Cohort 
2018

Gabri Christa, MFA

Film and Dance Maker, Curator, Educator

By looking at what connects us as humans, my interest lies in opening up the discussion and removing some of the stigma and fear around dementia.

Current Work

Gabri is Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College of Columbia University’s Department of Dance, Faculty of Filmstudies, Founding Director of the Moving Body- Moving Image Festival and Director Of the Movement Lab.

Personal Hero

#blacklivesmatter

Words of Strength

Creating compassion through the arts

Vision

Gabri believes we can reduce the scale and impact of dementia by reducing the stigma related to dementia and aging through dance, film and storytelling.

Strategy

Gabri is creating film and performance work, curating films, teaching and writing about dementia and aging to reduce the stigma.

Motivation

In Gabri's home country of Curacao, the recognition of dementia and the care is just beginning. Where she lives in New York City, aging and bringing the Arts to elders is an essential part of her community's mission, especially to the BIPOC community.

Education & Experience

Gabri Christa received her Bachelors at the University of the Arts and Masters degree at the University of Washington and is currently an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College of Columbia University, Department of Dance, where she also directs the Movement Lab. Her creative publications have received many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship for Choreography and ABC TV award for Creative Excellence.

University of Washington
Master of Fine Arts
University of the Arts
Bachelor's degree

Awards & Honors

2018
Honor List Critic Eva Yaa Asantewaa for Magdalena: "Best Performances of 2018"
2017
Faculty Partner of the Year
2018
Netherland- America Foundation, awarded for Magdalena film
2017
Department of Parks, Commission Arts at Fresh Kills Park Staten Island
2017
COOL grant for Teaching & Learning Center (Barnard)
2016
Georgie Award for advocating for Culture to the Youth of Staten Island
2015
Curoil
2015
Prins Bernard Foundation
2015
M&B Bank
2015
Ennia Insurance Company – grant
2013
Prins Bernard Foundation
2010
Barishnikov /Summerstages Fellow
2008
Dance Films Association Finishing Funds Award
2007
National Black Programming Committee of PBS, funding for Savoneta Another Building #2
2007
Netherland –America Foundation funding for Savoneta Another Building #2
2001, 2002, 2004 and 2007
Jerome Foundation, Fellowship New Work
2004
New York State Council on the Arts composer award for collab. w/ Burnt Sugar Arkestra
2002
Council on the Arts and Humanities of Staten Island (COASHI)
2002
ABC TELEVISION, creative excellence award for first short film: HIGH SCHOOL
2001
The Live Music for Dance Program of the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust
2001
Bessie Schonberg/First Light Commissioning Program of Dance Theater Workshop
2000
United States Information Agency, grant to present work internationally
2000
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship