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How Thao & The Get Down Stay Down made a music video on Zoom
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My April "Digital access to dance" for AmNews.
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Announcing HireArtists.org, a New Marketplace Built to Support Artists in Response to Unprecedented Economic Crisis in the Cultural Sector
Commission-Free Platform Is a Place for Artists to Sell Services Both Practical and Creative, Earning Income During COVID-19 Pandemic
A direct, entrepreneurial, and creative response to the unprecedented economic crisis facing the cultural sector, HireArtists.org envisions a way to activate and support the myriad talents of a vibrant artistic community currently in isolation with the rest of the world. The commission-free marketplace allows accomplished, dedicated practitioners from across the arts to monetize their knowledge and offer services both creative and practical, including visual art and performances, classes and coaching, and assistance with everyday or professional tasks such as personal organizing, IT help, video editing, and more.
COVID-19 impact surveys from the end of March underscore the current fragility of the artistic ecosystem; as of March 25, a sampling of 33 independent producers projected revenue losses upwards of $5 million; collectively this group employs or provides paid contracts to 1,195 independent artists and 75 cultural workers. As early as March 17, freelance artists were reporting an average of $7,021,88 of canceled freelance work, a sum that has almost certainly risen substantially in recent weeks.
HireArtists.org is the brainchild of producer-curator Vallejo Gantner, creative director Alex Reeves, theater artist and manager Erica Schnitzer, philanthropist Chet Kerr, and IBM Blockchain Chief Storyteller James Dennin.
DANCE UNION'S DANCE RELIEF FUND
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We’re seeking proposals for the second edition of Open Call, a large-scale commissioning program for early-career NYC-based artists. Please share with your artist friends! The deadline for applications is May 31, 2020.
During this time of great uncertainty, art endures. In our city and across the globe, people are looking for ways to cope, commune, be heard, reinvigorate and express themselves, and so much more. Despite the upheaval, it’s important that we support the creative spirit of our communities and forge a path forward.
Born out of The Shed’s commitment to supporting early-career artists and a diverse range of voices and experiences, our Open Call program selects, fosters, and presents new work from NYC artists who have not yet received major support. It embraces NYC’s diversity of emerging talent in its many forms—including artistic medium, race, ethnicity, age, identity, physical ability, and more.
The Shed will support selected projects with a commissioning fee of up to $15,000 per artist or collective. Participants will be selected this summer by leaders in their fields, including other artists, cultural programmers, academics, and members of The Shed’s staff. Find out more here
Tendayi Kuumba with Greg Purnell
TONIGHT - April 16
Kuumba and Purnell presents “…a re-imagined digital version of Unidentified Fly Objects (U.F.O.): Stardust Melanin, an investigation of the power we inherently possess as ancestral magical beings. It explores the polarity of the god/goddess consciousness from the inside out,” according to the release. RSVP and find out more here
The Arts On Site Performance Party is going virtual. Join us through Zoom for a live artist showcase with music, dance, film and theater. Help us continue to host community art events that support artists. Although we are physically isolated from one another, it's essential to share our artistic inspirations to help bring us together.
Link opens at 7:30pm
Performances start at 8:00pm
$10 suggested donation (Venmo:@artsonsitenyc)
Host: Adrian Rosas
Special Guest: Trudee
Kayla Farrish/Decent Structures Arts (Dance Film)
Philip Sheegog (Music)
Louise Benkelman and Chelsea Ainsworth (Dance)
Gabe Merizalde (Music)
Crossman Dans(c)e/Dyland Crossman (Dance)
Paul Rabinowitz (Spoken Word)
POGO (Contemporary Dance)
Link to the event - here
Facebook Link - here
Please consider making an additional donation to our gofundme campaign - here
"And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. ANd the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed"
The Bessies: An update for artists whose scheduled NYC performances have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis
An update for artists whose scheduled NYC performances have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis:
The Bessies recognizes the hardship and disappointment associated with the loss of the opportunity for artists to perform live work in the NYC metropolitan area this season. As such, The Bessies has approved the following one-time change in Bessies eligibility for the 2020 awards:
Any program that was scheduled to be performed live in metropolitan New York that has been cancelled because of the health crisis, but reformatted for LIVE digital presentation can be considered for a Bessie in the category that it would have fallen under had it not been cancelled. This is not an additional award. In short, eligibility requirements for consideration in 2020 are as follows:
Wishing you all the best in working through this uncertain and disrupting period. Dance is an art form characterized by strength, resilience, and cooperation. These qualities will serve our community well now and well into the future.
The José Limón Dance Foundation announced the appointment of Dante Puleio as its new Artistic Director. A widely respected former member of the Limón Dance Company for more than a decade, Puleio will succeed Colin Connor on July 1, 2020 to become only the sixth Artistic Director in the Company’s 74-year history.
Puleio trained at the Laban Centre in London, the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, UK and received his BFA from University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After a diverse performing career with the Limón Dance Company, national and international Broadway tours, television and movie appearances, he received his MFA from University of California, Irvine. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Dance at the University of Florida, where he teaches and continues to collaborate on a number of projects within the dance community. He states “I am so excited to return to the Limón Dance Company in this way. I am looking forward to collaborating with the Foundation to continue this historical legacy and reimagining José Limón’s vision to reflect these rapidly changing times.”
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I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am a Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning. I am also a former faculty member at The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program, Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College (Guest), Kean University and The Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program. I write on dance for The Amsterdam News, Dance Magazine and various publications. Click below to read more about me at my home page - "About Me."