Help us Kickstart Cultivate 2013!

Cultivate needs your help!

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Cultivate is more than just a dance festival; it’s a way to nourish community, and practice being alive and awake in our bodies, lives and world at large.
And we need YOUR help to bring it to life!  Kickstarter is a groovy crowd source fundraising platform that allows folks to make amazing projects, with the support of many backers each making modest donations.

Last year, over 200 backers raised $7000 in just over a week, with an average pledge of $35.  Incredible!  How does Kickstarter work, you ask?  It couldn’t be simpler!

  • Check out the nifty rewards you get for becoming a backer!  (tickets to a show, custom made art, dances made just for you!)
  • Choose which level of support best suits you!
  • Make a pledge using a credit card over the super secure website.  (No one gets charged until we meet our goal.)
  • Enjoy the great feeling of knowing you are helping bring something very cool to life!

On behalf of all of the Artists of Cultivate 2013, thank you for your support!

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Overwhelmed with beautiful proposals to come share work and be a part of this year’s Cultivate festival. An embarrassment of riches, a glorious overflowing. Mille gracias to all of you who care so much about growing a community from the ground up!

Look for this year’s line-up of artists to be announced mid-May!

Call for Proposals for Cultivate 2013

Cultivate returns to Bethlehem, NH August 15-20, 2013.  Do you have new work you’d like to show?  A proposal for a workshop?  An idea for ways that artists and audiences can meet, mingle and have a meaningful exchange?  Would you like to spend a summer weekend in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire, sharing your work and cultivating the community for contemporary dance and performance in the North Country?

Cultivate is a unique festival in a unique town. Artists are be housed comfortably within walking distance to the theatre and studio spaces, in the homes of Bethlehem residents who love and support contemporary dance and dance-makers.  Most meals are provided by community potluck, and offer artists and audiences a way to connect outside of the theatre. Each artist receives a modest honorarium for performing and/or teaching.  Performances take place on the stage of the Colonial Theater, the oldest continuously operated movie theater in the country, in addition to various sites around the village.

Looking for work that is low-tech, small-cast, and relatively family friendly. Also looking for engaging workshops for a wide range of age and ability.

E-mail proposals to Katherine Ferrier, Director and Curator of Cultivate: katherine(at)katherineferrier(dot)net

Proposals must include the following:

  • All contact info, including mailing address.
  • Description of work to be presented, including number of performers, technical requirements and a link to video if possible.
  • Workshop description, if applicable.
  • Short bio (100 words max)

Deadline March 31, 2013

Free Cultivate Posters to Download!





huge shout out to the enormously talented Tori Lawrence, who designed all the gorgeous Cultivate graphics you’ve been seeing all round Facebook and the North Country. Go check out more of her work here!

Extending the Dance Map in Northern New England

Cultivate:  Extending the Dance Map in Northern New England

A conference for teachers, dancers, parents and school administrators interested in integrating dance and movement into education in the North Country.

Click here to REGISTER for this great conference!

8:00-9:00    registration | coffee | networking

9:00-9:15    introductions

9:15-10:30  Round Table Discussion: Dance in Our Schools | Where are we now?  Where do we want to be?

A panel of dancers, educators and arts administrators discusses the challenges and opportunities of bringing dance into schools. Panelists include Emily Anderson, a recent graduate of the Bennington College dance program and a participant in Extending the Dance Map; Ashley Hensel-Browning, a Vermont juried teaching artist and fellow of Extending the Dance Map; Jeanne Limmer, NH State Council on the Arts Arts in Education roster artist and director of the Jeanne Limmer Dance Center and Axis Dance Company; Marcia McCaffrey, arts consultant, New Hampshire Department of Education and a dance educator; and Marcia Murdock, director of the dance program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Keene State  College.

10:30-12    Workshop:  Finding Empathy: Movement as a Tool for Students, Teachers and Parents  |Jeanne Limmer
Experience, explore and discuss strategies for teachers, parents and students to address issues of bullying, and cultivate compassion and understanding through movement and dance. Limmer is a NH State Council on the Arts Arts in Education roster artist and director of the Jeanne Limmer Dance Center and Axis Dance Company in North Conway.
12:00-1:00   Lunch & time for discussion, peer learning, networking

1:00-3:00    Workshop: Dance and Learning:  An Integrated Partnership  with Stephen Clapp

Based on a Collaborative Integrated Curriculum Model using both state curriculum frameworks and National Dance Standards, this participatory workshop explores tools for integrating the arts with non-arts disciplines in school settings. Clapp is a choreographer, theater artist and writer and has served as a faculty member for the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and guest artist with companies around the country. He is Director of Maryland’s Dance Box Theater.

3:00-4:00    Closing discussion: Moving the Process Forward: The need for more dance in our schools!

4:00-4:30     Evaluation, networking

Conference cost: $25 ($15 for Arts Alliance members); $15 for high-school and college students ($10 for AANNH members). Lunch included. Scholarships available.

This conference is presented through a partnership with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, as part of  Extending the Dance Map, an initiative to bring more dance to rural northern New England schools, with support from the Dana Foundation and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

Thursday, August 9 | 8:00am – 4:30 pm | Town Hall Meeting Room, Second Floor,  Bethlehem, NH