Imagining Digital | Deeper Duet: Alejandra Duque Cifuentes and Carrie Blake

Jan 31, 2023, 6:00 pm EST

$15 – $20


Deeper Duet:  Alejandra Duque Cifuentes and Carrie Blake

Early Bird price through December 16 – January 15: $15
General Price: $20


What role does research and data collection have in arts advocacy? How has data historically represented or underrepresented the arts sector, and what are the impacts of this storytelling? Join Alejandra Duque Cifuentes and colleagues for a conversation on the role data plays in moving resources and creating policy to support artistry in the US.

About Alejandra Duque Cifuentes

Alejandra Duque Cifuentes is a nonprofit leader and advocate working to advance a more just, equitable, and inclusive arts and cultural ecology by developing measures that ensure dance workers, businesses, and organizations can thrive in the five boroughs of NYC. With more than 10 years of production and stage management experience in theater and dance prior to joining Dance/NYC, she toured nationally and internationally. As a teaching artist, Alejandra taught children and adults of all ages how to express themselves through theater and movement practice in over 100 NYC public schools and through community theater programs. Her professional and educational background encompasses business, creative, and civic realms, including a BA from Columbia University School of General Studies in theater directing and an early career as a theater artist, stage manager, and arts educator. She sits on the boards of Nonprofit New York and New Yorkers for Culture and Arts and is a member of the leadership council of Creatives Rebuild New York. Alejandra is a proud Queens resident and identifies as a white, nondisabled, immigrant Latina woman and New Yorker.

About Carrie Blake

Carrie Blake (she/her) is a researcher, planner, writer, project manager, and administrator dedicated to arts and culture. Since 2006, she has led or contributed to more than 250 studies and plans, including research studies, market studies, organizational assessments, feasibility studies, business plans, strategic plans, and cultural plans across the United States. Over the last 10 years, Carrie has conducted extensive research on New York City dance in collaboration with Dance/NYC, examining the state of rehearsal space, fiscal sponsorship, and small-budget entities. She is currently researching the size, makeup, and prospects for NYC’s dance industry with Dance/NYC’s Dance Industry Census.

Prior to working as a consultant, Carrie was a musician, producer, presenter, marketer, and fundraiser for non-profit and university-based arts entities such as the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (WI) and Peak Performances at Montclair State University (NJ.) She is a proud alumna of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.

We encourage you to join this digital event in real time to participate in discussion and artist Q&As! However, if you are unable to join us at the time of the event, the full recording will be made available to all attendees 48 hours after the live event. Patrons will have access to that recording for 10 days via Gibney’s Vimeo account.

Each Deeper Duet session, curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa, engages two special guests in a lively and provocative conversation about artistic life, artistic practice, and the urgent social concerns that drive creative expression.

Photo of Carrie Blacke by Laura Watilo Blake. Photo of Alejandra Duque Cifuentes by Jo Chiang.