Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement
Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts
APAP's Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement grants program follows upon the accomplishments and lessons learned from the Creative Campus Innovations grants program established in January 2006. Building Bridges supports U.S.-based performing arts presenting organizations interested in building interdisciplinary cross-campus and community collaborations that expand awareness, knowledge and understanding of Muslim societies. Grantees plan and maximize resources collaboratively with campus-based and external community partners in order to engage targeted populations, with a primary focus on young people born after 1980 (the “millennial” population).
The Building Bridges Grantees
Six campus presenting organizations were awarded in December 2013 for their ability to engage student and community populations and to increase knowledge and understanding of Muslim cultures through the performing arts. Projects will take place from January 2014 through February 2016. Hear directly from grantees to find out more by listening to an audio recording of the APAP|NYC 2015 session, Building Bridges Grants: Arts, Culture and Muslim Societies. Also, explore the different projects and websites below to learn more about their dynamic programming and upcoming events.
Art2Action, University of South Florida, Tampa - Tampa, FL
Art2Action, in partnership with the University of South Florida (USF), will present THIS Bridge: Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim Artists. This program will introduce students, partners and audiences to the great diversity of Muslim and Arab identities, cultures and aesthetics, by presenting a series of (mostly) women performers and artists in multiple disciplines, over a two-year period.
Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University - Washington, DC
The Davis Performing Arts Center and the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University, a joint initiative between the Theater and Performance Studies Program and the School of Foreign Service, will present Myriad Voices: A Cross-Cultural Performance Festival. This series of performances from leading artists around the world will be accompanied by convenings, public forums, interdisciplinary courses, and the creation of new work.
The Cedar Cultural Center, Augsburg College - Minneapolis, MN
Midnimo: Music for Unity, Campus and Community will bring Somali musicians from around the world to Minnesota for week-long residencies that include public concert performances and activities in the classroom and the community. Through Midnimo, the Somali word for “unity,” Augsburg students, Cedar Riverside residents, and the general public will engage in a series of educational and experiential events focused on Somali music.
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston - Houston, TX
Led by a steering committee of artists, arts leaders, UH faculty, and Mitchell Center program staff, Intersections is an initiative that develops new works by four artists in residence over a two year period. Artists engage directly with Houston residents with an emphasis on the University of Houston’s diverse student population over a two year period. This initiative aims to increase knowledge about Muslim societies through the arts with a series of performances, public talks and curricular connections through the Mitchell Center’s Interdisciplinary Art (IART) curriculum.
Featured Event for Spring 2015: CounterCurrent Festival - April 14-19, 2015
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, LaGuardia Community College - Long Island City, NY
BeyondSacred: Unthinking Muslim Identity is a program that through music, dance, and theatre combined with open community forums uses the art of storytelling to illuminate life experiences of culturally identified Muslims in 21st century, post 9/11 New York City, with a hope to change minds – effect behaviors – and alter attitudes that challenge assumptions of group identity.
Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University - Middletown, CT
During the 2014-2015 academic year, Muslim Women’s Voices will expand awareness, knowledge, and understanding of Muslim cultures through the lens of performance by exploring the work of extraordinary artists from around the globe, each one bringing a distinct set of personal experiences and embedded in a particular place, society, and cultural tradition. Through this journey, we invite audiences to celebrate the complexity of Muslim women today, and the historical and cultural context from which they have emerged.