Judy Dworin Performance Project

Moving for Change Since 1989.

As we continue to confront COVID-19 and embrace the anti-racism call to action spurred by the terrible death of George Floyd, Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP) is committed internally and externally to use the arts in fresh ways to express and communicate both what has been, and a responsive vision of what can be. As we continue to find new ways to reach out to our program participants and the larger community, we do so knowing that the power of the arts keeps us grounded, connected and resilient. Through our social media platforms, we are providing arts activities and participatory viewing experiences that release the imagination, bring further awareness to critical issues, and encourage thoughtful and healing participation. We do this celebrating the dignity of all, the wisdom of the body, the deep reflective capacity of the mind and the belief that the arts are key in supporting our wellbeing. We continue to deeply re-examine and reimagine knowing that in our dimmest moments the arts provide light, inspiration and hope. We are now and always...Moving with and for Change. Join us!!


 

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Today on Story Time we will be reading Patrice Karst's The Smile that Went Around the World! What starts out as a simple gift, soon turns into a chain-reaction of smiles and kindness in this heart-warming story about a smile...that went around the world. Each smile sparks another, and then another and another and another until one day, that same smile appears out of nowhere... to help someone very special. ... See MoreSee Less

Today on Story Time we will be reading Patrice Karst's The Smile that Went Around the World! What starts out as a simple gift, soon turns into a chain-reaction of smiles and kindness in this heart-warming story about a smile...that went around the world. Each smile sparks another, and then another and another and another until one day, that same smile appears out of nowhere... to help someone very special. Join us here today at 3:00 p.m.! ... See MoreSee Less

Today on Story Time we will be reading Patrice Karsts The Smile that Went Around the World! What starts out as a simple gift, soon turns into a chain-reaction of smiles and kindness in this heart-warming story about a smile...that went around the world. Each smile sparks another, and then another and another and another until one day, that same smile appears out of nowhere... to help someone very special. Join us here today at 3:00 p.m.!

Every year JDPP loves to participate in the Ted Hershey Dance Marathon, this year we continued that tradition—it just looked a little different!

CJacks Arts
Don't miss these amazingly talented dancers and musicians.
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Election day is November 3, less than 3 weeks away! Every vote matters, please use your voice and your vote to move our country forward. ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for Story Time today at 3:00 p.m. we will be reading 'Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote' The perfect read for the one-hundredth anniversary of the nineteenth amendment and in advance of the upcoming presidential election, this inspiring picture book from United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand shares the stories of ten suffragists who fought for women's right to vote. ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for Story Time today at 3:00 p.m. we will be reading 'Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote' The perfect read for the one-hundredth anniversary of the nineteenth amendment and in advance of the upcoming presidential election, this inspiring picture book from United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand shares the stories of ten suffragists who fought for women's right to vote. ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for Story Time today at 3:00 p.m. we will be reading Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote The perfect read for the one-hundredth anniversary of the nineteenth amendment and in advance of the upcoming presidential election, this inspiring picture book from United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand shares the stories of ten suffragists who fought for womens right to vote.

Today The Ensemble had their first rehearsal at Walnut Hill Park for ColorFields. It was a breezy but beautiful morning for it! ... See MoreSee Less

Today The Ensemble had their first rehearsal at Walnut Hill Park for ColorFields. It was a breezy but beautiful morning for it!Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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We are re-sharing this very fun story all about Gerald the Giraffe and his love of dance! Enjoy!

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Join us LIVE today at 3:00 p.m. for Story Time! 'Giraffes Can't Dance' is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.
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4 weeks until the election, so there still is plenty of time to do your homework on the candidates and the issues on the ballot! And while you're at it check out YWCA Hartford Region's event YWomenVote!Women at the Polls, Women on the Ballot, Women on a Mission!

YWCA Hartford Region invites you to explore YWomenVote. Ensuring women’s voices are at the forefront of policy decisions is a priority as our nation heads into the 2020 elections.

This amazing panel discussion will be moderated by our very own Adrienne Cochrane, CEO. Our panelists are phenomenal women who have shown by example the impact of women using their voice in civic engagement.

Patricia Russo, Teresa Younger, and Ingrid DiMarzo will discuss three areas of concern: why women show up at the polls, the importance of women being on the ballot and the key issues that influence their choice on election night.

We know through YWCA’s national survey of women in the United States, YWomenVote, these areas include; women’s economic, health, gender-based violence, workplace equity, and racial justice concerns and priorities.

The First 100 people to Register will receive YWomenVote Swag. Register at: www.ywcahartford.org/news_events/

Share this flyer, register for the event, get ready to vote!
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4 weeks until the election, so there still is plenty of time to do your homework on the candidates and the issues on the ballot! And while youre at it check out YWCA Hartford Regions event YWomenVote!

 

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On September 24 JDPP presents the second in our ongoing Response and a Call series of #blacklivesmatter online programs in support of racial justice. Members of the JDPP Ensemble and guest artists will perform dance, song, and spoken word, giving voice to the memory of John Lewis, the struggle for equal rights, and the end of systemic racism. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Thank you for sharing John Lewis memory and your own truths and stories. Inspiring and empowering. Strength and courage. All such beautiful souls. Thank you with much gratitude.

Alvin, your voice is so soothing and comforting ....great to listen to you and the words of John Lewis.

Mellissa!

loved this. do more/ wonderful performers. sister and brothers in the struggle. anne walsh

Love it 😍♥️❤️

Thank you Mellissa!

Neve Give UP!!

NEVER!!!

I’m watching

If you have questions or comments please leave them here <3

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Today Suzi reads "Lillian's Right to Vote" by Jonah Winter and Shane W. Evans. This is the story of an elderly African American woman, en route to vote, who remembers her family’s tumultuous voting history. ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for story time at 3 today! We will be reading "Lillian's Right to Vote" by Jonah Winter and Shane W. Evans. The story of an elderly African American woman, en route to vote, who remembers her family’s tumultuous voting history. ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for story time at 3 today! We will be reading Lillians Right to Vote by Jonah Winter and Shane W. Evans. The story of an elderly African American woman, en route to vote, who remembers her family’s tumultuous voting history.

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Dont Miss It!—Live, September 24!

Today is National Voter Registration Day! To celebrate JDPP has put together this video, the first in a series, addressing why we vote! To register, or to get information if you already are registered to vote, please visit vote.gov

Please tell us why YOU vote in the comments below!

Remember you can make a difference in your community, in your state, and in your country by voting!
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Join us Live on Facebook at 6:00 p.m., on September 24, as JDPP presents the second in our ongoing Response and a Call series of #blacklivesmatter online programs in support of racial justice. Members of the JDPP Ensemble and guest artists will perform dance, song, and spoken word, giving voice to the memory of John Lewis, the struggle for equal rights, and the end of systemic racism. ... See MoreSee Less

In this moment,
we are all being asked to improvise, because there is no precedent for what we are experiencing. Everything can, and does, change in a moment.

When our communities are hurting from illness, job loss, food insecurity, political and racial injustice, art is what allows the human spirit to prevail. Art is what gives voice to our community’s pain. Art is empowerment. Art is healing, resilience, discovery, hope, and change. Art is the moment, and deserves our support as a basic human right.

This fall, we need to raise $20,000 to keep our programs going. Please give a gift today give.judydworin.org/give/300327/#!/donation/checkout
Music: Dryness by Ketsa
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Robin Cullen who was one of the 8 honorees welcomed into the new Connecticut Hall of Change last night recognizing exemplary accomplishments of returning citizens in our communities, has been a wonderful member of the JDPP family since 2005. Performer in numerous pieces focusing on incarceration; teaching artist in our Cybulski CI Dads & Kids program and York CI Moms & Kids and I AM programs, board member, and incredible support and advocate for those in prison and returning from prison and for JDPP among her many other activities, Robin has been and is amazing. We are so fortunate to have connected with her to be part of the talk back after our first prison performance piece, Time In, at Charter Oak Cultural Center, and it has been such a deep and beautiful journey together since. I cannot think of a better person to receive this honor. So many congratulations and bravos Robin!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Robin Cullen who was one of the 8 honorees welcomed into the new Connecticut Hall of Change last night recognizing exemplary accomplishments of returning citizens in our communities, has been a wonderful member of the JDPP family since 2005. Performer in numerous pieces focusing on incarceration; teaching artist in our Cybulski CI Dads & Kids program and York CI Moms & Kids and I AM programs, board member, and incredible support and advocate for those in prison and returning from prison and for JDPP among her many other activities, Robin has been and is amazing. We are so fortunate to have connected with her to be part of the talk back after our first prison performance piece, Time In, at Charter Oak Cultural Center, and it has been such a deep and beautiful journey together since. I cannot think of a better person to receive this honor. So many congratulations and bravos Robin!!!

 

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Beyond grateful for this award and the love and support from so many of you through the years! Thank you all so very much! ☮️💜

Congratulations Robin

So well deserved. Congratulations!!!!

well deserved! and belated happy birthday!!

one of the best of the best, blessed to have shared space with you 💕

Warmest congratulations, Robin!

This is the link to the ceremony. Congratulations to my fellow recipients!!! www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2380991032207131&extid=OERKjTd8JeCxOctU

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On September 24 JDPP presents the second in our ongoing Response and a Call series of #blacklivesmatter online programs in support of racial justice. Members of the JDPP Ensemble and guest artists will perform dance, song, and spoken word, giving voice to the memory of John Lewis, the struggle for equal rights, and the end of systemic racism. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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I waited till 6:15 and nothing happened. Did something go wrong? or was the problem mine?

Still hoping at 6:30 and the message is still saying "going live soon" I think I'll give up.

Join us for "Giant Steps to Change the World" live at 3:00 p.m. today! Academy Award nominated director Spike Lee, and his talented wife Tonya Lewis Lee offer up an inspirational picture book about activism and taking the big steps to set things right set to beautiful illustrations by the award-winning Sean Qualls. Using examples of people throughout history who have taken "giant steps", this book urges kids to follow in their footsteps and not be hindered by fear or a sense that you are not good enough. Despite the challenges, even the smallest step can change the world. So, what's your next step going to be? ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for "Giant Steps to Change the World" live at 3:00 p.m. today! Academy Award nominated director Spike Lee, and his talented wife Tonya Lewis Lee offer up an inspirational picture book about activism and taking the big steps to set things right set to beautiful illustrations by the award-winning Sean Qualls. Using examples of people throughout history who have taken "giant steps", this book urges kids to follow in their footsteps and not be hindered by fear or a sense that you are not good enough. Despite the challenges, even the smallest step can change the world. So, what's your next step going to be? ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for Giant Steps to Change the World live at 3:00 p.m. today! Academy Award nominated director Spike Lee, and his talented wife Tonya Lewis Lee offer up an inspirational picture book about activism and taking the big steps to set things right set to beautiful illustrations by the award-winning Sean Qualls. Using examples of people throughout history who have taken giant steps, this book urges kids to follow in their footsteps and not be hindered by fear or a sense that you are not good enough. Despite the challenges, even the smallest step can change the world. So, whats your next step going to be?

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Funders:     Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving     The Darlene J Bailey Charitable Trust through Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund          J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc.                    Digel Family Foundation     Ensworth Charitable Foundation               Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust through Trinity College               Isabella's Pink Bus     George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation          Sharon R. O’Meara Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving     Stewart B. McKinney Foundation                         Charles Nelson Robinson Fund               Watkinson Prisoners Aid Society               Sponsors:     BlumShapiro     Budwitz & Meyerjack P.C.     Hardman Law Offices     GeoQuest, Inc.     Roger’s Fine Liquors     Yankee Discount Liquor     … and a huge THANK YOU to the many Friends who have supported JDPP over the years!