Jill Flanders Crosby Jill Flanders Crosby is a professor and the dance program coordinator in the Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Alaska Anchorage. She holds an Ed.M and Ed.D from Teachers College Columbia University. She taught at the University of Ghana, West Africa and she has been an active performer and choreographer. Flanders Crosby received a 1998 Fulbright research grant for her work in Ghana and also traveled to Cuba to research the folklorization of traditional religious dance, the links between the Ewe people of Ghana and the Arará people of Cuba and elder oral histories in Perico and Agramonte Cuba. She is published in the Dance Research Journal, Etnofoor and Southern Quarterly, and contributed a chapter to the edited book Making Caribbean Dance on her work in Ghana and Cuba. She is the project director and lead investigator for Secrets Under the Skin.
 
Brian Jeffery Brian Jeffery has taken photos all his life. An assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at University of Alaska Anchorage, Jeffery has previously served on faculty at Northwestern University Chicago, Columbia College Chicago and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. As artistic director of XSIGHT! Performance Group from 1987-2002, Jeffery's vision of exploring the amalgamation of theater, dance and the visual arts has been consistently recognized by popular and critical acclaim. His work has been presented by cultural institutions throughout the United States as well as in Africa, Australia, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Yugoslavia. Jeffery's work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago Artists Abroad, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and several UAA Faculty Development Grants.
 
Marianne Kim Marianne M. Kim is a Korean American trans-disciplinary artist working in dance, performance installation and video art. She received her M.F.A. from U.C.L.A's Department of World Arts and Cultures with a focus on choreography and technology in 2004. She has toured nationally and internationally as a company member of various performance companies. Marianne has presented her video work at festivals, galleries and performance spaces in Portugal, Atlanta, New York City, Anchorage, Toronto, Salzburg, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ontario, Cluj-Napoca and throughout the Midwest. She is currently an assistant professor at Arizona State University's Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Program in the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies. She is a recipient of artist fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Jacob K. Javits Foundation, and several grants from the Chicago Artists Assistance Grants, Durfee Foundation, NEA/Dance USA, Meet the Composer, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts to create new work.
 
Susan Matthews Susan Matthews was born in Tucson and moved to Oakland, California at the age of five. She holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA in Painting from San Francisco State University. She teaches drawing and painting at the College of San Mateo and at Maybeck High School in Berkeley.

Susan began her travels to Cuba as a student of percussion, attending summer courses at Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana from 1995 to 2000. She currently plays in a son/salsa band called Nuevo Mundo, based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She has traveled widely in Mexico, Central and South America, Spain and Cuba, as well as Africa and Europe. Experiences in Latin America, Cuba and Africa have informed her paintings in recent years, and resonate with the cultural roots of the Oakland neighborhood where she was raised.

She has created an extensive series of paintings about Afro-Cuban music and folklore based on her musical studies in Cuba. Her images appear on album covers, book covers and websites around the world.  Her work has been exhibited throughout California, Nevada, Alaska, Cuba, and Chile.  Please visit www.SusanMatthewsGallery.com.

 
Brandon McElroy Brandon McElroy is the founder and director of Progressive Media Alaska, a video and multi-media production company in Anchorage. He has enjoyed the experience of spearheading several documentary projects in Alaska, especially those that are agents for positive social change such as suicide prevention in Barrow, Alaska, and oral history narratives with indigenous Alaska elders. He consistently collaborates with numerous artists from multiple disciplines and is investigating the interface between scholarly documentation and contemporary creative media art based on ethnographic data.
 
Roberto Pedroso García Roberto Pedroso García is a dancer who was born in Colón, Matanzas, Cuba. Since he grew up in a religious family, religion has always been a part of his life. He is currently a babalawo (priest of the mysteries of the Yoruba religion). He began his professional career in his native hometown and later danced in Havana with the Tony Menéndez company for two years. He later left dancing to dedicate himself to a religious life entirely.

Melba Núñez Isalbe Melba Núñez Isalbe graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in English language and literature in 1997. She was a professor of Spanish language and English lexicology and stylistics in the same University. In 2000 she started to work for the Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematic Industries (ICAIC) where she is a translator, interpreter, assistant director and annotator.



 
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