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Kiri Avelar, MFA, is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, scholar, and activist who focuses her work around collaborative community expression. As a 2020 Jerome Robbins Dance Division Research Fellow for the NYPL for the Performing Arts, her scholarly research “Descubriendo Latinx: The Hidden Text in American Modern Dance”, looks at the absented presence of Latinx holding an integral role in shaping the foundation of modern dance in the United States.
Mary Baird, "Maria de los Angeles," began her Flamenco dance studies at Ballet Hispanico with Melinda Marquez in 1998. After apprenticing with the American Bolero Dance Company, at the invitation of founder, Gabriela Granados, she spent two summers at the Cristina Heeren program in Sevilla, studying with Carmen Ledesma, Rafael Campallo and Milagros Menjibar. She attended Jacob’s Pillow, studying with Soledad Barrio and had her tablao debut at Alegrias en La Nacional. She is currently a Flamenco Faculty Member at Ballet Hispanico, and a Teaching Artist with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Chosen as the 2018 Artist in Residence with Flamenco Vivo's AiRe program, she choreographed her first solo piece, The Suffocating Breath. As the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Al Margen Flamenco Company, she conceptualizes, choreographs and performs in full length productions.
Artistic Director & Choreographer, DanceBoissiere. Jenny has danced for Jessica Danser/Dansfolk, Kelly Donovan & Dancers, Alaine Handa & Dancers, Banana Peel Dance, and apprenticed for InSpirit: A Dance Company. Jenny's choreography has been shown at Gibney Dance Center, Movement Research, ModArts Dance's Collective Thread, and Brooklyn Ballet's First Look.
Up Theater Company, Founding Artistic Director. James’ plays All the Best Ingredients (2011), Broad Channel (2014) and Epic Poetry (2015) were all given their world premieres at UP Theater Company. He also directed UP's production of Merciful Father by Atar Hadari, and produces the annual DEAD OF WINTER new play reading series. His play Fun, first developed at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, was given its first production at MCC Theater in NYC, and has had many subsequent productions in the U.S and abroad, translated into German, Romanian, Flemish. Fun is published by Dramatic Publishing Company.
As a painter I am able to slow down to investigate moments in time. Often influenced by the direct statements and narratives of the Ashcan School. My work uplifts visual narratives that nuance collective and individual subjectivity and is dedicated to observers that also see these moments of shared humanity.
Charlecia Joy Cole
From the bane of my existence I was drawn to colors and visuals that aesthetically caught my eye. As a result, nurturing the arts in myself and others has become a primary focus of my life’s work and calling. I am an art advocate, visual artist, and a New York City public school art educator.
For me, painting is a natural way to immerse myself in the beauty that is everywhere. I see these paintings as landscapes, because they are all places that I inhabit while I am painting them. I paint wet on wet on paper, working with layers of luminous color, which radiate through the paintings. The natural world is stunning. Its endless complexity and richness move me —and I want to share my explorations.
I am an artist and maker who draws on the skills handed down to me by my ancestors. They were boat builders, carpenters, seamstresses, farmers, and homemakers. As an artist who takes pride in the artisanal quality of my work, I am interested in the labor of art making and craft. My work must bare the mark of my hand as well as my mind. This is a freedom to think and make to change direction or approach as I go along. It is instant and fluid from my head to my hands. There is no need for sketches, explanations or directions. It is private until it is not.
Wilhelmina ‘Obatola’ Grant-Cooper is a self-taught, Harlem-based visual artist, arts instructor and author. Wilhelmina creates assemblages using mixed-media and found objects which she repurposes into visual art. Many of the ideas that stimulate the creation of her work are reflective of her interpretations of contemporary social concerns, namely: urban issues, and women’s health matters with a focus on breast cancer awareness. Wilhelmina has mounted numerous solo exhibitions in Harlem, Texas and Alaska, and has participated in group exhibitions at numerous venues throughout New York, the east coast and Alabama.
I believe the forms of cells of living things, including plants and animals, have similarities in structures. I propose those images (as in my paintings) are double micro and macro images of nature itself. By looking at the images, people fall into their memories of the past. Those senses provide people more calm feelings and common sense of each other, beyond the difference of cultures.
Maggie Hernández is an abstract artist with a passion for strong color and movement. She is an intuitive painter whose images are highly influenced by her immediate surroundings. Moods inspired by music, spaces, events, and people are represented in her paintings by an iconography of contrasting shapes and colors. Bold strokes, crosses, spheres, lines, and drips are visible components of the hidden language present in Maggie’s work.
Maggie Kelly is a dance artist from Ontario, Canada. She is currently living in NYC, frequently performing, and pursuing her artist visa. Maggie loves nothing more than being onstage, and has competed both nationally and internationally in over 100 competitions across Canada and the United States.
Marne Lucas is a multidisciplinary artist investigating nature and culture with photography, video and installation to present unique aesthetic philosophies. Her social justice related projects include ‘Bardo ∞ Project’ an ongoing exploration of creativity as a form of spiritual end of life care.
Michelle Manzanales is a choreographer, dedicated dance educator of nearly 30 years, and co-founder of the Latinx Dance Educators Alliance. CriticalDance writes that Manzanales’ choreography “…isn’t just about one girl’s experience; it applies to everyone, of any gender, and of any culture.” Her choreography for Ballet Hispánico, Con Brazos Abiertos, described as a “savvy but deeply sincere meditation on her Mexican-American background” (-Marina Harss, New York Times), premiered in 2017, and has since toured worldwide to critical acclaim including an inclusion in New York City Center’s 2018 Fall for Dance Festival. Manzanales’ current commissions set to premiere in 2021 include a new work for the Paul Taylor Dance Company and a restaging for Ballet Hispánico of her 2010 homage to Frida Kahlo, Paloma Querida, which was hailed a "visual masterpiece" by the Chicago Tribune and described by the Chicago Sun-Times as a “gorgeously designed, richly hallucinatory, multi-faceted vision of the artist.”
RoughAcres RL McKee
Redemptive Human Being Awaiting Global Citizenship Artist/Blogger/Photographer
When the lights go down in a performance hall, we find ourselves in a rich liminal space. A space where discomfort, bravery and radical possibility converge. Let’s make more of these spaces. Producer. Actor. Fundraiser. Marketer. Award-winning teacher. Currently forming a diverse performing arts programming entity.
Taeesha Muhammad AKA Sophisticatedcookie
Sophistiatedcookie is a Brooklyn-bred, Harlem based, International Artist that is always seeking opportunities to show how women are engaging in the world at large. Through collage, her works connect the classic and the contemporary woman, as well as explore the unique dynamics of woman in between the lines. As an African American Woman, she feels there is a responsibility to bring attention to the glory and grace of a women that may not be immediately evident.This includes the joy of family, and the beauty of everyday life.
I am a visual artist and a political activist. I work with found objects, paint, and original text to challenge culturally accepted meanings. The most unlikely objects become treasures in the quest to explore distortions and prejudices. My mixed-media sculptures and collages are a connection between art and its power for personal and political transformation. I believe art is crucial to community building. My artwork gives people opportunity to explore feelings, deepen connections with one another, and ultimately build strong communities.
My work grows out of a sense of place - a place which, while it is very much part of me, I am no longer a part of. The deep affinity I feel for emblematically Balkan structures and sites is the corollary to the rapid homogenization of space in a world madly rushing towards cultural and economic singularity. But the intense gravitational pull of these images on my immigrant’s imagination is also rooted in a sense of personal dislocation – as much cultural as physical. In grappling with the meaning of “Home”, the house – the archetypal image of home – takes on narratives of memory, longing, desire, and ultimately opens up onto issues of identity. Architecture becomes the allegorical guise through which I explore the connections between iconic cultural objects and the construction of identity and memory - personal and collective, individual and national.
I paint what I feel. I paint with energy and fire. My works are filled with rhythm and movement. Improvisation is my method of creating art. I explore internally for long periods of time and then paint quickly, explosively. The result is abstract but often recognizable. I love to paint.
Sky Pape’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Tiffany & Co., Le Cirque du Soleil, and other public, corporate, and private collections. Pape’s awards and honors include residency fellowships in Italy at The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center and The Bogliasco Foundation’s Liguria Study Center for the Arts & Humanities, as well as grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (twice), the Canada Council for the Arts, the E.D. Foundation, the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation, and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (three grants). Her artwork was selected by the Art in Embassies Program of the United States Department of State for exhibition in Uruguay, and has been shown internationally since the 1980s. She is represented by June Kelly Gallery in New York City.
I do photography – my camera is my third eye and any image from a camera is only the start of the process of seeing.
Louise Rogers has a voice that has been described as “pure and incandescent, free of affectation or obvious influence. Rather like a moonbeam transported from a distant solar system, it glows with an easy, comfortable assuredness that simultaneously seems old as time, new as dawn and promising as tomorrow. Rogers proves gifted at choosing intriguing material as at judiciously interpreting it and remains brilliantly unpredictable.” (Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times).
I’m a children’s book author, writing fantasy and historical fiction. My novel, Kenning Magic (2013), is a fantasy for readers 9–14 years old.
Lauren Sloan is an artist and designer who strives for people to see her work and become curious. This is achieved by constantly analyzing the unexpected in composition, and questioning exactly what it means to be intrigued. Always taking into account the principles and elements of design in every aspect has helped her express surroundings so that she can draw creative inspiration from ordinary situations. Listening, observing, and communicating have helped her in developing her creative process.
Sirin Thada is an artist and illustrator who creates colorful paintings and mixed media works. As an outdoor enthusiast, she finds inspiration in the places she visits, documenting the flora, fauna, colors and patterns from nature walks and hiking adventures. She works primarily with acrylic and watercolor, and often incorporates bits of antique papers and trims, and other reclaimed materials.
Curtis Turney was born in Panamá City, Panamá. He is a trombonist, bandleader, producer and Science educator. Curtis leads his Salsa band “Son De La 104” and is currently producing their first album. He freelances as a trombonist, an interpreter and a translator.
I design websites and consult on all things web. I see a successful website as a puzzle solved through the seamless integration of its two vital elements: beauty and function.
Writer, Poet, Journalist, Flâneuse, spiritual explorer and generally curious soul. Poet heart, journalist brain. Writing helps me sort the two. Born in Argentina, grew up in New Jersey, New Yorker since 1995. I am a cat and a dog person. I still don’t know how to whistle.