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A Summer of Art, Six Feet Apart

Does a social distancing summer mean a summer with no art? We don’t think so. This summer, Walnut Hill School for the Arts is making lots of art on the Hill. We have created a new Artistic Fellowship program for chosen artists in residence and artists will be offering in-person and online performances for the public to enjoy. So, please, we invite you, our friends and neighbors, to join us in person or online for A Summer of Art, Six Feet Apart!

Walnut Hill Artistic Fellowship Program

Walnut Hill School for the Arts is proud to announce the School’s first Artistic Fellowship Program. Unique among our peer schools in establishing such an initiative, we are entering a new phase of innovation and growth under the most stringent of circumstances. Weathering the storm in this extraordinary time of a global pandemic, environmental threats, and political uncertainty, we are also inspired by the promise of rebirth that it holds. Artists have always found a way to thrive during trying times, reflecting on the human experience, and launching new movements of critical thinking and expression. Established through private donors and the Head of School Innovation Fund, the fellowship recognizes time, space, and community as essential elements for emerging artists to pause and work under the freest possible conditions.

The first group of artists fellows are: dance collective BodySonnet and Boston Ballet artist My’Kal Stromile. All of the artists share a goal to create, collaborate, and develop entrepreneurial skills during their residency. The fellows are supported by the professional resources at Walnut Hill, and the mentorship of Head of School Antonio Viva to realize their projects. Along with the residency, this group has come together to build collaborative ties, and performance platforms for burgeoning artists, the first of its kind in the School’s history. 

The Fellows will have access to Walnut Hill School for the Arts' resources to make work and show process. They seek to energize our campus and provide fertile ground for exceptional artistic scholarship. This fellowship will not only benefit members of the residency and the School, but also the local Natick community and the Walnut Hill community at large. This program serves as the first multidisciplinary incubator of its kind for New England and an opportunity to explore art in a sustained, focused, and collaborative way.

Artistic Fellowship Details
The Fellowship is designed to provide young artists in different disciplines (music, dance, visual art, drama, writing, film, and new media) an extended summer residency period in which they can learn new skills, devise work, and network with their peers. Special consideration will be given to Walnut Hill Alumni who are interested in community art and activism. The first cadre of fellows will commit to supporting future fellows, taking on a role of mentors and teachers in future years. The discipline in which artists practice will rotate each year.

Fellows will receive travel reimbursement (within the United States), housing, and a stipend of $1,000 per week. Residencies can range from 2 to 8 weeks, from June 21–August 15, 2020.

Applications are closed at this time. 

Public Events & Performances


ARENA
Wednesday, July 22 at 8:00pm
Pre Show starts at 7:30pm

BodySonnet artists present an evening of dance theater, and music exploring themes of atmosphere, reconnaissance, empathy, negotiation, and authenticity. Free Drive-in event. Bring your own lawn chair/blanket. Support BodySonnet
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An Evening with the Neave Trio
Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30pm
Our beautiful Delbridge Patio and the Woodside Gallery will transform into an intimate performance space with outdoor seating under a tent. Since forming in 2010, Neave Trio–violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Eri Nakamura–has earned enormous praise for its engaging, cutting-edge performances. WQXR explains, "Neave' is actually a Gaelic name meaning 'bright' and 'radiant', both of which certainly apply to this trio's music making."
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Volta
Thursday, July 30 at 7:30pm
A Delbridge Patio Theater Event
BodySonnet Artists and Walnut Hill Alumni Sean, Moscelyne and Jake collaborate with the Neave Trio, and discuss making art in a time of pause. This performance is part of A Summer of Art, Six Feet Apart.
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Dancing Through
Friday, July 31 at 7:30pm
A Delbridge Patio Theater Event. An evening of dance and live music with new choreography by Boston Ballet artist and Walnut Hill artistic fellow My’Kal Stromile and Gabriel Oliveira in collaboration with BodySonnet. Walnut Hill School for the Arts music majors are performing piano excerpts in between dance pieces
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Meet the 2020 Fellows


BodySonnet is a traveling collective of contemporary dance makers, including Moscelyne ParkeHarrison ’15, Sean Lammer ’15, Mio Ishikawa, and Jake Nahor ’14. They share tools to create cultures of growth and discovery through interactive workshops, open rehearsals, and educational seminars. BodySonnet is passionate about engaging the community in their creative process for site-specific spaces, thus reframing conceptions of art and its accessibility both conceptually and physically.

Moscelyne ParkeHarrison ’15
Sean Lammer ’15
Mio Ishikawa
Jake Nahor ’14


BodySonnet is a recipient of the inaugural Anthony Quinn Foundation Fellowship, and fiscally sponsored by Satellite Collective. The collective led a residency, performance, and workshop at Berkshire Pulse this past January. The artists created and performed a site-specific work in collaboration with the Harlow Chamber Players, in the Kilpatrick Athletic Center racquetball courts at Bard College at Simon's Rock on January 4th. BodySonnet has been commissioned by the Peace Studio as a part of the 100 Offerings of Peace campaign.

The members of this dance collective are spending part of the summer on campus as one of Walnut Hill’s first cohort of resident fellows, and will be performing several live and livestreamed events in July 2020.


My’Kal Stromile's extensive training includes instruction from Kim Abel in Dallas/New York, Ceyhun Ozsoy in Dallas, and Anna-Marie Holmes in Boston. He attended The Juilliard  School form 2014–2018.

Stromile has danced with Bruce Wood Dance, Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, Disney Productions, and Repertory Dance Company I. His repertoire includes Richard Alston’s Sheer Bravado, Aszure Barton’s Return to Patience, Crystal Pite’s Grace Engine, Dwight Rhoden’s Rise, Jerome Robbins’ MOVES, and Bruce Wood’s Home and Polyester Dreams.

In 2014, Stromile was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. That same year, at the invitation of TITAS Presents and choreographer Bruce Wood, Stromile participated in the 2014 Command Performance Ballet Gala, where principal dancers from all over the world performed new and existing repertoire. During his time at Juilliard, he received Choreographic Honors three years in a row and was awarded the school’s Hector Zaraspe Prize in Choreography in 2018. Stomile is a 2019 Princess Grace Award Nominee. Stromile joined Boston Ballet II in 2018. He joined Boston Ballet as an artist in 2019.