JUNE 28- JULY 2, Rulan joins the Native Wellness Institute’s Native Athletic Leadership Youth gathering in Oregon. Intensive hours of dance , basketball and football training was offered to youth from Alaska, California, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington at the Reed College campus, and culminated in a visit to the Nike Headquarters.
*** The youth also worked with Rulan to create an improvisation on the campus site
JULY 16 – 20DANCING EARTH is invited by Native Wellness Institute to work with 1400 Native youth at the UNITY conference, to create what the articipants described as the first -ever Native ‘Flash Mob’ dance*** ! It was danced in four directions around the Unity fire, with props of Red, yellow , black and white ribbons , to the music of Matthew Andrae, titled ‘ U gotta Be U !” with much enthusiasm by an amazing group !
Meanwhile, *** outdoor site-specific improv dances ( aka ‘Flash Mobs’ !) will also be created in Coeur D’Alene Idaho ‘s “Rockin The Rez” program by Dancing Earth’s dance instructors Deollo Johnson, Nichole Salazar and Eric Lopez, working with hundreds of Native youth in July and August !
JULY 24-25 : The National Hispanic Cultural Center and El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe are partnering to present a multi-disciplinary arts festival aimed at promoting mentoring of youth in the arts. The festival will be presented during the annual Spanish Market Weekend and is titled:
Somos Uno – We Are One
“The Art of Multi-Cultural Mentoring”
The Youth Arts festival ~ two days of fun, education and top performers celebrating unity through diversity in northern New Mexico ~ will be held on Saturday & Sunday, July 24 & 25,from 10:00am – 4:00pm at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center outdoor courtyard. All events are FREE to the public.
Governor Bill Richardson and Santa Fe Mayor David Coss have issued proclamations designating the week of July 18-24th to be recognized as “Celebrating the Creativity of the youth of New Mexico and the vitality of mentoring in the Arts and Culture.” New Mexico is celebrated for its cultural and artistic traditions. This event focuses on the art of mentoring as the vehicle to nourish the next generation of leaders in the arts and culture.
The Festival showcases 30 of New Mexico’s dedicated arts mentors and organizations and their students, with free hands-on workshops in elements of the arts, and with performances of multi-cultural dance and music, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day.
Arts exhibition and workshops for youth will be conducted and feature work and guidance by six well-known multi-cultural New Mexico artists: Andy Garcia, Armando Adrian Lopez, Faye Viarrial, Roger Montoya, Rulan Tangen and Stephanie Huerta. Their work ranges from dance and storytelling to painting and sculpture.
****Please join DANCING EARTH at the courtyard main stage from 10-1130 am on Saturday, for an improvisational performance ritual, dedicated to the Healing of the Gulf Waters, with DANCING EARTH performers and local Native youth, artists and community members !
Cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary performances and workshops will be presented. Participating groups include: The SF Youth Symphony, African Drumming with Elise Gent ,N.M. Hispano Music Association award winners, Dancing Earth-Contemporary Indigenous Dance, National Dance Institute, Warehouse 21 , Circo Latino Youth Ensemble, The Taos Youth Ballet , The Institute for Spanish Arts Flamenco’s Next Generation with Maria Benitez, Carlos Contreras Poetry Slam, Moving People Dance Española and Santa Fe, Wise Fool New Mexico, Fine Arts for Children and Teens , Tewa Women United , Los Niños de Santa Fe Mexican Folklorico, Mariachi Del Sol de Española, Mosaic Dance Company, Teatro Paraguas, The Mel Patch Art Space de Española, Holy Faith Break-dancers, and Hands Across Cultures poets! The Santa Fe Symphony will present a special screening of We Are the Music, this film celebrates cultural diversity in the arts and showcases New Mexico Children.
***Support for the creation of the improvisational ritual element of the work in Portland, San Diego, Idaho and Santa Fe , as a developmental form of INVOKATION has come through the National Museum of the American Indian Expressive Arts 2010 award for INVOKATION , thank you NMAI !