As the country enters a time of change in national leadership, the following dance and performing arts organizations have marked the occasion by posting, or reposting, statements expressing their core values. The New York Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies has gathered the links to the statements in one document; the words they contain are written entirely independently by the organizations themselves. The Bessies salute and celebrate the values expressed by these cultural organizations, and remain committed to serving a wide diversity of dance and performing artists.
May we never lose sight of who we are and what we value. May we, as American art institutions continue to be beacons of the precious freedom of expression enshrined in the First Amendment of The US Constitution.
NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies
The Bessies have honored and supported the diversity inherent in our brilliant dance landscape since foundation in 1984. In these troubling times, we wanted to take a moment to affirm our commitment to all members of the vast and varied dance-making community. We celebrate the differences of all individuals, each part of a vibrantly rich global family. Thank you for being a part of this community, for your art, and for all you do to take care of one another. Let us know how we can help in your efforts to unite, empower, protect, and create change.
The Alliance for Media, Arts, and Culture
The Chocolate Factory
Yoshiko Chuma/School of Hard Knocks
Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center
Mount Tremper Arts
New York Live Arts
The Public Theater
The New 42nd Street/The New Victory Theater
Jody Sperling/ Time Lapse Dance
Spoke the Hub/Gowanus Arts
Coalition of tech companies
WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company