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.
Senior Company 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.”