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Molly Sturges

Molly Sturges

Molly Sturges | artistic director, composer, performer, co-founder

Molly Sturges is a composer, artistic director, performer and facilitator. 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 being the co-founder and artistic director for 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-Hospital(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 speaks several languages.  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 2012 Sturges has been developing and conducting HEAR HERE events, spontaneous community choirs with groups from 10 to 300 involving poets, storytellers, civic dialogue transcriptions and any other interesting community-sourced materials that come forward.

Sturges is a Professor of Practice in the Art & Ecology program at The University of New Mexico and is on the faculty of The Academy for the Love of Learning. For the past year, after beginning COAL, she has been engaging as a guest speaker at conferences and gatherings about the intersections of the arts, sustainability and social justice issues.  Sturges is a national advisor for Rockwood Leadership’s new arts and culture initiative and for Opportunity Agenda’s Creating Change.

In addition to music and collaborative, relationship-based art making, Sturges has been a devoted student and teacher of meditation for over twenty- five years.