Meet Our Members: Judy Dworin Performance Project

Connecticut Arts Alliance has begun a series of posts spotlighting its CAA members. The Membership Program, begun earlier this year, joins together arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons throughout Connecticut in building a strong arts and culture sector that benefits the arts and all Connecticut residents.

On stage, in schools, and in prisons, Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP) uses arts engagement and movement-based performance to examine social issues, build bridges of understanding across diverse communities, and inspire both individual growth and collective action.

The JDPP Ensemble has produced more than 20 full-evening performances and numerous shorter pieces. Recognized by awards from the Connecticut League of History and the American Association for State and Local History, the company’s diverse group of collaborating artists create work that speaks to often-untold stories of historical and contemporary social justice issues.

The Moving Matters!™ Multi-Arts Residency at Parkville Community School involves the entire school in multi-arts activity that inspires innovation, healthy risk-taking, arts appreciation, academic development, and community building.

The Bridging Boundaries™ Arts Intervention Program teams social work with the arts to span the forced separations of populations affected by incarceration. Since 2005, outreach has grown to include a Performance Residency for women at York Correctional Institution; a Moms & Kids outreach for mothers and children; a Dads & Kids residency for fathers and families; an In Schools Program for youth with a parent or caregiver in prison; Stepping Out and New Beginnings residencies for returning citizens; and I AM (Arts, Imagination and Me) JDPP’s outreach to 18 to 25 year old women (the first of its kind in the country).


If you agree that the advocacy efforts of Connecticut Arts Alliance on behalf of arts and culture in our state are important, please consider becoming a Charter Member today!

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