The Dance Exchange is hosting INSPIRE, a Youth Internship Program supported by Maryland Multi-cultural Youth Centers. In this six-week summer intensive, participants will gain leadership skills, engage in the community and make art in the local environment. This project is led by Wayles Haynes, the Youth Programs Coordinator and Lead Artist of the Teen Exchange at the Dance Exchange. I am a supporting artist offering workshops in art making, community engagement, video and photography
Photos is this gallery are from day one workshop in developing art making and designing activities for community engagement. Facilitation and photos by Alexis.
Inspire is a young adult internship program involving individual mentoring of participants as they develop skills in community engagement, project management, communications and movement based art-making. This multi-layered project results in various outcomes from personal achievement to facilitating public discourse and art-making around shared spaces and ideas. Participants will learn about the many facets of the Dance Exchange from artistry to administration and develop their own practice in how to engage a community around concept-based making. This will come in three main conduits; personal art-making, mentor observed group work and community engagement. ~
Wayles Haynes, Lead Artist and Adjunct Artist with the Dance Exchange
Move It, Map It: Altered Map Workshop.
co-facilitated by myself and John Borstel, Humanities Director Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.
- Tell, reflect on, write about a personal story concerning a significant map experience.
- Do a personal mapping experience by mapping on paper a life journey where you name 3,5, or 7 significant points.
- Do a mapping experience focused on something(s) you use and where it comes from: Place of use/place of origin
- Movement experience: think about a route you walk and walk someone through it
- Turn the Room into a map with yarn, tape, felt color forms, rope, etc.
- Group reflection: What are the purposes of a Map?
- Group reflection: What do you NOT do with a map?
- Group reflection: How are things represented on a map?
- Show examples of Map-based art.
- Make list of modes of alteration, with ideas about how to use art materials.
- Choose one map from among the maps of uniform size.
- View, review, wrapup.
Members of the Teen Exchange have begun developing choreography for their second Teen choreographed piece of this year's end-of-the year performance.
In this gallery Molly Barth leads her peers through choreography she created for a piece about Beauty, which is being directed by Teen Exchange co-captain Talia Mason. Also, the group rehearses work made in a previous workshop wherein each teen has shared their own choreographic contribution to the larger piece.
Images in this gallery are from the creative convening workshop hosted by the Teen Exchange on Saturday December 11, 2010.
Lead artist Wayles Haynes and I worked together to organize an all day workshop with the Teen X-change, at the Dance Exchange studio in Takoma Park. Teens participated in art making, editing/shooting video for their TX website, dance improvisation and composition work and we worked together on designing and brainstorming plans for some of the collaborative garments that I have begun to explore in my Creative Project for MACA.
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