Collective Movement through Digital Collaboration Dancemaking
Thursday, June 25, 2020
1:30 p.m. EDT
About this Session
The only way we’re going to get through this is if we get through this together. This time calls for a collective, coordinated effort—one that can occur in your own community, in your state, or throughout the nation, or even in your next Zoom meeting. In this artistic session, dancer and movers (and Americans for the Arts staffers) Danielle Iwata and Ami Scherson explore the concept, challenges, and opportunities of collective movement by working with those assembled to create, culminating in a one-performance-only, Zoom-based collective digital dance performance with participants. Be a part of something special and inspiring, work those creative muscles, and create some art without leaving your chair!
- Explore the concept of collective movement through dancemaking.
- Participate in a one-time-only dance performance.
- Be inspired, work your creative muscles, and create some art without leaving your chair.
Danielle Iwata, Americans for the Arts
Ami Scherson, Americans for the Arts
This session is a part of the 2020 Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference.
Private Sector Initiatives Program Associate, Americans for the Arts
Danielle Iwata (she/her/hers) joined Americans for the Arts as a Program Associate in 2018. As a member of the Private Sector Initiatives team, she focuses on business partnerships with the arts. She was previously the Development Coordinator and Board Liaison at Jacob’s Pillow Dance in Becket, MA; and has interned at Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and the National Museum of Dance. Danielle is committed to creating a more equitable field, which she serves through her role as Co-Chair of Dance/NYC’s Junior Committee. In addition to dancing, she continues to collaborate with other artists on photography projects. She holds a BA in History from Colgate University.
Equity in Arts Leadership Program Associate, Americans for the Arts
Ami Scherson (she/her/hers) is an arts administrator, musician, and self proclaimed "mover". She is fascinated by the intersections of social justice and the arts, and strongly believes in using creativity to create positive change. Ami works for Americans for the Arts as the Equity in Arts Leadership Program Associate, creating opportunities and initiatives to pursue cultural equity throughout the field. Prior to working at Americans for the Arts, she has interned at Kaufman Music Center, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Stuart's Opera House. She is passionate about community development, and has pursued projects throughout urban, suburban, and rural regions of the United States. Most recently, she conducted research in Nelsonville, Ohio to understand the impact of nonprofit arts programming on rural Appalachian communities. She graduated from Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Business. In addition to her work, Ami is a member of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee 2019-2020 Cohort. She is a proud Japanese-Chilean, and currently lives in Queens, NY.