MARY GATES LEADERSHIP AWARD
By Michael Helland, Dance major and winner of 2004 Leadership award
“Competitive leadership grants foster civic education by supporting students who are involved in activities or projects that strengthen their commitment to community, challenge them to grow as leaders, and deepen their understandings of their leadership capacities.”
The focus of my Mary Gates Leadership project involved organizing a collaboration between the UW Dance Program, the Pipeline Project, and Pacific Northwest Ballet to secure a venue for dance outreach and education internships as part of Discover Dance, an artist-in-residency program. As a second year participant, I co-facilitated our bi-weekly seminar to deepen the experience of teaching and creating dance in public schools. The program culminated in a community performance event at McCaw Hall, April 25th.
|Michael Helland on a Utah mountaintop|