Virtual Talk: Movement Matters, with Paz Tanjuaquio

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation

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Oct 25

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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“Movement Matters” follows the trajectory of a dancer’s life in NYC. Paz Tanjuaquio discusses her artistic path as a dancer, choreographer, and performer that leads to creating the nonprofit arts organization TOPAZ ARTS - an essential and inspiring space for contemporary dance and visual arts, celebrating over 20 years of making and supporting creative visions.


Paz Tanjuaquio has been active in New York City since 1990 as a choreographer, performer, visual artist, educator, and is a six-time marathon runner. She is Co-Founding Director of TOPAZ ARTS, Inc. – a nonprofit arts center in Queens, NY, established in 2000 with collaborator Todd B. Richmond to provide a creative space for contemporary performance and visual arts. Her choreography integrates art forms, from dance and performance to visual art, film, and design, creating images through movement. Her works have been presented by LaMaMa, Wassaic Projects, 92Y Harkness Dance Center, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Danspace Project, Movement Research at Judson Church, among others; nationally, at Operation Unite in Hudson NY, San Diego Trolley Dance, American Dance Festival Screen Dance, Philadelphia Fringe Festival; and internationally at Le Commun in Geneva, Switzerland, and residencies in Japan, Korea, and her birthplace, the Philippines. Awards include Artist Relief, National Endowment for the Arts, Dance/NYC’s Dance Advancement Fund, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, NYFA, and The Suitcase Fund’s Mekong Project in Cambodia and Vietnam. Residencies include Kaatsbaan in Tivoli, NY, Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan, The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard, Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. As a dancer, she has performed for Molissa Fenley, Nicky Paraiso, Dean Moss, Carl Hancock Rux, Marlies Yearby, among others. She has taught Dance full-time at SUNY/Nassau Community College, Adjunct at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and as guest artist at CUNY/Queens College, Sacramento State University, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and Vargas Museum at Univ. of the Philippines. She received her MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and BA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Paz is a member of New York State DanceForce and serves on the Steering Committee of The Bessies NY Dance and Performance Awards.


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The vision of Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation is to generate a movement with committed social artivists in response to historic global unrest. Artivism aims to generate community through multi-disciplinary teamwork for a more dignified and meaningful coexistence, however you define these terms. The goal of this initiative is to nurture confidence in taking continuous action from wherever you are by means of reciprocity.


Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation is a collaboration between Adelphi University; Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College, Columbia University; and Sing for Hope.


Artivism: The Power of Art Social Transformation, grew out of Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, (Dio Press, 2019), edited by Teachers College alumni Courtney Weida and Carolina Cambronero-Varela, and Dolapo Adeniji-Neill, of Adelphi University. "The concept for this book is inspired by the late Maxine Greene (2000), who described her enduring philosophical focus and legacy of social imagination as “the capacity to invent visions of what should be and what might be in our deficient society, on the streets where we live, in our schools” (p. 5). The purpose of this volume is to examine and illuminate the roles of community organizers and educators who are changing lives through public art and community arts projects. This research originally emerged from a well-attended 2018 conference presentation and exhibition at Teachers College, Columbia University, engaging with the local and international community of arts education and arts administration."

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