Letter from the Executive Director
Spring, finally! I see the pear trees are about to bloom. Warmth, light and new growth- all good antidotes to the dark news emanating out of Washington. We’re gearing up for a terrific 24th annual Red Hook Fest, which we’ve themed WE PUSH FORWARD! We’re so excited to have a roster of terrific artists from the powerful voices of Climbing Poetree to the fiery Palestinian dance ensemble Freedom Dubka Group. I’m half listening as I write this, to our In Transition Media students discussing their current film projects- and planning their field trips to Google and the set for the TV show Broad City.
You’ll read below about many of the ways DTE, specifically, but also arts organizations, artists, and cultural workers across the country will be directly impacted by proposed cuts to spending on domestic programs. And we share news from our friends and neighbors who reside in NYCHA housing who are fighting cuts to HUD. I haven’t even started on what cuts to Education will do to arts education programs, never mind the plethora of studies that testify to their educational and socio-emotional learning benefits.
But we do push forward together with our staff, students, artists, supporters, friends, neighbors, and allies to create a more just and joyful world through the arts.
Martha Bowers, Executive Director
Dance Theatre Etcetera
Red Hook Fest: We Push Forward
This year’s Red Hook Fest features an exciting lineup of artists for the mainstage event on Saturday, June 10, including:
DTE is grateful for many years of support from the National Endowment for the Arts. It has supported our annual Red Hook Fest, which has paid over 125 music and dance groups, given thousands of young people their first professional experience on stage, provided part time work for Red Hook NYCHA residents and offered free access to great art for over 50,000 New Yorkers over the past 23 years. We have also received NEA support for our in –school arts education programs at schools serving youth from low-income neighborhoods.
And we know it’s also the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as National Public Radio that are on the Trump budget chopping block. Americans for the Arts has a great website with action items, if you want to add your voice to the fight to save the NEA, you can:
- Send a message to your Congressional delegation in support of the continued funding of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), among other federal agencies.
- Tell your local news that you support the arts with a customizable “Letter to the Editor.”
- Take part in their social media campaign, #ArtsAdvocacy, and share the #SAVEtheNEA graphics through your social network channels.
- Visit the Arts Mobilization Center at any time for all the latest resources and responses.
Job & Internship Openings
DTE is actively seeking to fill a number of positions for summer and early fall, including:
Meet Alanis, a senior at the Secondary School for Journalism. She’s a talented media maker and future journalist, who attended both our Digital Boot Camp and In Transition: Media programs. Alanis was recently awarded a Brooklyn Youth Fellowship–through which she helps the Brooklyn Community Foundation decide which youth initiatives to invest in–and she aspires to study media and communications in college. On Sunday, March 5, Alanis and her peers in Brooklyn Youth Fellows led their first conference, called Youth Resist. 40 young people attended #YouthResist2017, participating in five mini-workshops focused on the Fellow’s five Justice Pillars: Trans Justice, Healing Justice, Housing Justice, Immigrant Justice and Racial Justice.
From Our Friends at Red Hook Initiative
The arts and humanities aren’t the only targets! Our friends at the Red Hook Initiative are part of a coalition organizing to fight drastic cuts to HUD which will impact many of our friends living in NYCHA housing. There’s a rally on Thursday, April 20th in Foley Square at 111 Worth Street at 12 noon. For more info, Gabriel@cvhaction.org