I decided to take this week and talk about a few things that are going on with me! It’s been a while since I talked about myself on here.
One good thing that happened to me this week is that I have been selected to receive a full-ride scholarship to attend the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention through the Field Diversity Award! I am very excited and honored to receive this wonderful opportunity. For nearly 60 years, the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) has hosted an annual convention for arts and community leaders to network and discuss strategies to create stronger neighborhoods, communities, and cities through the arts.
This year’s convention will take place in Boston, June 15-19 and will explore the role of the arts in creating and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities through the following five themes:
- Driving Change: How can the arts fuel revolution?
- Empowering People: What does it take to empower individuals?
- Owning Equity: How do we learn and lead in the pursuit of equity?
- Crossing Divides: Where and how can the arts permeate and impact other parts of civic life?
- Building Skills: What are the primary skills needed to succeed in the arts today?
Registration is now open! Take advantage of the early bird special if you register by April 8, 2016. For more information, please click here.
Another great thing that happened this week is that I was able to perform at the 92Y as part of the 2nd Annual Dance Educators Collective Concert. What makes this concert unique from other shows is that all the performers and choreographers are dance educators in the NYC area. I performed in the 1st concert and it has definitely grown over the past year! I loved the atmosphere! There was much support in the room and it was great to see so many familiar faces who just want to see you dance. It was also great to network and meet new people in the field. And I would be remiss if I did not mention that it is an honor to be able to perform at the 92Y, a place with so much history in the dance world. Special thanks to Jody Arnhold, Anna Fragoso Nery and the New York City Department of Education, and John-Mario Sevilla and the Harkness Dance Center.
I performed in a piece entitled Shirtwaist Six choreographed by the lovely and talented Megan Minturn. This piece is in honor of the 145 deaths from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911- one of the deadliest industrial disasters in US history. The workers died from smoke inhalation and people jumping to their deaths to escape the fire as they were trapped due to the business owners locking the doors to the stairwells and exits to prevent unauthorized breaks. This in turn, led to legislation to improve safety standards and better working conditions.
Although it was great to see so many familiar faces, I know that there were a few who were unable to make it. But don’t fret, I will be performing again at the 2016 Distinguished Faculty Concert at the Frederick Lowe Theatre, April 15-17, 2016. I will be performing in a piece by the wonderful Carolyn Webb. This will be my third time performing in this concert. I hope to be able to see a few more familiar faces at this show as well.
For more information and tickets, please click here.
PS- The piece I was in last year made it to the flyer!