Known as Artistic Associates, members of Gibney Dance Company are engaging the community through Advocacy Fellowships and serving as advocates for pressing issues in the dance field to cultivate long term diversity within the dance community, to create accessibility to the arts, to connect artists both locally and internationally, and to empower artists with leadership and financial literacy training.
Associate Artistic Director Amy Miller: “For my advocacy fellowship, I am focusing on dance-mobile, our ongoing series of free outdoor performances in parks and public spaces throughout New York City. Another way of “making space for dance,” Gibney Dance hopes to raise awareness of the power of movement by expanding past our walls and increasing access to the larger community. From partnerships with Brooklyn Bridge Park, Fort Greene Park, Greenwich House and others, this platform not only increases the visibility of our resident Gibney Dance Company, but also offers a chance for the public to learn more about the entire organization’s wide range of programming including world-class training, presentation series, social justice advocacy and professional development for artists. As we make the case for the increasing relevancy of the arts in society, opportunities for people to engage face to face with diverse artists in untraditional settings can be a catalyst for expanding the notion of artists as leaders, connectors and agents of change in our world.”
Nigel Campbell: “For my advocacy fellowship, I hope to aid in cultivating greater long term diversity and equity within the dance community and beyond through a strategic partnership with MOVE(NYC)‘s Summer Dance Intensive. MOVE(NYC)‘s rigorous, tuition free intensive is geared exclusively towards gifted and motivated New York City teenagers and prioritizes students who possess the requisite talent to achieve a sustainable careers in dance, but may lack the economic empowerment to realize their full potential. Dance is an art form that transcends language. As such, it has the capacity to touch people from any walk of life at the deepest core of their being; the more diverse the field is, the more stories we can tell. The more stories we can tell, the more people we can ultimately reach.”
Kassandra Cruz: “I have been fortunate to have incredible role models and mentors who have impacted my artistic career and I wanted my Advocacy Fellowship to foster these types of relationships. Ready Fellows is a mothership program which seeks to provide artistic and professional development for dancers ages 18-21. We will prioritize talented artists of diverse backgrounds, who are typically underserved and economically disadvantaged. This program partners emerging dancers with an established artist or administrator in the Gibney Dance Community, for a one-on-one mentorship. The program aims to empower the artist, bridge the gap between pre-professional and professional artists, and provide the tools and resources for a successful career in the arts.”
Devin Oshiro: “For my advocacy fellowship, I am supporting Gibney Dance’s Dancer’s Economic Empowerment Program (DEEP). DEEP investigates the points in an artistic career where dancers need the most support and provides opportunities for learning and skill-building through a series of free sessions. By creating discussion focus groups and exploring the current resources available, this program will address how to better equip dancers to make sound decisions for themselves in regards to financial conditions and self-management tools. Gibney Dance is the perfect vehicle for this program due to the many dancers who walk through the Center’s doors every day.”
Brandon Welch: “For my advocacy fellowship, I have created Movement Activists – an international network of dancers passionate about merging the arts and social justice. Movement Activists exists in order to foster social activism through the arts by offering resources to dancers and connecting agents of change. It will serve as a place to exchange ideas, establish partnerships and access resources in this urgent and unstable time.”