Growing our network of socially engaged artists

At Dance Exchange, we see the value that dance has for initiating change in our communities- be those communities created by geography, common purpose, backgrounds, ages, or shared vision. Marking 40 years of collaborative dancemaking we have launched Organizing Artists for Change (OAC), a new initiative to connect, support, and grow the network of socially-engaged artists.

Join us today in growing this network of artists and changemakers by donating to Dance Exchange. Your contribution will help us continue to share and advance our ever-growing body of creative practices and build on our 40-year legacy of expanding where dance lives in our society.

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Through the OAC, we are forging new pathways to connect, create, and cultivate artists around our country leading this work. Two of the ways that this is happening in our upcoming season include the launch of Dance Exchange’s Fellowship Program and an expansion of our Institutes. Stay tuned for more about our fellowships.

Our Institutes are central in how we bring people of all ages together to train with Dance Exchange, building capacities and connections for artists to ignite inquiry and inspire change in their own communities. With a focus on responding to important issues and opportunities of our time, we share tools and practices for researching, generating, and making both artwork and action.

Here is how you can connect with our institute this summer:

  • Saturday, July 8: A Conversation on Creative Aging and Intergenerational Collaborations
    a panel @ Takoma Park Community Center, 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, July 12: Making it Possible: Moving Through LGBTQ+ Community Connections
    a workshop @ Twinbrook Community Center, 6:30pm
  • Friday, July 14: Stories from the Field: Organizing Artists for Change
    a performance @ TBD, 7:30pm
  • Friday, July 21: Work in Progress: Growing Our Own Gardens
    a performance @ TBD, 6:30pm

Click here to get more information about these events.

Your support makes it possible for Dance Exchange to continue building capacities and connecting artists through our OAC initiative.

With gratitude,

Cassie and Matthew

There is still room to be a part of our upcoming Summer Institute! Join us for Module 1, from July 7 to 14, or for both Modules, July 7 to 23. Email Sam at for more information!

The Dancemaking & Performance Institute offers an opportunity to explore and create alongside DX in the continued development of Growing Our Own Gardens, an intergenerational performance project rooted in queer world-making. Directed by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Cumbie, alongside members of the creative team, we will unearth hidden histories and personal stories to better understand the ways in which queer communities have helped shape Washington, DC, and reflect on how these movements towards liberation help us create the future we need- we will explore the role of legacy and liberation in our intergenerational community building. Part of the 2017 Summer Institute!


About Cassie Meador

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