CROSSING BRIDGES TEAM

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Jan Hanvik

Founder

Mr. Hanvik holds a BFA in Dance from the City College of the City University of New York, and an MA from New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

He was twice awarded Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowships, in El Salvador, in dance, and in Uruguay and Argentina, in arts management. He has been a panelist and consultant to such organizations as the US Department of State, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Ford Foundation, the Compton Foundation, the JM Kaplan Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and others. His overarching goal is to bring people in the arts and the non-arts worlds together, and to bring people together from all of the Americas, and beyond, through the arts.

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CYNTHIA GRANADOS POSADA

Co-Administrator

Cynthia Granados Posada of Mexico City earned a Master of Arts, Art in Public Spaces and Graduate Diploma in Arts Management (with a FONCA Mexican government scholarship in 2011) at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She started her arts management practice in 2007, working for Revista De Libros (Magazine of Books), and with the Donceles 66 Cultural Center. In Australia, she was part of the team organizing artist residency exchanges among Mexico, Australia and Canada (Alternative Worlds and Trust Project). Back in Mexico, she took part in the Ministry of Culture's Imagination in Movement Program and started the platform ViceVersa Cultural, a network of collaborations among artists and managers.
She organized Nasty Women Mexico, the unconventional networking for artists Speed(art)Dating, an Arts and Nature workshop for women, and with Emiliano Varela, the Made in Xochi international project. She coordinates Evocaciones (Evocations), artistic homages to women artists who have not been sufficiently recognized for their life and work. She is a performance artist striving to interrupt people's daily routines by creating small but significant oases of reflection.

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MARK DeGARMO

Dance Director

Mark B. DeGarmo, Ph.D., B.F.A. is a dancer/performer, choreographer/writer, educator/lecturer, and researcher/learning theorist who has choreographed and performed over 100 original works. He has performed, taught, presented, and researched in 13 countries, including Argentina, Canada, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Slovenia, and USA.
He currently serves as Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of Mark DeGarmo Dance AKA Dynamic Forms, Inc., celebrating its 31st Anniversary as a New York City nonprofit charity in 2018. He is a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellow (Peru), American Cultural Specialist (Ecuador), White House Millennium Artist Program National Finalist (USA), and Martha Hill Dance Fund Mid-Career Awardee (2015).
Dance Teacher Magazine celebrated his educational and artistic accomplishments with its June 2017 cover feature article. 2016 New York press deemed DeGarmo “brilliant” and “a gladiator in various arenas.” His “evidence-based” embodied cognition dance and literacy education program was called “a national model`` by National Endowment for the Arts peer panels.

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SHEILA MILLER

Literature Adjudicator

Sheila Miller earned her PhD in mathematics before moving to New York City where, among other things, she was a Fellow at the Writers' Institute at the City University of New York's Graduate Center. While there she worked with editors such as John Freeman of Freeman's, Matt Weiland of Norton, Hannah Tinti and Patrick Ryan of One Story, and Kent Carroll of Europa Editions, among others. For 10 years she was a professor of mathematics while also editing and writing both fiction and nonfiction. As a mathematician, a writer, and an editor, Sheila is interested in relationships and harmonies between the parts and the whole. As an editor she specializes in strengthening the clarity and impact of writing through understanding how the micro- and macro- elements of a piece work together (or don't). A member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, she is also the sports editor at The Taos News, named the best large weekly newspaper in the U.S. by the National Newspaper Association in 2018.

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POLLY FERMAN

Music Adjudicator

Uruguayan born pianist Polly Ferman champions works by Latin American composers.
Ferman's recordings constitute one of the most extensive collections of Latin American repertoire for piano. www.pollyferman.net Ferman's performances with orchestra include the San Francisco, Sacramento, Indianapolis, Tokyo, Philippines, Jarkov and Argentine National Symphonies, and such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Takemitsu Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, Teatro Colón, Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Oriental Art Centre and Bogota’s Teatro Mayor. Ferman created, directs and performs in GlamourTango, an all female multimedia music and dance show. www.glamourtango.com Ferman is the founder (1984) and Artistic Director of Pan American Musical Art Research, a not-for-profit organization promoting the arts of the Americas. www.pamar.org. Ferman conceived Latin American Cultural Week, (LACW) an annual festival highlighting all the arts of the Americas in New York City. www.lacw.net; Celebración de la Cultura Hispana, promoting Cultural Development in Upper Manhattan; and Shall We Tango NYC Tango Festival in NYC. www.shallwetango.com

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ELIZABETH NAVARRO

Theater Adjudicator

Elizabeth Navarro is an executive producer of theater in Mexico, dedicated to arts management, the securing of funds, and artistic and cultural production, since 2012. She has developed her career in public cultural administration as an associate of the departments of theater and dance within the Secretary of Culture of the state of Michoacán Mexico; as a programmer, interinstitutional cultural manager and entrepreneur, curator of local, regional, state, and international festivals; and a logistics coordinator in the area of production for all of the above. Currently, she is a producer and artistic promoter of various theater and dance companies in Mexico City and the state of Michoacán.