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Under DWA, the imprint of DWA Press has published 100+ of writers in the genres of poetry, creative non-fiction, comic, memoir, children's and speculative fiction.
DWA is also the creator of the Dominican Writers Conference EST. 2019, a conference created to showcase and empower future Dominican writers. DWA is devoted to sharing, promoting, supporting, and developing Dominican writers—and, in turn, creating community.
Sindy is a teaching artist with Lincoln Center Theater, New York City Children's Theatre, and the People's Theatre Project in NYC. She strives to use theatre as a tool for creating multilingual and multicultural spaces where young people are empowered to embrace their home languages and cultures. Sindy was an invited member of Young IDEA at IDEA Congress in Paris in 2013, a member of the TAD (Teaching Artist Development) Studio Cohort at Columbia College in 2014, part of the Intermediate Teaching Artist Lab at Lincoln Center Education in 2016, and a U.S. Delegate at the International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC) in 2018 & 2020. She was a recipient of a DCASE Theatre and Dance Residency in Chicago for her project Stories from my Mother in 2016.
As a performer Beth was seen on Broadway in West Side Story, on national and international tours, at top regional theaters, in short films, on SNL and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Beth choreographed The Sound of Music and Matilda at The Muny. She was recently commissioned to choreograph the original work In the Pocket for Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. She also recently choreographed West Side Story for the Abilene Opera.
Additional choreographic work on Broadway/Off-Broadway: Gettin’ the Band Back Together, High Button Shoes, The New Yorkers, and 1776. Other highlights: Footloose and The Music Man at The Kennedy Center, The Drowsy Chaperone and Because of Winn Dixie at Goodspeed Opera House, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, My Fair Lady, West Side Story and Newsies at The Muny. She assisted the highly stylized Gucci Showtime campaign and Target’s 20 Years of Fashion for All for NY Fashion Week.
She earned her BFA from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. She is a year round faculty member at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and choreographs for The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in NYC.
Born and raised in Togo, West Africa, Foyer was first introduced to drawing and clothing design at age 8 by assisting her fashion designer and dressmaker mother in her Atelier. Foyer came to the United States in 1990 where she obtained her BS in Economics from Baruch College, CUNY and her MS in Urban Studies from The New School, Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment. Foyer maintained a studio practice in New York City since 2009 and in 2018, she went back to school to finish her M.F.A. Program at Lesley University, College of Art + Design in Cambridge, MA.
Foyer’s works have been shown internationally and nationally; and a few of her artworks are in private collections.
Influenced by artistic practices and design motifs found in Pre-Colombian, Mesopotamian, Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Modernism and Outsider's arts, Groux’s ceramic works are tactile, curvilinear abstract sculptures accentuated by organic shapes and patterns. Her oil etchings further explore the possibilities of line and shape in intricate and delicate patterns of embellishment. Groux’s work inspires visual curiosity through the generous movement of material and coalesces as tangible objects of energy and beauty.
Elle’s work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions in New York, Switzerland, and Philadelphia and are housed in collections in Pennsylvania, New York, California, Switzerland, Canada and Mexico. Additionally, she is the recent recipient of Best in Show for Sculpture 2021 at the Ellarslie Museum in Trenton, NJ, juried by Dr. William R. Valerio, Director of the Woodmere Museum of Philadelphia, PA.
As the founder of The Choreojoey Project, Hill has choreographed and produced ballets presented for community audiences in NY since 2014. the ChoreoJoey Project began as a challenge to create and present innovative narrative productions. It often invokes the creative efforts of a rotating team of artists to display integrated mixed media dance performance. founded in 2014, it is committed to the preservation and use of jazz and West African dance in harmony with narration, poetry, and storytelling to create new ballets with contemporary sociopolitical and historical contexts.
Institute in Seattle, Kathleen Holloway moved back East to pursue a
career as a photo editor for the entertainment industry. After 20
years of working with photographers, Kathleen is finally following
her dream of showing her own work. She employs a variety of
techniques, including the use of encaustic wax, to add depth to her
images and reveal the beauty of the photographic prints.
Lola has exhibited throughout New York City, and was invited to international poetry festivals in Quebec, South America and the Middle East. Since 2006 she has curated the Armenian Poetry Project.
A NOMAA double grantee for Literary Arts, Lola’s work has appeared in journals and anthologies. For more information visit www.lolakoundakjian.com
Being both Puerto Rican and Haitian, throughout my life people always tried to place me in a box of one or the other. With my portraits, I showcase unique individuals who embrace both their culture and who they are. Despite the stereotypes, they face purely based on the color of their skin.
When people see my paintings, I want them to feel like they too can be their unapologetically beautiful selves.
Our latest evening-length work, “United States, No Me Conoces,” personifies the BIPOC experience in the US by relating the two as ex-lovers. It expresses the heartbreak felt when the country you labor for, live in, and love pretends you’re not integral to its very identity. I was honored to perform an excerpt at Judson Memorial Church for immigrant workers on hunger strike, offering them affirmation that their stories are being seen and told, even as they protested the pandemic relief they were being denied.
It is my passion to choreograph and perform distinct body narratives that resonate culturally and connect us intimately. Body language and micro-expressions lead the way in the creation process, being uncovered through somatic practices that bring emotions naturally to the surface in the body, so they stand true with the audience. When the movement is fully embodied the audience is able to return home within themselves, where they can encounter the mysticism of our lived experience.
I attended the College for Design in Hanover, Germany and the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen, Germany where I graduated in international management with a focus on the textile industry in Fair Trade. I studied design, the making of textiles and coloring at Co-Optex International company in Chennai, India. Currently, I work from my studio in New York City.
Both processes are easy going, playful and restorative; some much needed pandemic art therapy. But all my work is some sort of bright collage or mashup of ideas. All in the service of creating something that delights the eye.
I use colorful geometric patterns to create paintings that dazzle. Visual impact is what I’m after; the macro and the micro. They look precise from a distance, but get closer and you’ll see their looseness. Each mark reveals the rhythm and attention needed to craft the painting, and provides a sneak peak into the studio. Wobbly grids, sinuous blobs and transparent colors indicate little desire for perfection, but great care in organizing. That discord interests me.
Uniqua Simmons born and raised in Harlem is a Certified Fitness Practitioner, Performance Artist, Self -Taught Jewelry Artist, Multidisciplinary, Interdisciplinary Artist. She writes and creates Art about her Culture, Muses, Wellness, Liberation, Community, Diversity, Healing & Peace, and empowerment work. Using Arts and Education for all abilities.
Creating personal and community quilts, fiber Art and decorative books are some of her favorite Arts to create and share.
She is an active Teaching Artist in diverse communities using Art, Fitness and Wellness to educate, heal, and create platforms to collaborate and exprees Arts and Culture.
She is the Creative Artistic Director of My Art M.A.D.N.E.S.S ( My Art, Making Art, Diverse, Necessary, Educational, Sustainable, Selfless) Unique Differences, DanceSense Wellness, Afya Afro Jazz, and Eclectic Butterfly Dance Theatre
Her Jewelry designs, Arts, Performance and Wellness have been shared, seen and exhibited in Essence Magazine, Essence Catalog, Brooklyn Museum Shop, Eileen Fisher, Gallery Vercon, The Brownstone Woman, Arsenal Gallery - Central Park, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, Buunni Coffee West Harlem Arts, Children’s Art Carnival, Emblem Health, Natural Awakenings , Daily News, The African Burial Ground National Monument, Dance Parade
Contact Information: myartmadness.com, dancesensewellness.com, afyaafrojazz.com, uniquedifferences.org, IG- myartmadness, afyaafrojazz, FB Uniqua Simmons
Blakely also enjoys sharing the arts with younger generations by teaching masterclasses around the country. He held the position of Associate Faculty for Northwestern University’s CHERUBS Intensive and taught acting at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. BFA: CCM (College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati). @BSlaybs
I draw inspiration from the dense woods and majestic waters I see on my walks and from my windows. Manhattan is not all skyscrapers and subways!
In this city I love – a city that is never still – I create work that draws you close. It is work without noise and distractions. This is my refuge. My meditation.