Teens@Graham, The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Photo: Melissa Sherwood
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Announcing the 2016 Artist Services Day @BAX - February 7th, 2016

Announcing the 2016 Artist Services Day @BAX - February 7th, 2016

Published on January 8, 2016

Attend Talks and Workshops Designed to Support Working Dance, Theater, and Performance Artists

FEBRUARY 7, 2016
11:00AM - 7:00PM
All workshops are FREE, but registration is strongly encouraged. Click here to register.

For close to twenty-five years Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) has been at the forefront of developing and supporting dance, theater and performance artists through an array of programs and services that make up an artistic home for so many.

Artist Services Day features an array of talks and workshops designed to support working dance, theater, performance artists and their supporters. Join us along with Paloma McGregor & Dancing While Black Fellows, Parent/Artists, (ACRE) Artists Co-creating Real Equity, the Helix Queer Performance Network, Donna Costello & BAX's Education Department, and more for an unparalleled day of learning & sharing. Concluding a full day of thought provoking and inspiring workshops is the panel "The Partnership -- a conversation between institutions and artists." 
Be sure to stick around for the reception afterwards where BAX will be kicking off its 25th year serving arts and artists in progress. 

Workshop Schedule Sunday February 7, 2016

11:00 - 12:30 
Digging into issues identified by the 2015-16 cohort of DWB Fellows
The Dancing While Black 2015-16 Fellowship brings together eight emerging Black choreographers to spend six months engaged in a collective developmental process which includes intimate workshops with seasoned artists Onye Ozuzu, Jawole Zollar and Ishmael Houston-Jones. The cohort includes: Brother(hood) Dance! (Orlando Hunter and Ricarrdo Valentine), Jonathan Gonzalez, Marguerite Hemmings, Sydnie L. Mosley, Candace Thompson, Shamar Watt, and nyx zierhut.

Directed by BAX/AIR Paloma McGregor and supported by the Surdna Foundation.

Mark Eastman in Cythnia Oliver’s piece investing masculinity at Dancing While Black 2015. Photo by http://www.imperialbody.com.

11:00- 1:00
Join Adrienne Westwood, Nami Yamamoto, Karen Grenke and Sarita Covington. These four PARENT ARTISTS who have been recipients of the BAX Parent/Artist Space Grant invite you to join them (with your kids) to create community and art as a family. It will be fun, open, and is an opportunity for parent-artists together with their children of all ages to engage in creative exploration.

11:30 - 12:30
A Q&A with BAX Founding & Executive Director Marya Warshaw.

APPETIZER WORKSHOP FOR ACRE (Artists Co-creating Real Equity)
1:00 - 3:00
The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond focuses on understanding what racism is, where is comes from, how is functions, why it persists and how it can be undone.
This workshop will serve as an introduction to or an "appetizer" for The People's Institute 2.5 day training entitled UNDERSTANDING & UNDOING RACISM -- COMMUNITY ORGANIZING FOR ARTISTS.
It will focus on:
How can we add equity to arts funding?
How do our solidarity movements thrive or not?
How can we improve our community engagement & "audience development?"

1:00 - 3:00
Choreographer Ni'Ja Witson and Playwright/Director Will Davis

The Helix Queer Performance Network Presents: 
3:30 - 5:00
A free-flowing conversation about queer performance, this town hall forum will give intersecting queer communities, artists and audiences a chance to engage with the issues facing us today. Utilizing Lois Weaver's Long Table format, everyone is welcome to participate, and no topic is off limits. Part 1 of this event, in December 2012, was one of the motivating factors behind founding The Helix Queer Performance Network.

 Mette LouLou von Kohl, performer at La MaMa’s SQUIRTS, an annual performance series
organized by Helix Queer Performance Network. Photo by Laura Bluher.

3:00 - 5:00
Facilitated by Donna Costello and BAX Youth Education
Celebrating and drawing from 25 years of BAX teaching and learning, this workshop will highlight three entry points - skill building, experiential activities, and personal inquiry - that facilitators can draw upon when creating collaborative performance work with young artists. Through three BAX program scenarios - studio program, seasonal program, and public school art residencies - participants will experience and discuss how these entry points can be harnessed and built upon to create original work. Additional key teaching and learning terms and tools, including BAX Best Practices, will be provided.

5:00 - 5:30
Two minute summary/share on each workshop. Everyone is welcome. We will look at themes that have emerged throughout the day. Notes will be published at a later date.

Pictured: Luciana Achugar, who will be speaking at BAX Artist Services Day. Photo by Chrissy Passagno.

THE PARTNERSHIP - Artists and Artistic Directors, Funders, Producers
5:30 - 7:00
What makes for a dynamic, fruitful partnership? What constitutes a strong relationship between an artist and an organization?
Join us to have a conversation on what makes an organization relevant and accessible to artists and communities? Where do funders fit in? What do artists know and what would serve them to understand about the institutions they interact with?
Confirmed: luciana achugar, Moira Brennan, Will Davis, Levi Gonzalez, Taylor Mac, Malcolm Jason Low, Craig Peterson, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Risa Shoup, Maria Striar, Shay Wafer, Sacha Yanow.

After a full day of inspiring and provocative discussion and community, join us for an hour of fun and celebration as BAX kicks off its 25th year of arts and artists in progress.

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