It is hard to imagine that I have been home for a full 3 weeks! Being back in my hometown has been such a great respite from the very full and active schedules I maintained during the last year. The most refreshing thing about returning home has been being in a city that I already know and understand, and around people that I already know and love! But I can’t exactly say that I have been any less busy.
Since arriving back in Austin, I have completed several proposals for grants, residencies and fellowships. I have also re-connected with and been introduced to several Austin-based artists and scholars, inspiring many more project ideas. I am currently a finalist for two residency programs – Tulane University’s A Studio In the Woods and California Shakespeare Theater’s Artist-Investigator. I have proposed to the organizers of A Studio in the Woods that I work with New Orleans residents, using the Mississippi River as a the inspiration for exploring the ways in which we mark our existence and our spaces. As an Artist-Investigator, I will work with a social justice organization in the Bay Area to use art as a means of supporting the organization’s current work. If selected, I will likely work with an organization who uses garden education to offer job skills and leadership opportunities to community members who were formally incarcerated. I am excited about the possibility of working with both of these communities to play with movement and art in two different settings. Even before I hear the final word on these residencies, I have really enjoyed the opportunity to imagine and build new project ideas that the application processes have afforded me.
But before I leave Austin, I am going to use some of that imagination and inspiration right here! I am currently organizing a series of creative movement workshops to be held at Austin's Carver Museum. Stay connected to my offerings page to learn the details of those classes.
Video Submission for Sharon Bridgforth's River See Story Bank Gathering