On Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 6 pm, the Inner City Ensemble (ICE) conducted an open-house in the Passaic County Community College (PCCC) Theater (corner of Memorial Dr. and Ellison St.). The program, led by Artistic Director, Nicholas Rodriguez, featured students from Public School #2, the Don Bosco Technical Academy (DBTA), as well as teenage participants from other Paterson high schools. The school residencies were coordinated by ICE alumni, Tamara Rivera Lugo and Timothy Armour, as well as former ICE staff member, Patricia Fierro Rizzo, the Mentor of Climate and Culture at DBTA, PS#3 and PS#18.
The PCCC showing launched the Alumni Choreography Lab, facilitated by ICE alumnae, Liliana Amador-Marty. Rodriguez, Despina ‘Debbie’ Stamos, and a other guests, previewed a collaboration. ICE receives generous support from the City of Paterson/ Department of Health & Human Services, and is funded, in part, by the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College, through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.