Scope and arrangement
This collection consists of the administrative and financial records of a dance organization born during a time of declining federal dollars for the arts. The correspondence between the dancers, often quite personal in nature, evokes enormous respect for the passion they brought to the promotion of their art. A former chairman noted the importance of many dancer evaluations done over the years. These peer-reviewed evaluations were the basis for qualifying a dancer as a superb presenter for Artists in Schools residencies. Only a few of those records are to be found within this collection.
The Dancers/Artists in the Schools records are arranged in two series:
- 1974-1988 and undated
The administrative records cover board meetings, correspondence, grant applications, and membership directories. In addition, folders on significant activities, such as the annual summer workshops for dancers and school administrators, and the valuable survey of dance residencies from members of the National Assembly of State Art Agencies, are included.
- 1979 -1988
This series contains bank records, cancelled checks, and ledgers. The fluid nature of the organization’s finances is indicated by the requests for reimbursement of funds advanced by the dancers to carry out Dancer’s Inc. business.