The Billie Holiday getaway Theatre introduced currently a $300,000 grant from the Seller-Lehrer Spouse and children Basis to create the Seller-Lehrer Relatives Basis Scholarship Fund for courses less than the Theatre’s recently expanded Training & Humanities Division, like the Black Arts Institute and Youth Arts Academy. The scholarship will be awarded to about 250 students more than the course of the upcoming a few years.
“The Billie Holiday getaway Theatre has been a launching pad for Black artists more than the final fifty years artists like Sam Jackson, Debbie Allen to present day youthful talent,” mentioned award-profitable actor, playwright, screenwriter and director Dr. Ruben Santiago-Hudson. “This gift from the Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation assures youthful Black artists have entry to the scarce and effective room of seeing on their own in their peer group, Black stories rooted in their society and history, and a earth-course faculty dedicated to cultivating the upcoming era of warrior artists.”
“It encourages me that the foundation Jeffrey Seller and Josh Lehrer proven acknowledges the expanding needs of our communities and proceeds to commit substantial assets to deal with the entrenched inequities that afflict Black Us citizens – on Major Road, Wall Street, and on Broadway,” claimed Brandon Victor Dixon, the Foundation’s most recent director. “The Seller-Lehrer Relatives Foundation’s help of the Black Arts Institute reflects that dedication,” additional Dixon.
This previous Fall, The Billie concentrated its attempts in building out its instructional arm and strategically investing to unite all main instructional programming under a solitary inventive vision with the goal to provide a safe and sound, artistically arduous area for innovative expression by means of arts education. Programs under The Billie’s Education and learning & Humanities Division involve:
Youth Arts Academy:
A 22-year old staple in the Central Brooklyn local community, The Youth Arts
Academy has presented multidisciplinary arts instruction to thousands of youth
3-18 decades outdated in Dance, Theater and African Drumming with an award-
Black Arts Institute:
Engaging college-aged students from across the place, The Billie launched the Black Arts Institute (BAI) in 2018. A exclusive partnership with the Stella Adler Studio of Performing, BAI provides an immersive exploration of America’s Black Theatre Canon when addressing voids that continue to exist nowadays in a lot of mainstream university and college theater systems and theater schooling packages throughout the place. Founding faculty include things like a distinguished collective of artists: Phylicia Rashad, Ruben Santiago Hudson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Michele Shay, and Sonia Sanchez. BAI programming encompasses a 2-week winter season intensive, 5-7 days summertime intense, and 14-7 days study course accredited by NYU introduced January 2020 held at studio spaces at The Billie Holiday break Theatre.