Molly Sturges is a composer, artistic director, performer and facilitator and the artistic director and co-founder of Littleglobe. She is best known for her work integrating intermedia performance, creative community dialogue, and social/environmental equity and healing. Past projects include working as guest artistic director with The Creative Center: Arts for People with Cancer, in NYC for a six-month project with women living with cancer; creator and director of Moment, a five-month intergenerational project with homeless older adults and students for The European Union Festival of Culture in Cork, Ireland, 2005; and Memorylines: Voces de Nuestras Jornadas, commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera and The Lensic Performing Arts Center which brought people together, ages 8 to 87, across economic and cultural lines in Santa Fe to create an original new opera dealing with identity and immigration in Santa Fe. Aside from her work at Littleglobe, Sturges has been an artist in residence with a wide range of communities doing short-term creative arts projects involving arts and community engagement including a residencies at ARC cancer support center for The European Union Festival of Culture, Art-In-Hospitals (Scotland), guest artistic director with Fathom Project (Scotland/Stockton International Arts Festival), artist-in-residence at Gilda’s Clubhouse (NYC) and many more.
Current projects includes co-founder and co-director of Lifesongs (founded by The Santa Fe Opera and Littleglobe), now a partnership with The Academy for the Love of Learning, which involves creating original musical works with elders in hospice and nursing homes performed by youth, community and professional musicians; artistic director/creator of Common Ground: TOC, a multi-year community capacity and arts project with intergenerational participants from two Eastern Agency Navajo communities and from the rural village of Cuba, NM ( commissioned by national and local consortium of funders and arts presenters); composer/creator of Salve, a music with women returning veterans ( National Hispanic Cultural Center); co-composer for Crosstown #5, an opera on active bus lines ( MAP Fund/Blackrock); and creator/co-composer/artistic director for COAL: A Musical Fable (working title), a national arts and climate change project.
Sturges is also a performing vocalist, recording artist, and leader of creative music ensembles. A recipient of numerous commissions and residencies, she has written and performed original music for a wide array of projects including music for dance companies, silent films, circuses and sound installations. Her ensemble, mJane, has received public acclaim for the release of their first album Prayers from the Underbelly on Pax Recordings. Sturges holds an MA in composition from Wesleyan University where she studied with Anthony Braxton, Jon Barlow and Pedro Alejando. She is a devoted improviser and student of experimental forms and approaches. She has lived and worked in Kenya, Senegal and the Lakota community of Rosebud, South Dakota. Sturges has worked extensively as an artist-in-residence, guest speaker and facilitator both abroad and in the United States. In 2008 Sturges was awarded the United States Artist Fellowship in Music (unitedstatesartists.org). Since 2010 Sturges has been a Professor of Practice in the Art & Ecology program at The University of New Mexico. In addition to music and collaborative and relationship-based art making, Sturges has been a devoted student and teacher of meditation for over twenty years.
Valerie Martínez is a poet, teacher, translator, playwright, librettist, editor and collaborative artist. Her most recent book of poetry, Each and Her (winner of the 2011 Arizona Book Award) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, the William Carlos William Award, the National Book Critics Circle award, the PEN Open Book Award, the Ron Ridenhour Prize and other awards. Her first book of poetry, Absence, Luminescent (Four Way Books 1999 & 2010), won the Larry Levis Prize and a Greenwall Grant from the Academy of American Poets after being a finalist in the Walt Whitman, National Poetry Series, and Intro Award competitions. Her second book, World to World, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2004. Martinez’s translations of the poetry of Uruguay’s Delmira Agustini (1886-1914), A Flock of Scarlet Doves, was published in special edition by Sutton Hoo Press in 2005 and a collection of Santa Fe poems (written during her tenure as Poet Laureate of Santa Fe), And They Called it Horizon, was published in November of 2010 (Sunstone Press).
Martinez’s poetry, translations, and essays have appeared widely in literary journals and magazines including American Poetry Review; Parnassus; The Colorado Review; Puerto del Sol; The Notre Dame Review; Mandorla, Tiferet, The Bloomsbury Review, and AGNI. Her work has been included in many anthologies of contemporary poetry, including The Best American Poetry; New American Poets–A Breadloaf Anthology; American Poetry–Next Generation, Touching the Fire–Fifteen Poets of Today’s Latino Renaissance and Renaming Ecstasy–Latino Writings on the Sacred. Martínez served as assistant editor of the anthology Reinventing the Enemy’s Language–Contemporary Writing by Native Women of North America (Norton 1997) and an essay about Joy Harjo (along with poems by Harjo and Martínez) appears in the anthology Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections (University of Iowa Press, 2008). Valerie’s poem “September, 2001” was featured in the Washington Post’s “Poet’s Choice” Series (September 2009) and an animated version of Valerie’s poem “Bowl,” appears in the Poetry Everywhere Series (PBS/The Poetry Foundation).
Valerie has more than twenty years of experience as a classroom teacher, primarily at the college level. For over fifteen years, she has also taught children, young adults, adults, teachers, and seniors in a wide range of community programs. She is Executive Director and core artist with Littleglobe, an artist-run non-profit that creates art and performance in collaboration with diverse and underserved communities. Recent projects include the Santa Fe Bus Opera (Artistic Director): a new opera which takes place on active city bus lines in Santa Fe, NM; Rivers Run Through Us (Collaborative Artist), a river art project designed to restore the endangered Santa Fe River; Lines & Circles (Artistic Director): a public art and poetry community project involving three and four generations of Santa Fe families, and Lifesongs (Writer, Collaborative Artist): a project with elders in hospice care and nursing homes.
Valerie is also Co-Coordinator (with Shelle Sanchez) of Women & Creativity Month, a month-long series of events that celebrate women’s creativity–organized and presented by the National Hispanic Cultural Center in partnership with more than 40 organizations, artists, writers, and independently owned businesses with events in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
In 2009 Valerie was awarded the Albuquerque Journal/SAGE Magazine “Twenty Women Who Have Made a Difference” award for her creative and community work.Valerie has a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.F.A. from The University of Arizona. She has taught at the University of Arizona, Ursinus College, New Mexico Highlands University, University of New Mexico, College of Santa Fe, the Institute for American Indian Art (IAIA) and in the rural schools of Swaziland. She was the Poet Laureate for the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico for 2008-2010.