I am entering into my second year as a Jubilation Fellow. They are an wonderful organization dedicated to supporting individuals with an exceptional talent for helping young people feel fully alive through rhythm, dance, and poetry. As a fellow, I receive a generous grant for two years, with which I may do as I please. Last year, I used my fellowship funds to donate several residencies to schools, do two professional development trips, and by a new guitar made by gifted luthier Devin Champlin.
Oregon Arts Commission Award:
I recently received word that I am a recipient of a Professional Development Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. This grant will fund a trip to West Virginia this summer to study Appalachian mountain square dance calling with masters of the dance form. Wahoo! Check out the Oregon Arts Commission.
Regional Arts and Culture Council:
I'm about to embark on a two-month residency at Rigler School in NE Portland that will bring 27 Square Roots workshops to the student body. Every student in every grade will be involved. The project will culminate in a community-wide family square dance as part of a cultural exchange evening at the school. This project is funded in full by a project grant from the amazing and generous Regional Arts and Culture Council. Check out RACC.