Artist Profile

Maura Garcia

Studio Resident (2009, 2010)

Rocket Grant (2015)

Dance, Performance
Statement of Work

Maura Garcia is a dance artist who collaborates within communities to create stories of identity and place. Originally from North Carolina, Maura is an Indigenous woman (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet) who brings her own mixed-blood southern story to all of her work. Concerns about the perpetuation of Cherokee life-ways, the environment and social justice underlie her creations. She uses her art to empower, to form connections, to uplift Indigenous cultural values and to explore the rhythms of the natural world.

Maura's specializes in multi-sensory shows blurring the line between audience and performer. Her repertoire includes solos, group performances incorporating local dancers from the host community and site-specific work incorporating passersby. She also engages the community in the creative process via interactive arts projects and experiential workshops. To realize community programs, she has partnered with different organizations including the Charleston Library Society (SC), Creative Arts in Public & Private Schools (NC), Haskell Indian Nations University (KS), imagiNATIONS Activity Center (DC), Kansas City Indian Center (MO), Lawrence Arts Center (KS) and the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MO).

Maura has performed throughout North America, notably at: Ackland Art Museum (NC), ArtsCenter (NC), The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts (MN), Dance Place (DC), Embassy of Senegal (DC), Folly Theater (MO), Kansas City Repertory Theater (MO), Lawrence Arts Center (KS), Links Hall (IL), Talking Stick Festival (BC, Canada), Unedited Series (SC), Weesageechak Begins to Dance (ON, Canada), Walker Arts Center (MN) and the Woodland Cultural Centre (ON, Canada).

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