The Keshet Story
Founded in 1996, Keshet is an Albuquerque-based nonprofit which exists to inspire and unite community by fostering unlimited possibilities through dance, mentorship and a creative space for the arts. Uniting the arts, the artist and the audience, Keshet invites you to engage, experience and be inspired through bold explorations of movement and celebrations of community.
Located at Keshet Center for the Arts, all of Keshet’s programming is based on the core values of inclusion, authenticity, excellence, opportunity, fluidity and personal growth.
Global to Local; Local to Global
- Keshet International Dance Festival – Year round programming of performances, master classes, shindigs, gatherings, and makers space with international and national visiting contemporary dance artists at the Keshet Center for the Arts; bringing global to local.
- Keshet New Dance Works – Creation and Touring – New contemporary works created for and with Keshet Dance by local, national, and international choreographers; created locally, toured globally.
The Business of Art
- Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community – A business incubator and resource center for arts entrepreneurs; championing the value of the artist and the arts economy.
- Keshet Fellowship for Contemporary Dance – Choreographic residencies supporting U.S. based artists at the Keshet Center for the Arts.
Social Justice through Dance
- Movement + Mentorship = Metamorphosis (M3) – Keshet’s M3 Program uses the vehicle of dance to engage, educate, and empower incarcerated and paroling youth within the State of New Mexico.
- Movement for Mercy – The national expansion of Keshet’s M3 Program curriculum through residencies and partnerships with twenty communities throughout the U.S.; supporting local and national juvenile justice reform efforts and initiatives.
Community Dance Education & Performance
- Community Dance Classes – Everyone should dance! Keshet classes are available to all levels, ages, and abilities from beginner to professional; from age 2 to 102. To insure these classes are truly available to all, Keshet offers an unlimited, non-competitive scholarship program for dancers under 18 years old, and a Work/Study trade program for dancers 18+.
- Adaptive/Inclusive Dance – Insuring that dance programming is available and accessible to all dancers, including dancers and choreographers with differing physical and/or developmental abilities.
- Keshet’s Pre-Professional Program (KP3) – A comprehensive curriculum through which young dancers, ages 8-18, can pursue focused training in dance technique, choreography, and performance; preparing them for a career and/or higher education in dance.
- Community Engagement Programming – Includes the Title I Homeless Project, DEA Dance Project, and many other community partnerships.
- Community Performance Series – Highlighting the talent of our local and regional community, Keshet’s Community Performances include Nutcracker on the Rocks, Winter and Spring Dance Concerts, Choreographers’ Showcases, artSLAM, and more!
Keshet Dance Company is a 501 c3 non-profit and have been in good standing since 1996. Our EIN number is 85-0436623.
Shira Greenberg, Founder and Artistic Director; Shira@KeshetArts.org
Ana Lopes Arechiga, School & Community Engagement Director, Company Dancer, Teaching Faculty, Ana@KeshetArts.org
Sonia Bologa, Company Dancer, Teaching Faculty; Sonia@KeshetArts.org
Gabe Gonzales, Company Dancer, Teaching Faculty, Gabe@KeshetArts.org
Sarah Gonzales, Pre-Professional Programs Director, Teaching Faculty; Sarah@KeshetArts.org
Silva Laukkanen , Adaptive/Integrated Dance Director, Teaching Faculty; Silva@KeshetArts.org
Clayton Meredith, Facilities Director; Clayton@KeshetArts.org
Elysia Pope, Company Dancer, Teaching Faculty, Online Media Manager; Elysia@KeshetArts.org
Vangie Ross, Volunteer Coordinator; Vangie@KeshetArts.org
Haley Etlantus Shaffer, Student Information Manager, Teaching Faculty; Haly@KeshetArts.org
Lindsay Shettlesworth, Human Resources Director, Teaching Faculty; Lindsay@KeshetArts.org
Joni Thompson, Bookkeeper / Business Advancement Coordinator; Joni@KeshetArts.org
Board of Directors
Randy Trask, President/CEO, encuentro solutions, inc.
Board Vice President:
Sean Herring, Sandia National Laboratories
Amy Stangel, Hanseatic Management Services
Dovya Friedman, Utility Agency
Members at Large:
Shira Greenberg, Founder & Artistic Director, Keshet
Liz Groth, Nurse, Presbyterian Health Care
Manuel Montoya, UNM Anderson School of Business
Michael Moxey, New Mexico Dental Association
PRODUCERS ($10,000 +)
ENSEMBLE MEMBERS ($100-$499)
Keshet (Keshet Dance Company) is a private, non-profit organization according to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS DONORS
Keshet would like to thank our entire Cast of Characters, especially those in the following supporting roles whose financial and in-kind contributions shine the spotlight on the smiling faces you see today.
PRODUCERS ($10,000 +)
Albuquerque Community Foundation
American General Media*
Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation
Jobsite Software Inc.
McCune Charitable Foundation
United Way of Central New Mexico
Stephen and Kristine Wade
Bank of America Foundation
New Mexico Arts
Sheila Fortune Foundation
City of Albuquerque – Urban Enhancement Trust Fund
Clear Channel Outdoor*
Karen and John Chimarusti
Perry and Margery Pintzow
Pat Barrett Photography*
DEA Educational Foundation
Steven Granberg, Attorney at Law
Greenberg/Kornblum Charitable Fund
Green Jeans Farmery
Jewish Federation of New Mexico
Los Alamos National Bank
Lee and Kenneth Moore
New Mexico Mutual
Nusenda Credit Union
Peacock Myers P.C.
Sutin Thayer & Browne, P.C.
Wray & Girard, P.C.
Anthony Williams Law
Burt & Company CPAs
Maria Montoya Chavez and Leland Chavez
ExplorAbilities Therapy Center
Shira Greenberg and Richard Letscher
Hunter Bower Lumber*
Kid Power Therapy Associates PC
Muniz Allstate Agency
Sadie’s of New Mexico
Scott and Pat Stafford
Stone Age Climbing Gym
Duffy and Jean Ann Swan
In Honor of Jennifer Black
Ensemble Members ($100-$499)
David and Maureen Anderson
Harry and Terry Cohen
Costco Wholesale Corporation*
Elaine and Thomas Ehrhorn
empty house studio*
Colleen Grathwol and Scott Ferguson
Marcos Gonzales and Sarah Williams Gonzales
Sean and Ari Herring
Home Depot – Los Lunas*
Kelly Jo Designs
Michael Maccini and Barbara Koenig
Mackie Reid & Company
Marty Padilla Academy Mortgage Corporation
Enrique and Claudette Montoya
Jennie Negin and Harold Folley
New Mexico Dancewear
Ocotillo Solar Electric
Michael and Linda Platt
PTI Electrical Contractors
Regina Chavez Puccetti and Daniel Puccetti
Andrew G. Rausch Memorial Fund
Red Rock Roasters*
Sign & Image Factory*
Slate Street Café*
Southern Wine & Spirits*
John Taschner Estate
Tiaso Artist Collaborative*
The Daily Grind
Adrian Moore Trask and Nathaniel Trask
In Memory of Dane Munk
In Honor of Shosha Wheeler
Cristian and Elvine Bologa
Fred and Evelyn Bryant
Barbara and Roscoe Champion
Mary Cianflone and Clayton Meredith
Einsteins Bagels on Central*
Einsteins Bagels on Cutler*
Heidi and Jeff Fredine
Felecia Caton Garcia
Judith Brin Ingber*
Rita James and Brian Reinhardt
Cesar Lopes and Ana Lopes Arechiga
Patrick Miles and Tara Davenport
Matthew J. Nielsen
Burt and Shirley Politz
Martin H. Quintana
Katherine Bartnett Rivas
Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ*
United Healthcare Group
Richard Van Riper
David Vaughan and Martin Stupich
Hugh & Barbara Witemeyer
Karen “Cal” Wright
In Memory of Dane Christopher Haughton Munk
Donors listed reflect donations made from January 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017. If your name was inadvertently left off this list, please accept our deepest apologies and inform us immediately.
Keshet is a private non-profit organization according to section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible.
*Indicates all or portion of donation was an In-Kind contribution
WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!
Map and Directions
Map and Directions
4121 Cutler Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 (link to Google Maps)
Cutler is just north of Indian School / just south of Menaul
The cross streets are Morningside and Cutler (Keshet Center for the Arts is on the north side of Cutler, just west of Morningside) Morningside is just west of Washington
If you are heading East on I-40 Take the San Mateo exit and drive briefly north (L) on San Mateo. Turn to the west (L) on Cutler – the first street north of the freeway. Continue on Cutler past Washington, and continue just past Morningside, Keshet Center for the Arts will be on your right.
If you are heading West on I-40 Take the San Mateo exit and continue straight…you are already on Cutler! Continue heading this direction (west) on Cutler past Washington, to Morningside. Keshet Center for the Arts will be on your right.
Awards/Honors and Milestones
Awards/Honors & Milestones
Keshet formally launches the Keshet International Dance Festival with Navarasa Dance Theater’s (India/Boston/LA) world premiere of Snake and Ladder.
With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Keshet launches the first “Keshet Fellowship for Contemporary Dance” with inaugural Fellow, Silva Laukkanen from Austin, TX.
The 20th annual, and finale run of Nutcracker on the Rocks, is presented at the Keshet Center for the Arts with a 26 show run including beautiful cameo appearances from past cast members over the past 20 years.
Shira Greenberg is a recipient of the 2016 Roslyn S. Jaffe Award, supporting everyday heroes who are making a meaningful impact in communities across the U.S., specifically in the areas of health, education, and social reform.
Keshet presents the Rio Grande Movement Collectors Festival, which is the seed that grows the Makers Space Experience at the Keshet Center for the Arts.
Keshet hosts the first Southwest/Mountain States Regional Convening on Adaptive/Inclusive Dance – co-presented by AXIS Dance Company and facilitated by AXIS’s Founder and Director Judith Smith, with performances by DanceAbility and master classes by DanceAbility Founder, Alito Alessi.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provides Keshet with seed money to codify the M3 curriculum and launch programming in five pilot communities throughout the U.S. forging partnerships between local dance professionals and the local juvenile justice system of each pilot community.
Shira Greenberg is one of five women nationally to be awarded Traditional Home Magazine’s 2014 Classic Woman Award, recognizing extraordinary women who have made a difference in the lives of their communities.
Keshet provides the rights to Nutcracker on the Rocks to Cohesion Dance Project (Helena, MT), and Cohesion premieres its first annual “Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks” over Thanksgiving weekend.
Keshet is selected as the first place photo winner in TechSoup’s Digital Storytelling Contest.
Keshet closes on the property at 4121 Cutler Ave NE in January, and in August moves in, transforming the former soundstage and adjoining warehouse into the Keshet Center for the Arts.
Keshet is awarded $1,000,000 from the US Department of Economic Development for the creation of the Keshet Ideas and Innovation Center at the Keshet Center for the Arts.
Romania’s Ministry of Culture brings Keshet’s Artistic Director to Bucharest to speak with government officials and arts leaders regarding Keshet’s unique arts initiatives and the creation of the Keshet Center for the Arts.
Keshet becomes an ambassador for City of Albuquerque’s Sister Cities Program, building arts and culture relationships with Rehovot, Israel.
Shira Greenberg, Keshet’s Founder and Artistic Director, is recognized as a Top-Performing CEO by New Mexico Business Weekly, honoring CEOs whose leadership has a positive impact on business and communities in New Mexico.
Keshet receives the Ethics in Business Award, recognizing only one non-profit organization within the state which demonstrates business excellence and the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity, and civic and social responsibility.
Keshet is nationally recognized as one of 15 youth arts and humanities programs to receive the prestigious 2009 Coming Up Taller Award for its work with incarcerated youth at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center (YDDC). The award is presented by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, at the White House.
Shira Greenberg, Keshet’s Founder and Artistic Director, receives the Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women, recognizing 20 women within the State who have made exceptional contributions and achievements in improving the status of women in New Mexico.
Shira Greenberg receives the New Mexico Business Weekly’s Women of Influence Award, celebrating women who have made a difference in the community, blazed a trail and left a mark on New Mexico business.
The New Mexico State Legislature passes House Memorial 107 “to commend Keshet Dance Company on its dance programs, its educational and social curricula and its provision of mentorship relationships for incarcerated and paroled youth, all aimed at reducing juvenile recidivism rates.”
Keshet becomes one of only a handful of dance companies within the country to offer full-time employment and benefits to professional dancers and staff. [Only 5% -9% of dance companies in major metropolitan areas are able to pay salaries to their dancers – Dance/USA]Shira Greenberg is named one of New Mexico Business Weekly’s 40 Under Forty, recognizing 40 professionals under the age of 40 in the State of New Mexico who “stand out in their fields and are engaged in their communities making New Mexico a better place to live.”
Keshet is awarded the New Mexico Women’s Forum LEAP Award (Leadership, Empowerment and Advocacy Program), presented to only one non-profit organization within the State of New Mexico annually.
Keshet is one of only two recognized programs nationwide by the Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Innovation for innovative programming – “creating a new dimension of performance and changing people’s lives.”
January 25 (FBG) – Keshet Board and Staff is restructured to insure a focus on mission and programming.
Keshet is awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Keep the Dream Alive Award by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council, Inc. for “creating an environment where the medium of dance is used to build cross-cultural and social bridges to every aspect of society.”
Keshet receives the Albuquerque Arts Alliance’s Bravo Award for Excellence in Dance, determined by public nomination and peer review.
Keshet moves to 214 Coal, which will become its home for the next 13 years.
Keshet receives the National Bravo Network’s “2000 Smart Start – National Arts in Education Award,” awarded by the Bravo Network to only four arts organizations within the United States.
The “Keshet Center for the Arts” business plan is written, mapping the future plans for the organization.
Shira Greenberg discovers the 214 Coal property for lease and begins bugging the realtor, which will continue for the next 3 ½ years, until Keshet finally gets to move into that property.
Keshet premieres Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks at Rodey Theater, with a dedicated cast of 13 dancers, some crazy crew members, and a whole lot of shenanigans.
Keshet Center for the Arts
4121 Cutler Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
505.224.9808 / info@KeshetArts.org
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