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Juilliard Students To Travel to Gaborone, Botswana; Antigua, Guatemala; and Detroit, Michigan For Educational and Artistic Residencies This Summer 2011

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

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For the 20th year, Juilliard is giving some of its dance, drama, and music students special grants that support part of innovative summer educational arts residencies beginning this month in Antigua, Guatemala and Gaborone, Botswana, and Detroit, Michigan in June. These residencies are part of Juilliard’s extensive outreach program and have been funded by the School since 1991. Each spring semester, a call for proposals urges students to plan the artistic and administrative elements of unique projects, which in the past have taken Juilliard’s young artists around the world – to Brazil, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea, Nigeria, Nova Scotia, Peru, The Philippines, Scotland, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. These summer residencies deepen the students’ understanding of their role and impact as artists, and the projects benefit others, often in underserved areas of the United States and the world. The participants in these projects document their work and share their reports with the Juilliard community during the School’s convocation ceremony in September.

Dance Teacher magazine recently featured the summer grants program in their May 2011 issue.

Three projects were selected to receive funding in the summer of 2011. They are:

RAYOS DE CANCÍON (RAYS OF SONG), Antigua, Guatemala, May 22 – 31, 2011

Juilliard dancer Annalise Thompson will be bringing her fellow students, Midori Samson (bassoon), Caterina Longhi (viola), Caeli Smith (violin), and Matthew Wright (flute) to work at a free hospital in Antigua, Guatemala called Obras Sociales del Hermano Pedro (Social Workings of Brother Pedro). The mission of the hospital is to provide care and sustenance to those with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. The group’s goal is to introduce the facility to the power of live classical music so that the hospital’s professional staff may endeavor to seek it as a more permanent form of supplemental care. Ms. Thompson spent her junior year in high school fulfilling her required 50-hour community service project in Antigua at the hospital and was committed to returning. She was able to secure the grant from Juilliard. The project is called Rayos de Cancíon (Rays of Song), and the student group will be in Antigua from May 22 – 31, 2011. They will spend three hours each morning working with the patients and spend afternoons working with the hospital’s orphanage. While Ms. Thompson is not a musician, she is musically-inclined and has been inquisitive about the healing power of music for some years. She plans on using her skills as a dancer to lead interactive games and movement-related aspects of the program in conjunction with the musical aspect.

PROJECT MAP (MARU-A-PULA), Botswana, Africa (May 24 – June 20, 2011)

Juilliard students are returning to a community service project and arts education program in Botswana, Africa, called Project MAP (Maru-A-Pula), which will take place May 24 – June 20, 2011. While in Botswana, Juilliard students will work with children at the Maru-A-Pula (Setswanan for Promises of Blessings) School, SOS Children’s Village, and the Mmanoko Community Children’s Orphanage. Maru-A-Pula is an independent day and boarding secondary school in Gaborone, the capitol of Botswana. The SOS Children’s Village in Tlokweng provides care for children who have been orphaned or impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The team will teach dance and drama to children from all three organizations. The project culminates in a full-length performance, combining the talents of the Project MAP team and the children from the Maru-A-Pula School, SOS Children’s Village, and Mmanoko Community Children’s Orphanage. The team’s mission is to demonstrate that there is an opportunity for life, progress and success through creativity. Juilliard actor Kerry Warren heads up the team, which includes Juilliard dancers Ernesto Breton, Jehbreal Muhammad Jackson, Hassan Ingraham, Juilliard actor Jeremie Harris, and Juilliard jazz pianist Kris Bowers. Candace Feldman, a current Juilliard Concert Office employee, is originally from the area and serves as their advisor. She was the link initially to the Maru-A-Pula School. Darryl Quinton, a Juilliard faculty member since 1991 in the Drama Division, will be the second advisor on the trip. The project began when Juilliard dancer and now alumnus,LeBaron McClary, met with a representative from the Maru-A-Pula School in the fall of 2009 in NYC and offered to bring Juilliard students to Africa to introduce the arts project to the community. They gradually worked out the details, and Project MAP was realized.

DETROIT ARTS IMMERSION, Detroit, Michigan, June 22 – July 3, 2011

Juilliard dancer Breanna O’Mara is director of Detroit Arts Immersion (June 22 – July 3, 2011) and will bring along a group of four Juilliard students dedicated to the mission of bringing arts education and performances to the city of Detroit in communities that are most in need. Detroit, once a center for music and the arts, continues to struggle economically, culturally, and emotionally. As a native of Detroit, Ms. O’Mara founded the project in the summer of 2009 in response to the devastating economic effects waging war on the city and most importantly, on its children. The project is committed to developing a constructive arts immersion program for abuse neglect, long-term foster and paroled youth, through the Holy Cross Children’s Services and the Michigan Department of Human Services. The group will organize free public performances that include over four venues with large and diverse audience bases. Venues will include the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit. The group will partner with well-established organizations and local artists, such as the Heidelberg Project, to maximize long-term effectiveness. Ms. O’Mara’s team includes Juilliard dancer Brittanie Brown, Juilliard actor Noah Witke, and Juilliard musicians, bassist Allison Job, and jazz pianist Kris Bowers.

The Juilliard School also supports numerous programs that bring the performing arts to underserved groups much closer to home. During each school year, Juilliard’s administrative Educational Outreach programs benefit audiences throughout the five boroughs of New York City. These programs provide instructional opportunities in dance, drama, and music, epitomizing Juilliard’s commitment to sharing the arts with the community. By engaging in classroom teaching and interactive performances, Juilliard students gain the foundations necessary for them to embark on successful careers and productive lives as artists, leaders, and citizens. For more information on Juilliard’s Educational Outreach Programs, go to http://www.juilliard.edu/outreach/outreach.html.