Meeting the Moment with Michael Mwenso and Sita Frederick
Meeting the Moment
with Michael Mwenso
and guest Sita Frederick
This special recorded installment of the program features Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State Director Sita Frederick.
Mwenso, a Harlem-based cross-genre artist and leader of jazz-funk band The Shakes, partners with the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State to provide opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and community members to engage in thought-provoking conversations that speak to the topics of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Frederick, who became director of the center in March, is an arts administrator, educator and artistic director with diverse experience leading creative and cultural initiatives at the national and community level.
A Dominican and Canadian-American dancer who performed with Urban Bush Women, Frederick most recently served as director of community engagement at Lincoln Center from 2015 to 2020. There, she led a team that presented inclusive family arts programming on and beyond Lincoln Center’s New York City campus. During her tenure, she also launched new mentorship and internship programs for young people, and created an expansive residency program for community artists.
Prior to Lincoln Center, Frederick developed her partnership and facilitation skills by working with Urban Arts Partnership as the program director for Everyday Arts for Special Education, a federally funded professional development program for educators in New York City. Under her leadership, the program expanded to Los Angeles Unified School District and local arts organizations in an initiative to prepare teaching artists with strategies to teach non-disabled and disabled students in integrated arts classes.
In addition to Urban Bush Women, she has performed with Arthur Aviles Typical Theater and Merian Soto Performance Practice. In 2004, she and her collaborator, visual artist Jose Miguel Ortiz, co-founded a dance theater company, Areytos Performance Works, to create multidisciplinary community-based projects that explore themes of power, colonization, migration, race, gender, and culture.