These awards have been designed to honor individuals in the arts who have revealed and transformed our creative world. By instigating and enduring change the have deepened the definition of their field and paved the way for others.
The BAX arts and artists in progress awards have gone to some of the most talented, generous and creative individuals in NYC dance, theater and performance.
The awards are given in three areas: Performing Artist, Arts Educator and Arts Manager. Nominations for the 2015 awards were sought from over 100 past awardees, presenters and members of the field.
The 2015 PERFORMING ARTIST AWARD will go to
The 2015 ARTS EDUCATOR AWARD will go to
FABIAN “FARBEON” SAUCEDO
The 2015 ARTS MANAGER AWARD will go to
The 2015 HONORARY AWARD will go to
Each awardee is asked to “pass it on”. The PASSING IT ON AWARD creates a complete cycle where a panel of peers chooses the awardees and the awardees choose someone who demonstrates some of the same qualities that they, themselves, were chosen for.
ABOUT THE AWARDEES
YVONNE MEIER is an utterly unique, truly intelligent steadfast spirit, and informed voice participating in and contributing to the contemporary dance culture of New York City and beyond. She has an experienced point of view towards performance and choreography that reflects a dance maker who delivers by grappling with relevant questions such as what is authentic, what is the role of imagery, symbolism, compassion, theater, music, design, and topical sources within the context of a dance. This and her presence, grace, force, beauty, and improvisational know-how — is just some of what she offers her audiences, dancers, collaborators, colleagues, and students.
With nearly 15 years in education, FABIAN “FARBEON” SAUCEDO works to develop pedagogy that moves beyond high-stakes testing and bridges the gap between the arts, academics and social youth development. He has taught Poetry, Performance, Song-Writing, Photography & Hip-Hop History and Culture at high schools, universities and community centers throughout the United States and abroad. He has earned the respect and trust of his students and the arts education field with his dedication, enthusiasm and does not only teach excellence in performance; he teaches his students to root for one another and foster their own creative community.
GINA GIBNEY was nominated for her work in preserving the legacy of 890 Broadway, saving the resources of DNA, as well as the advancement of the organization’s mission to include a new presenting venue. Friends of Gibney applauded her for her strategic mind and for helping dancers and performers find their way. Gibney is dedicated to bringing the power of dance – both in performance and in practice – to new audiences and communities and with that has established Gibney Dance Center, two facility resource for training, creation and presentation. Gibney serves on the Boards of Directors of Dance/NYC, and is a former Director of Danspace Project and Dance/NYC. She is a frequent panelist and speaker on the topics of dance, social action and entrepreneurship.
MAC WELLMAN is a playwright’s playwright, poet and professor. He’s won OBIES for his writings, as have designers, performers and other collaborators. His work and teaching continues to impact the performing and literary arts in NYC and beyond. Young Jean Lee, Mallory Catlett and Sybil Kempson are some of his recent students who’s work is rocking the NY experimental theater scene. He is Distinguished Professor of Play Writing at Brooklyn College.