Joan Myers Brown Book Research and Development

Cover of Brenda Dixon Gottschild’s Joan Myers Brown & The Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Biohistory of American Performance.

Brenda Dixon Gottschild, an acclaimed performer, author, and scholar, conducted research for a new book chronicling the life of Joan Myers Brown, in an effort to address issues of race within the dance industry. Brown founded the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts in 1960, as well as the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) in 1970, defying the social barriers preventing African Americans from becoming professional ballerinas. Gottschild’s book Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Biohistory of American Performance was published by UK publisher Palgrave Macmillan in January 2012 with Center support.


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Charles Burns is a graphic novelist and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

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Jenny Gersten is producing consultant for the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center in New York.

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Established in 2004, Jazz Bridge is a hybrid nonprofit organization joining performance presentation with professional support services for regional jazz and blues artists.

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Natasha Bakht is an Indian contemporary dancer and choreographer. In 2015, she was a panelist in Performance.

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Albert C. Barnes founded The Barnes Foundation in 1922 in Merion, Pennsylvania, to house his growing collection of modern art, African sculpture, and metalwork.

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In 1999 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 46 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

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