Mission, Vision, Values and History
Our mission: to enrich and educate the community through innovative modern dance. We fulfill our mission through performances, classes, workshops, community outreach, arts integration residencies and collaborations with musicians and composers, artists and actors, puppeteers, poets and professors. We are known for reaching beyond the arts community with a diverse repertoire that often reflects upon larger societal issues.
Our programming has long followed the CT Office of the Arts "READI" providing "Equity, inclusion and access involving all populations are critical to the vitality of our neighborhoods, towns and cities." Inherently recognizing these needs long ago, SPD offers scholarships and work-study Apprenticeship programs to Greater Hartford's underserved and economically challenged youth.
It is its vision is to awaken diverse audiences to a transformative perspective of our world, accomplished by providing audiences from all cultures, age groups, abilities and income levels throughout the Greater Hartford region with opportunities to learn how to dance, watch dance, appreciate dance and/or incorporate dance in their lives.
Equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility: Sonia Plumb Dance Company values equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in our programming on stage, in the classroom and in the community. We seek to uphold these values by providing training to create a diverse workforce (dancers, teachers, staff), to offer free and low-cost access when needed to our performances and to engage with our community and our neighbors in the development of our programming. We acknowledge the systems that have been put in place which have often excluded individuals and communities from opportunities based on race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class, age, and geography, and strive to counter those inequities in our programming.
Partnership: SPDC values the partnerships with the surrounding organizations, and communities as essential to the creation and on-going conversation for a holistic, equitable vision of community vitality and artistic success. We value the interdependence of our artists, teachers and staff which are our voices in the community. SPDC values our own partnerships with the educational institutions, local and state arts agencies, funders.
A History Driven by Excellence
From its inception in 1990, SPD has been constantly on the "move." The company has performed throughout Connecticut in concerts, festivals, and adjudicated choreography showcase. Ms. Plumb taught classes, staged performances, and created new repertory, receiving accolades for her innovative work. In 2000, she made the choice to take a ten-year hiatus to raise her son and teach. In 2011, she returned to the rigors of directing and managing a professional dance company. Working with board members, donors and community partners, she reorganized SPD to help grow its infrastructure, build greater sustainability, and ensure its long term future. Since its reorganization, SPD has served more than 8,000 constituents throughout Greater Hartford and the Northeast.
2012: Joined the Hartford Performs roster of vetted artists to bring arts integration and arts access programming into Hartford Public Schools.
2015: Was one of nine artists to receive a Community Legacy Project award for Arts Integration Programming in underserved communities.
2016: Received three year cornerstone grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for the Apprentice Training Program providing work-study opportunities for underserved, typically minority high school graduates who could not afford to attend a typical four year dance degree program.
2019: Received a three year grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to the launch the School of Sonia Plumb Dance by providing 23 scholarships for Hartford youth who could not afford to train.
2020: Attended the Connecticut Office of the Arts Equity and Inclusion workshops to better understand and implement successful programming and relationships with diverse communities and to understand racial inequalities.