allies and fostering of network building by connect those in the general public that want to be more involved with organizations actively working with the homeless, particularly homeless LBGTQ youth.
Pregones Theater / Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
Arnaldo J. López, Managing Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater is an award-winning acting and music ensemble, multidiscipline arts presenter, and owner/steward of bilingual arts facilities in The Bronx and Manhattan. Our mission is to champion a Puerto Rican/Latinx cultural legacy of universal value through creation and performance of original plays and musicals, exchange and partnership with other artists of merit, and engagement of diverse audiences. Our year-round programs offer attractive and affordable opportunities for arts access and participation to NYC residents and visitors alike.
Pregones/PRTT champions an expansive view of the performing arts by opening its Bronx and Manhattan stages to extraordinary theater, music, dance, film/media and visual artists from the U.S. and around the world. Our two-stage Presenting Program is equal parts kaleidoscope and Spanish accent: We program for a general audience and from a Latinx perspective, always making room for meaningful contrasts and discovery. We feature seasoned and emerging artists in both standalone and multiple performances. Engagements often extend into residencies harboring other activities such as workshops, public dialogues, and master classes.
Red Magnolia Theatre Company
Paula Shreve, President
Teresa Alvarez, Treasurer
Red Magnolia Theatre Company provides an outlet for a creative, joyful, and bonding collaboration among women in the arts through their involvement in all aspects of theatre production, while serving the community with enriching and entertaining performances. In order to promote educational, and cultural well-being and awareness in the Greater Baton Rouge region, the purpose of Red Magnolia is to:
- Renew audiences with portrayals of strong female characters and poignant stories of women to which everyone can connect.
- Elevate women by offering them opportunities in all aspects of theatrical production, both on stage and off.
- Develop new friendships and a deeper understanding of ourselves and our importance to society as women in the arts.
RedLine Contemporary Arts Center
Louise Martorano, Executive Director, email@example.com
Robin Gallite, Deputy Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded by artist and philanthropist Laura Merage in 2008, RedLine’s mission is to be a diverse urban laboratory where art, education, and community converge. Our vision is to foster forms of social practice in the arts that inspire inquiry and catalyze change. RedLine also connects artists with the community. RedLine encourages artistic growth in our two-year residency program that provides an environment where artists can cross the red line to lose the inhibitions that may hold an artist back, while gaining support systems to excite the senses and realize one’s dreams. Artists are required to share their experiences and their personal creativity with the community as part of their residency.
Zaire Love, Founder, email@example.com
Remade Ruins is a future land-based oasis in the magical Black south where beautiful dwellings live, delicious foods grow, and creative spaces thrive to preserve Black history, live a Black present, and inspire Black futures. Rooted in Mississippi, it centers on radical racial and social justice through rest, creative and performing arts, agriculture, and architecture.
Remade Ruins’ four pillars are: Black joy and rest, Black arts and agriculture, Black innovation and liberation, and Black land ownership.
Mississippi is the “blackest” state in America. Yet Black folks own little of its land. Remade Ruins will own land that houses, protects, nourishes, and grows what Black folks have always planted here in Mississippi: the arts, foodways, and culture.
Ron Ragin’s Cultural Projects: The Spiritual Technologies Project
Ron Ragin, Collaborator
Tamara Roberts, Collaborator
The Spiritual Technologies Project seeks to generate, document, and transmit performative practices that unify and transform individuals and groups of people. The project will manifest through recordings, writing, and live laboratories in which artists, culture bearers, and other creative practitioners explore old and new tools for personal and collective transformation.
We just completed our first digital storytelling project, A Charge to Keep, which explores the contemporary practice of metered hymn singing in African-American churches in Central Georgia and Coastal Georgia and South Carolina. We are excited to share this work with the world!
- Ron Ragin
- Tamara Roberts
- Michaela Leslie-Rule
Roy and Edna Disney, CalArts Theater / REDCAT
Daniela Lieja Quintanar, Chief Curator and Deputy Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
REDCAT, a center for contemporary performing, visual and media arts, introduces diverse audiences and artists to the most influential developments in the arts from throughout the world and provides Los Angeles artists with opportunities to develop new work. Opened in 2003 by the California Institute of the Arts, REDCAT is located in the frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. REDCAT features a flexible black box performance space and a 3,000 sq. ft. exhibition space.
REDCAT’s programming values artists who blur the boundaries between artistic disciplines, cross international borders in their collaborations, experiment with artistic traditions and invent or use new technology in developing new forms of expression. Each year as many as 200 events are presented, including performances, screenings, discussions, readings and exhibitions. most performing artists are selected 12 to 18 months in advance. The gallery director and curator program the exhibitions.
Shoshana Bass, Artistic Director, email@example.com
Gabriel Pasculli, Creative Producer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandglass is dedicated to the arts of theater and puppetry as a means of exploring contemporary issues, inspiring dialogue, and sparking wonder. We create original ensemble performances and collaborations, present diverse theater artists, produce events that serve our communities, and teach our art.
Skirball Cultural Center
Benina Stern, Program Associate, email@example.com
Marlene Braga, Vice President, Public Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Skirball Cultural Center is a museum and cultural center rooted in Jewish values to welcome the stranger, seek learning, pursue justice, show kindness, honor memory, and build community. The Skirball presents exhibitions and public programs that seek to bring people of all backgrounds together to experience shared humanity. We serve multiple audiences throughout the greater Los Angeles area, including tens of thousands of LA schoolchildren who receive free busses to our campus each year. Public programs encompass music, literary, film, performance, and civic gatherings.
South Dallas Cultural Center
John Spriggins, Manager, email@example.com
Daniel Hanchett, Performing Arts Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center’s program places a high value on works that explore contemporary issues facing the African world community, particularly those that seek to inform the audience about the inter-relatedness of people of color. SDCC commissions work from local artists through its Diaspora Performing Arts Commissioning Project and sponsors the annual South Dallas Dance festival.
The 34,000 sq. ft. facility features a black box theater, two visual arts galleries, studios for dance, 2- and 3-dimensional arts and digital photography, a digital recording studio with a Pro Tools system and a video production studio with final Cut Pro editing systems.
Space One Eleven
Peter Prinz, CEO, Co-Founder, email@example.com
Since its founding in 1986, Space One Eleven has advocated for social justice through the visual arts. SOE’s mission is to provide paid opportunities for visual artists, to create a forum for public understanding of contemporary art, and to offer art education to area youth.
Attendees at SOE art exhibitions and related programs are diverse in race and gender identity. Racial makeup closely aligns with the demographics of the Greater Birmingham Metropolitan area which is 66% white, 32% Black.
Exhibitions at SOE showcase artists who investigate issues such as racial injustice, gun violence, and LGBTQ rights. These topical exhibitions are paired with artist talks and panel discussions to facilitate public conversation and a call for advocacy.
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Maggie DiPietra, Grant Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Straz Center is more than a beautiful riverside facility with six theater spaces and an on-site, accredited performing arts conservatory. We are also a presenting, producing and educating institution, a community resource, and the cultural cornerstone for a richly diverse Tampa Bay region. Our programming serves more than 600,000 people each year and includes Broadway tours, grand opera, ballet and contemporary dance, theater, comedy, music and more. Overall, the Straz Center’s arts education and community engagement programs serve over 50,000 people of all ages each year and include on-site training in music, dance and theater as well as extensive off-site outreach to more than 40 community partners across the region. The Straz’s institution-wide Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility initiative launched in 2019 and is detailed on our website: strazcenter.org/Community-Impact/Mission-Statement
We are mission-driven to inspire, educate and enhance our entire community through the transformative power of the performing arts. House capacities: 100 to 2,600
LANE Cohort / National Partner
Su Teatro Cultura and Performing Arts Center
Mica Garcia de Benavidez, Organizational Manager, email@example.com
Tanya Mote, Associate Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center’s mission is to promote, produce, develop and preserve the cultural arts, heritage and traditions of the Chicano/Latino community, to advance mutual respect for other cultures, and to establish avenues where all cultures may come together. Su Teatro, the resident theater company born out of the Chicano Civil Rights movement, is the third-oldest Chicano theatre in the U.S. While having a strong theatrical bent, Su Teatro also presents music, poetry, visual and film artists.
Artist collaborators are programmed into Su Teatro’s season that also includes the Chicano music festival and the Neruda Poetry festival. Artist collaborators fit within the Chicano aesthetic and represent an emerging vision of the Latino World experience. Residencies are structured within the curriculum of Su Teatro’s Cultural Arts Education Institute.
Summer Strings Academy for Girls
Melanie Riordan, Artistic Director, Melanie@summerstringsforgirls.com
The Summer Strings Academy for Girls is an educational summer festival for female-identifying string students. The SSAG is dedicated to creating a safe space to uplift, empower, and inspire young women. Through private lessons and master classes with world-class artists, concerts, workshops, and seminars, the SSAG strives to ignite a shift in the world of classical music education by providing our students with the confidence, knowledge, and skills necessary for navigating this male-dominated industry. The SSAG began as a virtual festival in the Summer of 2021 and has served nearly 40 young women from 11 countries.
Jalisa Roberts, Artist, SynaminVixen@gmail.com
Synamin Vixen is a performing artist, community healer, and educator. She has more than 25 years of dance experience locally and internationally, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Black Studies and Dance Composition from Swarthmore College. She has been studying Afro-Diasporic herbal and traditional care practices, reiki, and sex doula work for the past 3 years. With a wide range of experiences, Synamin explores how all of these different artistic interests live in one body and influence each other.
Her choreography sparks conversations on identity and social memory. Much of Synamin’s work explores how individuals relate to and influence groups, and how our narratives on similar events can differ greatly based on our lived experiences. Her work in burlesque (on and off stage) focuses on how the body is a sensual site of transformative healing. In 2021, she released her first book of ancestral poetry entitled Daughter of a Nymph Divine. In 2022, she collaborated with her performance family Haus Contraire in residency at the Contemporary Art Center.
Synamin’s mission is to use movement to create a safe space for dialogue and change.
LANE Cohort / National Partner
The Theater Offensive
Matt Gelman, Deputy Director, email@example.com
The Theater Offensive presents liberating art by, for, and about queer and trans people of color that transcends artistic boundaries, celebrates cultural abundance, and dismantles oppression. This is done through programs informed by Queer Aesthetics.The idea of aesthetics helps us understand the ways we experience beauty, and gives us a framework to talk about how we name and claim beauty and why we choose what we choose. Aesthetics are reflected in the realms of belonging. They communicate a shared set of ideas, values, geographies, and historical defining moments.
Unit Souzou’s Constant State of Otherness
Michelle Fujii, Co-Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Toru Watanabe, Co-Director
The Constant State of Otherness is a multi-layered performance project exploring the feelings of isolation and displacement that come from a sense of not fitting in. A devised “otherness template” will fuel a new taiko and dance performance, and also prompt engagement with artists and communities reflecting these complex and diverse stories of identity and emotional impact. The work is inspiring from co-director Michelle Fujii’s experience as a great-granddaughter and wife of Japanese immigrants, and feelings of isolation, alienation, and displacement that come from not having an easy sense of belonging, both as a physical place and an emotional space. These feelings are heightened during our uncertain political times — of deepening socio-economic disparities, ongoing debates of travel bans, border security, gentrification, and hostility towards immigrants.
Unit Souzou ensemble members will explore otherness in their deeply personal stories: identifying as immigrant, navigating privilege as a biracial person, finding space and place as a female leader in a masculine world, being African-American in a Japanese referenced cultural art form. Root questions to create this work will illuminate the following: How have I been othered? How have I othered myself? How have I othered others?
‘Souzou’ can be written in three ways meaning ‘creation’ (創造), ‘imagination’ (想像), or ‘noisy’ (騒々), alluding to a force by which new ideas are born and take shape in the world. Inspired by these words, the mission of Unit Souzou is to build creative, imaginative works while honoring the history and roots of the taiko art form. The core of Unit Souzou’s artistic voice is personal and authentic, sound shaped and inspired by form and by movement. The essence of Unit Souzou is an expressive blend of taiko and Japanese folk dance, forging new traditions for evolving communities. In addition to creating groundbreaking professional theatrical works, Unit Souzou is deeply committed to share taiko through community performances and collaborations, public classes for adults and youth, and school-based education programs.
Walker Art Center
Julie Voigt, Senior Program Officer, Performing Arts, email@example.com
Megan Dunn, Gallery Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org
An internationally respected contemporary art center, the Walker is a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art. The Walker houses one of the largest museum-based performing arts departments in the country and annually supports dozens of commissions, developmental residencies, and presentations. The McGuire Theater, opened in 2005, serves not only as a stunning platform for presentations but also as a working laboratory and production center, offering innovators the support, time, and resources to finish technically mounting large-scale work. The Walker commissions and presents new work on local, national, and international levels and continues to present a wide range of global work. We support established and innovative masters, mid-career artists and a range of emerging voices in contemporary dance, dance theater, experimental theater, new music-theater, performance art, new puppetry, avant-jazz, electronic music, contemporary classical music, international/global music and experimental pop/rock. We mainly select artists with whom we have ongoing relationships or those we have researched and sought out, but we remain open to receiving proposals and inquiries from artists who fit our mission and who are forging new directions.
Yvonne Mendez, Program Director, email@example.com
Tessa Permar, Administrative Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Yard is a creation and performance platform for artists from around the globe with a focus on dance. We offer exhilarating, wide-ranging, and educational arts experiences through performances, residencies, and community activities. We present performances by national and international artists; provide paid residencies for choreographers; offer intergenerational engagement programs; and bring dance and creativity centered education programs into schools. Our programs run year-round and can be found on The Yard’s campus and in partner locations across the island of Martha’s Vineyard. We serve the island’s year-round population of ~17,000, as well as the significant influx of summer residents and tourists. With the exception of the summer months, Martha’s Vineyard is a characteristically rural place. The Yard provides a unique bridge to the performing arts mainland. Our curatorial vision is in the process of being revisited, following the retirement of a long-time artistic director. The Yard’s current roster of artists were primarily selected under this previous director’s leadership, with a focus on relationship building and presenting artists who represent various viewpoints, life experiences, genres, and stages in their careers.
Joan Osato, Producing Director, email@example.com
Youth Speaks is an established youth arts education organization celebrating 25 years of amplifying youth voice for positive social change in 2021. During this time, YS established a brand and global online reach within the field of youth voice, spoken word, and SLAM poetry to “advance the movement” aka, create large-scale social change.
Through the intersection of arts education and youth development practices, civic engagement strategies, and high quality artistic presentation, Youth Speaks creates safer spaces that challenge young people to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of societal change.
A major focus within Youth Speaks over the last three years has been to shift our internal practices towards an anti-oppression, liberatory framework, employing transformative justice in the planning and delivery of our work.