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This summer, Juilliard is awarding summer grants to its dance, drama, and music students for educational arts residencies in Arusha, Tanzania; San Francisco, CA; Manila City in the Philippines; and São Paulo, Brazil. These residencies are part of Juilliard's extensive outreach program and have been funded by the School since 1991. During the spring semester, a call for proposals urges students plan the artistic and administrative elements of unique projects, which have taken Juilliard's young artists around the world - to Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea, Nigeria, Nova Scotia, Peru, Scotland, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe - since the program started in 1991. Residencies are documented and shared with the Juilliard community during convocation in the fall. Many can be viewed in individual YouTube postings. 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.
Four projects were selected to receive funding in the summer of 2009:
The Arusha Arts Initiative brings a group of Juilliard actors, dancers, and musicians to the new Umoja Youth Empowerment Center in Arusha, Tanzania from May 15 - June 3 to share the arts with students. The 40 students attending the school in Umoja are between the ages of 14 and 26 years old, and do not attend the public school system, due to poverty-related conditions. The center provides vocational training and educational tuition to young people most in need. Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world and in the heart of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Juilliard dancer Collin Baja (Class of 2008), actors Jordan Geiger, Ryan O'Byrne, and Evan Todd, violist Megan Griffin, and cellist Patrick McGuire will work with the students on musical activities and improvisation and story-telling. The main language of the area is Swahili, so Juilliard students will work with a translator. The goal is to use the creative and collaborative skills utilized in the arts in order to guide the students in their personal development and to promote Umoja's goal of empowering students to create change in their communities.
Dancers Kelly Hannegan, Kendra Sampson, Troy Macklin (dancer and an alumnus of Juilliard) and musician Adiza Sanchez-Rahim will be a part of Bay Area Tour (BAT), an arts outreach program that reaches out to underprivileged youth, adult and elderly populations of the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Founded in 2007, BAT has brought arts awareness and education to communities of the Bay area for the past two summers. Actors, dancers, and musicians who have volunteered for this program have shared their artistry and knowledge by touring eight cities and providing a one-time free performance and/or workshop sessions to youth centers, health care facilities, homeless shelters, and prisons. This summer, the Bay Area Tour will take place from June 7 through 28. Mr. Macklin, a native of San Francisco, received his bachelor of fine arts from Juilliard in 2008 and was active in Juilliard's outreach programs as a student. From 2006-2008, he was a recipient of Juilliard's Gluck Community Service Fellowship and was involved in performances at NYC health care facilities. (The fellowships are supported with generous funding from the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation.) He is joined by current Juilliard students this summer on the residency.
Project Philippines takes musicians Brandon Epting and Travis Calvert, and dancers Chelsea Ainsworth, Nathan Makolandra, Keith McCann, and LeBaron McClary to Manilla in the Philippines to the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA), a government-run secondary school dedicated to the development of artistic growth. Juilliard dancers will expose the students to contemporary dance. In the Philippines, dance is only known through the traditional Filipino Folk Dances. Contemporary dance movement and improvisation is still a new and evolving idea among the few contemporary dance and ballet companies in Manila City. Juilliard musicians Brandon Epting and Travis Calvert will bring classical music and jazz to the students. This is the second year of Project Philippines.
Guitar Horizons will establish a partnership with guitarist Joao Kouyoumdjian and Guri Santa Marcelina (GSM), a project in São Paulo, Brazil that promotes the social inclusion of children and teenagers through music education. Created in 2008 by the social organization Santa Marcelina in partnership with the Government of the State of Sao Paulo, GSM is an outgrowth of Projeto Guri. Projet. Guri was created in 1995 by the Government of the State of São Paulo and administered by the social organization Associacao Amigos do Projeto Guri (AAPG). Since its creation, the GSM project has been expanding considerably and is already one of the largest music projects in Latin America, educating nearly 9,200 students in 20 different locations through São Paulo. Through GSM, financially disadvantaged students ranging from 6 to 18 years old have the opportunity to attend music classes and instrumental lessons free of charge. As a result of such education, the GSM students also develop life skills, such as discipline, determination, courage, patience, and self-esteem. Mr. Kouyoumdjian is a native Brazilian and admirer of the project. He will conduct a series of visits to five of the 20 community centers that host the GSM project and will offer an interactive guitar concert, a master class, a coaching for the guitar ensembles, and a class on guitar history. This project will run from August 4 - 18.
During each school year, Juilliard's administrative Educational Outreach programs benefit audiences throughout the five boroughs of New York City and beyond, bringing the joy of performing arts to the wider community. 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.