About Artspectrum

 

Artspectrum has a long and distinguished record of accomplishment. At its inception Artspectrum was created with three divisions - theater/dance, music and film production with goals to produce, present, develop and educate our constituents.

Our first project was the video “Three Black Women Discuss AIDS” which was commissioned by the City of Detroit Health Department. Since that time we produced the Detroit Black Dance Festival bringing together an international slate of dance companies to perform in concert, do lectures/demonstrations and teach a variety of dance classes. We developed, produced and presented the interdisciplinary dance theatre production “Spell.” Our dance company, A Company of Dancers, has performed throughout the Great Lakes region

A commission to choreograph a contemporary dance work to swing music led to our introduction to swing dance.. We introduced Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing and Chicago Stepping workshops to the metro Detroit area in the winter of 1996. In 1998 we presented the first of its kind “American Lindy Hop Championships” (ALHC). Other workshops and dance weekends followed and continue today. ALHC is going into its 16th year. A world-wide swing/Lindy Hop community now exists from Moscow to Korea.

The American Lindy Hop Championships is now in its third year of production in Chicago, Il where we have a satellite office. It was first produced in Great Gorge, NJ and spent several years in Stamford, CT.

Our newest iniative is "Swing Dance: History, Technique, Performance." SDHTP is a program available to schools, club and community group. It mentors and trains students in swing technique while giving them an historical context. Thid up to 20-week residency culminates in a performance.

Artspectrum has received support from The Black United Fund of Michigan, Inc., Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation, Detroit Council of the Arts, Home Box Office (HBO), Michigan Council for the Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, James Tatum Foundation for the Arts, the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Detroit, The Michigan Humanities Council, The United States Rock and Rock Dance Federation and private contributors.

Artspectrum is a 501(c)(3), federally tax exempt organization, your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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