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--Evelyn Serrano, California Institute for the Arts Faculty and Assistant Director of Programs, Community Arts Partnership

DNAWORKS March Newsletter

Dear DNAWORKS Community,

We hope this update finds you well. We have been busy expanding and implementing our programming, applying for grants, and hiring new staff!

This month:
* DNAWORKS in the News

Kibbutz Hazorea
Centrum Center for the Arts
California Institute of the Arts: Arts in the One World
DNAWORKS Activities
No Passport Conference
Dance Across the Board Graduate Student Conference, New York University
DNAWORKS welcomes two new Program Associates
Adam McKinney receives 2010 New York University President's Service Award
Upcoming for DNAWORKS
HaMapah/המפה New York City premiere
Daniel to present at Northwestern University
Adam judges dance competition



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Tim Pracher-Dix, Aktina Stathaki, and Liz Zaita

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Participants engaging in a movement exercise

The first DNAWORKSHOP was a success! On February 28, a young diverse group of artists - dancers, visual artists, writers, directors, educators and performers participated in creative exercises, discussed their projects and needs, and shared the joys and frustrations of working as artists/activists. From this first meeting, shared interests and partnerships have already begun to emerge, and a common repertory of creative tools and exercises is beginning to grow under Daniel and Adam's leadership. To view video from the first DNAWORKSHOP, please visit our Youtube page.

The next DNAWORKSHOP is scheduled for Sunday March 28th from 2-5pm. For updates, RSVP, and more information, please contact Aktina Stathaki: aktina@dnaworks.org

Thank you, LaMama, E.T.C. for generously donating your beautiful rehearsal space for February's DNAWORKSHOP.

DNAWORKSHOP comes as a response to the growing need among artists to collaborate and empower one another in creating new, socially relevant work. With that goal in mind, DNAWORKS is sponsoring a monthly, three-hour gathering that will allow artists to:

discuss projects and opportunities
share skills and methodologies
build partnerships
get practical advice on challenges related to their work.


DNAWORKS in the News

DNAWORKS is featured in the news!

Kibbutz Hazorea's (near Haifa, Israel) weekly newspaper. Click here to read the article.
Centrum Center for the Arts' Artists in Residence 2009 Report. Click here to read the article.


California Institute of the Arts: Arts in the One World

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Hip Hop Theatre workshop participants with Co-Directors Daniel Banks and Adam McKinney

California Institute of the Arts: Arts in the One World

Daniel and Adam participated in a week-long residency at California Institute of the Arts. They presented their work in Israel and Palestine this past fall and taught two workshops at the 5th Annual Arts in the One World 2010 Conference, January 20-27 in Valencia, California. Daniel also led a two-day Hip Hop Theatre workshop for the CalArts intersession. Both the Arts in the One World and Hip Hop Theatre workshops were attended by students, faculty, and staff.


DNAWORKS Activities

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No Passport Conference

Daniel was the Co-Curator for the 2010 No Passport Conference, DREAMING THE AMERICAS: UTOPIA IN PERFORMANCE, held at Nuyorican Poets Cafe February 26-27. This two-day conference brought together artists from across the country to consider the question of utopia in theatre and digital performance.


Dance Across the Board Graduate Student Conference

On February 13, Adam presented "Transitions: From Professional Dancer to Running My Own Company" at the Dance Across the Board 2nd Annual Graduate Student Conference at New York University.



DNAWORKS welcomes two new Program Associates

DNAWORKS is growing fast, we can hardly keep up. So, we welcome two new Program Associates to the DNAWORKS team!

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Aktina Stathaki is a performer, director and theater scholar, and believes that art can make the world a better place. She has performed in Greece and Toronto (National Greek Theater, Artword Theater, AfriCan Theater Ensemble), and is creating original theater work with her company Les Manouches. Aktina holds a PhD in Drama from the University of Toronto and recently moved to New York. She is thrilled to be part of the DNAWORKS team! Aktina@dnaworks.org


Jeremy Karafin hails from California where he was the former Assistant Director of Student Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and was founder and producer of the Kinetic Poetics Project. For the last year he has been working in New York in the arts, fundraising, and marketing. He is excited about joining the DNAWORKS team. Jeremy@dnaworks.org

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Adam McKinney receives 2010 New York University President's Service Award

Adam is the winner of a 2010 President's Service Award at New York University for his commitment, involvement and dedication to community healing through the arts with marginalized individuals who struggle with drug addiction on the Lower East Side of Manhattan with LESHRC (Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center).

The President's Service Awards recognize outstanding NYU students who have made significant contributions to the university community in the areas of learning, leadership, and quality of student life.


Upcoming for DNAWORKS

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HaMapah/המפה New York City premiere

HaMapah/המפה is having its New York City premiere on May 12, 2010 at the JCC in Manhattan! We are also in the process of confirming a performance date and venue at Bryn Mawr College. If you are interested in bringing HaMapah/המפה to your area, please e-mail Jeremy Karafin: Jeremy@dnaworks.org

DNAWORKS' latest production, HaMapah/המפה (conceived and performed by Adam McKinney and directed by Daniel Banks), weaves contemporary dance with archival material, personal interviews, and video set to traditional, contemporary, and classical music. In this 40-minute performance piece, McKinney explores issues of identity, culture, self-hood, and community.

In tracing his African, American, and Jewish heritages, McKinney dances the personal and the collective, the local and the global, and the present and the past. HaMapah/המפה invites audiences to consider the multiplicity of his family's voices while envisioning the possibility of a global Jewish identity.

Post-performance community dialogue moderated by Daniel Banks.

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Daniel to present at Northwestern University

Daniel will present "BYWORD FOR EVIL: Countee Cullen's
MEDEA trilogy at Williams College" at Northwestern University's Theatre After Athens Series Conference entitled "Greek drama in African American Theatre in March.

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Adam judges dance competition

Adam will be an honored guest judge for Cathy Roe's Ultimate Dance: Dare to be Different Dance Competition in East Rutherford, NJ. Adam looks forward to supporting and inspiring young dancers.

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Thank you for your ongoing support. Stay tuned for our April newsletter!

Adam McKinney and Daniel Banks, Ph.D.,

Co-Directors, DNAWORKS


DNAWORKS is an arts and service organization committed to healing through the arts and dialogue. DNAWORKS catalyzes performance and action through the arts. In our work and global initiatives, our philosophy is:


DNAWORKS is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.
Contributions in behalf of DNAWORKS may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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