ASaP Symposium 2019:

The Power of pARTnerships: on College Hill and Beyond

Poster Design by Grace Kotick

Poster Design by Grace Kotick

“individually, we are one drop. Together we are an ocean.” — Ryunosuke Satoro

On March 16, a spirited group of thinkers, dreamers and doers gathered in Studio One at Granoff Center for the Creative Arts on Brown’s campus to explore ways to improve health and wellness through the arts. It was “The Power of Partnerships on College Hill and Beyond,” ASaP’s 7th symposium, and the day was spent celebrating the partnerships and the people who make our work possible at the intersection of art and science. 

Enjoy the Lec/Dem videos below and read our full report on the 2019 Symposium here.


schedule AT A GLANCE:

All events will be held at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts: Studio One unless otherwise indicated.

TUESDAY | March 12th, 2019

7:00pm — ASaP Art Exhibit Opens

7:00pm-8:30pm — “Arcs” Workshop by Project ARMS

In this workshop, we will be exploring dance storytelling through the idea of arcs. Arcs can be storyline narratives, gateways, and vessels, depending on how you see the word. This workshop will work through what these three concepts mean separately and together as we express our relationship to each definition through improvised dance. 

WEDNESDAY | March 13th, 2019

3:00pm-4:00pmImages and Reflections Documentary Viewing & Conversation

American Dance Legacy Initiative presents Images and Reflections: Celebration of a Masterpiece, a documentary on “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder,”  Donald McKayle’s 1959 signature work about chain gangs in the American south. Conversation to follow.

4:30pm-6:00pm — Complexions Master Class

FirstWorks co-hosts Complexions Master Class. Complexions, a contemporary dance company celebrates differences; considers dance a way to remove boundaries, not reinforce them; and honors the past while embracing the future.

THURSDAY | March 14th, 2019

10:30am-11:45am — DAPpers Open Class with Brain Week RI

Dance for all People (DAPpers) is geared specifically to people with movement challenges and aging bodies, DAPpers welcomes people of all ages and abilities.

12:00pm-1:15pm — Bottom Up Research Workshop & Lunch with Danny Warshay

Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship presents Bottom Up Research Workshop & Lunch with Danny Warshay. Please find more info here and register separately here.

4:00pm-6:20pm — Neurodiversity: Science, Politics, Culture Seminar with Leon Hilton

Leon Hilton, Assistant Professor, in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, teaches the seminar, Neurodiversity: Science, Politics, Culture. This interdisciplinary seminar investigates the emerging concepts of neurodiversity and neurodivergence and considers how neurodivergence enters aesthetic representation in cultural texts including novels, memoirs, films, and performance and visual art.

7:00pm-8:00pm — Rewriting Our Narratives with Project LETS

Because mental health is not just neurotransmitters, we're shifting towards an oppression-based framework in which we examine how the way the world treats us impacts our ability to survive and thrive. This workshop aims to explore mental health and mental illness through the social context of memes, and the ways in which creating art contributes to a sense of empowerment.

FRIDAY | March 15th, 2019

3:00pm-4:50pm — Rainbow Etude Dance Class

Dancing Legacy presents Rainbow Etude Workshop with Lauren Hale Biniaris and Lisa Nevada. Learn excerpts from Donald McKayle's choreography, based on his signature work, “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder” about chain gangs in the American south.Open to all regardless of age, dance experience, or ability,

SATURDAY | March 16th, 2019 — must register here.

9:00am - 9:30am - Registration

9:30am - 10:45am - Community Dance for PD® Class with David Leventhal. Must register separately HERE.

Modeled after the Mark Morris Dance Group's Dance for PD® program, participants in this class explore movement and music in ways that are enjoyable, stimulating and creative. Appropriate  for people at all levels of ability and mobility. No dance experience required

11:00am - 12:00pm - ASaP | ADLI Repertory Etudes Project Lecture Demonstration

Experience Donald McKayle's choreography performed by a range of populations: members of Dancing Legacy, a teaching and performing ensemble, students from Brown University and Central Falls High School, and the DAPpers, Dance for All People.

12:00pm - 1:30pm - Lunch, ASaP Art Exhibit viewing, and informal networking among community pARTners

1:30pm - 2:15pm - ASaP Partnerships Showcase

Campers from the Miracle Project NE, partner with ASaP since 2013, will perform songs learned during their one week camp in June 2018.

Stacey Springs, ASaP partner since 2016, and students Melanie Ambler ‘18.5 and Jane Hong ‘20, will share projects developed under Stacey’s mentorship.


Please Register for the saturday events here.

Please register separately for the Community Dance for PD Class with David Leventhal on Saturday HERE.

Workshop Leaders and Partners

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David Leventhal

David Leventhal is a founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, a program of the Mark Morris Dance Group that has now been used as a model for classes in more than 300 communities in 25 countries. He leads classes for people with Parkinson's disease around the world and trains other teachers in the Dance for PD® approach around the world. He's co-produced three volumes of a successful At Home DVD series for the program and has been instrumental in initiating and designing innovative projects involving live streaming and Moving Through Glass, a dance-based Google Glass App for people with Parkinson's. He received the 2018 Martha Hill Mid-Career Award, the 2016 World Parkinson Congress Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Parkinson's Community and was a co-recipient of the 2013 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award from the Parkinson's Unity Walk. Leventhal has written about dance and Parkinson's for such publications as Dance Gazette and Room 217, and has a chapters about the program in Moving Ideas: Multimodal Learning in Communities and Schools (Peter Lang), and Creating Dance: A Traveler's Guide (Hampton Press). He is in demand as a speaker at international conferences and symposiums, and has spoken about the intersection of dance, Parkinson's and health at the Lincoln Center Global Exchange, Edinburgh International Culture Summit, University of Michigan, Rutgers, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Brown, Stanford, Columbia, Georgetown, Tufts, Peking Union Medical College Hospital (China), and Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège (Belgium), among others. He serves on the board of the Davis Phinney Foundation and the Advisory Council for the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program. Leventhal designed and currently teaches a pioneering dance-based elective course that is part of the Narrative Medicine curriculum at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He's featured in the award-winning 2014 documentary Capturing Grace directed by Dave Iverson. As a dancer, he performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2011, appearing in principal roles in Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet, on Motifs of Shakespeare. Leventhal received a 2010 Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for his performing career with Mark Morris. He graduated from Brown University with honors in English Literature.

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Stacey Springs

Dr. Springs is an AHRQ K12 Scholar in Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in the Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health and an Investigator in the Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice at Brown University School of Public Health. She also serves as an Engaged Scholars Faculty Fellow in the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University and completed a fellowship in Bioethics at Harvard Medical School.

She holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Economics and Health Policy and is a research methodologist in the AHRQ funded Evidence-based Practice Center at Brown University. Her research leverages a complement of methods to improve the uptake of evidence in health policy and clinical decision making and promote patient and community engagement in research.

Her work focuses on the evidence based practice in newborn medicine and pediatric pain management, shared decision making and the maternal/infant dyad and the ethical implications of exceptionalizing research vulnerable populations.

Dr. Springs has co-authored methods guidance on assessing harms in systematic reviews and meta-analyses, conducting systematic reviews of complex interventions and improving the uptake of evidence by health systems.


Danny Warshay

Danny Warshay '87 is first and foremost an entrepreneur. He began his entrepreneurial pursuits while an undergraduate at Brown as a member of the Clearview Software startup leadership team. Apple acquired Clearview in 1989, and since then, he has co-founded and sold companies in fields ranging from software and advanced materials to consumer products and media (acquired by Medline, Time, Belo Corporation, Sealed Air, Penton Media). Since 2005, he has been teaching and leading workshops on entrepreneurship around the world. Brown’s Critical Review has recognized his course ENGN1010, The Entrepreneurial Process, as the highest rated course on campus. Danny received an A.B. in History, magna cum laude, from Brown University (Junior Year at Hebrew University in Jerusalem), and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. In addition to spending time with his wonderful wife (Dr. Debra Herman ‘87) and three terrific children, Danny loves the mental and physical challenges and rewards of vinyasa yoga. He is also an avid (and tortured) Cleveland sports fan.

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The Miracle Project

The Miracle Project is a fully inclusive theatre, film, and expressive arts program for children, teens, and adults with autism and all abilities. Using groundbreaking and evidence-based methods developed by our award-winning founder, Elaine Hall, The Miracle Project focuses on the strengths and abilities inherent in its participants, providing tools to build communication, social skills, job skills, and friendships while developing a unique neurodiverse community.


Brown Arts Initiative

Brown Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Brown Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity,

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation for Adult Autism

The Swearer Center

The T Douglas Hale Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation


Please Register for the saturday events here!

Please register separately for the Community Dance for PD Class with David Leventhal on Saturday HERE.