Dance. Workforce. Resilience. Initiative

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With the launch of the Dance. Workforce. Resilience. (DWR) Initiative in 2022, the DWR Task Force was established to advise and assist the Initiative on behalf of the organization and the dance field in the metropolitan area.

We learned a tremendous amount from that first iteration, and thus have restructured the Task Force to create two separate groups that will support the initiative moving forward. They are:

• the DWR Advisory Group with members from the creative sector that are based in New York City and the metro area that will focus on providing feedback on initiative activities, and 
• the DWR Network, made up of participating entities and organizations supporting us in this work.


DWR Network

Artists Co-creating Real Equity (ACRE)


ACRE (Artists Co-creating Racial Equity) is an intergenerational, multi-racial group of artists and cultural workers committed to organizing for racial equity in the influential realms of art and culture. They are focused on six primary areas: racial equity in arts education, in arts funding, in arts coverage in media, in curation, in casting, and in space availability/allocation. You can find ACRE on Facebook.

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Dance NJ creates opportunities for the New Jersey dance community to connect, learn, and share resources to keep dance thriving in our state. By cultivating wide diverse participation across the spectrum of dance styles and professional roles, Dance NJ seeks to build an equitable, inclusive community that elevates the role of dance in New Jersey’s creative landscape.

• Dance New Jersey Community Listings Page
• Dance New Jersey Community Calendar

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DSA is a coalition of dance leaders who work to inform, lobby, unite, and empower the community and dance leaders to better the dance community.

• Annual Moving Forward Together Showcases
• Town Hall Events

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The Dance Union began as a podcast to capture timely and ephemeral conversations circulating within dance communities. They were born from the need to amplify marginalized voices, and co-create systems that reflect our needs, wants, and desires.

The Dance Union's service work expands from community conversations to town halls and relief fund efforts. 

The Dance Union Podcast on Soundcloud

Dance/USA is the national service organization for dance, serving a broad cross-section of the dance field. Established in 1982, Dance/USA champions an inclusive and equitable dance field by leading, convening, advocating, and supporting individuals and organizations.

Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists
Dance/USA Funding Opportunities
• Dance/USA Jobs, Auditions, and Internships Listings

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The Huntington Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, promotes arts and culture generated by Long Island artists to children and to the general population. They work to enrich the cultural, social and economic life of the community by nurturing the professional development of artists, and by providing timely news and events via Arts Cultural News.

HAC Grants
HAC Events Calendar
HAC Membership

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The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable is a community of organizations and practitioners that shares information, provides professional development, and communicates with the public to promote our work in schools and beyond.

• Paying for Professionalism Report: A Report on Teaching Artist Compensation in New York City
• New York State Teaching Artist Mentorship Program

New Yorkers for Culture & Arts logo

New Yorkers for Culture & Arts (NY4CA)'s mission is to work for a future where every New Yorker can engage in the transforming power of culture in every community. The organization does this through broad -based coalition work to strengthen the sector, education and public messaging on the power of culture, advocacy at the city and state level for increased funding and improved public policy supporting cultural work, supporting advocacy efforts by individual arts workers, and more.

• NY City Council email directory

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Pentacle collaborates with performing artists to strengthen their infrastructures, provides them with financial education, and offers new models of support and mentorship to underrepresented artists with a focus on equity and inclusion.

Pentacle Next Steps
• Pentacle Artist Services

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Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA) is a national, grassroots service organization driven and grounded by their values and dedicated to creating transformational change in the arts and culture sector. WOCA aims to cultivate a just and inclusive field with the intent of creating equitable systems for all to prosper inside and outside of the arts.

The Pipeline
• Leadership Through Mentorship



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