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Leah Stein Dance Company Annual Fundraiser: Gala in the Garden

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MAAS BUILDING Garden

1320 North 5th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Join us on Thursday, June 8 from 6-9:00pm to mix and mingle in the lovely garden at the MAAS Building for Leah Stein Dance Company's Annual Fundraiser, "Gala in the Garden," featuring an exclusive cocktail hour from 6-7pm and the main event from 7-8:30pm. There will be beer, wine, and light fare donated by local businesses.

In addition to celebrating the culmination of Leah Stein Dance Company's 15th Anniversary Season, this year we will also honor special guest Deenah Loeb with a special performance by company Settled Arrows (company member/performerAndrew Mars) and Leah Stein Dance Company.

Join us to mix and mingle in the lovely courtyard garden at the MAAS Building.

6:00-7:00PM

Cocktail hour

7:00-8:30PM

Main event that features beer, wine, and light fare donated by local businesses and special performance by Settled Arrows and Leah Stein Dance Company.

More About This Year's Honorary Guest:

Deenah Loeb

Deenah Loeb has over 30 years of program innovation and implementation experience in the culture and environmental fields. As Executive Director of City Parks Association of Philadelphia (CPA) (cityparksphila.org), she revived a significant, historic non-profit, transforming its mission to address contemporary issues. A recent recipient of the inaugural Knight Cities Challenge (2015), Ms. Loeb developed and guided the implementation for Urban Arboreta urbanarboreta.org) : creating a self-sustaining and environmentally sound model for nursery production with a directed community focus, offering environmental educational programs and opportunities for job training in the nursery trade, benefitting the ecological, social and economic health of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.

To bring new perspectives to Philadelphia's vacant land inventory, Ms. Loeb developed and implemented Philadelphia LANDvisions and URBAN VOIDS: grounds for change, a unique three phased program that challenged citizens and the international design community to imagine ecologically sound resolutions for Philadelphia’s vast inventory of vacant lands.


Ms. Loeb co-founded and directed Art in the Open Philadelphia, a citywide event that celebrates artists and their inspirations for creating art in the public realm. Art in the Open debuted in June 2010, and has brought over 100 artists to use the Schuylkill River as their studios: to inspire new ways of seeing the river and the city it runs through.

Before working with CPA, Ms. Loeb was a consultant the Pew Charitable Trusts developing the Pew Artist Fellowship in the Arts, the National Theater Residence and Philadelphia Dance Initiative programs, Associate Director at the Fairmont Park Association (now, the Association for Public Art), and Curator at The National Museum of American Jewish History. She danced with South Street Dance Company and taught at Susan Hess Studio. She has holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Wesleyan University, CT.

Movement has and continues to inform my life direction(s) as I see to forge creative connections—in professional practice, in my personal relationships as well as in my art.


More About Our Special Guest Performer:

Settled Arrows

Settled Arrows is the music project of Philadelphia-based vocalist, composer and performer Andrew Mars. Having performed in a variety of settings from Carnegie Hall to basements in Baltimore, Mars is known locally for his work with LSDC (beginning with the Pauline Oliveros Voice/Movement Research Year) and as a co-writer and featured performer in "Sunset, o639 Hours" for BalletX. Featuring a blend of musicians from the rock, classical and improvisation communities, Settled Arrows blends genre and style to tell modern stories about loss, love and community. Mars' debut album, "Public Privacy," received positive reviews from WXPN, which called it a "beautiful time capsule of modern life and love" and said that the band makes "exquisite existential pop." The band has just completed their sophomore album, "INNOCENCE (Or, The Fall of The Fool)" soon to see an independent release.

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