The Summer 2018 International Exchange program continues through this week. First-year MPS Art Therapy student Jenny Asaro writes about some of the events and workshops from last week’s program:
On Friday night faculty and students from SVA and CIT gathered to enjoy a taste of NYC culture: Parsons Dance at the Joyce Theater. Parsons Dance is a contemporary American dance company, founded in 1985 and named after creative director David Parsons. The performance offered an eclectic range of music and dance; ranging from Mozart and ballet to more contemporary jazz and Indian percussion. Between performances our group exchanged thoughts; some were surprised by the initial classical themes and most were pleased to see the more contemporary works. One work in particular, Ma Maison, was striking–dancers wore bold costumes complete with white gloves, jazz shoes and bedazzled skull masks. The piece wrapped together New Orleans Jazz, dark overtones and comedic elements to communicate the history of culture that is distinctly NOLA. The variety of works within the performance seemed to honor the diversity of the US and NYC, offering a unique cultural experience for our visitors from Ireland.
Earlier in the day students participated in an orientation to The Foundation Center and its databases, downtown near South Ferry. The Foundation Center is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to promoting philanthropy by providing resources for the community. Apart from enjoying to view across the water to Governor’s Island, students learned the ins and outs of grant research to supplement a previous lecture on grant writing. A close look at the program from Parsons Dance notes that the dance company is a successful example of philanthropy in action. The program lists support from both private and public funding, including a variety of trusts, foundations and even the National Endowment for the Arts. What a fitting way to end the first week of the SVA and CIT exchange!
Written and compiled by first-year MPS Art Therapy student Jenny Asaro