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 classes in a variety of styles. 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), an event recorded by Life Magazine in its "Year in Pictures." Other workshops and dance weekends followed and continue today. ALHC is going into its 17th year. A world-wide swing/Lindy Hop community now exists from Moscow to Korea in which Artspectrum played an important part.

The American Lindy Hop Championships was first produced in Great Gorge, NJ and spent several years in Stamford, CT.

We are committed to community outreach offering free classes at events in Palmer Park for People for Palmer Park and classes at a number of locations for Swing Detroit. We belive a well-trained and robust swing dance community in metro Detroit. makes for a healthier and happier population. To that end we have moved ALHC to Detroit. Its first convention/festival will be in September 2015.

In addition, we have established programs for schools, organizations, clubs and community groups that mentor and train students in swing dance technique while putting them in an historical context. These programs can be one day or last for up to a 20-week residency that culminates in a performance. Studies have proven that dance reduces stress and depression; increases energy and seratonin; improves strength, flexibility, balance and endurance; strengthens bones and boosts caridovascular health; increases mental capacity by exercises our cognitive processes; dynamic and rapid-fore decision making created new neural paths; and, in the elderly reduces the risk of dementia. It is important for lifelong learners not just youth.

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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