Master Classes & Residencies

Through artist residencies and master classes, community members have an opportunity to connect and interact with professional artists visiting the Carver Community Cultural Center. Whether a lecture-demonstration, in-school visit, panel discussion or workshop, these outreach activities deepen the relationship between the artist and the community and allow for opportunities for each to grow and learn from the other.


2016-17 Master Classes

Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Friday, February, 10, 2017, 6:30-8 p.m.

Cost: $10 (SOLD OUT)



Event restricted to paid participants; no observation, no audience.

Members of the acclaimed Dallas Black Dance Theatre will lead a master class in which participants will learn dance techniques in the genres of classical ballet, modern, jazz and African dance. Known for their dedication to creating and producing works of the highest artistic excellence, these professional dancers design each master class to teach specific technique to enhance the artistry of experienced dance students and professional dancers.


Ronald K Brown/Evidence Dance
May 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m.*

This Master class is designed for intergenerational participants with a wide range of experience. Class will include meditation and floor work that incorporates stretching and mind-body centering exercises and uses influences from western modern dance, as well as traditional and social dances from West Africa, the Caribbean and the United States. Participants will concentrate on alignment, rhythm and using the body to express ideas and themes, strength, prayer and celebration, and learn techniques that are incorporated in the vocabulary of Ronald K. Brown/ EVIDENCE, A Dance Company.


2016-17 Residencies

The Clothesline MuseArtist Residency
March 2-6, 2017

Grammy-nominated vocalist Nnenna Freelon, her daughter, visual artist Maya Freelon Asante and choreographer Kariamu Welsh joined forces to create The Clothesline Muse, a multi-media theatre project that explores the clothesline as metaphor for the ties that bind families, communities and women together. During their residency, the artists will engage with the community in a series of outreach activities, including visits to schools and community centers.

This residency is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.This project is further made possible by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program. For more information:

The Clothesline Muse is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Painted Bride Art Center in partnership with St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Inc./Hayti Heritage Center and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information:



Kuniko YamamotoArtist Residency
April 5-8, 2017

Japanese storyteller, Kuniko Yamamoto, enchants audiences of every age with dramatic storytelling using myths and fables from ancient and modern Japan, spiced with social revelations to educate and amuse. Kuniko uses traditional Japanese music, handcrafted masks, beautiful Origami creations of her own making, and a touch of magic to create an artistic balance of illusion and reality. Kuniko will conduct school visits and community appearances to provide participants with a magical entry to Japanese culture and the art of Origami.



Carver Community Cultural Center is a NPN Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN Performance Residency Program. Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: