This experience has been amazing. It was honor to work with Genie and everyone at UCLA and it was an honor, pleasure, and complete joy to work with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre.
Last year I applied for this fellowship and did not receive it, the rejection only made me want to work harder. I really don’t have the words to describe what the fellowship has done for me.
I do want to say thank you to Genie for letting me touch the Howard Holtzman Isadora Duncan Collection in its entirety. The artifacts found in the collection are beautiful, and it was amazing to unroll the two scarves. I learned about housing non textual materials, organization of digital collection, and management of a digital initiative.
The Lula Washington Dance Theatre will always hold a very special place in my heart. They are an organization that has been able to pull through some amazing fights. In doing so, they have built an educational resource for understanding dance as an art form. Helping the company take control of their history helped me practice and understand grass roots archiving techniques. It also allowed me to understand how choreographers/dancers/directors see history and archives.
Thank you to Lula, Erwin, Tamica, the dancers, and teachers at LWDT for allowing me to enter their home. I know that bestowing historical materials to a stranger can be daunting, I thank you for letting me be a part of it.
I will miss everyone Genie, UCLA, The Lula Washington Dance Theater, and Los Angeles.