Kelly Ashton Todd is a director, choreographer, and environmental activist based in Brooklyn, New York. She has been a member of Fractured Atlas for almost two years and her fiscally-sponsored project, Under Review, is an environmental dance film series that has been shot at various American National Parks and Monuments. By drawing attention to public lands that are threatened to be opened for industrial development, the series aims to promote the protection of America’s disappearing wilderness.
Alice is a light skinned multi-racial woman with brown, yellow and copper streaks in her curly hair. She smiles and gazes at the camera. A necklace of Autumn colored beads sits around her neck. Photo by Beverlie Lord Alice Sheppard is founder of Kinetic Light, an organization working in the disciplines of art, design, architecture, and social justice, that creates, performs, and teaches at the intersections of disability, dance, and race. Their work seeks to showcase freedom of movement as a pathway for others to understand how mobility is fundamental to participation in civic life and to our understanding of American national identity. Alice became a member of Fractured Atlas in July 2016 and is based in Los Altos, California and New York City.
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by Molaundo Jones, Social Media Specialist at Fractured Atlas A group photo of members of NACHMO Sharyn Korey and Anna Brown Massey are the founders of NACHMO (National Choreography Month), an annual choreography challenge that spurs choreographers, dancers, and movement enthusiasts across the US to create new dance work each January. NACHMO has been a fiscally-sponsored project of Fractured Atlas for 5 years. While their programming is primarily based out of New York, NACHMO has hubs in cities including Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, Lafayette, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, San Diego, and Washington, DC. In 2019, NACHMO also went international, with their first NACHMO community outside of the USA in Australia.
by Molaundo Jones, Social Media Specialist at Fractured Atlas Agatha Wright, Founder of Fluxus Haus Agatha Wright has been a member of Fractured Atlas since 2017. She is the Founder of Fluxus Haus, a Miami-based production company centering on counter-culture initiatives and arts programming in dance, theater, music, painting, and design. Fluxus Haus’ project “Diaphanous” is an abstract cabaret about the intrusive nature of technology in the 21st century. Using the notion of Bertold Brecht’s Epic Theater, the lines between reality and fiction are blurred while the spectator is made to question how our virtual lives intersect and influence our personal lives.
by Molaundo Jones, Social Media Specialist at Fractured Atlas Candace Thompson-Zachery | Photo credit: Shoccara Marcus Candace Thompson-Zachery is the founder of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE, an organizing body of dancers, choreographers and educators driven to facilitate Contemporary Caribbean Dance Performance, preserve Cultural Legacy and promote Community Engagement in the Caribbean Diaspora with a focus on Brooklyn, New York. Candace has been a Fractured Atlas member since 2016. How has Fractured Atlas benefitted your artistic practice? As the founder of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE, an initiative that was and is morphing a lot, I knew that I wasn’t ready to go into non-profit status without understanding exactly how that organizational machine worked. Becoming a fiscally sponsored project meant that I could raise funds for our projects and have access to support and resources without the stress of non-profit governance. Basically, I could still be an artist and run my projects successfully knowing that fractured atlas would handle most of the paperwork associated with fundraising. Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE | Photo credit: Shane Drumond How has Fractured Atlas benefitted your revenue/income generation? We have successfully ran two crowdfunding campaigns in 2016 and 2017 that led to production of our flagship event the New Traditions Festival. We’ve also been able to qualify for grants and funding through the fiscal sponsorship program. What specific Fractured Atlas services/programs have you used? I have used the event insurance for our productions, the fiscal sponsorship program and I have also been to one of their networking events. Why do you think artists and organizations should become members of Fractured Atlas? I think Fractured Atlas really puts time and effort into supporting artists. All of my interactions with the organization have been, professional and encouraging. The staff are willing to guide you through any processes necessary for you to achieve success. Also I appreciate how generous Fractured Atlas is with sharing the ins and outs of their organizational structure and their blog has a lot of helpful management tools and strategies. Dance Caribbean Collective | Photo credit: Shane Drumond Do you have any upcoming events that people should know about? I’ll be performing on January 4th for the Bronx Artists Now Showcase — http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/culturearts/events/Year2019/January/Bronx_arts_now/Bronx_arts_now.shtml. I’ll also be teaching for the Winter Intensive with Movement of the People Dance Company in January : http://www.movementofthepeopledance.com/bios-and-class-descriptions.php. What is your biggest accomplishment as a result of being a Fractured Atlas member? Our biggest accomplishment has been the creation of The New Traditions Festival- a series of performances happening during June in Brooklyn NY, in celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month. A full pre-festival season of public events including talks, dance classes, and film screenings lead up to the festival performance weekend. For the participating choreographers, we provide a residency and mentorship program to aid in the development of their work, and the culminating performance festival featuring their pieces. You can follow and learn more about Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE at www.dancecaribbeancollective.com; on Facebook at @Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE; on Instagram at @candancefit, @dancecaribbeancollective; on Twitter @candancefitt and dancecaribco; and on LinkedIn @Candace Thompson-Zachery. Join Us: Click here to become become a member. Fractured Atlas on Social: Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter | Facebook
by Molaundo Jones, Special Media Specialist at Fractured Atlas Shawn Lent (photo: Benjamin Wardell) Shawn Lent is the founder of Dance Peace in Chicago and has been a member of Fractured Atlas for two years.
by Molaundo Jones, Social Media Specialist at Fractured Atlas Shaleigh Comerford, Fractured Atlas member since 2017 ShaLeigh Dance Works, under the artistic leadership of ShaLeigh Comerford, is a dance theatre company dedicated to creating socially conscious works. Collaboration, diversity and outreach are central to the company’s ethos. The multicultural and multidisciplinary troupe is comprised of dancers, actors, writers, visual artists, and martial artists. ShaLeigh has been a member of Fractured Atlas since August 2017.
by Molaundo Jones, Social Media Specialist at Fractured Atlas Ryan Gilliam, founding member and Executive Director of Fourth Arts Block NYC Ryan Gilliam is the Executive Director of Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc). FABnyc’s mission is to strengthen the cultural vitality of the Lower East Side. Through programs and collaborations with local cultural organizations, artists, and neighborhood nonprofits, FABnyc explores how arts and culture can advance community health, inclusiveness, and equity.
by Molaundo Jones, Social Media Specialist at Fractured Atlas André M. Zachery is the artistic director of Renegade Performance Group (RPG), a Brooklyn-based dance company. RPG has been a member of Fractured Atlas since September 2009.