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Spotlight On: NEP Professional Development Fund Awardees

  • 13 May 2021
  • 4:00 PM
  • Virtual


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Spotlight On:

NEP Professional Development Awardees

Thursday, May 13 at 4:00 PM EST

New England Presenters’ Professional Development Fund provides active NEP members with financial assistance towards professional development opportunities. For more information and to apply, please visit our website:

This event will shine a spotlight on two recent awardees, Jamila Jackson and Holly Jones, as they discuss the projects funded. There will also be opportunity to learn more about applying for the Professional Development Fund.


JAMILA JACKSON, Embodied Leadership Project

Jamila Jackson is a storyteller, dancer, poet and facilitator. Originally from the Bay Area, California, she attended Howard University for two years, received her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from Wilson College. Through her organization, The Embodied Leadership Project, she approaches the work of social justice, leadership and decolonization from an embodied, trauma-informed and ceremonial perspective. 

Jamila is deeply informed by Liberty-Based Horsemanship, Rhythms and Movements of the African Diaspora, Authentic Movement, Contact Improvisation, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Active Listening, Poetry and Empathy-based storytelling. She has been performing, lecturing, teaching dance classes, leadership trainings and workshops at colleges, universities, schools, community centers and conferences for the past 10 years.


 Holly Jones is a field based arts worker, advocate, and consultant who is passionate about arts accessibility, equitable curatorial practices, and trust-based philanthropy. She enjoys engaging and interacting with artists, students, industry peers, and arts patrons. Ms. Jones currently serves in joint leadership ofThe Clive & Valerie Barnes Foundation where her work is dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of outstanding emerging artists. Previously, Holly served as Associate Producer and Director of Artist Services at The Yard where she oversaw tremendous programmatic growth and professionalized operations in turn, supporting hundreds of artists in realizing their creative visions.

Recently Holly has contracted with the New England Foundation for the Arts, CityStep, and The Croft where she will serve as Interim Executive Director for the 2021 season. Ms. Jones is pursuing her masters in nonprofit leadership at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice (anticipated December ‘21). She completed an Executive Certificate in Arts and Culture Strategy through National Arts Strategies and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. Holly continues to perform, teach, and choreograph throughout New England and New York. 

More information on Jamila Jackson, Holly Jones, and their funded projects can be found on our website at

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