Chez Bushwick Presents Five Emerging Choreographers and a Series of Panel Discussions, 6/7

Chez Bushwick, a Brooklyn-based non-profit Organization supporting research and education of the performing arts will partner with local organizations to present the work of five emerging choreographers, and a series of panel discussions on arts and public education, as part of Bushwick Open Studios on Sunday June 7th, 2015.

CHEZ BUSHWICK in partnership with ARTS & LITERACY

On Sunday June 7th, beginning at 1pm Chez Bushwick will partner with Arts & Literacy to present three panel discussions on arts and education. The panel discussions will highlight the following topics:

Examining Links between Teacher and Student Work

Addressing the Various Faces of Trauma through Therapeutic Arts in After School

Cultural Competence and Cross Cultural Exchange in Arts Education in Bushwick and other Gentrifying Neighborhoods.

The panel discussions will take place in the Chez Bushwick Studio at 304 Boreum Street #23, at 1:00pm, 2:30pm and 4:00pm, respectively. All panels are free and open to the public. For panel participants please see below.


The Role of the Teaching Artist in Public Education

Sunday June 7th, 1pm-5:30pm

Free and open to the public

at Chez Bushwick Studio

304 Boreum Street #23

Brooklyn, NY 11206


Artist/Teaching Artist:

Examining Links between Teacher and Student Work

Panelists Include: Hannah Verrill, Choreographer; Kimberly Haynes, Program Coordinator BronxWorks; Antonia Colodro, Teaching Artist A&L,


Art Therapy: Addressing the Various Faces of Trauma through Therapeutic Arts in After School

Panelists Include: Neha Chawla MA, ATR-BC, LCAT; Mikella Millen MA, ATR-BC, LCAT; Moria Fahima, Graduate Art Therapy Intern


Cultural Competence and Cross Cultural Exchange in Arts Education in Bushwick and other Gentrifying Neighborhoods

Panelists Include: Dina Wright-Joseph, Project Aire Manager PureElements; Yazmin Colon, Founder ELM; Adrien Weibgen, Liman Fellow at the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center; Hilario Villafana, Homework Teacher A&L; Zaire Baptiste, Producer

Emerging choreographers

Chez Bushwick will present the work of five emerging choreographers in partnership with Fine & Raw Chocolate, ArtHelix, and Mona Liza Furniture on Sunday June 7th from 2pm to 4pm. Performances by emerging choreographers Sarah Lifson and Laurel Snyder will begin at 2pm at Fine & Raw Chocolate at 288 Seigel Street. Then walk with Chez Bushwick staff from Fine & Raw to Mona Liza at 23 Meadow Street for performances by Evvie Allison, Alex Romania, Laurel Snyder and Judy Iocovozzi at 3pm.

About Chez Bushwick

A local hub for creativity and fostering community cohesion

Founded and guided by artists, Chez Bushwick is dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary art and performance, with a strong focus on experimental dance. Since its inception in 2002, the organization has been acknowledged as a new model for economic sustainability in the performing arts, and fostering the creation, development, and performance of new work. Chez Bushwick is responsible for the multi-disciplinary artwork and choreography of Jonah Bokaer, and a number of monthly performance programs, which are presented in a variety of spaces, encouraging artistic freedom, collaboration, and creative risk-taking.

About The Coalition for Hispanic Family Services' Arts & Literacy

The Coalition for Hispanic Family Services' Arts and Literacy After School and Summer Program addresses the educational needs of Bushwick children by providing them with opportunities to create, think, communicate, and problem solve. Program activities build literacy in the widest sense of the word through creative writing, the visual arts, theater, photography, video, creative movement and dance, music, martial arts, media literacy, gardening, fashion design, comic book design, sports and Yoga. The interdisciplinary curriculum builds upon the children's interests and strengths, using the same effective, holistic, multicultural approach which is the hallmark of all of the Coalition's programs. The program also offers art therapy, monthly Family Arts Nights with family literacy workshops, support for families, family educational trips, apprenticeships for neighborhood high school students, and comprehensive services through the agency's other programs.

Working with Master's level Teaching Artists, students experience an array of art forms that address different learning styles and give youth opportunities to explore their individual voices. Hands-on project-based learning makes learning new skills fun and interactive while the intensive month-long daily projects allow for daily reinforcement and incremental learning building towards larger goals. The experience of working together to master skills and create a large-scale product gives students an experience of success and competence.

Image: Judy Iocovozzi & Ronika McClain ©Kelsey Ludwig

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