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Gibney Dance, Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence & Spectrum - Teen Dating Violence Awareness

Gibney Dance, Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence & Spectrum - Teen Dating Violence Awareness


Gibney Dance


Gibney Dance Center, 280 Broadway
New York, NY


Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 10:00am

Gibney Dance


In recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month students and elected officials from across NYC gather at Gibney Dance for performance and symposium surrounding the issues of bullying and teen dating violence Hands Are For Holding program uses dance as a tool in NYC schools for preventing violence and promoting healthy relationships among youth

Gibney Dance in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence and Spectrum
With Confirmed Remarks By:
Matthew Washington, Deputy Manhattan Borough President
Elizabeth Rose, Deputy Chancellor, Department of Education
David Kline, President, Spectrum Reach

Confirmed Attendees Include:
Rodny Carvajal, Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice; Eric Cumberbatch, Executive Director of Community Engagement, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice; Princess Fortin, Director, NYC Cure Violence Initiative, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene; Ana Fragoso, Director of Dance, Department of Education; Sonia Galarza, Administration for Children’s Services; Natalie Leary, Director of Community Partnerships and Outreach, Department of Youth and Community Development; Jessica Mofield, Deputy Director of Community Engagement, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice; Kimberly Shannon, Gender Equality Coordinator, Office of Counseling Support Programs, Department of Education

In recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Gibney Dance, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, will present a special Hands are for Holding assembly on Thursday, February 9 at 10 a.m. at the organization’s 280 Broadway location in Lower Manhattan. The event also recognizes Spectrum—America’s fastest growing TV, internet and voice company—as the new lead sponsor of Hands are for Holding, Gibney Dance’s school-based enrichment program that uses dance as a tool to engage students in the subjects of teen dating violence and bullying. Students, elected officials and business leaders from across New York City will take part in a performance, talk-back and symposium conceived to raise awareness of bullying and teen dating violence, as well as offer insight into creating and maintaining healthy relationships and identify additional resources available in the New York area.

Thursday, February 9, 10 a.m.–12 noon
Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center
280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers Street)
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/PGYMU4BsGN12

10:00 a.m.       Press check-in
10:30 a.m.       Hands are for Holding assembly with speeches by business leaders and public officials, dance by Gibney Dance Company, talk-backs
11:30 a.m.       Assembly concludes, post-event networking
12:00 p.m.       Event concludes

A cornerstone of Gibney Dance’s Community Action Program devoted to social justice causes, Hands are for Holding takes place throughout the year in New York City schools and involves short performances by professional dancers from Gibney Dance Company, followed by talk-backs with community educators. The goal is to help students identify signs of bullying and abusive relationships and provide them with preventative actions as well as information on where and how to get help should they find themselves in any kind of an abusive relationship. Dance provides a particularly resonant tool, in that students readily relate to the physical support offered to someone in a dance and the parallels with emotional support offered in a relationship. Thanks to new lead sponsor Spectrum, Gibney Dance is able to employ more dance artists than ever before to implement Hands are for Holding, which will reach even more diverse student populations in more neighborhoods throughout New York City.

Gibney Dance Community Action also provides New York City domestic violence shelters with over 365 free movement workshops each year. At these workshops Company members share activities that draw from artistic practices to address issues of choice and self-expression. Initiated in 2000 in collaboration with Sanctuary for Families, one of the country’s most prominent domestic violence agencies, the program has also partnered with agencies including Safe Horizon and Day One. Widely regarded as a model in the field, Community Action’s methods for integrating arts and social action are distributed nationally via Institute for Community Action Training, which hosts dancers annually from across the U.S., and internationally through Global Community Action Residencies, most recently in Istanbul, Turkey and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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