Friday, March 15th, 2019

Continuing momentum, Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation expands its footprint into Hudson, with Space 428 Hudson, a third venue. Active in Hudson since 2006, Bokaer purchased the local disused 1871 Saint Matthew’s Lutheran Church, an architectural gem in downtown Hudson, located adjacent to the Marina Abramovic´ Institute. A devoted Honorary Board Member, Abramovic´ is a longtime friend to Bokaer. With a careful allocation of four cash prizes for his choreography, the building was acquired and meticulously renovated, promising to eventually expand the success of Bokaer’s organization: first with Chez Bushwick, and second with CPR. Continuing Bokaer’s pioneering workshops in Hudson since 2006, which have included partnerships with Basilica Hudson, Second Ward Foundation, Hudson Hall, Peggy Polenberg Real Estate, Time Space Limited, and also underground venues, this exciting landmark will launch its public presence with an artist-driven program called The Hudson Eye, August 23 – September 3, 2019 timed with the peak summer season of tourism in Hudson. Funded by anonymous philanthropists with a $50,000 Matching Grant, The Hudson Eye is free of charge, partnering with local artists, venues, small businesses, and an array of underground nightlife spaces – including experimental performers of all backgrounds. The Hudson Eye is a 10-day public program, ADA compliant, attracting luminaries in dance, art, music, performance, LGBTQ culture, public dialogue, and more.

Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which oversees both the choreography and artspaces of Jonah Bokaer. Through the support of its Board, generous donors, and Foundation grants, the organization has triumphed in fulfilling its dual mission: which is to foster the development, research, and presentation of new performance works across disciplines, while establishing affordable artspaces for other artists, notably Chez Bushwick, CPR, and a pilot venue in Hudson. Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation serves a community of 1,500+ local artists, supporting next generations of performing arts talent.

Jonah Bokaer Choreography has cultivated a new form of Choreography merged with Visual Art & Design. He is the author of 60 original works, produced in 34 nations, 27 of the United States, and 292 cities – including 41 Museum Exhibitions. Earned & Contributed funds from Jonah Bokaer Choreography between 2002-2019 have realized 3 permanent Artspaces, creating over 14+ diverse jobs, and $11M+ in revenue. He is Tunisian-American, is an LGBTQIA leader, and exhibits / tours worldwide.

Public Thank You: Board of Directors & Staff:

Jonah Bokaer | Choreographer

Chair Emerita
Patsy Tarr

General Counsel
Barbara Hoffman, Esq.

Paul McCann, Co-Chair
Charles Fabius, Vice Chair – Programming
Thomas H. Lee, Vice Chair – Business Development
Acting Treasurer, Joe Kluger
Outgoing Treasurer, Mary Carriero
Secretary, Helen Allen Smith

Jonah Bokaer
Elbrun Kimmelman
Michèle Gerber Klein
Thomas H. Lee, MD
Rachel Libeskind
Helen Yee Little
Paul McCann
Brent Sikkema

Helen Allen Smith
Richard A. Anderman, Esq.
Youness Anzane
Nicole Birmann Bloom
Wayne S. Blank
Lili Chopra
Anthony Roth Costanzo
Rosalind Dear
Bert de Liefde & Denise Kuschewski
Stephanie French
Alexander Gorlin
Claude Grunitzky
Steven Johnson, Esq. – CPR Liaison
Susan Kessler
John Lithgow
Turid Meeker
Lorcan O’Neill
Sheela Raj
Ronald Rudolph
Martha Sherman, PhD – H.R. Liaison

Marina Abramovic´
Daniel Arsham
Frederick W. Beinecke
Christophe de Menil
Micki Wesson
Diana Widmaier Picasso
Robert Wilson

Jonah Bokaer – Choreographer, Director
Erik Bucci – Public Relations
Benjamin Coffin – Company Manager
Ryan Cummings – Senior Staff, Deputy Director
Charles Fabius – Senior Staff, Curator & Producer
Wendell Gray II – Artists Residencies Manager
Aaron Levi Garvey – Curator, Visual & Performing Arts
Julie George – Senior Management Team: Europe & UK
Lena Khandros – Senior Management Team: Russia
Jayme Koszyn & Company – Development and Fundraising Counsel
David Lieberman – Senior Management: Americas, Asia, Australia
Kate Patchett – Development Liaison
Hyun-Jung Seo – Communications Intern

Awards & Prizes:

• Stanford University, Mohr Prize, 2019

• UNC DisTIL Fellowship Award (Chapel Hill, NC 2018-2019)

• 1st Place, Olympic Rink of Lake Placid, Senior Free Dance:
Quinn Carpenter & Lorraine McNamara (July 27, 2018)

• National Theatre of Serbia / Infant Festival Prize (Serbia, 2017)

• NYU Center for Ballet & The Arts Fellowship (NYC, 2016)

• Civitella Ranieri Foundation Prize in Visual Arts (Italy, 2016)

• United States Artists Fellowship / Ford Foundation (USA, 2015)

• John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (USA, 2015)

• National Endowment for the Arts (USA, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017)

• Prix Nouveau Talent Chorégraphie, SACD (Paris, 2011)

• Bogliasco Foundation / Jerome Robbins Fellowship, Dance (Italy, 2011)

• Crain’s NY Business “40 Under 40” (NYC, 2011)

• The Nifty Fifty, America’s Up-And-Coming Talent (NY Times, 2010)

• Rockefeller Foundation NYC Cultural Innovation Fund (NYC, 2009–2010)

• OUT Magazine (2009)

• Alumni Achievement Award, UNCSA (2009)

• Young Leader of the French American Foundation (France, 2008–2009)

• NY Dance & Performance / Bessie Award (Lighting: Aaron Copp, 2008)

• NY Dance & Performance / Bessie Special Citation (Bushwick: 2007)

• National Dance Access, Dance/USA (Mellon Foundation, 2007)

• Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative (Dance Finalist, 2007)

• Inaugural Gallery Installation Fellowship, DTW (NYC, Media Art, 2007)

• 25 To Watch, Dance Magazine (2006)

• Passing It On Award, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (Chez Bushwick, 2006)

• Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award (2005–2006)

• Joan Kirnsner Memorial Award (The New School, NYC 2005)

• Human Rights Award (Public Service, North Carolina, 2000)

Upcoming Events

Jonah Bokaer – Mohr Visiting Artist in 2019
Stanford University, Mohr Fellowship
Jacksonville Dance Theatre – FSCJ

February 22-23, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Wilson Center for the Arts
11901 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL


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