16 Dance Critics Chosen for NEA Arts Journalism Institute at the American Dance Festival
June 29, 2005
The American Dance Festival (ADF) has announced that 16 dance critics and journalists have been chosen to participate as fellows in the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Arts Journalism Institute for Dance. Through the generous support of the NEA, the Institute will be overseen by ADF at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina from July 16-22, 2005.
The groundbreaking program is part of a $1 million NEA initiative to offer intensive training for arts journalists and editors who work outside the country's major media markets.
"The arts depend enormously on lively and knowledgeable criticism," said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. "Providing access to the arts for all Americans in many ways begins with informed public coverage. Our new program with the American Dance Festival at Duke University will undoubtedly add more and experienced voices to guide those conversations."
Participants in the 2005 NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Dance are:
Dottie Ashley—Charleston, SC
Theodore Bale—Cambridge, MA
Su-Ling Choy—Selangor, Malaysia
Gretchen Collins—Tulsa, OK
Sophie Ernst—Astoria, NY
Nancy Galeota-Wozny—Cypress, TX
Merilyn Jackson—Philadelphia, PA
Paul Janes-Brown—Makawao, HI
Michael Simpson—Oakland, CA
Chris Waddington—New Orleans, LA
Susan Yung—New York, NY
Alicia Anstead—Castine, ME
Karen Hildebrand—New York, NY
Linda James—Dallas, TX
Kristin Lewis—Hoboken, NJ
Jim Radosta—Portland, OR
The NEA Arts Journalism Institutes establish the importance of arts journalism through lectures and seminars with leaders in higher education, the arts, and journalism. Participants acquire basic working knowledge of the relevant art form through pre-institute reading lists; introductory lectures covering basic vocabulary, historical roots, and contemporary trends; and by attending performances. Attendees work with senior journalists and faculty members to improve their viewing, analytical, and writing skills. In addition, participants attend performances that cover a wide variety of genres and styles, as well as rehearsals and behind-the-scenes meetings with artists and administrators. Finally, journalists develop a firsthand understanding of artistic creation through a physical learning component, such as a basic lesson on a musical instrument, memorization of a monologue, or a lesson in physical movement.
The NEA Arts Journalism Institute for Dance at the American Dance Festival at Duke University is part of the NEA's Journalism Institute triumvirate, along with the Institute for Music and Opera at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and the Institute for Theater and Musical Theater at the USC Annenberg School for Communication. Additional information is available at http://www.arts.gov/national/aji/index.html
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