Founded in 2012 by Mojca Majcen, Stephen Kelly, and Misa Kelly, ArtBark International builds on the work of 18 years as SonneBlauma Danscz & 25 years of Stephen Kelly Music collectively manifesting over 150 projects. Since its founding, the collective has added Trina Mannino to its group of core collaborators who manages the East Coast activities.
ArtBark is a California based 501 (c) 3 with organizational activity occurring in Santa Barbara County, Ledyard, CT in conjunction with the Dragons Egg residency center and Brooklyn, New York. Since 2012 the group has enjoyed over 50 happenings of dance, physical theater, installation art, and experimental genres in theaters and alternative spaces in California, Austria, Slovenia, France, New York and Connecticut.
They have produced international festivals, studio showings, initiated new modes of collaborative production, hosted world renowned master classes in dance, theater, and improvisation. Their endeavors have given opportunities to hundreds of fellow creatives. Additionally, they have enjoyed an active presence within multiple social media platforms. In the process of this endeavors, they have engaged with over 1.5 million people - offline and online.
"Forward thinking artists"
- Santa Barbara Independent
- The Slovenian publication Parada Plesa