Articles filed under Advocacy

  • Mary Verdi-Fletcher, 2018 Dance/USA Trustees Awardee: Pioneer in the Field of Integrated Dance and Activist for Disability Rights

    “I never set out to change the world,” says dancer, educator and activist Mary Verdi-Fletcher. “I just wanted to dance.” Along the way, she made dance accessible for those in wheelchairs, and accessibility became a common practice.

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  • How Much Arts Journalism Is Too Much Arts Journalism?

    Anecdotal and other reports note the obvious: classical dance audiences are aging and declining, and new work seems to have a hard time gaining consistent audiences. Many of us agreed on the need to develop audiences, and out of those conversations author Robert Bettmann, who founded a small arts magazine, Bourgeon to help artists develop audiences. But the question arises: are publications like these part of hte problem or solution in engaging new and existing audiences.

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  • World Ballet Day and Sustainable Audiences:

    October 1, 2014, was a big day for the dance field. Around the world, five of the world’s best ballet companies joined together for a full day of behind-the-scenes live streaming on YouTube featuring rehearsals, interviews and company class. On the same day, the Wallace Foundation announced a six-year, $40 million initiative to support building audiences for sustainability. While I wondered if the planners of the two events were each aware of the other, I also found myself staring at the negative space between the two and wondering if anyone else noticed the solution to be found within. Combine these two events with Dance/USA’s recently announced “Call for Questions” for next year’s conference and I figured it would be as good a time as any to posit a few questions that I know are seldom asked (or answered properly) across the arts community.

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  • 2014 Legislative Forecast

    For the first time in a few years, this fall update is not as dire as it has been. Funding proposals for the National Endowment for the Arts are relatively stable and there is no looming fiscal cliff. However, that doesn’t mean that we should take a break on our advocacy. This is a key time to educate our lawmakers about the issues that impact dance and the performing arts as an integral part of moving the needle on policy and legislation. Read on for more on how to do this.

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  • Writer, Educator, and Speaker Liz Lerman Receives Dance/USA Honor

    Liz Lerman is a performer, choreographer, writer, educator, and speaker. She has been described as “the source of an epochal revolution in the scope and purposes of dance art” by The Washington Post. Her aesthetic approach spans the range from abstract to personal to political. This month Lerman receives the 2014 Dance/USA Honor Award during the organization’s annual conference in Minneapolis.

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  • Advocacy: Anywhere and Anytime

    I’d never experienced face-to-face advocacy firsthand to gain true insight into its meaning — and outcomes. In imagining what my first governmental advocacy meetings might be like, I wondered: How could I be the most effective voice in representing a diverse field of artists? Do I need to be an expert on the issues? Ultimately, what sort of impact can I make? Read on for more from Michelle Lynch Reynolds.

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  • A New Year’s Resolution for the Dance Field

    My hope for all of us in 2014 is that we can practice and celebrate self-determination. By self-determination I mean using our voices, making our own frames of reference, and creating for ourselves. I want us to be loud, and large, and powerful, both as individuals and as a field. I want us to be a force to reckoned with. I am dance, hear me roar!

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  • Lessons Learned: The World Trade Center Performing Arts Center Project and the Joyce Theater

    On the 12th anniversary of 9/11, Dance/USA speaks with Linda Shelton, executive director of The Joyce Theater Foundation, about the plans for the World Trade Center performing arts center. Originally, a two-organization complex with a purpose-built dance theater, during over nearly a decade of planning, including budget cuts to the project, the complex has been downsized and reshaped from the original vision. Should the dance field be concerned about what happened to this model project? What, if anything, can and should the dance community be doing now as the project proceeds?

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  • Sharon Luckman Receives the Dance/USA Trustees Award

    Sharon Gersten Luckman, former long-time executive director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will receive the Dance/USA Trustees Award June 13 at its annual conference in Philadelphia. Catch up with Luckman in an interview with arts journalist Karyn Collins on what makes Ailey such a successful dance organization, what other companies can learn from the Ailey company success, and where she sees the field in the future.

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    The Child's Bill of Rights in Dance requests equal access and opportunity for all persons in the United States regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, interest or ability. Dr. Radi Shafie recently posted a petition on the White House website seeking 100,000 signatures to support the bill of rights. Read on to learn more.

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