Dance Matters: Thoughts and Reflection on A Discussion of Racial Equity and the Power of the Arts

This is a repost from Jacqueline E. Lawton’s blog. To read the entire post, click here.

On January 16th, Dance Exchange presented “Dance Matters: A Discussion on Racial Equity and the Power of the Arts.” The facilitators were Dance Exchange’s Artistic Director Cassie Meador, Partnerships and Production Manager Ouida Maedel along with University of Maryland PhD candidate Bimbola Akinbola and the panelists included featured artists Paloma McGregor, Jesse Phillips-Fein and myself. This interactive panel discussion invited participants to move, dialogue and reflect on the complexities of race and the possibilities of leveraging the arts for social change. This event is also part of Dance Exchange performance and community engagement work-in-progress, commissioned by The Embrey Family Foundation for Dallas Faces Race, in conjunction with Race Forward’s Facing Race Conference in Dallas Texas, in November 2014. Read more…

L-R: Jacqueline E. Lawton, Cassie Meador, Paloma McGregro, Bimbola Akinbola, Ouida Maedel, and Jesse Phillips-Fein. Photo by Matthew Cumbie.

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