From the moment Robert and Desiree decided to move forward, activities at Sa-K-La-K-Wel were intended to be a collaboration between two companies. Sa-K-La-K-Wel would function as an autonomous arts school and community center and Indy Convergence would provide artists for workshops and instruction throughout the year. Indy Convergence had been operating out of Indianapolis and Los Angeles for the past five years, and is a pop-up arts residency that brings professional artists together from around the country to collaborate, learn, share and teach.
The first test of this new partnership would be to officially open the doors of Sa-K-La-K-Wel by holding the first annual Indy Convergence Haiti in collaboration with local artists and Sa-K-La-K-Wel students. Over a 10 day period artists would create new work, teach workshops and build to a culminating presentation for and with the entire community.
We are proud to say that our collaboration was a great success and a starting point for even greater things come. Over 150 people showed up to see the show and enrollment at Sa-K-La-K-Wel has doubled. It must be said that the Karate and Dance students really found a chance to shine and we were proud to have had the chance to work with such talented artists.
Indy Convergence Alum are now eligible to stay at Sa-K-La-K-Wel throughout the year in exchange for teaching workshops and fostering programs in their area of expertise. So cheers to a beautiful beginning!