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Brainchild of Amado Espinoza & Karen Lisondra with collaborating artists Andres Ramirez, Arelis Flores, Dario Rugerio, Selene Hernandez & Maura Garcia












Performance at the ArtsKC 2016 Awards Luncheon
Photo by Kyle Rivas - www.rivasphotography.com

Special Performance of Color of the Earth for...
https://artskc.org/events/artskc-awards/

Photo by Jenny Wheat - www.wheatphoto.com
KKFI Radio Interview
with 
Maura Garcia:  
OWNING OUR BODIES

20 February 2016
3pm  CST



NEW FOR 2016 - Now Enrolling for the Center of the Universe Project!
Center of the Universe is a community project exploring ancient urban Indian art, contemporary urban Indian identity and our tribal and family stories of beginnings and migrations. 

Support for this work is provided by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Artist Leadership Program and by a Rocket Grants Project Award, a program of the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.  Rocket Grants funding is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.  Space and in-kind support provided by the Kansas City Indian Center.  All Maura Garcia Dance projects are supported in part by contributions from generous private donors.



BRINGING IT HOME
Photo courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian -www.nmai.si.edu
Artist Leadership Program Presentations, December 9, Live at the Museum in Washington and Online


"On Wednesday, December 9, at 2 p.m., the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., presents artists Maura Garcia, Porfirio Gutiérrez, Linley Logan, and Theresa Secord talking about their art, their research at the museum, and their plans to share what they've learned with their communities. The four artists are in Washington as part of the museum's Artist Leadership Program for Individual Artists. The forum, titled "Bringing It Home: Artists Reconnecting Cultural Heritage with Community," will be moderated by Dr. Gabrielle Tayac (Piscataway Indian Nation), a historian at the National Museum of the American Indian. The program is free and open to the public. It will also be webcast live and archived on the museum's YouTube channel.  Reconnecting cultural heritage could serve as the ..."

- from the National Museum of the American Indian blog.




ARTIST LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Photo courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian -www.nmai.si.edu
.Humbled and honored to be a part of the the
National Museum of the American Indian Artist Leadership Program!! 











The newness of the fall has brought  wonderful opportunities and experiences.  Both MGL and myself appreciate all who came out to be a part of the show at the Ackland Art Musuem.
We love you!
  

After the premiere of Look Before You Leap (a brand new piece!) we had a long discussion about process with the audience.  The behind the scenes talking continues in a different vein on Thursday, November 5th as Moses Brings Plenty and I both separately present at GUILDit.  We will be talking about the business of art and...READ MORE    





presents
“Look Before You Leap”: Seven New Music/Dance Compositions to be Performed at the Ackland Art Museum
Created by Maura Garcia and MGL, 
new works are inspired by modern and contemporary art on view

Chapel Hill, NC -- The Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill welcomes back to its galleries composer/sound artist MGL and dancer/choreographer Maura Garcia for the world premiere of “Look Before You Leap,” a seven-part work weaving together music and dance...READ MORE





Maura Garcia on White Eagle Speaks TV with Host Neil Chaske 

 

It was a honor and a pleasure to be a part of this program!




GRATITUDE
The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian has selected four individual artists [Maura Garcia (Cherokee/Mattamuskeet), Porfirio Gutierrez (Zapotec), Linley Logan (Onondowaga) and Theresa Secord (Penobscot Nation)] and two museums to participate in the museum's Artist Leadership Program (ALP) for 2016: Maura Garcia (Cherokee/Mattamuskeet), from Kansas, whose artistic medium is dance and multimedia performance, plans to incorporate elements from the museum's collections and work with the youth of the Kansas City Indian Center to create an urban Indigenous public performance...READ MORE






SGI! WADO! THANK YOU!
http://www.downtownkc.org/portfolio-item/maura-garcia/
Feeling grateful for the people and places of last month's events!  So often we rush through everything, going from one thing to another with no time to reflect.  That's why I wanted to stop, think and share.

I thank all of the beautiful folk who came out for the Everybody's Chance Dance, the 2015 Art in the Loop Inaugural Performance.  I am grateful for all those who shared their thoughts and ideas.  The diversity and depth of the "on-the-spot" insight was truly impressive.  Most especially I was honored to be allowed to direct and dance with all of the individuals who bravely performed in the middle of a city park.  Their dedication to the spirit of the project made it a memorable day.  I believe we all danced ourselves closer to a better appreciation of the opportunities for unity and beauty that are created by the small spaces and times we share. 
We got some lovely press from KC Magazine and audio clips from KCUR Radio Station.

While in Minneapolis I facilitated a Movement Response Workshop at the Two Rivers Art Gallery located in the Minneapolis American Indian Center.  I could not have asked for a better group of people to move with.  We danced one woman's triumphant story of how she was NOT put up for adoption and of her ensuing gratitude at being raised traditionally by her grandparent on the reservation. 

And lastly performing under the open sky at the 2015 Dances at the Lakes Festival was scrumptious.  It was fitting to perform "Color of the Earth" on the ground and feel the dirt between my toes.  Thank you for the vocal and supportive audience and most especially to all of my family and friends who made it out to the shows!




A Tale of Two Cities
4 Events - 2 Cities
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"If you had the opportunity to choreograph a dance, what would it look like?  This is the very question Maura Garcia, a local dancer and choreographer, is posing to our community on Thursday, July 9th, in Oppenstein Park, Kansas City, MO from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Maura Garcia will create Everybody’s Chance Dance. Inspired by Merce Cunningham’s Choreography by Chance technique, Liz Lerman’s community engagement strategies and traditional Cherokee values, Garcia will interact with the community by asking questions about the look, form, direction and feel of Everybody’s Chance Dance. Following the responses, Garcia will then invite attendees to join her for the physical creation, rehearsal, and eventual performance of the completed piece." Read More >>
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Free Movement Response Dance Workshop with Maura Garcia
Community Movement Response Workshop
11:00am - 12:30pm
Saturday, July 11th at Two Rivers Gallery
Two Rivers is excited to announce that dancer and choreographer Maura Garcia will be offering a dance workshop for the community at Two Rivers Gallery. Whether it be a story, a personal experience, a painting or a tree, movement response workshops explore how events and objects can be interpreted, understood and explored through dance. Lead by Maura Garcia, people get a chance to create their own movements and dance their own stories.

Everybody is welcome along with all levels of experience and abilities. This event is free and open to the public so please join us for a morning of fun and movement!
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Premiere of "Ahwisgvsgo'i" in Anishinaabe & Dakota Homelands 
Dances at the Lakes Festival
ᎠᏫᏍᎬᏍᎪᎢ (Ahwisgvsgo'i) means she/he is always planting in the Cherokee language. It's the name of Maura Garcia Dance's multi-media project about Indigenous planting traditions, the elements and our places in the world.  Maura will perform "Color of Earth" as part of the Dances at the Lakes Festival on Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, MN.  On July 10th & 11, the FREE performances start at 7pm each evening a feature a delicious offering of professional and emerging performers.  Read More>>









Rocket Grants, funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, announces its 2015 Grant Awards, the largest in the program’s history: nine Full Project Awards and three Research & Development Awards totaling $64,000. Among this year's $6,000 awardees was Maura Garcia's " Center of the Universe": a multimedia performance project, in collaboration with members of the Kansas City Indian Center, exploring urban Indigenous identity.  Read More >>





Rocket Grants, funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, announces its 2015 Grant Awards, the largest in the program’s history: nine Full Project Awards and three Research & Development Awards totaling $64,000. This year’s Full Project Awards provide grants of between $4,000 and $6,000 for each selected project. R&D Awards provide $2,000 up front and a further $3,000 to $4,000 contingent upon a return proposal for implementation. The winners were selected by a panel of visiting artists: David Wilson, artist and curator, Oakland, CA; Rashayla Marie Brown, interdisciplinary artist and writer, and Director of Student Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion at School of the Art Institute in Chicago, IL; Amber Hansen, interdisciplinary artist and educator, Lawrence, KS; Jose Faus, visual artist, writer, educator and community activist, Kansas City, KS. (Additional information on each panelist is in an attached document.) - See more at: http://www.charlottestreet.org/#sthash.ZIvn7FbH.dpuf

Rocket Grants 2015 Awards Announced!

May 19th, 2015
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Rocket Grants, funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, announces its 2015 Grant Awards, the largest in the program’s history: nine Full Project Awards and three Research & Development Awards totaling $64,000. This year’s Full Project Awards provide grants of between $4,000 and $6,000 for each selected project. R&D Awards provide $2,000 up front and a further $3,000 to $4,000 contingent upon a return proposal for implementation. The winners were selected by a panel of visiting artists: David Wilson, artist and curator, Oakland, CA; Rashayla Marie Brown, interdisciplinary artist and writer, and Director of Student Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion at School of the Art Institute in Chicago, IL; Amber Hansen, interdisciplinary artist and educator, Lawrence, KS; Jose Faus, visual artist, writer, educator and community activist, Kansas City, KS. (Additional information on each panelist is in an attached document.)
- See more at: http://www.charlottestreet.org/#sthash.ZIvn7FbH.dpuf
Now in Progress...
Fine tuning and rehearsing Ahwisgvsgo'i.  Take a peak at the parts and pieces as they now stand :)




Spring Greens 
Like all of the new, low-growing, green plants that are sprouting everywhere, Maura Garcia Dance events are popping up as well :)  Come out and dance, visit, talk and explore! 

APR. 10
Choreography Workshops   

Indigenous Empowerment Summit, Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KS

MAY. 1
Improv,
Mini-workshops, Q & A 

ArtsKC Block Party, Kansas City, MO





Spring on the Horizon
I recently returned from a two week stint at Talking Stick: Canada’s premiere Indigenous Performing Arts Festival. My words do not touch the depth of the experience, but here is my best recap of what I had the opportunity to do while in the homeland of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh peoples.

1. I was given a spacious rehearsal studio, 5 performing artists and 12 hours... :)


Using the Ode to the Sun I poem and the Daughter of the Sun story as inspiration, we created the beginnings of a new work. It premiered at the Roundhouse Performance Centre and was followed by an intense Q & A/critical response/discussion between the dancers, the audience and myself. We talked about the creation process, the lessons learned and ideas generated while developing new work. I have an excellent start and was gifted with new insight from the dancers and the audience.
 
2. The international debut of "Color of the Earth" & "Ode to the Sun II" alongside work of Justin Many Fingers & Brian Solomon and the Git Haysetsk Dancers. I was delighted to be part of such a distinguished showcase, which was followed by a question and answer session.
 
3. Facilitated a 2-hour master class at the Scotiabank Dance Centre exploring how to generate choreography from narrative and introducing students to some Indigenous planting concepts.
 
4. Taught 3 children's workshops using dance games to explore movement response concepts and creating a group dance based on their reactions to a traditional Cherokee story.
 
5. Sat on a choreographer's panel discussing the space we claim and define with our choreography and Indigenous dancing bodies.
 
6. Participated in a series of arts industry meetings with the end goal being the creation of an Indigenous touring network.
 
7. Attended numerous professional development sessions: traditional west coast song & dance, Metis jigging, marketing and various contemporary aboriginal dance workshops.
 
8. Saw excellent and rejuvenating dance, theatre and musical performances.

9. Was touched by many a beautiful and powerful spirit.

10.  Left feeling very excited about the momentum generated and the things to come...




Last Winter Month 
Premiere of "Color of the Earth" and "Ode to the Sun II", two solo performances created for the Ahwisgvsgo'i Project, at Full Circle First Nations Performance's Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver, BC!  The performances will feature original music composed by MGL and the costume design of Christy Long.  

I will be at the *festival for two weeks, performing, presenting an in-progress version of "Ode to the Sun I" with a group of local dancers, teaching school & community workshops and participating in panel discussions.  Schedule information >>

The Talking Stick Festival is a powerful and unique event and I highly suggest that all who are able come to as many events as possible! It will change your life.

Take care and be well,

Maura  

* Travel to and from the festival is made possible due to generous contributions from Ms. Galinsky, Mr. Loukakis and Ms. VanderPuy. Performance readiness is made possible due to rehearsal space kindly provided by Legacy School of the Arts.

http://www.fullcircle.ca/




Early Winter Happenings