Cheers to the creative economy!






The Southwest Region Economic Development Association (SWREDA) honored five recipients with the 2021 Star of the Southwest Award. Keshet was among the honorees for the creation and impact of Keshet Center for the Arts and the Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community, a business resource center and residency-based makerspace for arts entrepreneurs.






Across the SWREDA region (covering the five-states of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana) are examples of economic development projects that are having immediate impacts on the economy. These projects are leading to the creation and retention of jobs, new and expanded businesses, improved infrastructure, and workforce development opportunities that are lifting up local communities and regions. Congratulations to Northwest Arkansas Robotics Training Center, AR ; The SEED Center, LA; City of Stilwell Wastewater Treatment Improvement Project, OK;   Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community, Keshet Dance Company, NM and DETCOG Regional Headquarters and Emergency Operations Center, TX.






Keshet Founder and Artistic Director, Shira Greenberg, together with Augusta Meyers, Mid-Region Council of Governments, Albuquerque, NM received the award (virtually) at the SWREDA Annual Conference in Arkansas, Wednesday, September 1, 2021.











About Keshet: Established in 1996, Keshet’s mission is to inspire and unite community by fostering unlimited possibilities through dance, mentorship and a creative space for the arts.  Housed at the Keshet Center for the Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the heart of the organization is Keshet Dance Company which feeds and is fed by three intersecting program areas: Education and Engagement (classes and performances for all ages and abilities); Ideas and Innovation Community (business resource center and residency-based makerspace for arts entrepreneurs); and Arts and Justice Initiatives (juvenile justice direct service, research/evaluation, policy/advocacy, and community connectivity).  ###








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