The mission of NWD Projects, Inc. is to promote dance as a voice for environmental awareness through collaborations with the artistic, educational and environmental communities.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
Statement of Solidarity
As presenter of National Water Dance, NWD Projects mission embraces the spirit and struggle of these words.
“So, to white people who care about maintaining a habitable planet, I need you to become actively anti-racist. I need you to understand that our racial inequality crisis is intertwined with our climate crisis. If we don’t work on both, we will succeed at neither. I need you to step up. Please. Because I am exhausted.”~ Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
National Water Dance wants to step up. As an organization we thought that we had built National Water Dance on the premise of inclusivity. If that were true why is it that our participants are predominantly white?
We recognize that even as our doors have been open, they were opened to a Euro-centric shaped reality of dance and environmental justice. That’s what white privilege is. In order to reframe the structures on which we are built we need to transform.
Transformation can only come through building reciprocal relationships with the communities dis-enfranchised by structural racism, specifically the black community of these United States. Through this time of “unveiling”, generated by the Black Lives Matter movement, our goal is to listen, learn and put in place structures that are built on authentic and lasting relationships with the black community as well as Indigenous communities and those of all people of color and to recognize that the significance of the climate crisis on those communities is a manifestation of ongoing racism—climate solutions exist only if they serve all of us.
As water has the capacity to continually change its shape and transform, National Water Dance is being challenged to do the same. Our commitment is to re-shape and re-build a structure that can hold the multiplicity of traditions within dance and the visions black and all BIPOC communities have of environmental justice.
Re-building from the ground up….Reaching out….
NWD Projects is proud to be the organizing institution for National Water Dance nationwide. Every location has its own organizer and choreographer. Here in Miami it began with myself and Michelle Grant-Murray, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Dance at Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus who assisted me in this year’s National Water Dance/Miami. As we planned and organized for our performance on Historic Virginia Key Beach as part of MDC Live Arts EcoCultura Fest, we had to do a 180 degree turn and set our “sites” on the two-dimensional world of ZOOM!
Read more about Miami’s part in National Water Dance 2020.
NWD Projects, “National Water Dance 2020” is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and MDC Live Arts.
NWD Projects is committed to providing disability accommodations for all of our events and performances. We believe that the arts are enhanced and enriched when all community members have the ability to participate. Please contact us for more information or to request specific accommodations.