FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2019
CONTACT: Johanna Tschebull
Washington, DC – Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, is pleased to announce that Oakland, CA Mayor Libby Schaaf has proclaimed September 17, 2019 Oakland Dance/USA Day. This mayoral proclamation recognizes five Dance/USA Artist Fellows from Oakland, CA for their dedication to their art and their impact on the citizens of Oakland: Sarah Crowell, Mama Naomi Diouf, Antoine Hunter, Jose Navarette, and Amara Tabor-Smith.
Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists (DFA), a new program from Dance/USA established through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, provides direct support to dance artists working through dance to address social change. Dance/USA recently awarded over $1 million to 31 DFA Artist Fellows. Learn about all the DFA Artist Fellows here.
“We are very excited that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and the City of Oakland recognize the tremendous value these Oakland-area artists provide to their community,” said Dance/USA Executive Director Amy Fitterer. “Each of these artists brings deep insight, compassion, and creativity to championing social justice through dance.”
Learn more about the Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists program here.
About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research, and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. The Arts Program of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation focuses its support on contemporary dance, jazz, and theater artists, and the organizations that nurture, present, and produce them. For more information, please visit ddcf.org.
Propelled by our belief that dance can inspire a more just and humane world, Dance/USA will amplify the power of dance to inform and inspire a nation where creativity and the field thrive. Dance/USA is the national service organization for the professional dance field. Established in 1982, Dance/USA champions an inclusive and equitable dance field by leading, convening, advocating, and supporting individuals and organizations. Dance/USA’s core programs are focused in the areas of engagement, advocacy, research, and preservation. Learn more about Dance/USA at danceusa.org.