|Culture Crew 2020|
"CultureCrew is youth choosing shows for the youth"
That's the tagline that CultureCrew Ambassador Ganiah Bracy has coined for our work together this summer.
IPAY Culture Crew
After our exploratory pilot phase with TeaterCentrum last year, IPAY has begun our own official CultureCrew! IPAY staff members Sam Tower and Bailey Roper led our first ever virtual Summer CultureCrew program with the IPAY CultureCrew Members. CultureCrew Ambassadors also met virtually with youth councils from Syracuse Stage in New York, USA and The Ark in Dublin, Ireland to plan their upcoming activities together.
In August, we continued collaborating with pre-teens from Cedarbrook Middle School and teaching artist Rachel O'Hanlon-Rodriguez over Zoom to resume the Cedarbrook CultureCrew which formed last year.
International Summer Exchange
Both the IPAY and Cedarbrook CultureCrew’s viewed this year’s Selection Showcase Artist submissions. We were joined in this process with young folks from The Ark in Ireland, as well as from Syracuse Stage in Upstate New York. Through international meetings each crew chose their top Showcase picks which will be released during the first SiP!
Who participated in CultureCrew this year?
It was so rewarding to facilitate this international exchange and collaborate with these brilliant groups of young people. It’s been a joy to support them as they endorse shows for SiP and we can’t wait to share them!