CultureFest: Dancing Divine Diversity
The Inaugural Event of SDGO - (Sacred Dance Global Outreach)
September 18-20, 2009
CultureFest: Dancing Divine Diversity was the inaugural event of our Sacred Dance Global Outreach (SDGO), a social justice initiative to assist disadvantaged dancers and dance companies at home and abroad, particularly those challenged by poverty, political violence, and social injustice.
The three-day event was coordinated by Elaine Sisler, a public relations director of the Sacred Dance Guild, and featured dancers and dance companies from throughout the Boston metro area who donated their time and talent, presenting workshops and performances of multicultural dance forms.
The beneficiary organization of CultureFest is Young Dancers of Armenia, a project of COAF (Children of Armenia Fund), a non-profit organization that strives to improve the lives of youth in rural villages of Armenia. COAF also encourages young Armenians to discover and preserve their cultural heritage, particularly through dance.
CultureFest raised funds and collected donations of dancewear and supplies for the Young Dancers of Armenia, and the contributions continue. Thanks to all. CultureFest raised over $1,000 in cash and received 15 boxes of brand new dancewear and shoes valued at more than $20,000 from the NorthEast Dance Retailers Association. UPS contributed sturdy boxes for shipping. COAF sent a van to pick up the goods from Massachusetts and transport them to JFK International Airport in New York for delivery to Armenia. A check for $1,000 and the donated dancewear (shipped free of charge) will be delivered directly to Young Dancers of Armenia. SDGO is very grateful to all who made this dancing dream come true! Click here to read our CultureFest Thank You list.
Linda Ghastin, president of the NorthEast Dance Retailers Association, surrounded by the boxes of brand new donated dancewear for Young Dancers of Armenia. Click here to see the happy dancers receiving their new dance gear, and to read a note of thanks from COAF.
See photos from CultureFest
Read Elaine's Reflections on CultureFest
View the Benefit Concert Program
Order The Concert DVD
Learn more about COAF