The California Arts Council awarded SpectorDance four major grants for 2019-2020: JUMP StArts Grant for State Facilities, JUMP StArts Grant County and Community Facilities, the Local Impact Grant, and the Veterans Initiative in the Arts. SpectorDance is honored to have received this generous support.
Local Impact Grant: SpectorDance will expand our collaboration with Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute with Ocean Trilogy performances and free associated educational outreach programs in underserved parts of our community. We will continue to develop Sea Change, a new section of Ocean Trilogy about the power of the arts to contribute to the critical issue of climate change. We will host our second annual Monterey Ocean Arts Festival, a free event that invites artists from all disciplines to present ocean-themed art. This project aims to galvanize artists to use their creative voices to protect our ocean and our environment. Ocean Trilogy will be presented at the NY Botanical Gardens on September 28, 2019 as part of New York Climate Week.
"The show was wonderful, Fran! I’ve never seen anything like it. What a fresh, moving interpretation of the existential threat that our GHG emissions present – to our ocean and to ourselves. The dancers were both powerful and fragile, as we all are. Baba voiced some hard truths that I struggle with as a science communicator. The video and audio clips were clearly the result of patient, painstaking, thoughtful edits. It was breathtaking to experience these expert insights in juxtaposition with live movement. Tears came to my eyes several times, yet, I left motivated to push forward for collective action."
Kera Abrahma Panni
Monterey Bay Aquarium Science Communications
"Thank you again for a great performance tonight. Ocean Trilogy has grown so much. I liked it before, but now I love it. The dancers are spectacular, the video montages are stunning, the addition of rap between dances is entertaining and thought provoking, and
the ending is uplifting."
Dr. George I. Matsumoto
Senior Education and Research Specialist
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
"Ocean Trilogy is a masterpiece in the making."
Mary Ann Leffel
"Ocean Trilogy helps people connect profoundly with ocean issues more than we might just through our mind's ability to process information and connect dots. The impact goes deeper when our body or emotions become engaged, too. Jane Parker Ocean Trilogy helps people connect profoundly with ocean issues more than we might just through our mind's ability to process information and connect dots. The impact goes deeper when our body or emotions become engaged, too. "
Ocean Trilogy performance at the Monterey Bay Aquarium 2016 / Filmed By Kyra Schlining