Shawn Rawls is a dance educator and performer and Founder and Artistic Director of Emotions Physical Theatre, a national touring dance company. Through his company, Shawn works with the DEA to create shows and teach residencies high quality dance presentations with anti-drug messages for at-risk kids. During his youth in Cleveland, OH, Shawn studied martial arts and street dance leading him to studies at the Cleveland School of the Arts, dancing with U.D.C. (Urban Dance Collective) and Y.A.R.D (Youth At Risk Dancing), an award-winning program helping youths develop an artistic voice. These early youth company experiences provided training with Paul Taylor, Pilobolus, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. He received a full scholarship in dance to pursue a BFA in performance and choreography from Belhaven University. As a performer, Shawn has worked with numerous companies such as Pilobolus, Roxey Ballet, Chicago Dance Crash, Tygo Ballets, Son Kiss'd Hip Hop Contemporary, Ad Deum, Culture Shock, and the Aluminum Show. He has been commissioned to create work on Dancing Wheels and Roxey Ballet along with numerous choreography commissions for colleges and student training programs. His work has been seen in NYC 10 Festival, the Houston Fringe Festival, and the Moving Beauty Series. Shawn has also been teaching dance for over thirteen years at numerous dance schools, training programs and in the Newark, NJ Public School System.
Posted: August 10, 2022Communication through Physical TheatreFree Workshop and Performance with Shawn RawlsFor ages 18 & Up (space is limited & registration is required)Workshop: Friday, Sep. 16 & Saturday. Sep. 17: 5:00-8:00pmPerformance/Filming: Sunday, Sep. 18 at 2:00pmIn this workshop, we will use elements of physical theater as a tool to improve communication and interpersonal relationships. Participants will explore internal emotions as the springboard for artistic creation. To share perspective and invoke empathy. Participants will learn various tools of physical theatre as well as methods for connecting emotions and their bodies. Through the workshop, 20 mins of work of live performance will be created.
Posted: February 07, 2022|
A Virtual Lecture: Thursday, April 7 at 6:30pm (free of charge)One can read books, watch videos or live discussions, or even interact with collectors but not many will share personal strategies, intrinsic and financial values, and other insights to give you a leg up on building an impactful collection. Zoom information will be sent upon registration.
This free program is in conjunction with the Charles White: Influences exhibition in partnership with the Gordon Center for Black Culture & Arts and the CEJJES Institute. The exhibition is on view April 2 through June 11, 2022 in the Emerson Gallery @ RoCA.
The Charles White: Influences exhibition was made possible thanks to generous loans from the following individuals and institutions:
Leonard Freed Estate The David C Driskell Center
at the University of Maryland
Dr. Edmond Gordon
Dr. Jessica Gordon
The Petrucci Family
John David Treadwell
The Gordon Parks
Ian White and
The Charles White ArchivesRoCA's programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. Funding is also made possible by the County of Rockland.
Posted: February 09, 2021|
This lecture is part of RoCA’s new series: The Luminary Artists of Rockland.
Thursday, March 11 at 7:00pm (a Q & A will follow the presentation)
Self-declared "maker of useful things" Eva Zeisel was a Hungarian-born American industrial designer known for her work with ceramics, primarily from the period after she emigrated to the United States. Her forms are often abstractions of the natural world and human relationships, unusual and inviting takes on what we take for granted. In the middle years of the 20th century, Zeisel’s works could be found on the tabletops of many homes. Her designs are not only prized by collectors but continue to be sold today. What once was merely mundane and blandly functional suddenly had a magic beyond mere purpose.
This lecture, packed with examples of Zeisel’s works and details both personal and professional, presents her to new and established devotees. Hosted by Jean Richards, actress, Eva Zeisel expert—as well as her daughter and executor of her estate—this lecture brings scholarly insight into Eva Zeisel’s life and work: a woman who survived imprisonment in the revolutionary tumult of the Soviet-era, who journeyed to the United States and concocted legendary designs that redefined housewares, forever impacting American arts and culture during the post-war years—who was also a wife and a mother.
Zeisel’s acclaim is worldwide. Her work is in the permanent collections of such museums as the Met, MoMA, and the British Museum. She has also received the two highest civilian awards from the Hungarian government, as well as honorifics from numerous art and design schools from the world over. Eva Zeisel’s fame and influence will likely continue for years to come. This lecture makes the case for her as a titan of design.
Jean Richards is an actress and author of several children’s books. She appeared in the original Broadway productions of Fiddler on the Roof and The Rothschilds, and in many off- and off-off Broadway productions. Throughout her career she specialized in a variety of voice-overs: from medical demos to children’s stories. Jean is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Important Zoom Information: Registration for all virtual events will close 5 hours before the program begins. Zoom invitations will be emailed 24 hours in advance of the program. If you don't receive an email with an invitation code, please check your spam folder or send an email to: email@example.com.
The Luminary Artists of Rockland is made possible through a generous grant from The M&T Charitable Foundation and sponsorship from Kantrowitz, Goldhamer and Graifman, PC.
RoCA’s programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Funding is also made possible by the County of Rockland.
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Posted: January 06, 2021|This first lecture is in partnership with the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center as part of RoCA's new series: The Luminary Artists of Rockland.Thursday, February 11 at 7:00pm
Using Hopper's paintings as inspiration, this talk will explore the ways stories are constructed by and for the subjects held in iconic Rockland-raised painter Edward Hopper's frame. We will also discuss the lives of Marion Hopper (his sister) and Jo Nivison Hopper (his wife, a fellow painter) who kept very detailed journals and logs, asking what it takes for an object to be considered art and how we can explore the possibility for art within our own lives. We will complicate the idea of the domestic and create a fuller picture of the Hopper legacy.Juliana Roth is an artist currently based in Nyack, NY. She is curious of the possibilities for telling stories across genres. She is most passionate about collaborating with others and likes to apply art and storytelling for transformation, to build community, and as a pathway for creative social change. Currently, she works with Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center, Rivertown Film Society, and Leftfield Productions to do just that. Sometimes, she acts. Mostly, she writes. She was selected as a 2020 VIDA Fellow with Sundress Publications for her fiction.The Luminary Artists of Rockland Virtual Lecture Series is made possible through generous funding from M&T Bank and Kantrowitz, Goldhamer and Graifman, P.C.Important Zoom Information: Registration for all virtual events will close 5 hours before the program begins. Zoom invitations will be emailed 24 hours in advance of the program. If you don't receive an email with an invitation code, please check your spam folder or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.RoCA gratefully acknowledges support for its programs from The Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation, M&T Bank, Orange & Rockland Utilities, Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman P.C., the Rea Charitable Trust, Golden Artist Colors, Inc., QuietEvents, Rockland County Tourism, the Estate of Joan Konner, Lighting Services Inc., Sarah and Stephen Thomas, the Mark and Jessie Milano Foundation, Zaklin Family Charitable Fund, The County of Rockland, The Family Fjord Foundation, Simona and Jerome Chazen, Art Services Group, RoCA members, donors and business members.RoCA's programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Funding is also made possible by the County of Rockland.
Posted: November 30, 2020|Categories: Art ClassesVirtual Artist Talkwith Kris Campbell & Leslie Fandrich
Thursday, September 24 at 4:00pm
Free of chargeIn celebration of the year of the women's movement, join RoCA on Thursday, Sept. 24th at 4:00pm for a free virtual discussion on two exhibits by women. Each explores how women are seen and perceived: LOOK AT ME: Works by Kris Campbell and THE FEMININE PERCEPTION: Beauty and Nonsense, Works by Leslie Fandrich.Kris Campbell takes a delicate, nominal craft, and, using yarn on mesh screens assembles large works that take up space and demand to be seen. Her exhibit asks the viewer to go beyond judgment to become aware of what is seen, how something is seen, while actively engaging in the experience of the outward — and inward — gaze. All the artworks are of women: some confront us, some accept, and some beckon to us to suspend judgment and look within.Leslie Fandrich tells stories of the feminine deploying collage, by drawing connections to the female body and ways in which women are viewed – or not viewed – in today's society and the media. Her modern and timeless work explores the ways in which our visual language has provided a disservice to more than half the human population. Her intent is to question and transform the way women are respected in our culture and reflected in our media.Join us for a discussion with the artists as they share their inspirations, intents, and ask the questions: What do women need to do to hold power? How do powerful women make others feel? How does feminism intersect with racism, gender roles, and other forms of oppression? How do women increase their value in a society that frequently de-values them? How do we perceive gender?Exhibits on view through October 3, by appointment.To register and receive Zoom information for this program,call (845) 358-0877.
Posted: August 31, 2018|Categories: Support RoCA
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