In the next two weeks, I will be speaking publicly, and I wanted to invite you all to those events, but I also offer you a few of my current resources for this work.
First, you are cordially invited to Hope College and SUNY Purchase. Both events are free and open to the public.
Hope College in Holland, MI
“Art in the Real World” A Conversation with Shawn Renee Lent
Thursday, January 14, 2016 / 3:00pm-4:30pm, Jack Miller Recital Hall
From a childhood cancer hospital to the scene of a shooting, from post-war Bosnia to revolutionary Egypt, hear real stories of the power of the performing arts in our world. Shawn Lent will share her experiences on the ground and bring you inspiration and resources for doing this work. Sponsored by: The Departments of Dance, Art & Art History, Music, Theatre, & the Dean of Arts & Humanities
Slides available here.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 / 2:30 – 6 pm, Dance Theatre Lab, Dance Building
The School of Arts at Purchase College is thrilled to present a one-day collaborative workshop, conversation, and performance program that deals with the intersection of dance, movement, social justice, and psychology. This project, funded by SUNY’s Network of Excellence, introduces work by a variety of artists, practitioners, researchers and theorists across various SUNY campuses and abroad. MOVEMENT/MOVEMENTS will feature examples and inquiries on how engagement in body-based arts can positively impact peace, conflict resolution and prevention, and diplomacy. Throughout the session students from the School of the Arts will provide a real-time visualization of the language and concepts introduced by the speakers. Featuring: Doug Varone, Shawn Lent, Jonathan Hollander, Chris Robbins, Roman Baca, Andrew Fitz Gibbon, Rachel Owens, Christina Merilees, and Melanie Gambino.
Now on to the promised resources. I will stick to what is most useful and inspiring to me currently. You will note that I am most interested in social practice and community-engaged dance, with a focus in intercultural, inter-group and international work. This is an acknowledged departure from teaching artistry in both the arts integration and community-based arts worlds. I also do not consider my practice dance therapy and do not offer resources in those areas, but what I do offer will hopefully be helpful to some of you out there. It is not comprehensive but is a follow-up to a previous post. Please feel free to add additional links and resources in the reply section below. I will offer resources in the following categories:
- Undergraduate Programs
- Graduate Degree, Professional and Certificate Programs
- Fellowships, Jobs/Internships, Volunteer Opportunities and Residencies
- Groups, Initiatives and Organizations
- Readings, Webinars and MOOCs
Lastly, if you are interested in joining a Facebook group to share opportunities and resources in social practice dance, let me know.
Graduate Degree, Professional and Certificate Programs
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching Artistry at Wayne State University (3 years, part-time, low-residency)
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) at University of Maryland cultivating teaching artists.
Dancing to Connect Institute (June 15-26 in NYC)
Luna Dance Summer Institute (July 22-29 in Oakland, CA)
Look out for programs at Arizona State University with Liz Lerman now there looking at the arts and the environment, arts and equity.
Fellowships, Jobs/Internships, Volunteer Opportunities and Residencies
Daniels Spectrum Artist-inResidency for community-engaged professional artists.
Imagining America Page Fellowship for graduate students
Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) volunteer opportunities
On-the-Move cultural mobility network’s list of residencies.
International Peace & Collaborative Development Network forum listings of jobs, conferences, grants and more.
Idealist volunteer opportunities and job postings.
Design-Your-Own Volunteer Opportunities at your local children’s hospital, veterans’ affairs group, refugee center, homeless shelter, juvenile detention facility, or public or private religious school (insular or divided communities).
Creative Time jobs, internships, fellowships, and volunteer opportunities.
Artslink international grants and fellowships.
Move This World position as a U.S. Trainer
Mladi Info with lists of scholarships, fellowships, conferences etc. mostly in Europe.
Alliance of Artists Communities case study residencies in social practice.
Surdna Foundation grants for artists engaging in social change (not currently open).
U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program (for artists, faculty, researchers or staff) DUE August 3 – This is the program I did. Let me know if you have questions or want my help reviewing your application!
U.S. Fulbright Student Program (for current masters and PhD students, recent grads, and young professionals in the arts and other fields) DUE Mid-October
Groups, Initiatives and Organizations
MindLeaps dance – vocational training – youth advancement programming in Rwanda, Guinea, and Bosnia-Herzegovina
Readings, Webinars and MOOCs
1/20 Social Justice Funders webinar by Americans for the Arts
On Social Practice and Performance by Andy Horwitz.
Arts-based Conflict Resolution, an interview with Michelle le Baron.
Acting Together documentary and toolkit (peacebuilding and theatre)
Dancer Citizen online scholarly journal.
ASC! (Art for Social Change) resource articles and publications.
50 Titles, 50 Perspectives: A Reader’s Guide to Art + Social Practice by Broken City Lab.
Dance, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Dignity in Motion by Naomi Jackson.
Arts in the Public Interest Archives.
Outside the Citadel, Social Practice Art Is Intended to Nurture (New York Times) by Randy Kennedy.
Alliance of Artists Communities resource list.
Am I a Dancer Who Gave Up? by Shawn Lent (Huffington Post).