Serious Fun for Survivors
NYU Skirball is raising funds to help send families from the Greenwich House Children’s Safety Project to our Serious Fun family-friendly performances in spring 2018: Jérôme Bel’s “GALA” and Lil Buck & Jon Boogz’s MAI with “Love Heals All Wounds.”
In the current social and political climate, arts are often cut in order to make room for math, science, and other core subjects. Unfortunately, the arts are widely considered not to be one of those core subjects, but the benefits from exposure to the arts are vital to developing minds. In an effort to close this financial gap, NYU Skirball has created a platform for under-served school-age students to attend kid-friendly arts performances and get the exposure to the arts that they may not be receiving through their formal education curricula.
*Photo provided by © Ian Douglas
Over 60 NYU students support Skirball's programs through their time and talents as student workers and interns. NYU students have also volunteered at family-friendly events, helping children and their families to experience hands-on learning activities in the lobby before each show. Now NYU students, alums, and the community can also help support this important program, "Serious Fun for Survivors", and help through your contributions and through your advocacy!
This campaign will provide an opportunity for under-served children and their parents to experience the educational benefits and creative engagement that live art fosters.
NYU Skirball worked closely with the NYU Office of Civic Engagement to identify a local organization that serves young individuals and their families who would most benefit from this program. This is an essential aspect of NYU Skirball’s mission - to develop sophisticated young audiences for the future of live performance.
The Greenwich House Children’s Safety Project (CSP) was established in 1987 to provide counseling and other support services to children and families that have been affected by physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, and other violent crimes.
Join us today and help support "Serious Fun for Survivors!"
*Photo of The Hypocrites provided by © Jay Wegman
ABOUT THE SHOWS:
“GALA”: Featuring amateurs, professionals and everything in between, the 20 dancers of “GALA” will be cast in NYC from all walks of life. Through their movement, the gentle humanity of each performer lights up this inspired production. Breaking the sanctity of the stage, this is a jumble of joys, failures, and stumbling insights into the uniting power of dance.
*Photo of "GALA" provided by © jeromebel.fr.
“Love Heals All Wounds”, an evening-length work by MAI (Movement Art Is), addresses social issues such as police brutality and violence in America while seeking to promote diversity, inclusion, and empathy as a uniting force. MAI (Movement Art Is), co-founded by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, uses movement artistry to inspire and change the world while elevating the artistic educational and social impact of dance. Through movement art films, workshops, performances and exhibitions, MAI is resetting the spectrum that defines dance.
*Photo of Lil' Buck provided by © Sharon Bradford