Sarah Negrón Selected as Katherine Dunham Intern
At Regional Arts Commission
Arts Administration and Management
ST. LOUIS – (February 5, 2015) – The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) has awarded the 2015 Katherine Dunham Internship to Sarah Hadassah Negrón, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.
The internship, which includes a $2500 stipend, was created in 2011 by Sara and Jack Burke in order to assist African Americans who are interested in pursuing a career in arts administration. It was named as a tribute to Ms. Burke’s mentor Katherine Dunham, with whom she studied dance in East St. Louis.
Jill McGuire, executive director of RAC, said, “We are pleased to welcome Sarah to RAC. She will receive invaluable experience working in a variety of administrative areas and networking with members of the arts and cultural community.”
For Ms. Burke, a RAC commissioner, the Katherine Dunham internship is already achieving its mission. “We’re thrilled that the internship is gaining awareness and the selection process has become quite competitive. It was difficult to choose just one person among the many excellent applicants. It’s also gratifying that the previous interns are helping each other to achieve career success. We anticipate that a growing network of Katherine Dunham interns will provide important support for African Americans pursuing careers in arts management,” said Ms. Burke.
Negrón, a recent graduate of Washington University has a B.A. degree in Biology with a Ballet minor. Over the past several years Negrón has served as a choreographer and dancer within the Washington University Performing Arts Department as well as the student-run cultural show, Carnaval. Through the Carnaval performance she worked with cultural producers to present various West African dance pieces performed at Edison Theater. She has also served as a Camp Coordinator at Mission: St. Louis where she was responsible for providing access for St. Louis youth to arts and cultural events. She remains very active in various performance organizations.
“I am so thankful for the opportunity to be the Katherine Dunham Intern at the Regional Arts Commission. I am also thrilled to be part of Katherine Dunham’s legacy as a black female in the arts.I believe in arts administration because it connects performance with process. It provides individuals with access to the arts via successful funding, marketing, and creation of community relationships. I see those relationships being built daily at RAC and it makes me proud to be part of this growing legacy at an organization that believes in and fuels creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration,” said Negrón.
An accomplished performer, Negrón has performed for a variety of organizations as a dancer, actor and collaborator: Jest Murder Mystery Company, St. Louis Fringe Festival, Afriky Lolo West African Dance Company, Washington University Dance Theater, Carnaval, Vagina Monologues at Washington University, and the Walter Payton College Prep Humanities Festival (London, England).
In addition to her studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Negrón has studied in South Africa, researching South African ecology, conservation and history. She also conducted water quality studies in Ha-Makuya, South Africa.
For more information about the Katherine Dunham Internship, visit www.racstl.org.
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