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About the artist:

Self Portrait, 2022, ArtsAssembled Stiudo

The black artist is dangerous. Black art controls the 'Negro's' reality, negates negative influences, and creates positive images.

Sonia Sanchez

Cassandre Charles, a native Bostonian, is an interdisciplinary embodiment and visual artist. Cassandre is the founder of United Colors Burlesque, a BIPOC focused performing arts show. She is also the founder of The Black Arts Sanctuary, an archiving through arts initiative that celebrates the contributions of artists, advocates and educators of the African Diaspora to historical American experiences. 

Cassandre is a company member of Backpocket Dancers, the Lipstick Criminals and Slaughterhouse Society. She is a collaborating artist with Monkeyhouse and Luminarium Dance Theater. She is a curator and member of the Observation/Transformation cohort, with exhibitions at the Mass Art Art Museum, Boston MA, and FiveMyles in Brooklyn NY. The cohort has  recently accepted a residency with the Nearby Gallery, Newton MA. 

Cassandre is an  artist-at-residence at ArtsAssembled Studio, Somerville MA and Rocco Ricci Studio, Allston MA. As a member of the Boston Dance Alliance Dance & Disability Cohort, Cassandre meets with members to discuss, plan and execute programs and initiatives that help in accessible experiences for dancers with visible and invisible disabilities. 

Cassandre’s credits include producing, directing, performing, and facilitating dance and youth theater workshops. She has over 20 years of experience in technical theater and before becoming a full time working artist, worked in marketing communications for the corporate sector.  Her combined years of experience includes work for American Repertory Theater, Wang Center for the Arts, The Dance Complex, Central Square Theater, Riverside Theatreworks and Sommerville Square Theater. 

Cassandre is an  artist-at-residence at ArtsAssembled Studio, Somerville MA and Rocco Ricci Studio, Allston MA. As a member of the Boston Dance Alliance Dance & Disability Cohort, who discuss, plan and execute initiatives that help in accessible experiences for dancers with visible and invisible disabilities. 

Cassandre has recently completed her 2nd fellowship with Danza Organica's We Create Festival, in Boston and Somerville MA.  She continues to build work and collaborate with local artists of varying genres for her upcoming projects.