About the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance
Established by Arturo O’Farrill in 2007 to promote Afro Latin Jazz through a comprehensive array of performance and education programs, the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) is dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of Afro Latin jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this important cultural treasure. The Alliance maintains a world-class collection of Latin jazz musical scores and recordings, provides institutional support for the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and provides education programs for young musicians and new audiences. For more information: afrolatinjazz.org.
About Americas Society
Americas Society is the premier organization dedicated to education, debate and dialogue in the Americas. Established by David Rockefeller in 1965, its mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship. For more information: as-coa.org.
BAM’s mission is to be a home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas. America’s oldest performing arts institution, it is recognized internationally for innovative dance, music, and theater programming — including its renowned Next Wave Festival. BAM also features an acclaimed repertory film program, literary and visual art events, and extensive educational and community programs. The institution is led by President Karen Brooks Hopkins and Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo. For more information: BAM.org.
About Jack Shainman Gallery
Jack Shainman Gallery was founded in 1984 in Washington, DC, by Jack Shainman and Claude Simard. Soon after opening, the gallery relocated to New York City occupying spaces in the East Village and Soho before moving to its current Chelsea location. In 2013 the gallery added two additional exhibition spaces — one in Chelsea, the other a 30,000 square foot schoolhouse in Kinderhook, New York. The focus of the gallery is to exhibit, represent and champion artists from around the world, particularly from Africa, East Asia and North America, by mounting major exhibitions of their work in the gallery, presenting artworks at important fairs, securing museum exhibitions and publishing major catalogues and scholarly essays. The gallery, a member of the Art Dealers Association of America, presents approximately twelve exhibitions a year and participates in major art fairs including Art Basel Miami Beach, The Armory Show, and Frieze New York. For more information: jackshainman.com.
About The Joyce Theater
The Joyce Theater Foundation, a non-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community and its audiences for three decades. The founders, Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, acquired and renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea, which opened as The Joyce Theater in 1982. The Joyce Theater is named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. One of the only theaters built by dancers for dance, The Joyce Theater has provided an intimate and elegant home for more than 320 domestic and international companies. The Joyce has also commissioned more than 130 new dances since 1992. In 2009, The Joyce opened Dance Art New York (DANY) Studios to provide affordable studios for rehearsals, auditions, classes, and workshops for independent choreographers, non-profit dance companies, and the dance/theater communities. New York City public school students and teachers annually benefit from The Joyce’s Dance Education Program, and adult audiences get closer to dance through pre-engagement Dance Talks and post-performance Dance Chats. The Joyce Theater features an annual season of approximately 48 weeks with over 340 performances for audiences in excess of 135,000. For more information: Joyce.org.
About The National Arts Club
The mission of The National Arts Club is to stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts and educate the American people in the fine arts. Founded in 1898 by author, poet, and literary and art critic for The New York Times Charles De Kay together with a group of distinguished artists and patrons, the Club was conceived as a gathering place to welcome artists of all genres as well as art lovers and patrons. Today, The National Arts Club hosts both members-only and public events honoring exemplary leaders in their chosen fields of art as well as exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances, lectures and readings. Feature programs focus on visual arts, literature, film, architecture, fashion, photography and music. For more information: nationalartsclub.org.