Artists for Hope is a charity concert event in which all proceeds are gifted to a chosen local organization that makes a positive impact in our community. Entering its 6th year, AFH is embracing the virtual dance world and transitioning from a previously live event. Starting in November 2020, the San Jacinto College dance program accepted submissions of short dance films for its first-ever Artists for Hope Dance Film Festival, and to our surprise we received 60 submissions from 16 countries around the world. In addition, we hosted virtual master classes throughout the month of February, where students had the opportunity to take class from Kara Wilkes, Yosmell Calderon, and Stephanie Troyak.
The first ever Artists for Hope International Dance Film Festival will take place virtually February 21-28, 2021. The VIMEO link will be posted here when the film festival has been made available for public viewing.
We would like to thank our participants and film submitters for their generosity and artistry. They have made it possible for us to continue to support the arts in a year of need, and we deeply appreciate it! With gratitude, we present to you our film selections for 2021:
Another me in the world (China)
Still feel you with me (Canada)
Floodstream (United States)
Legenyes (United States)
The Escape (Russian Federation)
Still Here (United States)
Take Me Back to a Time in the Future (United States)
De-Eschatology (United States)
Queer Constellations (United States)
Unmarked (United States)
Anyone (United States)
CANT KILL US ALL (United Kingdom)
People’s Faces (United States)
This year, our chosen organization is Dance Source Houston, whose mission is to empower the diverse individuals and organizations working in the field of dance throughout the Greater Houston region by means of advocacy, inclusive community engagement and support services. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the individuals and organizations of the Greater Houston dance ecosystem. DSH supports Dance Artists via a full range of programs and resources including convening, funding, marketing, performance opportunities and more. They also provide complete dance news, information and event listings in and around Houston, and publish The Dance Card – an up-to-the-minute listing of dance events, and The Dance DiSH – a magazine dedicated to dance news and views.
Due to the declining economic climate during the 2020 pandemic, especially as it impacts our local performing arts companies and venues, we feel that Dance Source Houston is the perfect organization to support for this years Artists for Hope.
In addition to raising funds through master classes and film submissions, we are campaigning on behalf of Dance Source Houston to reach our goal. Please consider donating today!
Local companies and artists that have generously donated their time and talents to Artists for Hope throughout the years include Ad Deum Dance Company/Ad Deum II, NobleMotion Dance/NMD2, Open Dance Project/ODP2, Hope Stone Dance, Houston Contemporary Dance Company/HCD2, Movements in Time Dance Artistry, Group Acorde, Juxtapose Arts Collective, Pilot Dance Project, the San Jacinto College Performing Arts Company, Social Movement Contemporary Dance, Southeast Dance, UH Dance Ensemble, Leon Contemporary Dance Company, HSPVA, METdance/METtoo, Vitacca Dance Project, Frame Dance, JDF Elite Dance Studio, and University of St. Thomas Dance Ensemble. A BIG thank you to the Houston dance community and all of our supporters!
Artists for Hope has been proud supporters of these local organizations: