Your gift today brings dancemaking to our national parks

What can we learn by engaging with the past, present, and future of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park?

Can a visit to a park change your life? Can your visit to a park change someone else’s life?

How can we hold the complexity of a difficult history and come together for a better future?

These questions are central in our work with educators from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in OffSite/Insight: Stories from the Great Smoky Mountains. With your support, we can continue bringing these communities together across generation and across experience to work towards a better future.

Donate today to help secure that future.

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Conceived and directed by Executive Artistic Director Cassie Meador, Offsite/Insight: Stories from the Great Smoky Mountains brings together Dance Exchange artists, National Park Service park rangers and educators, leaders from the Cherokee community, and artists local to the Great Smoky Mountains region to expand community access and engagement with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Through performance and engagement, Offsite/Insight enhances the Park’s citizen science education initiatives and activates dialogue across cultural and generational experiences. Together we can vision how to share in the shaping of future stewardship of the park land. Together we will move our understanding of human and environmental impacts and build capacities across communities to contend with the complexities that shape our human relationship to the environment.

Learn more about our work in mountains in Dance Teacher magazine.

The arts are one of the most powerful tools we have to face our history as a nation and to see the current conditions of our country with a nuanced perspective, with empathy and imagination. They offer us a vivid and visceral understanding of our world- made visible each time we bring together people of all ages and disciplines to reflect on the history and future of the Great Smoky Mountains region, and other places central in our lives. We know that you, too, believe in the power of the arts to remind us of the importance of protecting these places and understanding our relationship to the environment.

Thank you for your support, and for helping Dance Exchange continue to connect communities across generations, experience, and discipline.

With hope,

Cassie & Matthew


Coming up: Cassie and Matthew return to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this month to continue work on OffSite/Insight: Stories from the Great Smoky Mountains. Click here to learn more about this residency and about Dance Exchange’s performance and engagement in the park on August 21 for the full solar eclipse!

 

About Cassie Meador

Cassie Meador is the Executive Artistic Director of the Dance Exchange.