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Alliance for California Traditional Arts Announces 2022 Apprenticeship and Living Cultures Recipients

The Apprenticeship Program cohort of 42 artists (21 pairs) represents California’s breadth of cultural diversity and intergenerational learning. These apprenticeships continue thriving traditions, including those which have taken root in California, and originally hail from the American South, or West Africa, Peru, Mexico, Iran, the Philippines, Korea, India, Japan, as well as Hmong expressions.

This year’s Living Cultures cohort of 30 organizations represents the first time the program has had a Bay Area focus in its 17-year history. The cohort of represents a diverse array of cultural communities and their respective artistic forms of knowledge. Read more…

 

2022 Disability Futures Fellows Announced

Congratulations to the 20 Fellows, including Antoine Hunter aka Purple Fire Crow. Created by, for, and with disabled practitioners, Disability Futures is an initiative to spotlight the work of disabled creatives across disciplines and geography and amplify their voices individually and collectively. Read more: About the Fellowship, NY Times, NPR

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Dancers’ Group memberships move to free in 2022

Dancers’ Group has moved membership categories to a free community member category.

We value connecting (with you) and sharing (what you’re doing). With removing a financial barrier to membership our hope is to encourage more engagement, learning, and sharing throughout our dynamic dance ecosystem. We’re proud that you’ve joined with us to continue to make dance visible and viable.

If you’re interested in becoming a new member, join now.

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SF Arts Commission: Arts Impact Endowment – First-Time Grantee Initiative

Focused on reaching organizations and individuals who have never received funding from the San Francisco Arts Commission or Grants for the Arts. Individuals and Organizations may apply. Due date: Wed, Aug 17 at noon. Read more…

 

Akonadi Foundation: So Love Can Win

Provides general support grants to Oakland’s organizers, storytellers, culture bearers, and healers who seek to ignite and implement a radical collective vision of freedom and racial justice. Due Fri, Aug 19. Read more…

A circle of women in a forest stand tall with their arms reaching up.
Jun 2022

Reconnecting With Your Body: ‘Statue of Strength’ and other trauma-informed tools empower refugees

by Marianna Fiotaki and Gabriella Brent

In trauma-informed practice, including somatic body work and dance and movement therapy, we learn how to awaken our bodies and emotions when they’ve become shut down, and how to settle our system when it has become overwhelmed.

An older Peruvian woman with a broad black hat unrolls her tapestry on the ground in front of the Peruvian Andes mountains.
Jun 2022

Weaving Wisdom in the Andes

by Rowena Richie

Weaving in the Andes is a kind of dance.
From the finger choreography of belt weaving, to the sophisticated mechanics of building a loom, textile traditions express the importance of the villagers’ culture while exercising their creativity and concentration.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Aug 15

RAWdance’s Co-Artistic Director and new mom, Katerina Wong, brings together three Bay Area working artists/parents to share their experiences. They’ll discuss tactical tips, ponder philosophical paradigm shifts, and open a dialogue about anything in between. Join them for a community conversation on creativity, family, and how it all might balance and intersect. Whether you are an artist/parent, are considering starting a family, or are curious about how to bring our full selves into work in general – all are welcome! This event will be live streamed, and childcare will be provided.

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Aug 19

Zaccho Dance Theatre and Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture today announced the biennial San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival (SFAAF), featuring world premiere works by choreographer and Artistic Director of Robert Moses’ KIN, Robert Moses, and choreographer Veronica Blair.  This will be Moses’ first foray into aerial performance art with a new installation piece integrating older works with aerial explorations with ropes and harnesses.  This site specific work will be performed at the Festival Pavilion as a matinee performance on August 20 and August 21.  Featured on the group program, Blair will premiere The RAINBOW is Enuf, a reimaging of legendary playwright Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, expressed through the lens of modern circus.  Also performing on the group program are Montreal-born and Bay Area trapeze artist Shannon Gray, international aerialist Pamela Donohoo, and Acrobatic Conundrum from Seattle.  The SFAAF Youth Performance on Saturday, August 20 showcases young aerialists from Circus Center’s San Francisco Youth Circus, Kinetic Arts Center's Circus Spire, Mendocino Center for Circus Arts' Circus Mecca, BANDALOOP & Destiny Arts Youth Company, and Zaccho Youth Company.  New for the 2022 festival, we are developing the New Experiments program with CounterPulse, a unique opportunity for aerial artists to come together to build community, share ideas, and present new works in a mixed program at CounterPulse. 

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Aug 19

The Observatory is an eclectic collection of dance-theater performances that tumble through the history of humanity’s relationship to the sky and the myriads of projections cast upon it. The performers manipulate all the lights and sound from onstage as well as mix improvisation and tightly choreographed material with a constant interest in change and the process of perceptual and conceptual reorganization. The Million Underscores, known for their formal experiments in performance, their lavish visual worlds, and their ad hoc methodology, bring to ODC San Francisco performances that they have developed throughout the past 6 years in different art, dance, and theater spaces in New York City. This project, sprung from experiments in extending attention into the “far-out,” now has become the company’s first out-of-town engagement.

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Aug 20

The DanceWright Project returns after the COVID lockdown with a spirited jazz-inspired ballet and well-loved repertory pieces - Sadness in Glass and Taiko Moderne. The evening will also feature guest artists - ArVejon Jones, Adrienne Swan, Mariana Sobral, Kinetech Arts (May 1, only) and Victor Talledos.

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Aug 26

Celebrate our mosaic of American cultures at the second annual Mosaic Festival in Silicon Valley. This "destination" event is actually a journey that welcomes each of us to honor our unique history while also co-creating a vision of our shared future of belonging, healing, and harmony. On Fri-Aug 26th, we welcome you all to a Global Dance Party(outdoors), yoga and meditation(outdoors), and inter-cultural music spanning several genres and instruments(in the theater with Covid-guideline friendly seating) + food trucks and vendors! On Sat-Aug 27th, you are welcome to immerse yourself first at 3-6PM with workshops (mindfulness, arts and crafts) and inter-cultural performances. And then, from 6-10PM, experience the healing practices and (participative) performances by the tens of cultures in our very own neighborhoods + food trucks and vendors!

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Aug 27

Presented by Dance-a-Vision Entertainment, the Westfield San Francisco Centre comes alive with a tribute to Michael Jackson on his birthday! This two-hour dance showcase will include music and live dance performances engineered to amaze and entertain. Closing with a Dance Party! Dance Artists include: Ray of Light Performing Arts Destined 2 Dance Studio A. Spearman & Co East Bay Dance Center SacTown Majorettes CHOCOLATE PLATINUM "SOUL LINE" DANCERS and more... Dance-A-Vision Entertainment has been in operation for over thirty-five years. Founded, and ran solely by Carla Service, Dance-A-Vision began as a safe place for the youth of Oakland to retreat during hardships in the home.

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