Visiting the Institute of Museum and Library Services at the Society of American Archivists conference in Chicago in August.
l to r: IMLS 21st-Century Librarian Program Officer Kevin Cherry, DHC Executive Director Libby Smigel, and DHC Board Chair Nena Couch, curator of the Theatre Research Institute at The Ohio State University.
February 1, 2014
Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) has formally accepted University of Minnesota into its membership among the core dance archives that provide national leadership in preserving dance. Cecily Marcus, curator of the Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections, represents the University on the DHC board of directors.
Founded in 1971, the Performing Arts Archives (PAA) documents the unique and thriving performing arts community in the Twin Cities. With particular focus on theater, music, and dance, the PAA now holds more than 125 collections, including the archives of some of the community' s most influential dance companies: The Minnesota Dance Theatre; Minnesota Dance Alliance; James Sewell Ballet; Ballet Arts Minnesota; the papers of dancer, choreographer, and teacher Gertrude Lippincott, and those of dance historian and dancer John Munger.
Marcus sought membership in the DHC after a number of opportunities to seek counsel from and collaborate with DHC on matters ranging from artist-driven archives to grant projects focusing on African American theater and dance and media preservation and access. "Minnesota's participation in the DHC allows the history of dance here to be showcased in a national context, promoting wider scholarship and performance," Marcus said. "It also offers Minnesota opportunities to facilitate collaborations locally and nationally that will enhance collection development and shared resources. The DHC's past and current initiatives are active, focused, and effective. I look forward to working with my DHC colleagues to further unite key dance resources, historians, and curators from across the country."
DHC Executive Director Libby Smigel said, "I am thrilled that the University of Minnesota Libraries has joined the Dance Heritage Coalition, and that Cecily Marcus is the board representative. The University of Minnesota has been growing its collections and initiatives to reflect the dynamic community it represents. Its collections, combined with Marcus's leadership, provide another important addition to the DHC membership."