The Future of the Field: African American Dance Companies, Theaters and Museums
DeVos Institute of Arts Management
Curator and Moderator; Co-Artistic Director, Penumbra Theatre Company (Saint Paul, MN) Sarah Bellamy
Executive Director, Apollo Theater (New York, NY) Mikki Shepard
Founder, Artistic Director and Choreographer, TU Dance (Saint Paul, MN) Uri Sands
Director, Theatre Arts Program at National Black Theatre (New York, NY) Jonathan McCrory
Co-Founder, The Bindery Projects (Saint Paul, MN) Nate Young
As the demographics in America change and non-culturally specific organizations are increasingly producing more diverse programming, what are the unique contributions of organizations of color? The Future of the Field: African American Dance Companies, Theatres, and Museums will investigate the role, current challenges, and future of these important organizations in the United States.
The discussion is curated and moderated by Sarah Bellamy, Co-Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre Company, the largest African American theatre company in the United States. The panel, comprised of leading practitioners in the field, will explore issues such as the importance of nurturing emerging African American artists, the role of partnerships with non-culturally specific organizations and the value of mentorship for the future generation of arts leaders.
This discussion is the third and final installment of the DeVos Institute’s Diversity in the Arts series which will investigate the challenges facing organizations of color operating in the United States today, with a specific focus on African American and Latino theatre companies, dance companies, and museums.
Diversity in the Arts marks the launch of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management’s Future of the Arts series dedicated to exploring the greatest issues of concern to the future of the arts.