Saturday, June 18, 2011

Dance/NYC: Talk it out!

I've begun reading the notes from Dance/NYC's community conversations which drew together numerous dance organizations, company managers and individual artists to talk about varied and enormous challenges faced by New York's dance field. These preliminary discussions--and the potential mobilization and advocacy--are exactly what we need now.

There's much to be done. Please read this invitation from Dance/NYC director Lane Harwell, and get involved online now or in person on Thursday, June 23.

Thank you!
Greetings from Dance/NYC!
As you may know, with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Dance/NYC is undertaking a strategic plan to maximize its foundation of service and build new capacity for NYC dance. Emma Dunch and Andrea Sholler of Dunch Arts, LLC, are managing this plan, which was launched with a series of community conversations to deepen Dance/NYC’s understanding of field activity, need and opportunity.
Today Dance/NYC and Dunch Arts bring the discussion online and invite you to join in.
Visit here for the content and guiding questions from the first three community conversations, including a meeting of 23 service organizations (yes, that many organizations working to support the field), a meeting of dancers and dance makers, and a meeting of dance managers. Help us to set the course for the future of Dance/NYC. Tell us what you think. Respond to the questions. Share your own experiences and your goals for the field. And stay tuned for the content from two other public discussions, Thursday, June 16 and Thursday, June 23 (click here to RSVP for 6/23).
Send all feedback to Emma Dunch at

Please check here for planning and community conversation updates. With thanks for all you do for dance. Onward.

Lane Harwell
Director, Dance/NYC
PS. Click here for the full release of these community conversations: This is what strategic planning should look like in the Internet era.

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