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Square Partners with Exit12 Dance Company

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Square Partners with Exit12 Dance Company

2018 David Rockefeller pARTnership Award winner Square released the next film in its remarkable series For Every Dream: Exit12: Moved by War.

 

The latest installment follows veteran and dancer Roman Baca and his company Exit12, as they create and perform pieces that speak to the experiences and effects of war.

 

"From the beginning, the artistic mission of their dance company, Exit12, has been to use choreography as a means of communicating the diverse and nuanced experiences of military veterans. Exit12 holds workshops with active duty and retired veterans, with the goal of coaxing out creative expression through movement of the body. For some, the more abstract form of dance allows them to communicate when words have failed them."

 

Exit 12: Moved by War from Square on Vimeo.

 

 

In 2018, Square won the David Rockefeller pARTnership Award in tandem with Cheyenne River Youth Project for their documentary Lakota in America. We had the honor of speaking with Justin Lomax, Head of Operations of Square and Malcolm Pullinger, Creative Director of Even/Odd Films in conversation with Julie Garreau of CRYP in November 2018. Check out the webinar on ArtsU to learn more about Square's partnerships and the incredible film series.

 

To nominate a business for the David Rockefeller pARTnership Award or the BCA 10, click here. Nominations are open until February 1.

 

To learn more about serving the health and well-being of our military populations through the arts, visit the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military at Americans for the Arts.

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360 Degrees of Dance, Design, and Technology

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360 Degrees of Dance, Design, and Technology

Last week, Barney’s New York, Samsung Electronics America, and Martha Graham Dance Company unveiled the new Window on Madison Ave. Combining fashion, tech, and art, the display offers passersby, shoppers, and art enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the world-renowned Martha Graham Dance Company in a piece choreographed by Cynthia Stanley. Stanley’s Husband Theo Stanley of Harbor Picture Company directed “Mantle.”

 

The piece features eight current and former Martha Graham Dancers, wearing exclusive pieces by noted designers Craig Green, Lowe, Prabal Gurung, Rick Owens, and the Row. In addition to showcases the dancers, choreographers, and the fashion, “Mantle” is also providing people the opportunity to experience something through Virtual Reality. Using Oculus VR headsets, audiences can explore the dancers and the designs from a new perspective.

 

Together, these businesses and the arts are proving that the intersection between industries helps reach new customers and admirers.

 

Photo credit: Current and former Martha Graham Dancers in "Mantle," photo by Theo Stanley

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And the Minority Business Leader Award Goes To…

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Washington Business Journal recently celebrated their 10th Annual Minority Business Leader Awards. The awards celebrate the region's top minority business owners and executives, and honors the entrepreneurial drive, creativity and success of the honorees.

 

What may stand out is that of the 25 business leaders receiving the honor, one award went to the president of a dance, step, and performance company. C. Brian Williams, Founder and President of Step Afrika, a performance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping by blending percussive dance styles from African American fraternities and sororities, African traditional dance, and influences from other forms, joined the list of this year’s honorees.

 

With Williams’ company spanning over two decades, his advice to young entrepreneurs is to focus on building out the concept before venturing into branding and marketing.

 

In the video, hear from Williams, sharing how he used his leadership and love of the arts to not only bring cultures together but also place culture in the foreground (much like this pARTnership essay).

 

You can read his full winner profile here.

 

Photo: Washington Business Journal

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