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Snail Mail:  2911 La Combadura, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 & 680 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Email: artbarkinternational"at"

Our Alma Sama Fund Drive has begun!

Become an Alma Sama Adventurer today!  3 ways to give!

Click on the button to be taken to paypal to make a tax deductible donation to ArtBark International for our Alma Sama project!

TWO: DONATE VIA SNAIL MAIL Kindly mail a check to our non-profit, the Future Traditions Foundation to 2911 La Combadura, Santa Barbara, CA 931O5  Donations deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Terence Kelly: $2000
Weslie Ching: $100
The Doede Family: $100
Susan Alexander: $50
Misa Kelly: $50
Valarie Mulberry: $25
Eve Konstantine: $10
Autumn Fawn: $10

American Dance Abroad:  Rapid Transit $1,000 (for artist travel)
RSFF: $1,000 (for artist travel)

“Creative Excellence”
    Clay Bodine, Fishbon

“Forward Thinking Artists”
   The Santa Barbara Independent

An international collective with vision, 
An international collective with courage,
An international collective manifesting 
the change we wish to see in the world 
choosing to lead rather than follow.

Our Mission

Through innovative artistic leadership foster connections with global artistic resources promoting regional, national & international pathways of opportunity for working class artists globally and locally nurturing cross-cultural exchange, artistic excellence, and increased arts tourism.

Our Vision
To release the unique genius of the artists and individuals with whom we work in service of fostering a culture of daring, tolerance, peace and awareness.

Our Values
We seek to be the change we wish to see in the world harnessing our life work as artists fostering tolerance, and mutual understanding between individuals, communities, and across nations. Our values grow and evolve as we grow and evolve.

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.

ArtBark is more than just a dance company. It's an intergenerational (and inter-species) collective made up of dancers, choreographers, actors, musicians, visual artists, and writers. Many of us straddle multiple disciplines. Some of us have decades of experience and training in our disciplines, and when we come to do this work together, we get to express and share that experience as well as learn and play with disciplines and media that are new to us. 

We come together to make art not just for art's sake, but to build community. When we come together to create, we build relationships with one another. In these relationships, we feel seen, heard and valued. We come to trust one another as we take risks and rev our creative engines. We support each other as artists and as human beings--because no artistic process can move forward even an inch without individual heart, soul and mind investment. In playing and working together, we build social capital, a term that describes the value of the networks of relationships among people. 

Social capital is just like economic capital: it has value, it can be accrued and spent, and when it's short, negative impact results. Over the past half century, social capital has become a far more rare commodity in Western nations where emphasis and value are placed on competition, materialism and entertainment. Where sharing, caring, mutual support, empathy, and creative expression are lacking, so is social capital. And a growing body of research finds that low social capital correlates strongly with poor psychological and physical health. 

ArtBark's mission is, in part, about unplugging from social media, digital entertainment and the culture of consumerism, and about celebrating the gifts each person brings just by being their creative selves. By coming together to build art, and by welcoming others to view and participate in it, we don't just have temporary enjoyment. We promote a healthier culture and healthier bodies, minds and hearts. From that place, we can become forces for healing for the entire planet.

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