Vivien Boussamina (Congolese)

Diaspora Performance Project 2019/20

Vivien Boussamina (Congolese)
Shawn Merriman Roberts (Haitian Folkloric)

Shawn Merriman Roberts (Haitian Folkloric)

Diaspora Performance Project: 2019/20 

Artists of the African Diaspora

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.

 

 

 

Vivien Boussamina (Congolese)

Vivien Boussamina (Congolese)

ORIGINS, IMMIGRATION, AND CREATION

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.

 

SUPPORTING THE ARTISTS WORK

Mandjou Kone (Mali)

Mandjou Kone (Mali)

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 Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center thanks our sponsors, partners and donors that have helped make this festival possible, including the 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.

 

Vivien Boussamina (Congolese)

Vivien Boussamina (Congolese)

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. More info at: tanneryworlddance.com