They Dance For Rain: The Exhibit

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield, MA
Opening Reception Friday November 1st 5 - 8pm


Photographs from “They Dance For Rain 2013” will be on display at the The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts during the month of November with an opening reception on Friday November 1st from 5- 8 p.m. coinciding with Pittsfield’s First Fridays ArtsWalk .

They Dance For Rain is a dance-making project that works with arts-for-social-change organizations in Nairobi, Kenya. It is created and directed by action-based dance artist Stefanie Weber in collaboration with fine art photographer Monika Pizzichemi.

Since January of 2012, They Dance For Rain has brought Tap shoes and the art form of Tap Dance to people with an interest and need for this unique kind of artistic self-expression. They also bring hoops to dance with and teach others the skills of making long-lasting dance hoops. They bring visibility to an otherwise unrepresented population of slum and ghetto dancers and dwellers through photography and film. In this area of the world, Tap Dance is still quite young and the eagerness to learn it is immense. Through this continuing global exchange of artistic dialogue They Dance For Rain inspires a new generation of Tap Dancers. These dancers will innovate the form through use of their own culturally distinctive ideas and styles.

The Lichtenstein Center exhibit will feature select photographs, videos and stories from Weber and Pizzichemi’s 2013 residency in Nairobi working with four organizations that support the performing arts in underserved areas: Shangilia Child Rescue Center, VOCAL (Voices of Change All Over), Banjuka Dance Program and GoDown Arts Center.

Photos will be on display throughout the month of November and are for sale. Proceeds from the sales will go to the 2014 continuation of the project. For more information visit: and/or contact or 413.281.6734