The Surdna Foundation Awards AXIS Dance Company

AXIS Dance Company is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Surdna Foundation for three-years of general operating funds, in the amount of $150,000, to support our artistic and education programming, helping AXIS serve as a catalyst for changing the face of disability and the landscape of dance. "AXIS’ work benefits a diverse community, especially an entire community that is mostly left out of the discussion of diversity and inclusion in the performing arts -- people with disabilities", says Founder and Artistic Director Judith Smith. "Our constituents are dancers, non-dancers, activists and health and education professionals. We serve ages 3 and up through our artistic and educational programs that reach 17,000 youth, primarily K-8 urban youth of color, and 8,000 adults annually."

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