The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center prioritizes building the future of the arts by training, presenting and educating the next generation of artists and creative innovators. In lieu of the unprecedented world events, The Clarice’s commitments to the performing arts, the DMV community and the education of the UMD students is even more vital.
To interact with this unique historical moment we have conceived of the BlackLight Summit. The Clarice's BlackLight Summit is a season-long initiative featuring socially engaged workshops, radical reimagining projects and individual mentoring sessions for dance students and scholars based in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. BlackLight seeks to be a spark to ignite daring innovation and to reveal the creativity in the DMV dance ecosystem. This summit is a convening that re-invisions dance performance as a conduit to galvanize the social imaginations, resilience, and inventiveness of citizens, thinkers, activists and artists.
At the peak of BlackLight, is a three-day convening in March 2021. BlackLight will be structured as an extended roundtable discussion with dance professionals, students and community members. The summit features artistic presentations from national dance artists; Miceala Taylor and Johnnie Cruise Mercer, in addition to regional artists Candace Scarbourgh and Jamal Abrams. BlackLight will focus on purposeful campus wide intergenerational forums delving into notions of legacy/citizenship/ scholarship, and various engagement initiatives that seek to be of service to the communities surrounding the University of Maryland.
BlackLight won’t end when the stage lights dim. Participants will continue to connect, question and catalyze the future with post-summit programming and longevity-minded opportunities that facilitate student action for a changed world.
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