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2016 Conference | Emerging Fellows Announced

"My career has been cultivated by organizations that do so much with so little while taking bold programmatic leaps and supporting emerging artists through residencies, mentorship, and long term investment over years." - Joseph Hall

We are thrilled to announce the 2016 Emerging Leader Fellowships have been awarded to Amanda Chestnut (Genesee Center for the Arts & Education), Joseph Hall (BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance) and Guido Portel Villaba (Elsewhere).

Supported through the Strokosch Fellowship fund, the awards are aimed at advancing a diverse leadership pipeline in the residency field and supporting the careers of exceptional emerging ALAANA (African, Latin@, Asian, Arab or Native American) leaders. Each fellow was awarded $1,000 to support their participation in the Alliance's 2016 Conference in Portland Oregon.

Read more about this 2016 Conference fellows below!

Amanda Chestnut -  Communications Coordinator, Genesee Center for the Arts & Education
Rochester, New York

Amanda Chestnut’s work focuses on the representation of history – and in particular, how the history of race and gender impacts modern narratives. Her art has been exhibited in Rochester at Firehouse Gallery, Joe Brown Gallery, University of Rochester, and High Falls Art Gallery at the Center at High Falls. Formerly a resident at the Center for Photography at Woodstock in Woodstock, NY and at Genesee Center for the Arts & Education in Rochester, NY, she has held graduate assistantships at Visual Studies Workshop and the Criminal Justice Department, both at the College at Brockport in Rochester. Chestnut also holds an MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop. As an artist interested in both upending and interpreting traditional definitions of the archive, she pairs archival images and text with contemporary imagery and her own perspective to convey the history, emotion, and lasting socio-economic impact of the past. Her previous works incorporate photographic poems that draw from archival imagery, text based poems, and Chestnut’s hair.

Joseph Hall - Deputy Director, BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
New York, New York

Joseph Hall is Deputy Director at BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. He is a 2016 NYFA Emerging Leaders Boot Camp participant and an independent producer, curator, and performer working in New York and Pittsburgh. With choreographer Staycee Pearl, he is co-curator of Pearl Diving Movement Residency, a month-long residency in Pittsburgh for movement based work by national and local artists. Joseph is Company Manager for choreographer Marjani Fortè and Tour Manager for NDP awarded artist Bill Shannon. Before relocating to New York in 2014, he created original programming and residencies as Producing Director at Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh. As a performer, Joseph has worked with Staycee Pearl dance project, choreographers Maree Remalia and Jasmine Hearn, video artist Suzie Silver, and presented his own work at The Andy Warhol Museum as part of Trans-Q Live!.

Guido Villalba Portel | Communications Coordinator, Elsewhere
Greensboro, North Carolina

Guido Villalba Portel is a storyteller, theatre artist, and arts organizer originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. An undocumented, indigenous latinx and non-binary queer, they aim to bring transparency to experiences and issues with every step they take. Guido enjoys ruminating on change over time, building+strengthening community, intersectionality, languages, external presentations of the self, and "new" recipes. They're currently the Communications Coordinator at Elsewhere, in Greensboro, NC. At Elsewhere, Guido is a part of a living museum that supports creative projects, learning initiatives, and public works with global artists and local neighbors.