Invest in Brooklyn, enrich Bedford-Stuyvesant support the arts but most importantly elevate our youth. The Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center (DSPAC) aims to use the arts, primarily dance, as a means to empower youth within New York's inner city communities. We would like to offer dance scholarships to well-deserving students who cannot necessarily afford the cost of tuition but are worthy of this unique opportunity to be taught by exemplary masters in the field of dance.
Bedford-Stuyvesant is not thriving the way it should. With few resources and a lack of the necessary attention needed, Bedford-Stuyvesant has become a breeding ground for health issues such as HIV/AIDS, asthma, and obesity. Not only is Bed-Stuy the epicenter for such health disparities, it is a community that has fallen victim to gang culture and gun proliferation. Bedford-Stuyvesant also lacks enough programs that nurture both children and adults.
For parents wanting their children to have access to the arts, shuttling their child off to areas such as Park Slope and Manhattan has become the only option and an expensive one. Artistic cultural resources need to be found within reach for Bedford-Stuyvesant community members. Classes (to take place at our new center in Bed-Study Brooklyn) will provide dancers with an intense soul-searching, and esteem-building experience giving voice and movement to their joys and struggles.
Serving as a hub of a Bed-Stuy cultural micro-district, the Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center will work to realize a sustainable pipeline for art and culture professionals, ensure abundant arts and culture exposure, and engender dynamic cultural participation. Our desire to do and seek more to restore the humanity in citizens of the community aligns with our need to put an end to poverty of the mind and spirit, both of which have the potential to be extremely destructive.