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Sep 24, 2013
New York, NY

This November Mark Degarmo & Dancers/Dynamic Forms Inc. will present the "Educational Visionary" Lifetime Achievement Award to Maxine Green. The award, now in its first year, is presented to visionaires who have contributed to promoting innovation in education through the arts and will be presented during the organization's annual Dance for Dance 2013 Celebration. Dr. Greene was selected based on her lifelong contributions to public education in the United States.

Maxine Greene has influenced thousands of educators to bring the vitality of the arts to teachers and children. Her thinking about existence and the power of imagination have been brought to life through her study, academic appointments, essays and books. In her teaching, she desires to educate those who speak, write, and resist in their own voices, rather than mimic her ideas and language. She is currently the William F. Russell Professor in the Foundations of Education (emerita) at Teachers College. In 2004, the Teachers College Trustees created the Maxine Greene Chair for Distinguished Contributions to Education. As philosopher-in-residence of the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education (LCI) since 1976, Maxine conducts workshops, especially in Literature as Art, lectures at LCI's Summer Sessions, and has inspired the creation of a small high school, the High School of Arts, Imagination and Inquiry in association with LCI and New Visions for Public Schools.She founded the Maxine Greene Foundation for Social Imagination, the Arts, and Education in 2003.

About Mark Degarmo & Dancers/Dynamic Forms Inc.
Mark DeGarmo & Dancers/Dynamic Forms Inc. (MDDF) was founded in 1982. MDDF’s mission and purpose is educating our underserved NYC communities, and especially our children, about the roles of dance and the arts in society; promoting intercultural inquiry and communication; and creating, performing, and disseminating original dances and artistic and scholarly work. MDDF has produced 100 dances and 25 international tours involving performance, teaching, research, and exchange in 12 countries, including Latin America, Europe, and Russia. Since 1991, we have partnered with 25 NYC schools through yearlong, ongoing programs, and worked with public students and communities underserved in the arts.  We have worked on the Lower East Side for 28 years, and have been a resident member organization of the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center since 2001. We annually teach over 1,400 PreK-5 public school students and serve over 12,000 individuals in NYC. Over the last 4 years, we taught 3,031 workshops in 177 classrooms in 7 schools; we have maintained relationships with partnership schools for 8 consecutive years; staff members have 150 cumulative years of experience in the arts and arts education; and founder Mark DeGarmo served as consultant to the NYC DOE’s Task Force to develop the Arts Blueprint, serving 1.1 million students in 1,500 public schools. Mark DeGarmo is a dancer/choreographer who has created dance/theater works with national and international support based on contemporary social issues in Ecuador (U.S. State Department), El Salvador (U.S. Embassy), and Peru (Fulbright). The excellence and effectiveness of our work is demonstrated by public and private awards and financial support, including: Center for Arts Education; Dana Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; NYC Department of Education; NYC Department of Youth and Community Development; New York Foundation for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The White House Millennium Council.

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