ArtBark on Facebook ArtBark on YouTube Join Our Mailing ListAs the sunflower* reincarnates as a salty, howling - and hopefully somewhat artistic - dog, ArtBark represents the unceasing hunt for new fields, new scents, easy puns, and an easier name to spell. With a mission to spread love and light through the power of creative expression, one thing is sure to remain the same – our commitment to being the change we wish to see in the world & to place a strong value on relationship, communication, and building community.
Sponsored by our 501 (c) 3 the Future Traditions Foundation
October 2012 - July 2013 activities funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.
SonneBlauma has morphed into ArtBark International
Mojca Majcen in rehearsal for Moki's Wedding. Photo by Kathee Miller
Our Mission:Through innovative artistic leadership foster connections with global artistic resources promoting regional, national & international pathways of cross-cultural performance and teaching opportunities for artists. To increase arts tourism through our productions and collaborations, and to balance community service excellence with artistic excellence through our educational outreach, community outreach, and our international tours.
About: Co founded by Misa Kelly, Stephen Kelly and Mojca Majcen in 2012, ArtBark International combines the 15 years experience as SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre and 25 years experience as Stephen Kelly Music. The organization is a high level professional inter-generational, cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary Dance & Physical Theater Company that works with creative beings from all walks of life. Our present activities embrace innovative ways of organizing that serve to shift the paradigm of how professional artists organize and how success is measured staying abreast of how the arts industry is evolving. As ArtBark International we are continuing to carve out work for theater while giving ourselves permission to embrace more co-creative, collaborative & experimental sensibilities. We make positive use of the power of the internet using skype, facebook, dropbox, and YouTube for project planning, networking, rehearsals & are beginning to integrate it into our performances. Core creative and organizational collaborators presently reside in Santa Barbara, New York, Los Angeles, France, Slovenia, Austria and Turkey. In 2012, through ArtBark’s Affinity Project, the company toured Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, New York, and to Paris, France. Through their ADaPT Fest series ArtBark International toured to Vienna, Austria for the Raw Matters ADaPT Special Festival. Additional performances took place in Venice Beach, CA for MAX10, at the Miles Memorial Playhouse for the MixMatch Festival, the Santa Barbara Museum of art as a part of the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance’s “Dance Day” and twice at Yoga Soup for NECTAR: Home and NECTAR: Golden. Our long term vision includes creation of “Art Farms” – both rural and urban.