Artists, what is the value of your art? I challenge students and peers – and now you – to drop the easy, untrue notion that the arts are intrinsically valuable. For if we cannot define and claim our value, service, and impact, no one else will.
Jennifer Edwards is a facilitator, writer, choreographer, educator, and organizational development specialist. She has been called upon, as a speaker / facilitator, by organizations including Americans for the Arts, Emerging Women, Columbia University Medical Center, the Juilliard School, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Encore Careers. A Founding Partner of Edwards & Skybetter | Change Agency, she has developed strategic roadmaps for the Georgia Institute of Technology and New York University, and worked with The Jerome Robbins Foundation on the development of The Lasky Symposium, and several strategic thinking groups.
Some of the artifacts of her creative work include an iPhone App, called ‘Grounded,’ a short dance film series by the same name, and an award-winning spoken word album, titled ‘exposed.’ Additionally, her writing can be found on The Huffington Post, blogs of Dance /USA, Americans for the Arts, in The National Museum of Women, and in feminist zines, and chapbooks. Her choreography has been shown in some atypical spaces like Martha Stewart’s Whole Living website, Governors Island, and the streets of Shanghai. She continues to build, with various communities, a collective story / data installation project titled, “I feel safe when _______.” To learn more, about her work visit jened.com.
Books and Articles:
How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In
by Jim Collins
The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex
by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence