Shawn Merriman-Roberts
Haitian Folkloric Dance
Vivien Bassouamina
Congo
Mandjou Kone
Mali, Burkina Faso
Arnaud Loubayi
Senegal
Oumou Faye
Senegal
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Diaspora Performance Project

2019-2020

Artists of the African Diaspora

Origins, Immigration, Creation

Diaspora Performance Project  gives professional support to 5 selected cultural artists. Our program, launched in 2018, seeks to support our thriving community of Artists of the African Diaspora and provide opportunity for the development of new work, deep and meaningful connection to our community, and performance opportunity. 

Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center (TWDCC) has made it a priority through our mission to sustain a dance and cultural space that supports Santa Cruz and Bay Area professional artists, and specifically, artists who have left their country of origin or have second and third generation immigrant experiences that inform their work directly. This support is done through offering affordable dance space to teach out of, curating performance opportunities that present the work, encourage further development of the form, and provide opportunities for a new generation of students to learn from these artists.

TWDCC is committed to supporting artists across all genres, backgrounds, and artistic experiences and we look to 2021 when we will select another round of five cultural artists of the Diaspora from which they originate. Our first round of this vital program seeks to support our thriving community of artists of the African Diaspora and provide opportunity for the development of new work, cultural understanding through deep and meaningful connection to our community, and professional development.

 

The Diaspora Performance Project is supported by a generous grant from the Hohenberg Foundation and thanks our sponsors, partners and donors that have helped make this program possible, including; Tannery Arts Center, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, KAZU, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Community Printers, City of Santa Cruz Economic Commision, Goodtimes, Bay Federal Credit Union, and Artist on Art.

 

The Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is committed to equity, access and excellence in dance education and performance. Through our classes, scholarships, festivals and community events, TWDCC links artists, audiences and communities throughout Santa Cruz and the greater Bay Area.