Help Raise Dakshina’s Creation Grant Match

Dear Friends of Dakshina:
DanielSinghShyreeDakshina is excited to announce that it has received a prestigious commissioning grant to create a new dance poetry work “Mortal Tongues, Immortal Voices” based on the work of writers lost to AIDS. This project is deeply influenced by the Anthology, “Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS”, edited by Philip Clark and David Groff. Dakshina is the only dance company of 15 awardees selected from a competitive pool of 120 submissions for the grant.

This grant is a significant validation of Dakshina’s position as a leader in the dance discipline and will help us create a new multi-media dance poetry project that engages and connects with community members on a whole new scale. “The Innovate DC grantees exemplify the District’s dynamic, innovative community and support our creative economy,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “The new grant offers a fresh start for arts-based organizations who work to enrich our community and create pathways to the middle class.”

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This grant is a matching grant and Dakshina is setting up a three-phase match raising initiative to raise $100,000 by April 1, 2015. We’re kicking off this fundraising goal as part of our End of Year ask, and will use it as our anchor for the first quarter of 2016. With your support we can bring this new project that uses dance, poetry, and mobile apps to address issues around universal principles of health, love, isolation, and eventually finding a community to weather the storms of life. “Innovate DC is about supporting District arts pioneers to foster sustainability,” said Kay Kendall, Chair of the DCCAH. “The Commission’s grants are investments in our amazing arts for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

We’ve already raised $38,000 and need your help in raising the remaining match of $62,000. Our first goal is to raise $30,000 by December 31, 2015 and to raise the remainder of the $32,000 by March 31, 2016. With your help, we can make it to our goal of raising the $100,000 match by March 31, 2016. Donate today and keep us on our feet!

Dakshina is a registered 501(c)3 charity and all of your donations are tax deductible to the full legal limit. If you would prefer to mail us a check, please make your check payable to Dakshina and mail to:

4607 Georgia Ave NW
Washington DC 20011

And — Thank YOU!
Thank you for being playing an integral role in Dakshina’s growth. Thank you for being important–because you are important to Dakshina. When you come see us dance, when you bring new people to our concerts and share our Facebook posts, when you make gifts to support our future, you are making us stronger. We are deeply grateful that you are a part of our community.

Highlights of Dakshina’s 2013 season

Pamela Squires writes, “In only 10 years, the annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts has become a Washington area mainstay. The festival’s dynamic program Friday at Sidney Harman Hall demonstrated that this first-rate festival is mature for its years, yet still young enough to bristle with bright promise. It is a heady combination.” Read full Washington Post review. September 22, 2013.

Sarah Kaufman, the Pulitzer price winning chief critic at the Washington Post writes: “It’s fitting that Singh, whose fascination with Sokolow has led to excellent productions of her works over the years, chose to present this gem. The weekend performances, with sharp new costumes by Judith Hansen, were a homecoming of sorts, as the work premiered in 1970 at Towson University in Towson, Md. Lorry May, who danced with Sokolow for more than 30 years, staged the work for Singh’s company.” Read full Washington Post review here. April 15, 2013.

Washington Performing Arts Society, in association with the Pola Nirenska Memorial Awards Committee, announces the presentation of the 2013 Pola Nirenska Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance to Daniel Phoenix Singh. Pola Nirenska (1910-1992) was a matriarch of modern dance in Washington, DC who survives through her work, and the gift of an annual award to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to dance. Read more about the Pola Nirenska award here.

Can We Count On Your Support in 2015?

In 2013, Dakshina’s performances reached close to 7000 community members. Dakshina’s Unique Adult Outreach Program provided free tickets to over 400 underprivileged adults through our work with local partners such as (SOME) So Others May Eat, Christ House, Martha’s Table and Miriam’s Kitchen. Our partnership with Class Acts Arts will bring the joy of dance to 25 schools and community organizations this season!

 Your support made this growth possible. How? Every dollar you donated went directly towards our artistic projects and outreach programming. Dakshina is currently run entirely by volunteers, with zero dollars going towards administrative costs.

How You Can Help

1. Click here to make a secure, tax-deductible contribution online in less than a minute. Make a difference in the lives of local dancers. If you’d rather send a check, please mail it to Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, 4607 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20011.
2. See if your Employer will match your donation to Dakshina (remember we are a registered 501(c) 3 organization)
3. Spread the word, Tell 5 of your friends about Dakshina, ask them to match your donation and sign up for our email list.

Keep us on our Feet–You are the dance!
Daniel Singh

Want to experience the movement? Join Dakshina today!

Currently Dakshina is seeking Board Members and volunteers who have experience in the following areas: Fundraising, Corporate Relations, South Asian Community Liaison, LGBT Community Liaison, Non-Profit Law, and Accounting. In addition, we are looking for event planning volunteers to help us organize our 2015 season. Our volunteers get to meet international artists and work in a hands-on environment, meet wonderful people and have fun while doing it all. Make a difference in your community and the arts scene. Email us at info@dakshina.org to get started. Visit our Facebook page for ongoing updates and to get a sneak peak at our rehearsal pictures. www.facebook.com/DakshinaDC.