GIBNEY DANCE NAMES KARA GILMOUR DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ACTION
NEW POSITION INTENSIFIES GIBNEY DANCE’S
DECADES-LONG COMMITMENT TO ACTIVISM AND SOCIAL JUSTICE THROUGH THE ARTS
New York, NY, January 19, 2016—New York-based nonprofit organization Gibney Dance is pleased to announce the appointment of Kara Gilmour as Director of Community Action, a newly created position overseeing the organization’s acclaimed Community Action Program—a comprehensive arts and social justice program with both local and global initiatives. In this role, Gilmour will be responsible for expressing and expanding the organization’s mission of “bringing the possibility of movement where it would not otherwise exist” by creating mechanisms to activate and mobilize artists as agents of change. The work will build upon the foundation of a robust program that already provides over 500 free movement workshops annually to domestic violence survivors; a Community Action Hub that serves as a resource and training ground for artists working in their own communities to create change; and a global residency program that shares the Community Action model and practices on an international level. She will assume the post on February 1.
Gilmour returns to Gibney Dance as Director of Community Action, having danced as a member of Gibney Dance Company in the late 1990s. The past seventeen years have seen her working on program development in the public sphere, education equality and qualitative research, most recently as Director of Education at Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, where she founded and directed the park’s education program. Prior to that she worked for the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Applied Research and Consulting, and as a consultant for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Education Development Center, Lincoln Center Institute and Grand Street Settlement. In addition to dancing with Gibney Dance Company, Gilmour has toured and performed internationally as a member of Compagnie Marie Chouinard (Montreal, QC) and Paula Josa-Jones Performance Works (Boston, MA). She holds a BA from Wesleyan University.
“I am proud to announce that Kara Gilmour has accepted the position of Director of Community Action,” says Founder and CEO/Artistic Director Gina Gibney. “Kara is an incredible fit for this position. As a former member of the Company and one of the original Community Action facilitators, she knows our organization from a very personal vantage point. Since then, she has had an amazing career in education, social justice and program direction. This position will give Kara an opportunity to bring together her interests and passions—and we will benefit from her broad experience and expertise.”
Since its founding in 1991, Gibney Dance has been a leader in mobilizing the arts to address social justice issues. The Community Action program was founded in 2000 and uses dance to help heal and empower survivors of violence. Community Action creates impact through multiple program platforms: workshops in shelters and other community settings developed around a powerful program model to encourage survivors of violence to take back their bodies and their lives, with over 500 free workshops provided annually in New York City and through Global Community Action Residencies on an international level; the Community Action Hub at 280 Broadway, a physical space dedicated to the arts and social justice providing resources and residencies for artists interested in employing the arts as a catalyst for social engagement and change; and advocacy initiatives spreading awareness about issues such as domestic violence through a variety of events, strategies and activities. Artists are mobilized in response to social issues as they arise, providing a home base for dance artists ready to use their art to create change.Learn more about Gibney Dance Community Action →