Program Name: Moving History: Building People and Communities through Dance
Award Amount: $179,778.10
Project Description: For 10 years, Sandtown youth have participated in a dance technique and history program designed to empower by centering the contributions of African Americans. Through the implementation of the social justice curriculum Moving History, students have won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in international and local competitions, performed at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History, and demonstrated improved self-esteem and teamwork skills.
A core group of Guardian’s students from Sandtown has participated in Moving History for up to 10 years. These students are technically trained practitioners who desire to share their gifts with others, thereby experiencing being “haves” when they are often seen as “have-nots”. With this funding, Guardian will expand its mission to heal injured identities, create healthy culture, and foster strong communities by introducing students citywide to Moving History curriculum through the peer leadership.
The staff member will undertake various project planning activities including, but not necessarily limited to formalizing student responsibilities in their capacity as peer instructors for the Lyric’s Moving History students, establishing schedules for rehearsals, classes and regular check-in meetings.