DUKE UNIVERSITY - B.A. Cum Laude - Interdepartmental Major: Cultural Anthropology/Public Policy
DUKE UNIVERSITY DANCE PROGRAM - West African and modern technique and contemporary performance theory and composition under Thomas DeFrantz, Ava Vinesett, Andrea E. Woods Valdés, and Keval Khalsa
SCHOOL FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAINING, BAHIA, BRAZIL - Public Health, Race & Human Rights
THE LAUNDROMAT PROJECT - Create Change Fellow. Six-month professional development program in making, socially-engaged art.
URBAN BUSH WOMEN SUMMER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
THE AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL
Alison is a cultural organizer, strategic consultant, producer, and multidisciplinary artist working at the intersections of social justice, community building, education and cross-cultural dialogue. She is interested in how the art and culture of the everyday leads us towards justice.
As a cultural organizer, consultant and producer she envisions and collaborates with communities, projects, artists and organizations to use art and creativity for social justice. She is Associate Strategist with Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative, Special Projects Associate with The Horns Project/Horns to Havana, and Communications and Development Coordinator of The Literacy Project / MAESTRA;
She has worked at leading arts consulting firms WolfBrown and Webb Management Services, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the White House - Office of the First Lady Michelle Obama, Obama for America, Duke University Women's Center, the Sunflower County Freedom Project and the District Six Museum.
Working with dance, performance, literary arts and dialogue, she uses oral history and ethnographic research to guide the development of multi-faceted storytelling and participatory experiences. She is interested in unpacking and rearranging narratives, layering media, drawing diverse people together in process, and activating unconventional spaces through creative means.
As a Laundromat Project Create Change Commissioned Artist she and Sasha Phyars-Burgess co-produced StoryBlock, an oral history and visual community archive that celebrates the cultural richness of Kelly Street residents living in the South Bronx. Her current performance project, body/s in question, charts the fault lines of the multiracial body and experience in the Americas, via her family's history in Jamaica, Cuba and the U.S. She also co-authors the blog Broadly Speaking.
Her choreography includes Procurando Nosso Espaço (2012 - Duke University, Durham, NC). She has performed with Ebony Noelle Golden, Audrey Hailes, and The Movement Theater Company, at venues and programs including Dancing While Black, NYU Hemisperic Institute of Performance and Politics, Gibney Dance and Bronx Academy of Art and Dance
Based in New York City, she was raised in North Carolina and her research and work have taken her through Brazil, the Mississippi Delta, South Africa, and her family's roots in Jamaica and Cuba, exploring questions of art, identity, and social change.
She was a 2014 Create Change Fellow with The Laundromat Project and received the Dance Writing Award, the Benenson Award in the Arts, and the Paul Farmer Award for Justice and Social Responsibility at Duke University, where she graduated cum laude with distinction in Cultural Anthropology and Public Policy. She was a 2011 participant in the Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute and attended the American Dance Festival in 2012.