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T. Lang Earns National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Arts Projects Award

February 2024

Spelman Professor T Lang

T. Lang, MFA, associate professor of dance and the inaugural chair of the dance performance and choreography department at Spelman College, has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive the Grants for Arts Projects award. 

The NEA will support her work, "Out From the Deep: A Meditation for Them Turners," a live immersive performance that will debut Summer 2024. This work holds significance to her company as Mary and Hayes Turner’s immense legacy on love is to be cherished, and it will be translated physically live and in augmented reality.

Lang, who holds a bachelor’s degree in performance and choreography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in performance and choreography from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, teaches dance and performance, intermediate modern dance technique, dance improvisation and choreography II.

A Creative Genuis Sparks New Life

T. Lang creates, writes and teaches poetic expressions of dance, which illustrates deep, arousing investigations relevant to issues of identity, history and community. Through the vehicle of contemporary modern dance with emphasis on the interdisciplinarity, Lang’s work communicates perspectives with depth and a movement style that captures the attention of the viewer with its evocative physicality, technical range and emotional viability.

Her work is inspired by the desire to invite audiences into personal and subjective experiences of inspiration, family stories, shared history; a fascination with the connections in between; and the desire to investigate them together on the dance floor. After years of choreography, academia, and performance, Lang continues to explore new mediums, such as AR and VR technology, and various modes of collaboration, to immerse audiences in what she hopes are powerful, transformative experiences. T. Lang connects dance, space, technology, and creative collaborators to move audiences into a greater understanding of our past, present and future. 

With commissions from the High Museum of Art, Goat Farm Arts Center, Flux Projects and more Lang stays engaged with the next generation of movement artists through her summer dance intensive SWEATSHOP and Founding Director and owner of The Movement Lab ATL, an interdisciplinary incubator for creativity T. Lang is an Associate Professor and inaugural department chair of Dance Performance and Choreography at Spelman College. She is also the 2022 Emory University Arts and Social Justice Fellow, and the 2023 recipient of Princeton University’s Collaboration and Research Grant award.

About the Grants for the Arts Project

Grants for Arts Projects provides expansive funding opportunities to strengthen the nation’s arts and culture ecosystem.

Through project-based funding, the program supports opportunities for public engagement with the arts and arts education, for the integration of the arts with strategies promoting the health and well-being of people and communities, and for the improvement of overall capacity and capabilities within the arts sector.

They fund arts projects in the following disciplines: Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Theater, and Visual Arts.

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