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Open Space: an Artist Connectivity Series

Open Space

Open Space, our Artist Connectivity Series.
The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), in partnership with Francine Sheffield (Sheffield Global Arts Management) and Kristopher McDowell (KMP Artists), presents Open Space, an episodic series devoted to addressing pressing issues in the field of dance.

Open Space uplifts, highlights, and engages artists of African Ancestry or Origin. This casual, virtual platform welcomes Black artists and allies at all stages in their careers. Open Space exists for meaningful dialogue, discourse, and debate about matters affecting the field. Past topics have included disparities and opportunities in funding, activism in the arts, and well-being.

Each episode consists of a panel of 3 to 4 Artists, 1 Host, and 1 Co-Host (5/6 persons total). Additional artists will submit questions in real-time. Observers from the community are welcome. Episodes last 90 minutes with loose parameters to keep it engaging and fun.


Season 2 Episode 3

SEASON 2 Episode 3: PILLARS OF THE FIELD: Building A Stronger Arts Community

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 5:30pm-7:00pm ET 

Host: Jamal Story, Schehimezade Productions, LLC

Guests: Alejandra Duque Cifuentes (Dance/NYC), Lisa Richards Toney (APAP) and Charmaine Warren (Black Dance Stories | BAM)

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Open Space Season 1


 Open Space Episode 1    Open Space Episode 2    Open Space Episode 3    Open Space Episode 4   Open Space Episode 5
Episode 1: MIND THE GAP: Exclusivity in Dance Presenting in the United States     Episode 3: BEYOND THE PROSCENIUM: Artists' Responsibility to Health and Safety
  Episode 4: MIND THE GAP PART II: Exclusivity in Dance Presenting in the United States
   Episode 5: A WINDOW IN TIME, Addressing Inequities to Better Our Future
 Open Space Episode 6    Rewatch Open Space Episode 7    Rewatch Open Space Episode 8    Rewatch Open Space Season 9    Rewatch Open Space Episode 10
Episode 6: AM I BLACK ENOUGH FOR YA?, Conversations About Global Black Identity & International Presence   Episode 7: REMOVING THE BARRIER, Staying Connected To The Whole   Episode 8: SQUARE BIZ, Elevating Business Consciousness In The Arts   Episode 9: ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?: Adapting Dance In A Shifting Landscape   Episode 10: WANNA BE STARTIN SOMETHIN': Addressing Inequities In The Field & Beyond

 LatinX Connectivity Series

PRC & USA Connectivity Series 
 The series for performing and visual artists is a collaboration between Shoshana Polanco and Kristopher McDowell in partnership with World Fusion and Juan Pablo Siles.
 Artists from the People's Republic of China and the United States of America is hosted in partnership between Ping Pong Productions and KMP Artists.
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