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"Daniel and Adam's mission of community healing through the arts is imperative today. They have changed people's lives for the better around the world." --Lynn Nottage, 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Ruined

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DNAWORKS December Newsletter

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Daniel Banks in rehearsal with Beta Dance Troupe

 
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Adam McKinney in rehearsal with Beta Dance Troupe

Dear DNAWORKS Community,

We hope our December update finds you well and that you are continuing to enjoy the holiday season.

This month:
* An Evening with DNAWORKS Benefit, hosted by Stanley And Marion Bergman
* Belonging Everywhere Program: Bryn Mawr College
* Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center Dance Program
* DNAWORKS in Israel Update
* Upcoming for DNAWORKS: Arts in the One World, HaMapah/המפה
* Adam McKinney: One of Zeek Magazine's online featured artists
* "A Little Goes A Long Way" $10 Fundraising Campaign

Thank you for supporting DNAWORKS!

Best,
Daniel and Adam

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An Evening with DNAWORKS Benefit, hosted by Stanley and Marion Bergman

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Stanley and Marion Bergman with Co-Directors Adam McKinney and Daniel Banks

 
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Co-Directors Adam McKinney and Daniel Banks with Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Lynn Nottage

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Kelly Thomas speaks about how DNAWORKS has influenced her studies and work

 
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Lutenist Daniel Swenberg and Soprano Jessica Gould

On October 12, 2009, Stanley and Marion Bergman hosted "An Evening with DNAWORKS" at their beautiful home in New York City. Artists, activists, and political leaders met in support of DNAWORKS' future work in Israel. Silent auction items included tickets to Alvin AIley American Dance Theatre's City Center performance season, Yelo, Hiro Haraguchi Hair Salon, and Rolates Pilates gift certificates, and a Starwood vacation in paradise. Performances by lutenist Daniel Swenberg and Soprano Jessica Gould topped off the evening. Thank you to all of DNAWORKS' co-sponsors for their generosity!

Belonging Everywhere Program: Bryn Mawr College

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Co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College's Multi-Cultural Center, the Jewish Student Union, and Bryn Mawr Israel Coalition, Daniel and Adam presented their program, "Belonging Everywhere" and excerpts from HaMapah/המפה on October 20, 2009. They also screened the filmed oral history they led with members of the Jewish community in Sefwi Wiawso, Western Region, Ghana. Through discussion and dialogue, students and faculty were afforded am opportunity to speak about the ethnic and cultural diversity of K’lal Yisrael (the community of Israel) as we continue to reconnect the fragmented histories of the Jewish Diaspora. Click this link to view the trailer of the film and here to read an article by Rebecca Shaw for Bryn Mawr's online Bi-College News. Thank you again, Bryn Mawr College, for a wonderful event!

Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center Dance Program

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Adam completed a seven week long dance project for the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center 's participants at the Abrons Arts Center (New York, NY). This joint project offered HIV+ injection drug users a rare opportunity to use their bodies for physical community engagement and to use the arts as a means to process and heal from the effects of long-term drug use. Thank you to LESHRC Executive Director Raquel Algarin and Abrons Arts Center Executive Director Jay Wegman!

DNAWORKS in Israel Update

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U.S. Embassy Grant

Last week, DNAWORKS received a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to lead dance and theatre workshops for Arab and Jewish Israeli arts organizations! This grant further supports DNAWORKS’ work in providing experiences of self-expression, education, and community outreach. These organizations include: Peace Child Israel, Arab-Jewish Community Center in Yaffo, and the Yoram Loewenstein Performing Arts Studio.

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Beta Dance Troupe

Led by Artistic Director Ruth Eshel and Assistant Director Meeka Ya’ari, Beta Dance Troupe is a traditional and contemporary Ethiopian Israeli dance company that performs in Israel and abroad. Founded in 1994, Beta Dance Troupe is one of the only companies of its kind and we are pleased and honored to be working with such a prestigious group. Twice per week, Adam and Daniel rehearse with Beta Dance Troupe at Neve Yosef Community Center in Haifa, which provides social and cultural services to the residents of east Haifa and assists in providing welfare services to the community of Neve Yosef. The piece that we are devising with the company is a dance-theatre work based on the themes of home, passage, and diaspora. Rehearsals are going extremely well! Stay tuned for a video link to the rehearsal process!

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Upon our arrival, we connected with social worker and counselor for the Israeli Gay Youth Organization (IGY) Avi Blecherman of Tel Aviv. Through Blecherman, we met two of the youth who were maimed during the August 1, 2009 attack on Bar Noar, the safe space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth in Tel Aviv. These two young men had previously begun to study dance -- ballroom, modern, ballet, and Hip Hop -- and are now confined to wheelchairs and are recuperating from their injuries and rehabilitating at Sheba/Tel Ha’Shomer Hospital in Kiryat Ono, Tel Aviv. We have begun working with the youth to encourage them to pursue and explore their love of dance in their current physical state; to share the artistic process as a healing catalyst with the community around them; to train the participants to continue to use this type of work after our departure in their communities and with other people whose physical lives have been limited; and to explore the facility of the body in all states. Out of this workshop, we hope a process of community engagement will continue and a process of healing will begin, even though the perpetrator of this violence has not been identified or brought to justice. We are working to provide a safe space for these young people to interact creatively and to share their feelings about their bodies and their lives. Most importantly, we are striving to leave a group of inspired individuals who will sustain and carry out this work on their own terms.

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The Internationalists

On November 7, DNAWORKS participated in The Internationalists' "Around the World in 24 Hours," conference. Adam and Daniel sat on the panel, "Translating Borders/Transmitting Culture" via the internet from Israel, which was moderated at the Laguardia Performing Arts Center (Queens, NY) and opened up communication between artists in Palestine, Germany, Israel, and the United States.

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International Exposure: Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre

DNAWORKS has been invited by the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre to be guest U.S. delegates at the International Exposure Dance Festival - December 9-13, 2009. This is a prestigious opportunity to connect with festival directors, artistic directors, journalists and representatives of a wide variety of artistic and cultural organizations that are interested in exposing international audiences to Israel’s rich dance scene, as well as to establish links with the local dance community, including well-known Israeli choreographers and companies, such as Inbal Pinto, Avshalom Pollak, The Israeli Ballet, Rami Be'er and Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Barak Marshall, Idan Cohen, Tamar Borer, and Ohad Naharin and Batsheva Dance Company.

Adam McKinney: One of Zeek Magazine's online featured artists

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Adam McKinney is one of Zeek Magazine's online featured artists! A journal of thought and culture, Zeek Media is a catalyst for conversations about the Jewish tomorrow in print, online, and in person. They publish an online magazine updated daily, a quarterly print journal, and hold events throughout the year.

Upcoming for DNAWORKS: Arts in the One World, HaMapah

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Arts in the One World

Daniel and Adam have been invited to lead a workshop at California Institute of the Arts' "Arts in the One World 2010 Conference," January 15-18, 2010 in Valencia, California, and speak about their work in Israel.

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HaMapah/המפה

Performed by Adam McKinney and Directed by Daniel Banks, DNAWORKS will tour "HaMapah/המפה" in 2010.

"I am the map, the quilt, and the tablecloth of those who have come before me. While rethreading the links, I consider our struggle to stay connected to each other as I uncover resistance of my non-Black, Jewish and Black, non-Jewish families and what it means to be true to all of myself."
--Adam McKinney

Upcoming performances are scheduled in the United States and Canada. For more information on how to bring "HaMapah/המפה" to your community, please e-mail vanessa@dnaworks.org.

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"A Little Goes A Long Way" $10 Fundraising Campaign

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This holiday season, consider giving to DNAWORKS! We have almost 2, 000 newsletter recipients. If each person gives $10 or more, this is an exceptional opportunity to give $20,000 in contributions to DNAWORKS. The "A Little Goes A Long Way" $10 Fundraising Campaign will support DNAWORKS in hiring an administrative assistant for the 2010 year. Remember that your donation is tax deductible through Fractured Atlas! Click here to donate!

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Wishing you an abundant, healthy, and enjoyable holiday season!

Adam McKinney and Daniel Banks, PhD., Co-Directors

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DNAWORKS is an arts and service organization committed to healing through the arts and dialogue. DNAWORKS catalyzes performance and action through the arts. In our work and global initiatives, our philosophy is:

ART = RITUAL = HEALING = COMMUNITY.

DNAWORKS is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.
Contributions in behalf of DNAWORKS may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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