Our Town

Dance Exchange

Takoma Park, Maryland




People with up streched arms dance in a circle in a outdoor setting.

Dance Exchange leading a community workshop. Photo by Matt Mahaney.

The NEA grant will support Advancing the Avenue, a series of artist residencies and collaborations with the community that will celebrate the history of New Hampshire Avenue. New Hampshire Avenue is a 1.25-mile corridor undergoing redevelopment, consisting of an immigrant community, small businesses, neighborhoods, and green spaces. Partnering with City of Takoma Park, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, CASA de Maryland, and IMPACT Silver Spring, Dance Exchange will utilize dance to bring attention to the diverse populations of the corridor and how these varied cultures can contribute to a shared future. As many as 900 residents or area patrons will be involved to share their stories through dance workshops and collaborative dance performances led by artists in residence and citizen choreographers.