Children's Sponsorships - Juneteenth Dance Concert
Grown Women Dance Collective, a Dancers' Group fiscally sponsored project
Grown Women Dance Collective enables and empowers social impact through dance. We create cross cultural/cross generational connections, challenge the stereotypes of aging, encourage dialogue, provoke thought, and build racial harmony by using concert dance and music as common ground. In a positive and nurturing environment, mature dancers create dance work that is relevant and accessible to diverse and underserved audiences.
Children's Sponsorships - Juneteenth Dance Concert:
Bring enthusiastic, financially challenged kids to the theatre to experience the arts & US history.
Thanks to your incredible generosity, 200 children were sponsored to come to last year’s Juneteenth concerts! They learned lots of history and had so much fun. Many also took a dance class, had a backstage tour, met the dancers, ate lunch, and left with a historical biography.
We’re aiming to bring another 200 kids this year. We did it before, so we know that with your support, we can do it again! Thank you for your help! I'm Tonya Amos, Artistic Executive Director of Grown Women Dance Collective. We're excited to celebrate our 10th anniversary season of "Fallen Heroes, Rising Stars: A Juneteenth Celebration Through Dance". We're committed to inspiring and empowering social impact through arts and wellness. We especially love bringing this work to children.
In a time where cross-cultural dialogue, social justice, and racial harmony have a renewed understanding of importance, we create a powerful, healing, common ground for audience members of all races, cultures, ages, and income levels to engage with each other and experience joyful, thought-provoking connections through the arts. Through the arts and wellness, we help empower people to become active agents for change in their own communities. About the sponsored children: Enthusiastic, financially challenged children come from communities that often lack access to the performing arts. For many kids, this is their first experience in the theatre. For others, this trip has turned into something that they talk about and look forward to all year. Youth come from underserved communities in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Pittsburg, Bay Point, Antioch, and the Sacramento area.
Why exposing children to this work is important: Children of color are bombarded with daily, negative images of self in the media. Access to seeing and participating in the performing arts is rare for children living in low income communities, and GWDC’s performances are often their first time in a theater.
Our concerts are beautiful, educational, inspiring, and full of uplifting multimedia that show African Americans in a positive, empowering, and inspirational light. Children and youth exposed to GWDC performances experience a positive shift in their sense of self and their vision of their future opportunities and role in their community. About the performances: We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary of “Fallen Heroes, Rising Stars: A Juneteenth Celebration Through Dance!”
All stars of the dance world come together to celebrate dance, music & American history. This event honors the legacy of African American artists such as Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Prince, Whitney Houston, Nipsey Hussle, Phife Dawg & Maya Angelou. Former soloists with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Martha Graham Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, & over 40 Broadway shows, perform beautifully crafted pieces to iconic songs by these artists. Using dance and music to teach and celebrate African American history, the power of dancers in their 40's & 50's uplift, inspire, and create a can't sit still in your seat celebration of who we are as Americans that has folks singing to themselves for weeks. Where your money goes: All donations between now and June 23rd go directly to bringing kids to see the show and participate in backstage theatre activities. Backstage activities include attending the performance, taking a backstage tour, a dance class on the stage, lunch, photos with dancers, and a history bio.
$8,600 will bring 200 children to the show, with 100 participating in back stage activities.
What do you get for donating? Our gratitude and cool stuff. All donations come with a Thank you card from a sponsored child. Donations $60 and above come with a card from a sponsored child, a photo of dancers, African American bio, and playbill listing. For donors at the $750 level and higher, you'll receive all of this, plus a company autographed poster, and I will volunteer a Back or Foot Pain, or Dance Class for you & your friends or office. For $2,500 and higher, you receive all of this thank you swag (no class), and you and 5 friends are invited on a tour of the Mountain View Googleplex!
What we've achieved in the past 10 years: We've presented 9 years of full length concerts that create cross-cultural and intergenerational bridges.
We've performed and taught at 10 years of community celebrations and workshops.
We've sponsored 1350 enthusiastic, determined, and economically challenged children and community members to experience U.S. history through the performing arts.
We've taught 10 years of free dance classes to financially challenged children, and movement, back pain prevention and Fall Prevention classes for seniors.
We've created a platform for 31 World Premiers of choreography to be presented.
We've elevated the voices of 15 choreographers of color to tell story.
We've created dialogue of how community members can get involved to make social impact.
We've created powerful, barrier breaking work where people of all races, economic classes, and backgrounds come together to celebrate our common ground as Americans.
Other ways to help: We'd love your help to get the word out! Please share this campaign with your network!