OSA Meets with Broadway League and Renowned Arts Orgs in New York City

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Provided by Open Space Arts

Prince William County, prepare to be inspired! Four young men from Woodbridge, driven by a vision to revolutionize arts administration, embarked on an extraordinary journey to New York City. As representatives of Edutainment Productions at Open Space Arts (OSA), these emerging leaders are gaining invaluable experience and forging connections with some of the most historic arts organizations in the world.

Their mission: to enrich the cultural landscape of Prince William County by learning from the best in the industry. During their time in NYC, these passionate young men attended their first-ever Broadway shows, “The Wiz” and “Chicago,” experiencing firsthand the magic and grandeur of Broadway.

They also visited iconic institutions and were warmly welcomed by influential leaders. At the Broadway League, they met Darrelle Johnson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and Tre Dukes, EDI and Tony Awards Associate. They engaged with representatives from Actor’s Equity and had insightful meetings with Larae Ferry, Director of Marketing, and Ebonie Pittman, Managing Director of Development at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Additionally, they had the privilege of meeting with Otis Banks, Citibank’s Senior Vice President of Global Programs, and Dr. Erin Hilgart, CEO of Executive Leadership Programs.

Two of the creative highlights of their trip were receiving a special invitation to The Met NYC and participating in a dance class with former Ailey Company dancer and now-instructor at the school, Linda Celeste Sims. These experiences prove to be pivotal as they work to gain a deeper understanding of the arts industry, arts administration, and the potential for growth within Northern Virginia’s art and cultural scene.

This journey was more than just a milestone for these rising arts administrators; it’s a testament to their perseverance, dedication, and belief in the transformative power of the arts. They are committed to addressing the underrepresentation of people of color in executive and administrative arts positions, returning home with new strategies and support that will empower them to become influential voices in the visual and performing arts industries.

In addition to their educational experiences, the team spent time exploring the cabaret rooms on Restaurant Row in Manhattan. They are now eager to bring this vibrant and intimate form of entertainment to Prince William County with the establishment of the county’s first Cabaret Room, styled after those they visited in NYC.

The community can support this exciting project by donating to Edutainment Productions at Open Space Arts. Contributions will help bring this innovative entertainment venue to life, creating new opportunities for local artists and audiences alike. Donations can be made at edutainprd.com/cabaretproject.

OSA in NYC

The team has been extended a special invitation to continue their involvement with the Broadway League’s annual Juneteenth Celebration in an active capacity. They have also been offered opportunities to connect and work with many established art galleries in the Art District of SOHO, further enriching their professional network and experience.

Join in supporting these young visionaries as they work towards a brighter future for Prince William County. Stay tuned for more updates from Edutainment Productions at Open Space Arts and find out how you can get involved in their transformative projects.

For more information and to make a donation, please visit openspaceartspwc.com or edutainprd.com

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