Rooted in dance, mentorship, and a welcoming space for the arts, Keshet activates community and fosters unlimited possibilities through education, engagement, innovation, and the pursuit of justice.
To celebrate the art of dance and be a welcoming home for the intersection of the arts, artists, and audience; actuating a flourishing environment for empowered individuals, nurtured communities, and sustained equity.
Housed at the Keshet Center for the Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and founded in 1996, the heart of our organization is Keshet Dance Company, a core group of professional dance artists, who creatively feed and are fed by by three intersecting program areas: Education and Engagement, encompassing classes and performances for all ages and abilities, the Ideas and Innovation Community, a business resource center and residency-based makerspace for arts entrepreneurs, and Arts and Justice Initiatives, including juvenile justice direct service, research/data, policy/advocacy, and community connectivity.
KESHET DANCE COMPANY
Professional movement artists from all over the world who find their truest selves in the art of dance, and who work and live in Albuquerque, NM, creating and sharing contemporary dance and facilitating meaningful community programming. Our Company Dancers facilitate community programming while also honing their craft and artistry. The professional dance artists who bring life to Keshet Dance Company brilliantly remove the boundaries between “dance” and “community,” and can usually be found sharing movement, mentorship, and laughter with each other, visiting artists, students of all ages, abilities and spaces, and communities near and far.
KESHET CENTER FOR THE ARTS
30,000 sq. ft. of pure fun and wearing the largest mural in the State of New Mexico! Keshet Center for the Arts is home to 6 studios, a 240-seat theater, community gathering spaces, and is a bustling, welcoming space for all! Keshet Center for the Arts is proud to be an anchor organization in the Midtown Arts and Entertainment District.
EDUCATION AND ENGAGEMENT
Everyone can dance! Keshet classes are available to all levels, ages, and abilities; from age 2 to 102. To remove economic barriers, Keshet offers all classes and performances on a sliding scale with $0 options for all, ensuring unlimited, noncompetitive scholarships for all.
While many of Keshet’s dance education opportunities are multi-generational, we also offer specific programs for young dancers, pre-professional students, professional dancers, novice adults, older adults, dancers with disabilities, and more. Keshet’s full production season engages audiences in a wide range of dance performance experiences and opportunities. Local performances range from community-wide collaborative productions to national and international visiting guest artists.
IDEAS AND INNOVATION COMMUNITY
The Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (KIIC) champions the value of the artist and the arts economy. Through KIIC, Keshet offers invaluable arts business classes for arts entrepreneurs focusing on topics such as Grant Writing, Marketing & Branding, Financial Management, Intellectual Property Law, and more. A core component of KIIC are the makerspace residencies, providing access to rehearsal and performance space for movement artists, along with peer support and business mentorship.
ARTS AND JUSTICE INITIATIVES
Keshet’s Arts and Justice Initiatives work with a broad range of community partners at the intersection of arts and juvenile justice, who envision a future where youth are empowered and where the systems that serve them are transformed, centering the arts as a way to build the well-being of young people and their communities.
Keshet’s work in this area includes dance programming for incarcerated and paroling youth; post-release transition and detention alternatives support, through internships and peer-led support; field research supporting policy and advocacy efforts towards meaningful systems change; and community conversations and learning opportunities centering youth voices with an eye towards resource connectivity across social sector and government agencies.
Uniting the arts, the artist and the audience, Keshet invites you to experience and be inspired by bold explorations of movement and celebrations of community!
Board of Directors
Manuel Montoya, Associate Professor of International Management and Global Structures,
Chair of Creative Enterprise, University of New Mexico, Anderson School of Management
Immediate Past Board President:
Tom Wolinski, Fiasco Fine Wine
Board Vice President:
Dovya Friedman, Owner/CEO, Utility Agency & DLF Branding
Vanessa Shackleford, Program Analyst, Dept of Energy, Leidos
Members at Large:
Arlyn Crow, Adams + Crow Law Firm
Rabbi John T. Feldman, Professor, University of New Mexico Law School; Mediator; Musician
Shira Greenberg, Founder & Artistic Director, Keshet
Thank you to these amazing Corporate Fans for your support!
Corporate Fans are businesses and individuals who support Keshet and connect to community members and art enthusiasts through sponsorship of Keshet’s ongoing performance season. Click here to learn more!
Thank you to these amazing Funders for your support!
WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!
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 make a difference in supporting “unlimited possibilities” in Fiscal Year 2022-23 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023).
*In Kind (indicates some or all of gift in-kind)
~ Sustainers Club Member
+ denotes Corporate Fan
^ ABQ Wine Classic Sponsor
If you made a donation in FY2022-2023 and don’t see yourself listed, please contact info@KeshetArts.org
Celebrating Dance & Community: Keshet is the guest of Silverkite Podcast
Learn about Keshet with Pat Allen: Weekly Edition Fall 2019
Albuquerque Community Foundation
Albuquerque Community Foundation (Great Grant Giveaway)
Anonymous National Foundation
Anonymous New Mexico Foundation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico
City of Albuquerque Department of Arts and Culture
City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund
Magic 99.5 / 96.3 News Radio KKOB*^
National Endowment for the Arts
New Mexico Humanities Council
New Mexico Funder’s Collaborative (Educate to Elevate)
PNM Resources Foundation
Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation
U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration
Thomas Wolinski and Michelle Vigil~*
Anonymous – In Memory of Dane C. Houghton Munk
A+ Marketing Consultants*+
Albertsons Market / Market Street+^
Albuquerque Business First*^
Albuquerque the Magazine*^
Drs. David and Sandra Davis
Nusenda Credit Union^
Nusenda Credit Union Foundation
River Terrace Inn*^
Sheila Fortune Foundation
State of New Mexico – Department of Cultural Affairs
Stetson Law Offices PC^
The Albuquerque Journal / Starline Printing LLLP*^
Kris and Stephen Wade
Dr. Byron Wall and Cindy Hernandez Wall*^
DIVAS ($2,500 – $4,999)
Adams + Crow Law Firm+^
William and Paula Bradley*
Branch Law Firm^
Dr. Christopher Buttner, DDS^
City Different Investments^
Arlyn Crow and Sam Adams
Dance Medicine New Mexico*+
Charles and Eugenia Eberle*
Edible New Mexico*^
Garcia Automotive Group^
Mickey Greenberg and Shelley Kornblum
Lone Sun Builders*+
Manuel Montoya and Ronda Brulotte*~
New Mexico Dancewear*
Rotary Del Norte Foundation, Inc.
Santa Fe Chef*
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits*^
Peter and Mary Tannen*
The Bad Company+
The Pushkin Group LTD*
Steven and Linda Wedeen*
Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café+
John and Heather Badal
James Campbell Caruso*
Lani and James Casady – In honor of Waylon
Charles Neal Selections*
Michael and Linley Daly
Dark Mark Arts+
John and Cookie Emerson
Glenn and Kim Felty
Marie Gorence and Kip Koech*~
Green Jeans Food Hall+
Greenberg/Kornblum Charitable Fund
Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm*
Gina and Sean McCabe
Jennifer Moore Plane
Dr .Steve Padilla*
Peacock Law P.C.*+
Lindsay and Alan Shettlesworth
Sutin, Thayer & Browne, P.C.+
The Compound Restaurant*
Weems Gallery and Framing*+
Dr. Linda Zipp and Michael Amato
Harold and Carole Albert
Ashes and Diamonds Winery*
Mike and Cathy Boice
Cricket Bouajila – in honor of Steve Zabinsky
Car Crafters, Inc.+
Dovya Friedman and George Hausner~*
Emily and Arand Harmon-Pierce
Rick Letscher and Shira Greenberg~ – In loving memory of Emily Bryant
Ana and Cesar Lopes Aréchiga
Geoffrey and Ellen Mather
Beth Mohr and Janet McHard
Lee and Kenneth Moore
Mary Anne Newhall
Positive Energy Solar+
Presbyterian Healthcare Services+
Brad Raisher and Melissa Freeman
Red Rock Roasters*+
Edward Ripp, Bookseller*
Jason Schrank and Jennifer Kelly
Mary Ellen and Ron Shettlesworth
Southwest Mail Center*
Stone Age Climbing Gym+
The Daily Grind*+
Ted and Lori Waldon
Shep and Leslie Weinstein
Stephanie and Anthony Williams
Ensemble Members ($100-$499)
Elisha and Kashia Allen
Anthony Anella AIA
Aurora Borealis Glassworks LLC*
Dana and Justin Ball*
Betty’s Bath & Day Spa*
Bitter End Bitters*
Cristian and Elvine Bologa
Janet Braziel and Robert Lynn*
Judith Chazin-Bennahum and David Bennahum
Thomas and Mary Cooley
Cox Family Fund
Greg Dorr and Sally Sacco
Fiasco Fine Wine LLC*
Sen. Roberto “Bobby” & Charlene Gonzales
Gena and Adrian Goodson
Jim and Ann Gosack
Colleen Grathwol and Scott Ferguson*
Andy Greenberg and Alex Wellins – In loving memory of Rose Goldsteen
Ellen and Harley Greenberg
Adam and Jill Harrington
Alisa Hart -In memory of Jack and Sandy Mackston
Jennifer and Lawrence Herrera
Ari and Sean Herring
Jesse and Trista Jackson
Norty and Summers Kalishman
Chet and Mary Ellen Karnas
KidPower Therapy Associates PC+
Left Turn Distilling*
Michael Maccini and Barbara Koenig
John McCorkell and Diane Cress
Donna and George Milanovich
Maria Montoya Chavez and Leland Chavez
Adrian Moore Trask and Nathaniel Trask~
Mary and Ron Moy
Jennie Negin and Harold Folley
New Mexico United*
Rob and Beth O’Leary*
Theresa Palmer and Kurt Christopher*~
Janice and Stuart Paster
Deborah Peacock and Nate Korn
Nicholas and Michelle Pope*
Jonathan Priest and Claudia Valles
PTI Electrical Contractors+
Republic National Distributing Company*
Jane and Russell Resnik
Sean and Marissa Reynolds*
Erika Rimson and David Bernstein
Rodney Bowe Consulting*
Rolling Still Spirits*
Robert Rosenberg and Jane Wishner
Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ*
Santa Fe Pro Musica*
Lindsay Shettlesworth / Q Realty+
RJ and Jeff Smith~
Dr. James and Joanne Smith
Solstar Space Co+
Synergy Fine Wines*
Roger and Maggie Tannen
The Blackbaud Giving Fund
The Grove Cafê and Market+
The Taylor Wright Family
Carolyn and Matthew Tobias*~
VARA Winery & Distillery*
Ovidiu Viorica & Rebecca Hartley and Daniel Viorica
Felicia and Todd White
Keren Wolf – From the Politz/Wolf/Kornblum/Shafton/Falck clans: in honor of Mickey Greenberg for Father’s Day and in honor of Shelly Kornblum & Mickey Greenberg’s anniversary
Wayward Sons Craft-Distillery*
Cynthia Allison and Cari Kerkhoff
Elizabeth Arnold and Kemper Barkhurst
Leslie and Edward Atler
Samuel Baker and Anat Shinar
Evening Star Barron and Gerome Olona*
Sonia Bologa and Ryan Grady
Layne Campbell Rincon – In honor of Sebrena Figueroa
Caruso’s Italian Restaurant*
Amanda and Brian Colburn
Brian and Aieli Colón
Randy and Susan Cooper
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Caitlin and Cory Craig
Krys and Phil Custer
Eva Del Rio
Marta del Rio
Buffy DeWitt – In honor of Dana Chapman Ball
Earth Day Recycling
Sarah Egelman and Daniel Clark
Danielle Estabrook and Nick Roth* – In honor of the Keshet team
Rabbi Ettedgui and Mrs. Linda Ettedgui – In honor of Shira Greenberg
Flying Star Café*
V and Roy Goforth
Libby Marie Gutierrez
Emunah Herzog – Celebrating the wonderful Shira Greenberg, her original vision, and the entire Keshet team!
Dan and Ana Horch
Vanessa Jacobsohn and Edgar Solis
C.K. Jones – In honor of Park Jimin
Kei & Molly Textiles*
Angel and Aaron Kopacka*
Vivian and Donald Lubin
Molly and Matthew Lukes*
The Malizia Family
Anna and Dan Novak*
Ooh! Aah! Jewelry*
Katherine and Nick Page
Cindy and Luis Peters
Anita Pohl – Laroya, you rock!
Burt and Shirley Politz
Thad and Camille Ray
Larry Sklar and Alison Franks
Blandford and Susan Smith
Emily and Nathaniel Stephens
Ken and Carolyn Thompson*
Alissa and Mathew Trujillo
United Healthcare Group
Jessica and Joseph Voigt
The Chimera Family*
Barbara Witemeyer – In memory of Hugh Witemeyer
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
Shira Greenberg is appointed to the State of New Mexico Children’s Code Task Force, charged with re-writing the New Mexico Children’s Code, the primary legal statute overseeing juvenile justice and foster care for the State. To our knowledge Greenberg is the first artist in the State’s history to be a part of the Children’s Code creation.
Greenberg is appointed to the Jacob’s Pillow National Dance Presenters Forum, supporting the Forum’s charge “to rebuild the network of dance presenters as we emerge from the pandemic; foster dialogue about the changed landscape of dance presenting; and encourage an expansive model of access and participation in the field.”
Keshet hosts the first partnership convening between Keshet’s Arts and Justice Initiatives and the Arts for Healing and Justice Network at the Keshet Center for the Arts, welcoming Arts and Justice organizations and Youth Leaders from Los Angeles, San Diego, New Orleans, New York, and Ohio for three days of learning and sharing.
Keshet receives a 2nd investment grant award from the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration – $1,200,000 to support the expansion of Keshet Center for the Arts and the Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community.
Shira Greenberg is appointed to the New Mexico Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Statewide Coordinating Council.
Keshet is gifted a long-standing fundraising wine gala event, which is rebranded and launched as Keshet’s inaugural ABQ Wine Classic.
Keshet premieres not one but two new Keshet Dance Company original new evening-length works – Keystones, by Shira Greenberg in April and Hevel by Ana Lopes Aréchiga in November.
Keshet launches a new partnership with the Workforce Connections of Central New Mexico, providing paid internships for system-impacted and formerly incarcerated young adults, formally kicking off Keshet’s IDEAs Experience (Inquiry and Discovery through Education and the Arts).
Shira Greenberg is honored with the New Mexico Humanitarian Award: Harold B. Albert Community Service Award.
Keshet receives the Southwest Region Economic Development Administration (SWREDA) Star of the Southwest Award “for playing a critical role in helping bolster local & regional economies through job creation and infrastructure development.”
Keshet joins 23 additional local community organizations in the field of Juvenile Justice to launch the ABQ Justice for Youth Community Collaborative with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Keshet is awarded a $1,000,000 investment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand Keshet’s Arts and Justice Initiatives.
Shira Greenberg is named a Program Advisor for the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, embarking on a three-year Advisory position.
Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts was voted the Best Local Nonprofit Brand, by finalist selection through the American Marketing Assoication and then through community votes with the B2B Expo NM.
Keshet Center for the Arts became one of a handful of Choreographic Centers in the nation, and the only of it’s kind to include arts entrepreneur business training in our Makers Space Experience. Ten choreographers from across the USA (arriving in two cohorts) spent 10 days at Keshet Center for the Arts with access to daily rehearsal space, technique classes, business training, and peer support as they developed new work.
Shira Greenberg is one of the first recipients of Women & Creativity’s The Shine Award. The Shine Awards elevate and celebrate the efforts and impact of our community’s women and their contributions to the arts, creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership, and shared vision. Shira was recognized for her commitment to the innovative idea that “dance is for everyone,” which has transformed Albuquerque’s community, creative economy, and the field of dance through the creation of Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts.
Keshet Dance receives the 2018 MINDBODY Visionary Award for being a business that supports our community and makes a positive impact on every person who comes through your doors, honored at the 2018 BOLD conference in San Diego, California.
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.
At Keshet, we believe that one of the roles of the arts is to make visible that which others have tried to make invisible. We also believe that it is not the responsibility of those whom others have attempted to make invisible to remind us that they are still here.
Therefore, as a committed ally and as artists, Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts wishes to acknowledge and recognize the Indigenous people and place where we stand, and the traditional, contemporary, and future lands of the Pueblo, Ancestral Pueblo, Navajo, Apache, and other Indigenous peoples who have had, and will have, a presence in New Mexico and who have in the past, and will in the future, travel this land.
We give gratitude to the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations.
We pay our respects and honor their ancestors past, present, and future, and recognize their continued existence and contributions to our society.
We would also like to acknowledge the many peoples who did not arrive on this land by choice. We welcome everyone, however you arrived here, in this space, today and always.
Please take a moment to honor these ancestral grounds, to reflect on the complicated history of these lands which we gather on today, and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the peoples of these lands.
Thank you to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Tricklock Company, and the New England Foundation for the Arts / National Dance Project for their contributions to the development of this statement.
Keshet Center for the Arts
4121 Cutler Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
505.224.9808 / info@KeshetArts.org
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