Moving in the Spirit welcomes Shalondra Henry, Director of Strategy + Expansion and Susannah Darrow, Marketing Strategist to their team as the 32-year old organization moves toward the final stages of its ambitious capital campaign. The additions will propel the organization to the next level of growth and creativity and expand its ability to use dance to teach young people the social, emotional and cognitive skills they need to thrive.
A Space to Soar is the capital campaign to build the organization’s new home at the site of the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA Station at the intersection of Lowery and LaFrance Avenue. The organization has secured 99% of its $8.4 million goal for this campaign. In partnership with MARTA and Columbia Ventures, the youth development organization has created a unique transit-oriented development which will allow it to double the number of young people it serves by making it accessible to anyone who can access MARTA. Children and families from all over Atlanta will have direct access to a “state of the art” facility and instructors. Moving in the Spirit will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new facility on October 11, 2018 at 6:00 PM.
“We are thrilled – the timing is perfect to add the expertise that Shalondra and Susannah offer as top innovative talent in their respective fields,” says Dana Marie Lupton, founder and CEO of the organization. “Susannah’s concentrated work as a non-profit founder and leader in the arts arena brings a special voice to the role of marketing and communications for Moving in the Spirit. And, as a film producer and former philanthropic professional, Shalondra has a unique perspective on strategy, creativity and relationship building that fuels the vision as we move into A Space to Soar.”
The two professionals joined the Moving in the Spirit team at the same time Bloomberg Philanthropies announced they were awarding the youth development organization an Arts Innovation Management grant (AIM). Part of Bloomberg’s American Cities Initiative, a suite of investments that empower cities to generate innovation and advance policy that moves the nation forward, the AIM grant is a two-year commitment supporting mid-sized arts organizations and their leadership in building organizational capacity. Mayor Bloomberg personally shared the news with the arts organization during a visit to their temporary location at JD Sims, a city of Atlanta recreation center.