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July 21, 2010

In Memoriam: Denise Jefferson
July 19, 2010

The Ailey family is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Denise Jefferson, who, for the past 26 years, was the director and impassioned steward of The Ailey School. She died on Saturday night in New York of ovarian cancer.

Appointed as director by Alvin Ailey in 1984, after teaching at the School for 10 years, Ms. Jefferson — affectionately referred to as Ms. J — has been instrumental in identifying the potential, and mentoring myriad students as they began their journey to becoming some of the greatest dance artists in the world. “Powerful,” “technical,” “elegant,” “consistent,” “beautiful,” “fierce,” “a force of nature”— these are some of the adjectives most commonly used to describe Ailey students. They are also the words that best describe Denise Jefferson.

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The American Dance Festival Announces Departure of Donna Faye Burchfield, Dean of the ADF School
July 12, 2010

The American Dance Festival (ADF) announces Donna Faye Burchfield, Dean of the ADF School since 2000, has been named director of the University of the Arts School of Dance in Philadelphia and will be leaving her position as ADF School Dean at the conclusion of the 2010 ADF season. A search has begun for her successor.

A dancer, choreographer and teacher, Burchfield first joined ADF as a student in 1982 and began working at ADF in 1984. She has since been a faculty member, Associate Dean, and in 2000 became Dean, where she has overseen the entirety of ADF’s educational offerings.

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Dance Company Takes Eviction Threat In Stride
by Rebecca Spitz
July 13, 2010
NY1.com

Dozens of people danced in the rain in front of City Hall Tuesday, all in support of Dance New Amsterdam, or DNA, which has been given an extra month and a half to renegotiate their lease.

"DNA is important, we're part of the Lower Manhattan cultural ecology, and we are here to stay," said DNA Artistic/Executive Director Catherine Peila.

DNA is a non-profit organization renting 25,000 square feet of space in a city-owned building on Chambers Street. But the group says without a break on the rent, which is close to $70,000 a month, they're as good as out.

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Verdery Roosevelt's Departure
by Michael Kaiser
July 12, 2010
The Huffington Post

The dance world was surprised recently to learn that Verdery Roosevelt was leaving her job as executive director of Ballet Hispanico. When most executive directors leave their jobs it barely causes a ripple. We are more interested in who will become the new executive than we are in the person who just left.

But Verdery is an institution. She has been at the helm of Ballet Hispanico for 31 years. She is largely responsible for building a thriving, important dance organization, one of the most important Latino arts organizations in the nation. For an organization that thrives on the dramatic, Verdery was always cool and collected.

It is unusual these days for an executive to last even ten years with one organization; to last more than three decades is an astonishing accomplishment.

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Rep. Norton Introduces Resolution to Launch Annual National Dance Day
July 13, 2010

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced a resolution to recognize July 31 as National Dance Day. Norton will also host a National Dance Day Flash Mob on July 31, 2010 on the National Mall featuring Nigel Lythgoe, celebrity judge and producer of the popular national television show "So You Think You Can Dance." Norton, an avid proponent of healthy lifestyles and a lover of popular and other dance forms, is using National Dance Day and her resolution to promote physical fitness across the United States and the First Lady's Let's Move campaign.

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Annual MAP Fund Awards Total $1,000,000 to Support Goundbreaking Live Performance, With Additional Funds for General Operating Support
July 6, 2010

The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation, announced today its 2010 grants underwriting 40 new projects spanning the disciplines of performing arts practices. A panel of peers selected this year's grantees from more than 800 submissions.

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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Announces Over $479,000 in Performing Arts Touring Grants
July 15, 2010

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of 80 grants through its 2011 ArtsCONNECTprogram. The grants will provide $479,700 in fee support for 15 performing arts ensembles. Grants are awarded directly to the organizations presenting the artists' engagements. The Foundation received 119 applications requesting over $830,000 in support of 25 tours for the latest funding round of the program. In keeping with the Foundation's commitment to increasing appreciation for and greater understanding of the arts, many of the funded engagements will feature workshops, residencies, or master classes in conjunction with public performances.

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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Announces FY 2010 Grants to PennPAT Roster Artists
July 15, 2010

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) announced that it awarded 69 grants totaling $113,708 to performing artists on the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT) roster during fiscal year 2010 (July 2009-June 2010). Thirty-three (33) grants were for Technical Assistance projects; one grant was a Strategic Opportunity Grant; ten grants supported artist travel to conferences; and 25 grants supported artist travel to the Roster Artist Retreat.

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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Announces USArtists International Third Round Grants
July 19, 2010

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announces the third round of grantees awarded for the 2010 cycle of USArtists International (USAI). USAI ensures that the impressive range of expression of the performing arts in the United States is represented abroad, and that the creative and professional development of American artists is enhanced through participation at significant international festivals and engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities.

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To showcase nation's arts, first lady isn't afraid to spotlight the unexpected
by Robin Givhan
July 21, 2010
The Washington Post

In a White House where first lady Michelle Obama's relationship to the arts strives to be both rarefied and common, cerebral and pragmatic, the cultural program is dictated by tradition, personal life story . . . and an unabashed desire to shake things up.

Information does not always come through the tried-and-true institutional channels. And many of the honored guests invited to gilded East Room soirees are not even old enough to vote.

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Artists Struggle Without Mayor
by Erica Orden
June 3, 2010
The Wall Street Journal

New York City's recession-battered arts and social-service organizations are scrambling to find a way to make up for a loss of one of their biggest donors: Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The groups had hoped that when the billionaire mayor ended a grant program that doled out more than $175 million of his personal fortune over the last eight years, the stream of money would continue through the Bloomberg Family Foundation. That hasn't happened, so organizations have begun trimming staff, cutting payroll and selling parts of their collections.

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Board Support Is Key to Advocacy Efforts by Nonprofit Groups, Report Says
by Grant Williams
June 28, 2010
The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Greater involvement by nonprofit groups in advocacy and lobbying work will require support from organizations' boards of directors, according to nonprofit leaders in a new report.

Participants in a "roundtable" held by the Johns Hopkins Listening Post Project "broadly agreed that they often saw board reluctance to get involved in advocacy," the report said.

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The Creativity Crisis
by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
July 10, 2010
Newsweek

Back in 1958, Ted Schwarzrock was an 8-year-old third grader when he became one of the “Torrance kids,” a group of nearly 400 Minneapolis children who completed a series of creativity tasks newly designed by professor E. Paul Torrance. Schwarzrock still vividly remembers the moment when a psychologist handed him a fire truck and asked, “How could you improve this toy to make it better and more fun to play with?” He recalls the psychologist being excited by his answers. In fact, the psychologist’s session notes indicate Schwarzrock rattled off 25 improvements, such as adding a removable ladder and springs to the wheels. That wasn’t the only time he impressed the scholars, who judged Schwarzrock to have “unusual visual perspective” and “an ability to synthesize diverse elements into meaningful products.”

The accepted definition of creativity is production of something original and useful, and that’s what’s reflected in the tests. There is never one right answer. To be creative requires divergent thinking (generating many unique ideas) and then convergent thinking (combining those ideas into the best result).

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