Past News

http://www.artskcgo.com/event/the-sarah-play/


http://www.artintheloop.com/portfolio-item/inscribedjeramy-zimmerman/

http://www.newletters.org/bkmk-books/the-world-is-one-place

http://charlottestreet.org/2017/03/csfbp20/




http://www.haskell.edu/


https://lawrenceartscenter.org/event/lawrence-ballet-theatre-presents-emergence/



  

Saturday, Feb. 18

Indigenous GatheringSAT 12pm-1pm

This year FAI proudly welcomes the largest number of indigenous artists to the conference to date, representing tribes and peoples from around the world including South and Central America, Norway, Australia, the US, Canada, and the high Arctic. Cultural protocol dictates that a Welcome to Land ceremony be held to honor indigenous delegates visiting Kansas City, the traditional land of the Kansa, Osage, Shawnee, Cherokee, Cheyenne, and Comanche tribes. The ceremony is open to all who wish to observe.

First Folk - Indigenous Artists in Music

SAT 2:30pm-3:45pm

First Nations people have a vital and critical place in our music ecosystem and community at large. Explore the role of the artist and the place of music in indigenous society. Discuss the challenges faced by Indigenous artists and presenters and issues of prejudice in the industry. Gain an awareness of cultural protocols and learn best practices for engaging Indigenous artists and audiences.
Panelists: Amado Espinoza (Artist), Garrett Lebeau (Artist), Maura Garcia (Artist), Leanne Goose (Artist), Shoshona Kish (Artist), 



http://www.mauragarciadance.com/p/full-moon-dances-january-12th-program.html


SHOW! - Premiere of "We Are The Landscape" 
A unique theatrical journey through the lands of our ancestors,
by a new artistic collective of which I am proud to be a part.
December 9 - 11, The Arts Asylum, Kansas City 
                                                                                                       
                                                                                                       
RESIDENCY! - Visiting Artist Professor
University of Kansas Dept. of Dance, October 12- 19, 2016
What's in a Place? -  How to Make Site-Specific Dance
WRITINGS! - A New Blog 
 Non-Fiction & Poetry by Maura Garcia




RE:DIRECTION
Finding Redirection Through Key Turning Points in Your Career


Wednesday, October 26

6:30 - 8:30 PM




Studio of Lisa Marie Evans 

1919 Wyandotte KCMO 64108 

(entrance through alley)





Presentations by Mikal Shapiro and
     







Gather with Artist INC fellows and friends to share, strategize, support and eat soup. 
Join us for our October edition of What Works Wednesday. Artist INC Peer Facilitator Lisa Marie Evans welcomes you to her studio for an informal evening of Artist INC Fellow-ship. There will be short presentations by  Mikal Shapiro and  Maura Garcia and discussion and conversations and around the topic of finding redirection through key turning points in your career.

FREE EVENT
Soup and bread provided. 
Bring a snack, a beverage, and your ideas and experiences to share. 
Feel free to bring a friend, but make sure everyone registers in advance!


Mikal Shapiro is a new media artist who works in digital film, web video, puppetry, songwriting and music production. Her experience includes a wide spectrum of roles from singer-songwriter, producer, writer, director, cinematographer, editor and art director. A Kansas City native, she performs freelance production and post-production work for national studios including Mile Deep Films, BicMedia and Vespera Films. She has produced award-winning narrative films including Two Sisters (executive producer) and Icarus 1 (co-producer). She has also written, produced and performed in shadow puppet theater for over a decade including her bi-annual fall ritual Danse Macabre. Mikal holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Film, Video, Animation and New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Maura Garcia is a dancer/choreographer who collaborates within communities to create stories of identity and place.  She is fascinated by stories that have been hidden and the unexpected connections that arise when they are rediscovered. Originally from North Carolina, Maura is an Indigenous woman (Cherokee/ Mattamuskeet) who brings her own mixed-blood southern story to all of her work. She has collaborated with a host of wonderfully talented artists to create  multi-media, interactive shows and engage via  arts projects and experiential workshops involving everyone in the creative process. Maura uses her art to form connections, to uplift Indigenous cultural values and to explore the rhythms of the natural world.



This is a FREE event but 

space is VERY limited so 

RSVP as soon as possible!


Button register now . The round shape. 3D. Vector illustration. 
Lisa Marie Evans' Studio -Flying Pig Mercantile is the business visible from corner, enter Lisa's studio through alley at 1919 Baltimore.  


 MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
 Upcoming What Works  Wednesday

 November 16
 Engage - Exploring Your  Relationship Between  Community, Arts and  Engagement with 
 Jeff Harshbarger and 
 Anthony Marcos Rea
Support for Artist INC is provided by the UMKC Innovation Center, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation,and Missouri Arts Council.



Grateful to have been a part of the Harvest Moon Festival.
Indigenous artists from North & South America performing
together, bringing alive the Eagle/Condor prophecy!


http://ahwisgvsgoi.blogspot.com/

DEC 2014:  In a choreography workshop with the First Nations Student Association at the University of Kansas, participants created movements about their places in the world: birthplace, tribal homeland, current residence.  I learned about these themes as a way to create choreography from Starr Muranko of Raven Spirit Dance while attending her workshop at the 2014 Talking Stick Festival .  These themes were selected to create choreography for "Color of the Earth" (one of the dances that make up the Ahwisgvsgo'i project exploring Indigenous planting traditions and our places in the world).

AUG 2016: short clip "Color of the Earth" performance presented by Art in the Loop at the Kansas City Library.  The movements you see are created as a result of Julia White Bull's (one of the workshop participant) expression of her homeland.  The original music is created by artist MGL in response to the "Color of the Earth" poem.  Grateful to all!!

Oklahoma premiere of "Daughter of the Sun"
 
Marianne Rada (dancer), Bailey Burns (dancer), Israel Garcia (dancer),  Maura Garcia (choreographer), Nate Taylor (dancer), Katie Noble (dancer)



July 11-13
Guest Choreographer 
Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival
From L to R:  Marianne Rada (dancer), Bailey Burns (dancer), Israel Garcia (dancer),  Maura Garcia (choreographer), Nate Taylor (dancer), Katie Noble (dancer)


http://www.woodland-centre.on.ca/first-movements-dance-performance



https://thecenteroftheuniverseblog.wordpress.com/

THE RHYTHM OF LANGUAGE

I am absolutely delighted to announce that Ahyoka Youngdeer (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) will be partnering with Maura Garcia Dance to offer several FREE Cherokee language and cultural workshops in both Kansas City and Lawrence!  

MORE INFO HERE >>







  

http://www.poetrytherapy.org/

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 ..."

ARTIST LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Photo courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian -www.nmai.si.edu


















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/

 A Tale of Two Cities
4 Events - 2 Cities
Everybody's Chance Dance 2015 Artist in the Loop Inaugural Performance
"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 >>

Free Movement Response Dance Workshop with Maura Garcia
Community Movement Response Workshop
11:00am - 12:30pm
Saturday, July 11th at Two Rivers Gallery
in the Minneapolis American Indian Center
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!
 
                                     
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
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 people

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/