Sunday, September 9, 2018 Sphinx Performance Academy at Juilliard Begins Summer 2019

Afa Dworkin
(Jose Juarez, Detroit News) 

Broadway World

September 6, 2018

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (EDIB)

A cornerstone of [Julliard President Damian] Woetzel's vision is the belief that Juilliard is uniquely positioned to take a leadership role in the critical work of advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts, both at Juilliard and in the cultural sector.

"We must be intentional and proactive in fostering a robust representation of experiences and perspectives within our community," Woetzel said. "I believe deeply in Juilliard as a community where each of us 'belongs,' and that education cannot be its best without being fully inclusive." 

In addition to a renewed focus on training and curriculum as well as public performances and other programming focused on diversity in the performing arts, Woetzel also outlined a new collaboration with the Sphinx Organization, the Detroit-based national entity focused on increasing diversity in the arts. In summer 2019, the organizations will launch the new Sphinx Performance Academy at Juilliard, a summer intensive for young Black and Latinx string players, with additional plans to expand the program to other instruments in future years.

"Sphinx is excited to expand upon its partnership with Juilliard under the visionary leadership of Damian Woetzel," said Afa Dworkin, president and artistic director of the Sphinx Organization. "The transformative power of diversity can only be realized through sustained, shared, consistent effort. Together with this legendary institution, we look forward to creating new opportunities for the next generation of our leaders."

The school plans to announce more details about EDIB initiatives, including new funding and additional programming, in coming months.

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