In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Harvard Dance Center is monitoring developments and will be working to aggregate helpful resources for its constituents. We are aware that a crisis like this will have immeasurable, wide-ranging, and inequitable impacts on our community. We aim to respond in a way that is guided by our principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility for all; that continues to foster agency through dance for students; and which promotes the arts as agents of social change in the world.
DANCE CENTER PROGRAMMING
Following Harvard University's response regarding COVID-19 on March 10, all programming and studio activity at Harvard Dance Center, including the Office for the Arts Director’s studio, are suspended for the rest of the spring 2020 term.
Please read the March 10th letter from Dance Director Jill Johnson to the Harvard Dance Center community. If you have any questions, concerns, or are seeking additional resources, please don't hesitate to reach out to Dance Center staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvard College COVID-19 FAQ
This is an evolving space which we will continue to update as more information and resources become available; the last update was on April 20, 2020.
RESOURCES FOR FREELANCE ARTISTS
From ArtsReady, Information and Emergency Funding for Artists:
Freelance Artists can access this rich list of resources.
NAPAMA (North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents) provides COVID-19 information particular to performing artists, agents and managers. Their Resource List includes information related to airfare refund and/or cancellation policies, emergency fund and relief programs, sample communications, and more. A list of FAQs address questions including dealing with cancellations, how to mitigate losses, and more.
CERF+ The Artists Safety Net is focusing resources to assist artists who test positive for COVID-19 and require intensive medical care.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts: Emergency Grants provide urgent funding ($500-$2,500) for visual and performing artists who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.
Rauschenberg Emergency Grants: The fund provides one-time cash grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses caused by one-time, unexpected medical emergencies. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to: hospital and doctor bills (including insurance co-pays), tests, physical/occupational therapy, prescription drugs specifically for the emergency medical condition, and emergency dental work.
Change, Inc.: Emergency grants for artists in all disciplines needing help with rent, medical expenses, utility bills, fire damage, etc. Grants up to $1,000. Call 212.473.3742 for complete instructions (via a clear, concise message) on how to apply for the grant.
Musician's Foundation: Grants typically range in amount from approximately $500-$3,000. All professional musicians, regardless of their genre or instrument, can apply for themselves or a family member. You must be a musician in a time of serious need, due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.
RESOURCES FOR MENTAL HEALTH
INDEPENDENT VIRTUAL CLASSES LED BY HARVARD DANCE CENTER INSTRUCTORS & ACCOMPANISTS
Many of the Harvard Dance Center's non-credit class instructors and accompanists are now offering their own virutal classes through various platforms. A listing of those classes are posted below with information on how to participate, and will be updated as more offerings become available.
Ballet I with Lonnie Stanton via Zoom Free/ Donation Based, Mondays, 7:30-8:45PM EST; Email: email@example.com before 6:30pm EST Monday to receive a Zoom Invitation; Venmo donation to @Lonnie-Stanton
All Levels Contemporary Class with Lonnie Stanton, Tuesdays, 5PM EST via Zoom and Jean Appolon Expressions weekly; class is a sliding scale $5- $15; link to register: https://jeanappolonexpressions.org/classes#dance-with-jae
OSAPR's Yoga for Restoration, Wednesdays, 6-7PM EST, Free, Join Zoom: tiny.cc/2020yoga
Advanced Urban Choreography with Tarikh Campbell, Saturdays, 2:30-4:00PM EST, $10, DM @tarikhcampbell on Instagram for more info
Intermediate Urban Choreography with Tarikh Campbell, Sundays, 2:30-4:00PM EST, $10, DM @tarikhcampbell on Instagram for more info
INDEPENDENT VIRTUAL CLASSES AND PROGRAMS LED BY HARVARD DANCE CENTER VISITING ARTISTS
Many of the Dance Center's previous visiting artists' work has also been impacted by COVID-19. Below is an evolving listing of virtual classes and programming now being offered by previous visiting artists of Harvard Dance Center.
All levels Hip Hop Class with Amirah Sackett (Visiting Artist Fall 2019), Wednesdays 8-9PM EST, Facebook Livestream, $10 made payable by Venmo (@Amirah-Sackett) or Zelle/Paypal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fireside Chats with Peter DiMuro (Visiting Artist Spring 2016) and Guests, Wednesdays, 11AM-12PM, Instagram Live: @thedancecomplex
Happy Hour hosted by Andrea Miller (Visiting Artist Spring 2017 and Spring 2013), artistic director of GALLIM: weekly conversations with thought leaders/creatives in the field of dance; Thursdays, 6pm EST, Instagram Live: @gallimdanceco
Happy Hour hosted by Heidi Latsky Dance (Visiting Artist Fall 2018): A Q&A discussion on a different topic each week, Fridays, 5pm EST, (Friday, 4/10, will be about all things ON DISPLAY GLOBAL), Zoom: https://heidilatskydance.org/online-offerings
Bobbi Jene Smith (Visiting Artist Spring 2017) & Or Schraiber teach phrase material from their work WITH CARE, Friday, April 10, 3PM EDT; Suggested donation for joining is $5; Learn more and Register
Yoga with Seane Corn (Visiting Artist Fall 2017), Sundays, 12PM EST, live-streaming for free via Instagram Live: @seanecorn. Download a free 60 min practice with bonus material here: https://www.seanecorn.com/free-practice-signup/
Piloboolus (Visiting Artist Fall 2014) virtual programming:
- Social Media Live Stream Movement classes: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3PM EST on Pilobolus Facebook and Instagram: @pilobolus
- April 28, May 5 11AM Live Stream Connecting with Balance class - a class for older populations focusing on mobility and balance- in conjunction with Fairfield University's Quick Center. Find these live streams here: http://quickcenter.fairfield.edu/season-calendar/promotional/quick-sessions.html
- April 30, May 7 and 14 - PIlobolus Happy Hour with the Quick Center - discussions about Pilobolus history, dancemaking and creativity with Artistic Directors Matt Kent and Renee Jaworski. Find these live streams here: http://quickcenter.fairfield.edu/season-calendar/promotional/quick-sessions.html