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This Week in Artist Talk (4/26

24 Apr 2020, Posted by Emad Salem in Uncategorized

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This Sunday the weekly program, Dance Diplomacy with Jonathan, continues:

On Sunday, April 26, 2020, at 9 a.m. and 12 noon EDT, on Battery Dance TV, Jonathan Hollander will interview three women who have played pivotal roles in supporting cross-cultural engagement between the U.S. and Canada.  A civic leader, an artist-manager and a teaching artist, all based in Toronto, formed a synergistic support system when Battery Dance sought to bring its Dancing to Connect project to Canada for the first time last Fall.  For Hollander, the commitment and talent of these women in connecting and activating arts education projects represent the kind of network that crosses traditional lines and job descriptions. 

“Wherever Battery Dance goes in the world, we use a metaphorical divining rod to find committed and inspired people who believe as we do that the Arts can change lives,” said Hollander. “We were lucky to have the support of NATO@70, Canada’s National Ballet School, The Toronto District School Board, and three exceptional women without whom the project would have been impossible to realize.”

A regular Sunday interview program hosted by Battery Dance’s Founder Jonathan Hollander has already brought together artists from the U.S., Bangladesh, Costa Rica, India, Kenya and Mexico, as well as U.S. and foreign diplomats who have programmed the arts as a way of bringing people together and encouraging peaceful understanding and cultural exchange. 

Mary W. Rowe is CEO and President of The Canadian Urban Institute, an organization whose mantra is Connecting People, Place and Potential.  It was natural for her as a former Board Member of Battery Dance and Executive Vice President of the Municipal Art Society while living in New York to make the connection between the dance company and Canada’s National Ballet School. Anaya Bobst, Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives and Artistic Projects for Canada’s National Ballet School, served as liaison and point person for the project. Lizzie Kurtz, Assistant Curriculum Leader/Head of Arts at West Hill Collegiate Institute in The Toronto District School Board brought her students into the program, encouraging them to take a step forward in their creative development as budding choreographers and performers.

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