Need for Diverse Arts Leaders

Often times, when you look at the staffing of an arts organization, or most companies while I’m at it, senior and executive staff tends to be White while junior and maintenance staff tends to be people of color. Companies and organizations say they have a diverse staff, but I ask you to take a closer look at the staffing make up and see who are making the...

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Restructuring the Architecture of Funding in the Arts

I am personally finding this to be a very interesting time to be in the arts field. I find it to be quite exciting actually. People are starting to have more conversations on diversity and equity in the arts. And not only conversations, but some action behind the talking. We have gotten to the point where people are acknowledging the lack of diversity and are...

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Beacon of Hope

If you have been watching the news or reading things on social media, you may be just a ball of different kinds of emotions. I have been sad, inspired, angry, confused, worried, scared, disappointed, and just wondering how did we get here. It’s been crazy what has been happening over the past few weeks and the tragedy that has come. Everything from the Orlando...

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Being Black in Ballet

This week, I had the honor and privilege to attend a panel discussion. Moderated by cultural historian Brenda Dixon Gottschild and an esteemed panel of African American female dance phenoms Francesca Harper, Theresa Howard, Christina Johnson, and Joan Myers Brown discussed their stories about being black in ballet. It was truly amazing to hear each of their...

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Arts in Medicine

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the 2016 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Boston, MA. What a great experience! Just being in the presence of such amazing people and leaders in the field was so valuable. This year had a common thread of using the term “Arts and…” to describe the many different ways the arts can work with others...

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NYC Dance Week

Did you know there is a week dedicated to getting people out to participate in dance? If you live in or near the New York City area, June 16th will kick off NYC Dance Week! So what is NYC Dance Week you ask? It is a collaboration with a number of different studios and dance companies to celebrate the joy and diversity of dance here in the great City of New...

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What’s With The Inequity?

This week, it is on my heart to talk about the inequity I personally encountered in the arts. I love the fact that there is now an awareness of the lack of diversity in the dance field. This week, I attended two performances by two very well known dance companies. While I was at both shows, I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity both on the stage and in...

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Misty Copeland in Firebird

I had the honor and privilege to attend a performance of the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) as part of their spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. This past week, I saw the company perform the classical ballet Firebird. For me, this was such a treat for two reasons: it was my first time seeing the dance, and because the leading role...

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Reclaiming Failure

Last week the Dance/NYC Junior Committee hosted a Center Line event at Gibney Dance entitled: Reclaiming Failure: Stories From the Dance Field. In this interactive Town Hall, an esteemed panel featuring Andrew Dinwiddie (Co-Curator of Catch), Sydnie Mosley (Artistic Director of Sydnie L. Mosley Dances), Brian Rogers (Artistic Director of the Chocolate Factory),...

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Calpulli Mexican Dance

Every once in awhile, I try to take some time to bring to the spotlight a person/group that is moving and shaking up the dance world. This past week as many celebrate Cinco de Mayo, I want to highlight Calpulli Mexican Dance Company.   Led under the direction of C-Founders Juan Castano and Alberto Lopez, the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company is dedicated to...

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