Judy Dworin Performance Project, Parkville Community School, and Trinity Celebrate 20 Years of Collaboration

‘Moving Matters!’ Performance Included Hundreds of Children, Many Trinity Alumni

​Hartford, Connecticut, May 11, 2016 – Judy Dworin Performance Project, Trinity College, and Parkville Community School have collaborated for 20 years to bring movement-based, multi-arts projects to Hartford school children. The most recent Moving Matters! performance took place on May 4 at Trinity College's Ferris Athletic Center. This was the 20th anniversary year for this collaborative project, which now involves the entire school of 550 children. It is directed by Kathy Borteck Gersten, associate artistic director of Judy Dworin Performance Project.

Moving Matters! Judy Dworin Performance Project, Trinity College, and Parkville Community School CollaborateThe joyous event was titled “I Can!” and celebrated the idea of creative possibility. The performance engaged the entire school as performers, with live music by Sirius Coyote and sets by Cheri Soule. It also honored the community partnership between Judy Dworin Performance Project, Parkville Community School, and Trinity College throughout these two decades, as well as the many participants through the years and the generous funders who have made it all possible.

Judy Dworin ’70, executive and artistic director of JDPP as well as Trinity professor of theater and dance, emerita, explained, “The project emanated from a course that I originated in Theater and Dance at Trinity and Kathy Borteck Gersten taught and redesigned for Parkville.” Dworin said that Trinity student Olivia Curreri ’19 worked on the project this year as an independent study under Lisa Matias ’90, a visiting lecturer in the Theater and Dance Department at Trinity who is also a teaching artist in the project. Mellissa Craig ’02 is another Trinity alumna who serves as a JDPP teaching artist for the project.

Parkville teacher Carlos Velazquez ’14, who was a student at Parkville as a child, was also a student in Gersten’s theater and dance course who did field work at Parkville. “Moving Matters! allows students across grade levels to find a bit of themselves in art: dance, music, movement and expression of self,” Velazquez said. “I am inspired to connect with my students and help them find some of their true selves in the work they do.”

Moving Matters! Judy Dworin Performance Project, Trinity College, and Parkville Community School CollaborateDworin added, “An important aspect of the program is that its culminating presentation is at a college. The students at Parkville are thrilled every year to come to a nearby college site for the presentation. It begins to put college on their radar screen as a real possibility for which to strive.”

The Moving Matters! Residency Program brings movement-based multi-arts residencies into schools and educational institutions through collaborative multi-arts projects designed to be age-appropriate and curriculum-relevant.

JDPP’s Moving Matters! residencies are founded in the belief that the arts can and do make a difference in the lives of children – opening up worlds of self-knowledge and awareness, expanding cognitive skills and providing tools for living. A particular focus of Moving Matters! residencies is to reach out to underserved populations.

Through the years the Parkville program has been supported at Trinity by the Theater and Dance Department through the “Education Through Movement” course that was offered for many years, the Community Learning Initiative, the Advancement Office, the Athletic Department that generously has offered space each year, and Media Technology Services.

 
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