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Maura Garcia Dance Coming to Northwest Arkansas

Crystal Bridges is pleased to host Maura Garcia Dance for a week-long artist engagement this summer (June 1-9). Artistic Director Maura García (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet) founded the company to uplift Indigenous cultural values, to form connections and to explore the rhythms of the natural world. The Kansas City-based ensemble will present performances of Aniwisvsgo’i in response to specific places of Northwest Arkansas: Lake Atalanta, the museum grounds, and Lake Fayetteville.

Aniwisvsgo’i means “they are always planting” in the Cherokee language. The dance honors Indigenous planting traditions, the elements, and our places in the world. Aniwisvsgo’i is split into three parts: preparing the ground, planting, and harvest. The thread that connects us to our ancestral homelands, where we live now, and ultimately one another, weaves itself in and out this exploration of our relationship with the powers that make growth possible.

The performances include an element of community participation. On the mornings of June 2, 8, and 9, Maura García invites people to take a workshop and join the performance as “movers” if they wish. All bodies and abilities are welcome and can sign up here to be a part of the workshops.

In addition to the performances, García will give an Artist Talk and teach a meditation and mindfulness class informed by her artistic practice. Her work is powered by a desire to perpetuate ancestral knowledge, actively respect the living earth and bring happiness to people. García’s work enlivens the stories of environmental understanding found in the exhibition, Nature’s Nation, at Crystal Bridges, opening May 25.

(Scroll to the bottom of the page for a full listing of Maura Garcia Dance activities.) 

In a Q & A session with Crystal Bridges, García shared her thoughts about the upcoming engagement. “I’m excited because these performances will be locally specific remounts of the piece. What that means is that we will be working on the land with new people in a way that can only happen, and will only happen, in three sites in Northwest Arkansas. These performances will be unique to the space, the community, and the day.” 

García looks forward to sharing her work, meeting new people, and spending time in this community.  

Open Call Maura Dance

Below is the list of programs to participate in:

Lake Atalanta, Sunday, June 2, 2 pm and 4 pm

Movers workshop for performers, 10 to 11:30 am

Gallery Conversation with Maura Garcia, Friday, June 7, 1 to 2 pm

Garden Party, Crystal Bridges, Saturday, June 8, 2 pm and 3:30 pm

Movers workshop for performers, 10 to 11:30 am

Lake Fayetteville Park, Sunday, June 9,  2 pm and 4 pm

Movers workshop for performers, 10-11:30 am

Meditation and Mindfulness » Maura Garcia, Monday, June 10, 1 to 2 pm


If you would like to learn more about how to get involved, please feel free to contact, Sara Segerlin, [email protected], Senior Manager of Public Programs and Community Engagement.


This post was written by Sara Segerlin, Senior Manager of Public Programs and Community Engagement.


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