Torya Beard wrote -
“Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.” ~Magdalena Abakanowicz
EMIA engages young artists, young dancers in the activity of developing an awareness of the world around them. They are then asked to consider their responsibility to show up in the world and how they with use art to do that. EMIA is a 2-4 week dance program with students dancing from sun up till way past sun down. The dancers grow more than they imagined possible in a very short time. It is possible because Earl Mosley and the entire EMIA staff is committed to creating an environment of inclusion and a palpable sense of community. This empowers the students to focus on their work unencumbered by politics and insecurities that often distract students when pursuing an education in the performing arts.
EMIA has shown up for countless artists over the past ten years and now, it's time for us to show up for EMIA.
Arts funding is dwindling which makes it increasingly harder each year to maintain the program and programs like this. 90% of EMIA students attend the camp on scholarship and many would not be able to attend otherwise. In an effort to ensure that each and every deserving dancer is able to attend this year, we are asking for support from the greater artist community and arts advocates.
Programs like EMIA keep the arts community vibrant and full of promise. I hope you will see the value in joining this effort. By investing in this program and the young artists of EMIA, we are taking steps toward building a more financially sound artistic future.
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” ~Vincent Van Gogh