The National Choreography Center

The National Center for Choreography – Akron (NCCAkron) will host a National Summit meeting for all artists and partners in its Creative Administration Research (CAR) program, Thursday, June 2 through Saturday, June 4, 2022. Some events are open to the public at no cost , including two lectures and a dance class. All other main summit activities are by invitation only. Details of the event are below.

Funded by a multi-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the CAR program aims to inspire the national dance ecosystem to think beyond the boundaries of known traditional models and “best practices.” The program launched in 2020 and has already initiated five cohorts of 19 artist teams from across the United States. Planning for this meeting is informed by an artist-focused committee comprising artists and CAR thought partners in addition to national scholars. Over the course of three days, participants will share and compare notes from their individual journeys through this work; move together, materializing their thought and their administrative dreams; create new shared benchmark experiences to inform future work; and more.

“NCCAkron has been working with these artists and thought partners for two years, exploring and challenging conventional ways of working in the world of dance,” commented Christy Bolingbroke, Executive/Artistic Director of NCCAkron. “Now we can welcome everyone to Akron, where connections and creative thinking will go even further. I am so excited to welcome these artists and thinkers from across the United States, and grateful to our local colleagues for their collaboration.”

NCCAkron partners with many local businesses and organizations to amplify the local impact of the summit convening and shine a light on Akron’s abundant way of thinking and organizing. Attendees will gather at local spaces such as Peoples Park, the Akron Public Library, The Knight Stage at the Akron Civic Theater, Cascade Plaza, and the home of NCCAkron on the University of Akron campus. Visitors will dine at local establishments and sample local products like Akron Honey, Akron Coffee Roasters, and Chill Artisan Ice Cream. Since its inception, NCCAkron has partnered with Chill to develop flavors designed by guest choreographers. Ahead of Summit Convening, Chill is bringing back 13 flavors for the month of June.

PUBLIC EVENTS

The following NCCAkron Summit events are free and open to the public. Proof of vaccination or a negative test will be required. Masks are recommended, but optional.

Artist as role model for the new socio-economic normal, with Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Christy Bolingbroke

Friday, June 3, 1 to 2:30 p.m. ET

Akron-Summit County Public Library, Auditorium

60 S High Street, Akron, OH 44326

Advance registration is required – visit nccakron.org/summit

BAMUTHI, Marc Bamuthi Joseph (Washington, DC) is an arts activist, poet, speaker, and Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. In this talk, he will explore the adoption of artistic thinking as entrepreneurial thinking.

Dance Church dance class, led by Kate Wallich

Saturday, June 4, 10-11 a.m. ET

Cascade Plaza, 1 W Mill St, Akron, OH 44308

Rain Location: Greystone Hall, 103 S. High Street, Akron, OH 44308, Doric room, 4th Floor

Pre-registration and proof of vaccination required – visit nccakron.org/summit

Kate Wallich (Los Angeles/Seattle/New York) is a dancer, choreographer, educator and founder of Dance Church. Over the past decade, this joyful and energetic class has attracted dancers and non-dancers from around the world. No dance experience is required. The organizers recommend that participants wear sunscreen, comfortable shoes and clothing to get around, and bring water. Parts of the class will include laying, bring a towel for grass sensitivities. Downtown Akron Partnership is a coordinating partner for this class.

Mindset, Motivation and Money: Where Artist Meets Business, featuring Elena Muslar and members of the CAR Think Tank

Saturday, June 4, 12-1:30 p.m. ET

Knight Stage at the Akron Civic Theater

182 S. Main Street, Akron, Ohio 44308

Advance registration is required – visit nccakron.org/summit

Elena Muslar (Ontario, California) is an arts, culture and entertainment workforce development and equity specialist. In this talk, Muslar and the participants of the CAR program will reflect on and question the relationships with income, art and commerce.

The Creative Administration Research program is made possible through the primary support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

About NCCAkron

The National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron supports research and development of new works in dance by exploring the full potential of the creative process. In addition to offering studios and technical residencies to create new works, the activities aim to catalyze dialogue and experimentation; create a closeness between artists and thinkers of dance; and aggregate resources around dance creation. For more information, visit nccakron.org.

The creation and general operation of NCCAkron is made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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