Teaching Diversity and Inclusion Through Storytelling and the Arts
Here is the response to this exciting diversity program from a recent client: "Let me express my appreciation for Diversity in Motion performance at our Conference in Atlanta. Your diverse talents provided an entertaining Message with a wallop. Your improvisational skits relating to ideas from the audience showed true genius. The employees who attended the conference clearly resonated with your message of unity and caring among all people."
Betty Bland, President of The Theosophical Society in America Diversity in Motion is a unique storytelling and song diversity program for corporate events or school programs, highlighting the value of diversity in the world. The program encourages diversity, inclusion and high-performance teams, by breaking down barriers of separation.
Diversity in Motion moves its participants at the level of heart and soul while facilitating transformation on this deeper level through the telling of personal songs and stories. As we break down the barriers of habitual belief systems- those comprised of judgment and assumption, we are truly able to connect with understanding, respect, and compassion. Let us celebrate the richness that diversity brings to our world! The fact is- we can’t survive without it. Vivian Slade, Marquetta Dupree, and Angela Holley comprise the 3-member group.
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Marquetta Dupree has worked for the International Black Youth Summit as a facilitator helping to bring into being their vision for the community and the world. She has trained for 10 years in African Dance and has just finished teaching a year of African Inspired Dance classes. She spends as much time as she can singing, dancing, and telling stories while practicing the art of living in the “present moment”.
She describes the new program as follows, "Diversity in motion is a space of healing that is created through the art of story, song, and dance. Having love and understanding will allow peace to run wild in this world."
Angela Holley Bennet is a graduate of Interplay’s Leadership program, a path of spontaneously embodying and creating art from life through playing with song, story, and dance in solo, partner and group play.
She received her educational undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in performance and arts management. In addition to acting and her diversity in motion program she is both a producer and director. She won the Actress of the Year award and Best Actress in a Comedy, as well as drama. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is SAG eligible.
She is creator of the critically acclaimed Holley’s Country Follies and Wildwood Flowers: The June Carter Musical , and starred in the lead of South Pacific’s US tour). Bennet is an award-winning actress/singer who has been in show business for over 20 years.
Angela Bennet states, "Diversity in Motion moves its participants toward building high performance teams, by bringing diverse groups to a recognition of commonality. It helps us look at the roots or our prejudices and celebrate the richness our differences bring to the world through song and story."
Vivian Slade began her career as a musician in 1998, touring the southe and easte US through 2000. As a solo guitarist/vocalist, she received excellent reviews and airplay on indie and college radio. Vivian (who currently lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, two daughters and large dog) teaches private voice lessons as well as group sessions on how to use the voice to bring more joy and abundance into one’s life. Vivian continues to perform in Nashville as a jazz vocalist, independent rock/pop artist and children’s theatre enthusiast. She has recently begun work on her third album and is particularly excited about this newest project, Diversity In Motion.
Slade states, "I can think of no better way to create connection and bring healing to our relationships than through the use of music, story and dance."