“The world of ideas – if it is really allowed to do what it should do – is a rigorous, scary, challenging place. If you’re going to participate with people at their peak of asking questions, gaining information, making things, you have to be on your game. That’s what I want my life to be about.”
– Bill T. Jones
Department of Correction, Youthful Offenders Division (Rikers Island)
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane teaching artists utilize text and movement to work with young people aged 16-18 incarcerated on Rikers Island.
James Baldwin School
Designed to broaden the artistic experiences of highschool students who have previously experienced school as unresponsive to their needs as individuals, this unique program provides a full semester course work with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company integrating oral history into performance.
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
A four-year partnership that brings Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s works and it’s pedagogical and performative philosophy to LMU’s campus and the Los Angeles area.
NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dance
The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company teaches as part of the Tisch Summer Residency Festival. We also dialogue and give students access to the creative process of the company. NYU Tisch School of the Arts hosts the annual “Dances by Dancers”, a self-produced concert of the dancers and makers inside the company.
One Breath Rising
Working with local teens, One Breath Rising partners with Live Arts to showcase poetry and prose written by young people at society’s margins.
Live Arts serves as a New York partner for the National YoungArts Foundation.