"Thank you again for your generous spirit, for sharing your teaching, and for your ability to create such special space for collaborative learning."
--Evelyn Serrano, California Institute for the Arts Faculty and Assistant Director of Programs, Community Arts Partnership
Dear DNAWORKS Community,
We hope this update finds you well. We have been busy expanding and implementing our programming, applying for grants, and hiring new staff!
▪ Kibbutz Hazorea
* DNAWORKS in the News
▪ Centrum Center for the Arts
▪ California Institute of the Arts: Arts in the One World
▪ DNAWORKS Activities
▪ No Passport Conference
▪ Dance Across the Board Graduate Student Conference, New York University
▪ DNAWORKS welcomes two new Program Associates
▪ Adam McKinney receives 2010 New York University President's Service Award
▪ Upcoming for DNAWORKS
▪ HaMapah/המפה New York City premiere
▪ Daniel to present at Northwestern University
▪ Adam judges dance competition
Tim Pracher-Dix, Aktina Stathaki, and Liz Zaita
Participants engaging in a movement exercise
The first DNAWORKSHOP was a success! On February 28, a young diverse group of artists - dancers, visual artists, writers, directors, educators and performers participated in creative exercises, discussed their projects and needs, and shared the joys and frustrations of working as artists/activists. From this first meeting, shared interests and partnerships have already begun to emerge, and a common repertory of creative tools and exercises is beginning to grow under Daniel and Adam's leadership. To view video from the first DNAWORKSHOP, please visit our Youtube page.
The next DNAWORKSHOP is scheduled for Sunday March 28th from 2-5pm. For updates, RSVP, and more information, please contact Aktina Stathaki: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, LaMama, E.T.C. for generously donating your beautiful rehearsal space for February's DNAWORKSHOP.
DNAWORKSHOP comes as a response to the growing need among artists to collaborate and empower one another in creating new, socially relevant work. With that goal in mind, DNAWORKS is sponsoring a monthly, three-hour gathering that will allow artists to:
▪ discuss projects and opportunities
▪ share skills and methodologies
▪ build partnerships
▪ get practical advice on challenges related to their work.
DNAWORKS is featured in the news!
▪ Kibbutz Hazorea's (near Haifa, Israel) weekly newspaper. Click here to read the article.
▪ Centrum Center for the Arts' Artists in Residence 2009 Report. Click here to read the article.
Hip Hop Theatre workshop participants with Co-Directors Daniel Banks and Adam McKinney
No Passport Conference
Daniel was the Co-Curator for the 2010 No Passport Conference, DREAMING THE AMERICAS: UTOPIA IN PERFORMANCE, held at Nuyorican Poets Cafe February 26-27. This two-day conference brought together artists from across the country to consider the question of utopia in theatre and digital performance.
DNAWORKS welcomes two new Program Associates
DNAWORKS is growing fast, we can hardly keep up. So, we welcome two new Program Associates to the DNAWORKS team!
Aktina Stathaki is a performer, director and theater scholar, and believes that art can make the world a better place. She has performed in Greece and Toronto (National Greek Theater, Artword Theater, AfriCan Theater Ensemble), and is creating original theater work with her company Les Manouches. Aktina holds a PhD in Drama from the University of Toronto and recently moved to New York. She is thrilled to be part of the DNAWORKS team! Aktina@dnaworks.org
Jeremy Karafin hails from California where he was the former Assistant Director of Student Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and was founder and producer of the Kinetic Poetics Project. For the last year he has been working in New York in the arts, fundraising, and marketing. He is excited about joining the DNAWORKS team. Jeremy@dnaworks.org
Adam McKinney receives 2010 New York University President's Service Award
Adam is the winner of a 2010 President's Service Award at New York University for his commitment, involvement and dedication to community healing through the arts with marginalized individuals who struggle with drug addiction on the Lower East Side of Manhattan with LESHRC (Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center).
The President's Service Awards recognize outstanding NYU students who have made significant contributions to the university community in the areas of learning, leadership, and quality of student life.
HaMapah/המפה New York City premiere
HaMapah/המפה is having its New York City premiere on May 12, 2010 at the JCC in Manhattan! We are also in the process of confirming a performance date and venue at Bryn Mawr College. If you are interested in bringing HaMapah/המפה to your area, please e-mail Jeremy Karafin: Jeremy@dnaworks.org
DNAWORKS' latest production, HaMapah/המפה (conceived and performed by Adam McKinney and directed by Daniel Banks), weaves contemporary dance with archival material, personal interviews, and video set to traditional, contemporary, and classical music. In this 40-minute performance piece, McKinney explores issues of identity, culture, self-hood, and community.
In tracing his African, American, and Jewish heritages, McKinney dances the personal and the collective, the local and the global, and the present and the past. HaMapah/המפה invites audiences to consider the multiplicity of his family's voices while envisioning the possibility of a global Jewish identity.
Post-performance community dialogue moderated by Daniel Banks.
Daniel to present at Northwestern University
Daniel will present "BYWORD FOR EVIL: Countee Cullen's
MEDEA trilogy at Williams College" at Northwestern University's Theatre After Athens Series Conference entitled "Greek drama in African American Theatre in March.
Thank you for your ongoing support. Stay tuned for our April newsletter!
Adam McKinney and Daniel Banks, Ph.D.,
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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