Future NOW / by Nathan Webster

It’s an exciting time for us at NOW-ID. We’re still full of the wild-eyed idealism we started this company with; and we’re implementing our vision towards becoming the sustainable, impactful organization that can provide that idealism with power.
It’s been less than two years since we founded the company and, while we are incredibly proud of what we have done, we are even more excited about what we have brewing. Please have a look at the below list of our achievements and goals so you can get a sense what we’re up to and where we’re going.  

And note: We can only bring our cutting edge mix of performances, projects, and workshops to fruition together with your help. We’d like to invite you to consider making a year-end contribution here —whatever you can give truly helps.


IN 2014, WE:

• Obtained our official tax-exempt organization status;
• Launched an internship program with our first intern, Lauren Weaver, now working as an interior designer in Park City;
• Re-Designed our website, with new calendar and blog features, and mention of the many individuals and organizations who supported and worked with us this year;

• Worked with more than 275 students at residencies at: Simon Fraser University in Vancouver; WildWind Performance Lab at Texas Tech; The University of Utah’s ballet department; Southern Utah University; Tisch School of the Arts in New York City; Brenau University in Georgia; Muhlenberg University in Pennsylvania, and the Baton Rouge Ballet;

Jesper Feast

• (Charlotte) collaborated and performed with the Figura Ensemble in Denmark at the Marienlyst Castle in Helsingor, Denmark.
• Premiered new mixed media works:  A Muse Bouche;  FEAST at the Great Saltair blending local lore with theater, dance, design, live music, blog and artists from Salt Lake City, New York, Chicago, Iceland and Denmark; and Glimpse, staged at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art;

• Had our first tour as a company, performing a revised version of FEAST at the Kansas Dance Festival… mixing the original choreography as performed by Jenn, Jo and Yumelia, with new choreography on 39 Wichita State dancers and 11 percussionists… and ultimately presenting to 900 people at two sold out shows;
• And… we welcomed Casey Crawford and Jeffrey Berke to the NOW-ID board.

IN 2015, WE WILL:

Waves University of Utah

• Define and establish our 5 year plan for Finance and Development, with objectives that firmly found our capacity to execute, sustain and leverage NOW-IDs dreams, ideas and impact;
• Increase the frequency and exploratory nature of our work … incorporating events, lectures and workshops in collaboration with local art and design individuals and institutions such as CUAC; the David Kranes / Salt Lake Acting Company Playwrights Lab; and the University of Utah;

• Curate and present the next Salt Lake City Pecha Kucha at Publik Coffee Roasters – on Friday the 13th of February – to include a lineup of presenters gathered loosely along the theme ‘Body/Space/Design’and intermixed with a choreographed performance to fit the format, DJ Jesse Walker … and a cash bar too;
• Conceptualize and present the NOWHERE Series… building upon much of the above (and a trip to Marfa, Texas), in an exploration of identity and place with local author David Kranes and Danish author Peter Laugesen, to be performed locally at a yet to be announced location and later at the Black Diamond Library in Copenhagen. 
• Continue our residencies Nationally and Internationally – this coming year we will so far be in Richmond, Boise, Miami, Mexico and Finland.
• Host the first NOW-ID Gala in the fall of 2015.


NOW-ID explores and engages unexpected venues and creates powerful, ambitious mixed media works and gatherings. We build creative space for artists, for audience and community, and ultimately for ideas and evolution. And we're having an amazing time. We're finding out what it feels like to play with and alter the cultural landscape-- and we want you to be a part of this creation. Please plan on joining us at our performances and events in 2015, and please click here to make a year-end donation to NOW-ID. Together we'll make something extraordinary.