FROM THE FOLKS AT BAAD!
Hey BAAD! Community,
This coming Saturday, May 19 from 10am to 3pm BAAD! is hosting a much needed spring cleaning day in partnership with St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Sadly, some folks treat our sidewalk area and lawn as a dumping grounds, and it's gotten worse over time. We'll tackle the outdoor space and some projects indoors as well. And we'll make lawn signs that send a positive message about keeping the grounds looking good.
We'd love to have you and friends join us for any portion of the day. St. Peter's is supplying complimentary lunch for everyone. Please let me know if you can make it. Feel free to forward the email to anyone you know who might be interested in volunteering.
SMAPA to Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
Montclair, New Jersey - National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA's second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $20,000 to Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA) to support in-school dance education residencies in Newark and Paterson, New Jersey. The Art Works category is the NEA's largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.
"The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "Through the work of organizations such as SMAPA in Montclair, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are."
Sharron Miller, Founder and Artistic Director, is extremely grateful to the NEA for this award. "With this grant, more students in Paterson and Newark will be enriched through the art of dance." SMAPA's holistic philosophy nurtures the creative possibilities within each student while building arts skills, fostering self-discipline and self-esteem, and inspiring students to believe they can achieve.
SMAPA's in-school dance residencies provide students exposure to and participation in multiple dance forms including creative movement, rhythm tap, West African, ballet, and hip hop. Although dance is taught as a pure art form, SMAPA residencies also allow for the integration of other areas of academic study.
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news. And for more information on SMAPA programs, visit our website at: www.smapa.org
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Sam Miller (1952 - 2018), an invaluable support of the arts and all that matter in the arts is mourned by so many.
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"Together Ending Suicide" - a community discussion for anyone interested in learning about suicide prevention @ Gibney - Monday, April 23
Together Ending Suicide is a community discussion for anyone interested in learning about suicide prevention. Moderated by Heather Robles, the discussion will include artists, individuals, and organizations working to take a stand for life, including George Emílio Sanchez, Darryl Montgomery / Purpose Lounge, Ramona Clifton, LCSW, CPC, and a short interlude of grounding and physical awareness led by Jill Sigman, jill sigman/thinkdance. All who attend will become informed about available resources for someone contemplating suicide,learn strategies for helping friends and loved ones, become more knowledgable about signs that may lead to suicide, connect with community, and share stories of how suicide has had personal and community impact.
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NEWS: Merce Cunningham Trust Announces Global Centennial Celebration of the Choreorapher's Legacy, Beginning Fall 2018
The Trust Looks Forward with Multifaceted International Celebration Extending the Pioneering Choreographer’s Legacy into the Future
Centennial Activities Include a Wide Range of Performances, Film Screenings, Discussions, Education Initiatives, and New Works by Other Artists in Conversation with Cunningham’s Work
Merce Cunningham is widely considered one of the most important choreographers of all time. Throughout his 70-year career, he continued to innovate, helping to drive the evolution of the American avant-garde and expanding the frontiers of contemporary visual and performance arts. His collaborations with artists from every creative discipline yielded an unparalleled body of American dance, music, and visual art. Today, which would have been his 99th birthday, the Merce Cunningham Trust announces a global celebration that will give a broad audience the opportunity to experience the range of his work and artistic process. Beginning in the fall of 2018, and continuing throughout 2019, the Merce Cunningham Centennial will unite people, cities, and arts and educational institutions in a large-scale representation of this vibrant legacy. The Centennial will include performances; film screenings; discussions; curricula; festive dinner gatherings; and more, in cities across the U.S. and around the world.
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NEWS: Carmen de Lavallade, John Kander and Harold Prince to be honored - Chita Rivera Awards ~ Sunday, May 20 @ NYU Skirball Center
FROM THE FOLKS AT THE CHITA RIVERA AWARDS:
Carmen De Lavallade, John Kander, and Harold Prince will be honored at the 2nd Annual Chita Rivera Awards (www.ChitaRiveraAwards.com), taking place at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, off Washington Square Park) on Sunday, May 20 at 7:30pm, it was announced today by Nikki Feirt Atkins, founder and producing artistic director of American Dance Machine of the 21st Century (www.ADM21.org) and Joe Lanteri, Founder and Executive Director of the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation (www.NYCDAFoundation.net). Atkins, Lanteri along with Patricia Watt are the Executive Producers of the Chita Rivera Awards.
Actress, dancer, and choreographer Carmen De Lavallade will receive the second annual Lifetime Achievement Award, iconic composer John Kander will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theater Award and legendary theater director and producer Harold Prince will be presented with the SDC Director Award for Exemplary Collaboration with Choreographers. All three have been Kennedy Center Honorees.
Tickets for the Chita Rivera Awards are currently on sale and can be purchased at www.ChitaRiveraAwards.com or by calling 1-855-NYC-5678. Ticket prices are as follows: $100 for a balcony ticket to the Awards ceremony, $300 for a par-terre ticket to the Awards ceremony and admission to the red carpet pre-show cocktail party, $500 for an orchestra ticket to the Awards ceremony and admission to the pre-show red carpet cocktail party and VIP reception, and $5000 for 10 Orchestra tickets to the Awards ceremony, admission for 10 to the pre-show red carpet cocktail party & 1 table at the VIP reception.
The nominations for the Chita Rivera Awards will be announced on Friday, April 27 and the nominee reception will be on Monday, April 30.
Carrying the namesake of one of the great dance icons of the American musical theater, the mission of the Chita Rivera Awards is to celebrate dance and choreographic excellence - past, present and future. The awards will honor the superb achievement of each nominee, while recognizing the immeasurable talents and passion of every theatrical choreographer and dancer. Additionally, through education and scholarships, the awards are committed to nurturing future generations, as well as preserving notable dance history.
Nominators will consider outstanding choreography, featured dancers and ensemble in shows on Broadway and Off Broadway, as well as, outstanding choreography in film, that opened in the 2017-2018 season. Nominations for the productions under consideration this season will be determined by the designated Nominating Committees. There are separate Nominating Committees for Broadway, Off Broadway and Film. There is an Awarding Committee for Broadway, which determines the final nominations that are received from the Broadway Nominations Committee.
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Tickets to the Chita Rivera Awards are available to the general public at www.ChitaRiveraAwards.com
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I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am a faculty member at Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College (Guest), Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning. I am also a former faculty member of The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program, 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."