New Collaborations Between Past Awardees
In addition to our cohort of honorees this year, we will celebrate this milestone anniversary with all of our awardees over the last 40 years. This summer, we invited our past Arts Awards recipients to submit proposals for collaborative projects that inspired connection and celebrated resiliency. With help from our past Newt Schenck Lifetime Achievement Award recipients and our sponsors, we selected two proposals to support with funding and a world premiere during the Arts Awards.
EMANCIPATION TAKES A KNEE
Awardee Collaborators: Site Projects (2004), David Sepulveda (2016), Susan Clinard (2015), Jamie Burnett (2005), Travis Carbonella (2016)
Featuring: Kaatje Welsh, Alissa Jones, Zoe Eichler, Jermaine Pugh, Ayo Engel-Halfkenny, Salwa Abdussabur, Patricia Melton, Laura Clarke
Artist Susan Clinard and facilitator Salwa Abdussabur work with high school students to re-imagine and re-pose one of the many monuments under scrutiny amidst our national reckoning with systemic racism. The resulting documentary film by Travis Carbonella captures their process of literally building dignity, resilience, and humanity into the infamous Emancipation Monument.
Sponsored the by MetInteractive
FOUNTAIN OF RESILIENCY: ART THAT NURTURES
Awardee Collaborators: Ann Cowlin (1983) + Helen Kauder (2012)
Featuring: Alexis Highsmith Smith, Leslie Blatteau, Laurie Sweet, Sydney Rubin, Chaz Brackeen, Belinda Legere, Ellen Angus, Rachael Siriani, and Irene Pata Cullaugh with technical assistance from Tiffany Hopkins
This short film will illustrate the resiliency, joyful experience, and long-term productivity of women who coped with the demands of childbearing in the Dancing Thru Pregnancy program. Ann, founder + director, and Helen, former Artspace Executive Director and participant in this program, are collaborating with four decades of mothers who experienced the power of this nurturing community.
Sponsored the by Community Foundation for Greater New Haven