After founder Jade Charon was awarded the Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship from Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in 2018, she was inspired to research healing spaces for black women through dance and cinema. Acknowledging the lack of black female professors in her academic experience, she wanted to curate an intimate performance space that could birth connections between seasoned and emerging women of color choreographers to provide support.
Restore Arts Festival was designed to create a space for women of color artists to showcase their artistic projects. This interdisciplinary program of dance and film, specifically invites women of color choreographers and dance filmmakers to submit proposals of original works and dance films rooted in activism, ministry, and social justice. By Jade Charon provides artistic development support by inviting a panel of professional choreographers to provide feedback and mentorship to choreographers post showcase to push artists’ work forward. Artists receive photography and video documentation of performance. Each performance culminates with a talkback and facilitated conversation between choreographers and audiences to create strategies of art and healing in the communities. Show duration: 50 minutes + 20 minute talkback