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Virtual Office Closed on Mon, Jul 4

We will be back on Tue, Jul 5.

COVID-19 Information and Resources

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Sign the SB 628 Creative Industry Support Letter

SB 628-CA Creative Workforce Bill is the first of its kind in the nation and will provide living wage jobs and a much needed career development pipeline for arts workers. Senator Ben Allen has requested $50 million for two years to fund the CA Creative Workforce Act and, although the bill passed last year with overwhelming majorities, the funding to implement this program was not included in last week’s budget update. Sign and send a digital letter urging the Governor and Legislators to fund the CA Creative Workforce Act in the 2022-23 Budget.

 

Jess Curtis/Gravity Announce Major Funding Supporting Expansion of Gravity Access Services

The $100,000 award from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Performance Forward Fund is for general operating support and the $80,000 award from the Ford Foundation supports Gravity Access Services, making art with and reshaping artistic presentation for blind and visually impaired people in the US. Read more…

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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.

Upcoming deadlines

 

California Nonprofit Performing Arts Grant Program

Provides grants to eligible nonprofit performing arts organizations  to encourage workforce development. Projects operating under fiscal sponsorship can qualify as well. Applications open Wed, Jul 13. Grants will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. Read more…

Free Application Webinar
Wed, Jul 6 at 11am – noon

 

Fleishhacker Foundation: Small Arts Grants

Accepts applications for general support from 501(c)(3) nonprofit and fiscally sponsored organizations. Grants in this program range from $2,500 to $10,000 and are usually between $2,500 and $5,000. Arts and culture organizations with annual budgets between $100,000 and $750,000 that are located and primarily offer programming in the San Francisco Bay Area are eligible to apply. Due Fri, July 15. 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

Jul 5

Join Deborah Slater + Studio 210 on YouTube for a livestreamed conversation with Summer 2022 Residents Xochipilli Dance Company/Héctor Jaime and Surabhi Bharadwaj. Join at https://youtu.be/e4HMEyhL3yI

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Jul 8

SFDanceworks presents the best of contemporary dance in a mixed repertory format. The program for the company's fifth season includes world premieres by Bay Area stars Babatunji Johnson, Laura O’Malley and Dani Rowe; West Coast premieres by internationally renowned choreographers Edward Clug and Yin Yue; and a revival of Martha Graham’s classic solo work, Deep Song. This season's dancers are Dores Andre, Katerina Beckman, Sarah Chou, Caroline Dahm, Erik Debano, Brooke Corrales, Stella Jacobs, Babatunji Johnson, Nick Korkos, Marusya Madubuko, Amelia Schulz, Benjamin Simeons, Matt Wenckowski and Lani Yamanaka.

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Jul 9

Oceánica Ballet presents a special preview of Journeys & Destinations, a showcase of ballets by five Bay Area choreographers celebrating the places life takes us.Jessica Woodman’s new work follows the journey two people take as a couple, and how a relationship changes through the years. Isabelle Sjahsam teams up with Los Angeles composer Daniel Crook to create an ambient movement-poem guided by relationship as destination. Edgar Lepe’s Swingin’ takes a step back in time with vivacious dances set to 1940’s Big Band music. Connolly Strombeck’s Whistle Stop highlights some of the ways we interact with one another via the great network of our nation's rail system. Robert Burns Lowman’s Game Night! turns tabletop games into a mod 1960’s dance romp. Image Description: Against a blue sky, the silhouette of a small plane passes in front of the sun in the distance; a trail of white clouds curves into the foreground, with two dancer-shaped clouds in jazzy poses.

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Jul 15

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery presents the twelfth year of its SKETCH series, featuring new ballets by Artistic Director Amy Seiwert, Artistic Fellow Natasha Adorlee (ODC/Dance, Robert Moses' KIN), and Joshua L. Peugh (Founder, Artistic Director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Las Cruces, NM). Each work will explore themes of nostalgia and examine new and better ways of making ballet. Amy Seiwert’s Imagery is offering a Live Audio Description and ASL interpretation for the Saturday, 7/16 show. [ID: Dancer Joseph Hernandez in Amy Seiwert's Imagery's "By any other name" . Dancer is looking up with body facing the camera, leg in passe, arms externally rotated and fragments floating behind Joseph.]

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Jul 18

“Time rushes on, in ways that humans have never before contemplated. That famous picture of the earth from outer space that Apollo beamed back in the late 1960s — already that’s not the world we inhabit; its poles are melting, its oceans rising. We can register what is happening with satellites and scientific instruments, but can we register it in our imaginations, the most sensitive of all our devices?” - Bill McKibben for Grist “And to imagine other forms of human existence is exactly the challenge that is posed by the climate crisis: for if there is one thing that global warming has made perfectly clear it is that to think about the world only as it is amounts to a formula for collective suicide. We need, rather, to envision what it might be.”- Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable Moving forward in the era of climate change requires new ways of listening, imagining, and being. In working at the intersection of many modes of knowing, artists embody a unique agility and responsiveness to a changing world. This conversation will explore how each of the guest speakers’ artistic practices are informed by, activate and integrate materials and lessons from the natural world, and where they believe artists might fit in the environmental movement. This panel discussion will feature a conversation with dancer/writer Audrey Johnson, percussionist Andy Meyerson (The Living Earth Show & COMMANDO), and performance artist and painter Ana Teresa Fernández on the intersection of the performing arts and environment. ODC/Dance Company Dancer and Sustainability Ambassador Cora Cliburn will moderate the discussion and Artist in Residence KT Nelson will provide a welcome to the event. Before and after the panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the found-object jewelry and sculptural work of ODC/Dance artists Jaime Garcia Castilla and Brandon “Private” Freeman (Assistant to the Artistic Directors) in the ODC Theater Lobby. This event is free to attend and will be live-streamed.

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Jul 23

Oceánica Ballet presents Journeys & Destinations, a showcase of ballets by five Bay Area choreographers celebrating the places life takes us. Jessica Woodman’s new work follows the journey two people take as a couple, and how a relationship changes through the years. Isabelle Sjahsam teams up with Los Angeles composer Daniel Crook to create an ambient movement-poem guided by relationship as destination. Edgar Lepe’s “Swingin’” takes a step back in time with vivacious dances set to 1940’s Big Band music. Connolly Strombeck’s “Whistle Stop” highlights some of the ways we interact with one another via the great network of our nation's rail system. Robert Burns Lowman’s “Game Night!” turns tabletop games into a mod 1960’s dance romp. Image Description: Against a blue sky, the silhouette of a small plane passes in front of the sun in the distance; a trail of white clouds curves into the foreground, with two dancer-shaped clouds in jazzy poses.

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