Tiffany Rea-Fisher joined ANCA in February 2023 as Director of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative.
Tiffany is a seven-time consecutive AUDELCO Award nominee, an National Dance Project Award winner, 2022 Toulmin Fellow at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University (NYU), Creatives Rebuild New York awardee, and John Brown Spirit Award recipient. She was also awarded a citation from the City of New York for her cultural contributions. Approaching her Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) work through an art and culture lens, Tiffany uses positive disruption through inclusion as a way to influence her work.
Understanding the need to tell stories more inclusively, FRED Leadership came to Tiffany to co-host their NeXus conference about how leaders can develop muscle memory for courage and resilience in order to make daily choices to bring more equity and justice to our world. She presented work at the Visual Research for Social Change Conference and her organizing efforts have been featured in CNN, Dance Magazine, Vogue, NY1, New York Daily News, and more.
She was a featured speaker at the Park Avenue Armory’s 100 Women Symposium which explored the complex legacy of the 19th Amendment 100 years after its ratification. As a guest lecturer at Dartmouth, in tandem with her Hazel Scott project with Dance Theatre of Harlem, she examines the interplay between arts and advocacy and challenges students to use dance as a tool for expanding historical understanding and social change. Tiffany has also been a guest lecturer at NYU, the University of Southern California, University of Missouri Kansas City, Kent State, and her alma mater SUNY Purchase, among others.
Seeing her artistry as an opportunity to bring her full self to her work, Tiffany created the #AMovementThruMovement Challenge where dancers of all ages created a 16-count phrase inspired by a social-political topic of their choosing. She followed up by hosting a series of town halls bringing elected officials and the dance community together to educate on the legislative process and to put forth the concerns of artists. Tiffany organized and led a march attended by thousands of New Yorkers through Harlem recognizing the funeral of George Floyd on June 4, 2020. Soon after, she organized a Juneteenth March on City Hall with a call to action to the dance community to raise their civic voice and demand legislative change. She is now organizing an International Dance Day to focus on Immigrant Rights and Universal Basic Income.
In addition to her role as ADI Director, Tiffany serves as the Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed dance company EMERGE125. She was Co-Founder of Inception to Exhibition, a nonprofit that provides a holistic arts experience by supplying low-cost, high-quality space to artists from a variety of disciplines. She was the first Dance Curator at the interdisciplinary arts organization The Tank where she now sits on their Board of Trustees. Bringing the best of modern dance directly to the public, she curates the Bryant Park Dance Summer Series, providing free art access to thousands while exposing upcoming and established artists to a wider audience.