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IABD News and Press

IABD press releases and news (pdf format) are listed in most recent order.  For more information, please call (202) 899-3859.




  • 28th Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance "Black Dance Rising" heads to Denver, CO, January 20 - 24, 2016. Click Here for More Information

  • Black Dance Rising: IABD Presents 28th Annual International Dance Conference and Festival, January 20-24, 2016. Click Here for More Information


  • Denise Saunders Thompson, IABD Chairperson/Executive Director elected to Dance/USA Board of Trustees
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  • Watch Joan Myers Brown Accepting the National Medal of the Arts
    Watch PHILADANCO Founder/Executive Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown accepting the National Medal of the Arts — the nation’s highest civic honor for excellence in the arts — at a ceremony that took place July 10, 2013 at The White House.

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Click here for the National Arts Award Press Release

  • Joan Myers Brown | President Obama to Award 2012 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal
    WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, July 10, 2013 President Obama will award the 2012 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal in the East Room.  The First Lady will also attend.  Further details will be released closer to the event. The National Endowment for the Arts was established by the Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the Federal Government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with State arts agencies, local leaders, other Federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. The National Endowment for the Humanities was created in 1965 as an independent Federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the Nation. The Endowment brings high-quality historical and cultural experiences to large and diverse audiences in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and five territories.At next week’s event, the President will deliver remarks and present the awards to the following individuals and organizations:
2012 National Medal of Arts:
    • Herb Alpert, Malibu, CA
    • Lin Arison, Bal Harbour, FL
    • Joan Myers Brown, Philadelphia, PA
    • Renée Fleming, New York, NY

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  • Joan Myers Brown | 2013 Dance/USA Honor HonoreeJoan Myers Brown, Honorary Chairperson of IABD will receive the 2013 Dance/USA Honor Award on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the Dance/USA 2013 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA. The Honor goes to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the dance field by reason of artistic excellence and/or force of vision. The International Association of Blacks in Dance SALUTES and CONGRATULATES, our Founder, Dr. Joan Myers Brown!

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  • One Night Only! International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference Announces 25th Silver Anniversary
    Celebration Showcase Performance Line-up: January 24 – 27, 2013 in Washington, DC

    IABD Performance lineup press release
  • Charles Augins, Camille A. Brown, Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, Louis Johnson, Dianne McIntyre, and Renee Robinson to be Honored by International Association of Blacks in Dance: IABD 2013 Honorees press release


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