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
Exchanging contemporary dance through:
- Keshet International Dance Residencies and Events 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 (Keshet Dance Company) New works created for and with Keshet by local, national, and international choreographers; created locally, toured globally.
The Business of Art
Advancing the arts economy through:
- Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (KIIC, pronounced “kick”) A business incubator and resource programming for arts entrepreneurs; championing the value of the artist and the arts economy.
- Makers Space and Residency Opportunities Multiple residency formats supporting performing artists at the Keshet Center for the Arts.
Intersection of Arts & Justice
Moving life’s narrative through:
- Movement + Mentorship = Metamorphosis (M3) Keshet’s M3 Program uses the vehicle of dance to engage, educate, and empower incarcerated and paroling youth and young adults.
- Arts & Justice Network (AJN) New Mexico’s network of community partners, launched and managed by Keshet, to support system-impacted youth within the full juvenile justice continuum via the arts. The Network focuses on direct services & professional development/peer learning, research & evaluation, and youth driven policy/advocacy initiatives, supporting local and national juvenile justice reform.
- Movement for Mercy co-created performance installations with system-impacted youth; including residencies and partnerships throughout the U.S.
Community Dance Education & Performance
Propelling movement in excellence, personal groupth, inclusion, authenticity, fluidity and opportunity, through:
- 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+.
- Mixed Ability/Adaptive Dance Insuring that dance programming is available and accessible to all dancers, including dancers and choreographers with differing physical and/or developmental abilities.
- Keshet Pre-Professional Education (KP3) Comprehensive programming for students to pursue focused training in dance technique, choreography, performance and/or technical theater; preparing them for a career and/or higher education in their fields of interest.
- 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 have included Nutcracker on the Rocks, Alice, Winter and Spring Dance Concerts, Choreographers’ Showcases, 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
Lindsay Shettlesworth, Human Resources Director; Lindsay@KeshetArts.org
Joni Thompson, Finance Director; Joni@KeshetArts.org
Sophia Phillips, M3 Education Director: Sophia@KeshetArts.org
Alyssa Lopez, M3 Youth Advisor
Ana Lopes Arechiga, Community Education Director: Ana@KeshetArts.org
Sarah Gonzales, Pre-Professional Education Director: Sarah@KeshetArts.org
Alissa Trujillo, Community Operations Manager: Alissa@KeshetArts.org
Diana MacNeil, Costumer: Diana@KeshetArts.org
Mason Campbell, Artistic Apprentice
Rufino Lopez, Artistic Apprentice
Rentals Coordinator: Vanessa Shackleford
Tech & Facilities Manager: Paul Cuffee
Tech & Facilities Support: Eddie Carrion
Ana Lopes Arechiga, Ana@KeshetArts.org
Sonia Bologa, Sonia@KeshetArts.org
Lara Segura, Lara@KeshetArts.org
Ana Lopes Arechiga
Adrian Moore Trask
Board of Directors
Tom Wolinski, Fiasco Fine Wine
Immediate Past Board President:
Randy Trask, New Mexico Trade Alliance
Board Vice President:
Manuel Montoya, Associate Professor of International Management and Global Structures / Chair of Creative Enterprise, UNM Anderson School of Management
Amanda Spinney, Sandia National Laboratories
Sean Herring, Senior International Business Regulatory Affairs Analyst, Sandia National Laboratories
Members at Large:
Arlyn Crow, Adams + Crow Law Firm
Dovya Friedman, Utility Agency
Shira Greenberg, Founder & Artistic Director, Keshet
Liz Groth, Nurse, Presbyterian Health Care
Amy Stangel, Hanseatic Management Services
We also would like to heartily thank the many wonderful organizations which have funded Keshet programs in 2020:
- Albuquerque Community Foundation
- Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café
- Bank of America / Merrill Lynch
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico
- City of Albuquerque, Cultural Service Department
- City of Albuquerque, Urban Enhancement Trust Fund
- Jewish Federation of New Mexico
- McCune Charitable Foundation New Mexico Collaborative Zone Funding Group
- New Mexico Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts
- Nusenda Foundation
- PNM Resources Foundation
- Sandia Foundation’s Hugh and Helen Woodward Fund of the Albuquerque Community Foundation
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- Wells Fargo
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.”
Albuquerque Community Foundation
Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation
Elizabeth Lonergan, PT, DPT*
New Mexico Gas Company
Southwest Capital Bank
United Way of Central New Mexico
American General Media*
Bank of America Foundation
New Mexico Arts
Sheila Fortune Foundation
Stephen and Kristine Wade
City of Albuquerque – Urban Enhancement
Nina Freer Photography*
Greenberg/Kornblum Charitable Fund
Nusenda Credit Union Foundation
Mike’s Quality Painting*
Wells Fargo Community Foundation
Pat Barrett Photography*
Cravens Law Firm
Fiasco Fine Wine LLC*
Steven Granberg, Attorney at Law
Green Jeans Farmery
Jewish Federation of New Mexico
Marshall and Patricia Katz
New Mexico Trade Alliance
Sutin Thayer & Browne, P.C.
Wray & Girard, P.C.
Young Professionals of Albuquerque (YPA)
The Grove Café & Market
KidPower Therapy Associates PC
Richard Letscher and Shira Greenberg
New Mexico Bank & Trust
New Mexico Dancewear
Number Crunchers PC*
Red Rock Roasters*
Sadie’s of New Mexico
Southwest Mail Center*
Employees of TMobile
In Memory of Sheri Book
Brian Tyree and Sandra McDonald
Ensemble Members ($100-$499)
Stanley and Judith Bechtol
Burt & Company CPAs, LLC
Harry and Terry Cohen
Costco Wholesale Corporation*
Cutting Edge Painting, Inc.
Mildred and Richard Elrick
empty house studio
ExplorAbilities Therapy Center
Flying Star Cafe
Sarah and Marcos Gonzales
Charlene and Roberto ‘Bobby’ Gonzales
Jim and Ann Gosack
Priscilla and Bill Gray
Jennifer and Lawrence Herrera
Ari and Sean Herring
Russell and Jane Hogland
Home Depot – Los Lunas*
John Thomas Jewelers
Chet and Mary Ellen Karnas
Michael Maccini and Barbara Koenig
Maria Montoya Chavez and Leland Chavez
Lee and Kenneth Moore
Adrian Moore Trask and Nathaniel Trask
Jennie Negin and Harold Folley
The Padilla Team at Academy Mortgage
PTI Electrical Contractors
R & R Goforth Remodeling
Red Rock Roasters*
Jane and Russell Resnik
Eleasia and Michael Ross
Fancy and Eugene Ruff-Wagner
Sign & IMAGE Factory*
Slate Street Café*
Alexandra and Robert Smith
Stone Age Climbing Gym
Duffy & Jean Ann Swan
The Daily Grind
Stephanie and Anthony Williams
In Honor of Joni Thompson
Jami Brokaw-Matchett and Chris Matchett
Brian and Hannah Carter
Erica and Greg Castleberry
Yolanda Costales-York and Rick York
Einstein Bros. Bagels Cutler*
Haly Etlantus Shaffer
George Hausner and Dovya Friedman
Veronica and Roy Goforth
Stephanie Guerra DelCampo
Keith and Bettie Lee Harvie
Amar and Katie Joshi
Kirk and Monica Kinney
Silva Laukkanen and Charles Lowell
Ana Lopes Arechiga and Cesar Lopes
Sandra Marroquin-Evans and Marc Evans
Christine and Nicholas Moore
Cindy and Luis Peters
Red Tractor Farm*
Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ*
Theresa and Louis Saiz
Gloria and Ron Trask
Simon and Wanda Tuck
Kevin and Janet Vowles
Hugh and Barbara Witemeyer
In Honor of Barbara Greenberg’s Birthday
Ellen and Harley Greenberg
In Honor of Mickey Greenberg’s 75th Birthday
Patricia Kenton and Phil Politz
In Honor of Mickey Greenberg’s 75th Birthday
Burt and Shirley Politz
In Honor of Shira Greenberg
Donors listed reflect donations made from January 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018. If your name was inadvertently left off this list, please accept our deepest apologies and inform us immediately.
*Indicates all or portion of donation was an In-Kind contribution
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.
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 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 the invisible, visible. We also believe that it is not the responsibility of those who have been made 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 Pueblo, Ancestral Pueblo, Navajo, Apache, and other indigenous peoples who have had a presence in New Mexico and who have traveled 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.
Please take a moment to honor these ancestral grounds and celebrate the resilience and strength of the indigenous peoples of this land which we gather on today.
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.
February 3, 2020: 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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