Pioneer Winter, a Department of Epidemiology alumni, who also teaches a course on Public Art/Public Health for the Honors College, was just selected to participate in the third cohort of the Radical Partners’s Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.
Winter is a Miami-based choreographer, and director of the Pioneer Winter Collective. His Collective provides a platform for risk-taking, progressive, and experimental arts initiatives. He is co-director of RIFT Blackbox and the Miami Dance Studio, and was founding curator of transmedia performances for FilmGate Interactive.
Through his Collective, Winter also directs/produces several programs, including L.E.A.P. (Leaders of Equality through Arts and Performance), a creative communication program for LGBTQ-identifying teens and their allies that focuses on using the arts for activism and social change; and the Grass Stains fellowship, a site-specific performance initiative that mentors and commissions artists interested in creating site-based and public art work in Miami through a close collaboration with acclaimed site choreographer Stephan Koplowitz. He has a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology.
Winter describes his projects as “uniquely Miami-made, socially conscious, and part of a growing community of creative makers carving into Miami’s geosocial identity.”
The bootcamp’s aim is to build a community of high-impact social change leaders, to tackle the city’s most pressing issues. It is Radical Partners‘ way of identifying and supporting emerging founders and leaders. The program lasts 3 months, and includes workshops and coaching sessions on legal, branding and accounting topics, as well as social events and networking opportunities.
The participants of the bootcamp are selected based on their organizations and businesses, and the problems they aim to solve in the community. Once the bootcamp ends, the leaders form part of the Social Impact Network, where they can collaborate and help the next cohort in the program.
Pioneer Winter’s work and selection in this program is another example of Stempel alumni making real change in our community.