Shawn Lent



Chicago Dancemakers Forum


Shawn Renee Lent moves this world as both a program manager and a social practice dance artist, with experience from a field in Bosnia to a children’s cancer hospital in revolutionary Egypt. Shawn currently serves as Program Director for Chicago Dancemakers Forum, writer and Alliance Building Lead for Createquity, contributing editor for the Clyde Fitch Report, dance educator, and project lead for Dance Peace and Global Water Dances – Flint, MI 2017. Previously, Shawn was Arts Integration Program Specialist at Columbia College Chicago and EducationUSA Advising Coordinator at AMIDEAST Cairo (through the U.S. Department of State). She is honored to have been a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Artist to Egypt 2012-2013, UN Alliance of Civilizations International Fellow, Commencement Speaker for Millikin University, and panelist/presenter at the University of Maryland, Universal Exposition Milan, Hope College and TEDx Shibin El Kom. In 2013, her blog post Am I a Dancer Who Gave Up? went viral. Shawn holds a Masters in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Youth Arts Development from Goldsmith’s College.
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