Robin Sanders

Position
Crossroads Arts Fellow
Bio/Description

Biography

Robin Sanders is a profound performing artist, educator, writer, and speaker whose imaginative and intelligible works explore and celebrate culture and community. Sanders is a graduate of Liberty University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies in 2001. After graduation, Sanders toured as the lead dancer and choreographer for national and international recording artist Nicole C. Mullen.  Sanders went on to tour as choreographer and performer for CIY Tours and founded Out Loud Artistry, a performing arts training and mentorship program, in 2009. 

Sanders has shared her love for movement and culture as artist in residence at Bates College, Bowdoin College College, and New Ballet Ensemble. Her catalog contains noteworthy commissioned work that includes: “See What I’m Sayin’ & “At the Geffen,” live spoken word performances at the Geffen Playhouse’s “Backstage at the Geffen” for honorees Morgan Freeman and Jeff Skoll; “Honor Thy Mother” a live spoken word performance for the TED International Conference; and “New Ancients,” a spoken word performance for a feature short-film on Hulu’s May I Have Your Attention Please.

Pre- pandemic, Sanders toured as a performer, writer, and creative director for Love Heals All Wounds, an evening-length dance and spoken word production that has been highlighted in L.A. Times, New York Times, and Miami Herald.  Sanders earned her Master’s of Public Service Leadership with a concentration in Management of Nonprofit Organizations from Capella University in 2011. She currently serves as the co-director and founder of Art of Family.  Additionally, she is developing two new works entitled Love Is the New Black and Bodied, a Broadway style play, created in collaboration with Movement Art Is. 

 


Crossroads Arts Fellow Project

Love is the New Black

For generations, the Christian faith has been one the most predominant sources of courage, strength, and resilience for African Americans. The black church has been the nucleus of the black community and a place where black life and culture were formed. But a growing number of African Americans, more specifically women, are looking outside of Christianity to create a practice where they feel more at home and honors their ancestry. Love Is the New Black will examine aspects of that spiritual reclamation. It will explore two areas: the presence of spiritual practices & rituals from African heritage religions in Christianity and how women are combining ancestral practices and traditions with Christian tenets to provide a more restorative and  affirming experience.The findings will be expressed through dance and spoken word with an aim to honor and uplift the black female body as well as to create communal space for connection and reimagining.