KPC partnered with the Black Mental Health Alliance to curate a virtual dance centered concert that centered and celebrated Black Trans, Gender Non Conforming, and Queer Youth mental health resources Wednesday July 14th, 2021, 6PM.
This ongoing initiative offers the opportunity to sponsors and community partners to work towards racial and gender equity by dismantling systemic racism through the decolonization of the performing arts industry.
KPC seeks support from our communities in order to make this initiative a success and to elevate Black Trans, Gender Non Conforming, and Non Binary young people through dance, poetry, and discussion. We invite you to contribute to our mission through donations, sponsorships, promotions, and in whatever way you feel comfortable offering support.
"Transcend, Uplifting Their Voices" scholarship initiative awarded two Black Trans Mental Health Scholarships that included a monetary award of $1000 and valuable resources from professional dance companies and choreographers in the industry from summer 2021- winter 2022, including one on one mentorship from Artistic Directors/Choreographers, access to participate in company rehearsals with performance opportunities available, tech support to create online/virtual content such as a professional reel of work (ideal for college applications or auditions) and more as was determined based on what best served the awardees in their pursuits.
Applicants must identify as Black Trans, Gender Non Conforming, and/or Non Binary, high school or college ages 17-27, actively pursuing a career in the performing arts particularly focused on dance with the ability to take advantage of everything included in the scholarship packages, i.e. commuting to dance rehearsals, making time to meet with Mentors, utilizing year long memberships to dance organizations, etc. The option of virtual attendance for some dance rehearsals is possible depending on each company's preferences.
*CHECK BACK SPRING 2023 FOR NEXT ROUND APPLICATION OPENING*
*Congratulations to Inaugural Scholarship Recipients Dizz Young & Quincy Southerland
& Honorable Mention Pavuna Theuse!*
*A selection committee comprised of the BIIPOC collaborating choreographers and companies reviewed all applications in the selection of our awardees and honorable mention*