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Open Space: an Artist Connectivity Series

Open Space

This series is a collaboration between Francine Sheffield (Sheffield Global Arts Management) and Kristopher McDowell (KMP Artists) in partnership with The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD). Together we will host an Artist Connectivity Series specially for Dance Artists of Color in the United States. This Connectivity Series will be announced soon for International artists living outside of the contiguous United States.

As we move through this crisis together, this Connectivity Series will serve as a platform for Dance Artists of Color to share their collective experiences pre-COVID-19 and design and navigate the path forward. The design of this “open connection space” is to create a casual, virtual platform for artists at all stages in their careers to engage in a dialogue about pressing issues affecting the field and dream about what our collective “next“ can and will be.


Let's Talk About It

LET'S TALK ABOUT IT | Two Conversations, One Message

SOLE Defined & Community Leaders host live conversations this Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4 from 5:00- 6:30pm, to discuss the current climate of our nation and the response of the dance community. Each conversation will be live-streamed on YouTube for viewers to listen and engage through chat.

Wednesday's panel will take place directly before IABD, KMP Artists and Sheffield Global Arts Management’s Open Space, an Artist Connectivity series conversation and is being planned in coordination with our Wednesday evening discussion. We hope this collaboration provides a space for discussion and action in our dance community.

 SOLE Defined Town Hall  Open Space Episode 8

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | 5PM ET
via YouTube
Panel 1 Panel 2
 Aysha Upchurch
Goldie Patrick
Mtokufa Ngwenya
Vincent Thomas
Conrhonda E Baker
Jeffery Page
Elena Velasco
TJ Alladin
Joseph Webb
Krista Bradley
Gesel Mason
DeWitt Fleming Jr. 

Thursday, June 4, 2020 | 5PM ET
via YouTube

Panel 1Panel 2
Dakiya Lambert
Kara Jenelle
Giani Clarkson
Emily Berry
Charles Anderson
Crystal Frazier
 Gregory King
Valerie Branch
d.Sabela Grimes
Amanda Standard
Lindsay Roberts
LaTasha Barnes


Episode 8: SQUARE BIZ, Elevating Business Consciousness In The Arts

  A conversation with Erin Carpenter (Nude Barre), Erica L. Edwards (Cultivating Better Tomorrows) and C. Brian Williams (Step Afrika!) 

Torrie Allen - Arts Midwest, Host


Wednesday, June 3, 2020
6:00PM-7:30PM ET
via Zoom


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