MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Blog

October 2017

New Concentration in Indigenous and Decolonial Art

“Ceremonial activism” with Cease Wyss (Skwxwu7mesh/Sto:lo/Metis/ Hawaiian/Swiss) and Anne Riley (Cree and Dene) at the spring 2017 MFAIA residency, Puget Sound, Fort Worden, Washington. Photo: Goddard College Spurred on by the resurgence of indigenous movements, a profound inquiry into indigenous and decolonial practices has spread rapidly throughout the Americas. This resurgence has generated both institutional […]

October 2017 Community News and Events

New MFAIA-WA Faculty Advisor Jamie Figueroa speaking on Individual Identity as Portal to Collective/The Emergence of an Authentic Voice. Photos: Goddard College Indigenous Presence at MFAIA Residency The September MFAIA residency in Port Townsend featured a strong Indigenous presence and opened the new Indigenous and Decolonial Art (IDA) concentration to current students. Next semester the IDA […]

September 2017

Spherical Music: Concert and Discussion with Neel Murgai

Presenting a world premier solo concert, Neel will perform his latest experiments in overtone singing and electronic looping along side his sitar and frame drum. From droning, experimental soundscapes to chants, ragas and rhythms, Neel will lead the audience in a unique musical journey that is the culmination of his 20 years of practice as […]

August 2017

August 2017 Community News and Events

Top Left: The launch of Lutra, a rowboat built by Seitu Jones and MFAIA-WA students, with Goddard West Campus Director Joyce Gustafson and Stacy Dawson Stearns at the Fall 2011 Residency. Top Right: Students take Lutra out for a row during group advising with Seitu. Lower Left: Seitu prepares students for Lutra, with Hattie Mae Williams, Pat […]

June 2017

June 2017 Community News and Events

  Images courtesy of Storme Webber. Storme Webber at the Frye Museum Seattle-based interdisciplinary artist and alumna Storme Webber (MFAIA-WA ’14) will present a reimagining of her city through experimental memoir, archival photographs, poetry, social history, installation, and performance. Meeting at the confluence of First Nations and pre-Stonewall-working-class-LGBTQ cultures in Pioneer Square, Webber’s work valorizes the […]

May 2017

Sleeping Weazel Presents Robbie McCauley

Sleeping Weazel presented “a convening in performance” in honor of Robbie McCauley’s life and work on last month, an event coordinated in collaboration with the Emerson College Performing Arts Department and Office of the Arts. The convening drew together a distinguished circle of performers, scholars, writers, and community activists who’ve been influenced, transformed, and/or mentored […]

April 2017

New Goddard College MFAIA Concentration in Performance Creation

Bienvenue, Company SBB, 2017 – Stefanie Batten Bland, MFAIA’20. Photo: JC Dhien   In February 2017, the Goddard College MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA) program inaugurated an exciting new academic concentration in Performance Creation. Twenty students—including actors, theater directors, choreographers, musicians, playwrights, and performance artists—elected the concentration in its first semester. Building upon the interdisciplinary […]

April 2017 Community News and Events

Image Left: Cease Wyss leads the MFAIA-WA through a walk through the forests of Fort Worden, as participants receive the teachings of northwest coast plants. Image Right: Patrisse Cullors leads participants through the ceremony of having each others’ backs in radical acts of remembrance. Photos: Goddard College Ceremonial Activism with Cease Wyss and Patrisse Cullors The […]

January 2017

February 2017 Community News and Events

Image Left: Lisa D’Amour, Laurie Carlos, and Shay Youngblood in Austin. Image Right: Robbie McCauley, Daniel Dodd Ellis, Daniel Alexander Jones, Jason Phelps, and Laurie Carlos, in Minneapolis, 1997. Photos courtesy of Daniel Alexander Jones. In Memory of Laurie Carlos It is with sadness that we mark the passing of award-winning American actor and avant-garde performance artist, playwright, theater […]

Laurie Carlos: It Began With This Picture by Daniel Alexander Jones

Photo courtesy of Daniel Alexander Jones It began with this picture. I walked into Rice Hall in the Main Branch of the Springfield Public Library, in the spring of 1985, charged with finding a monologue to perform in drama class in my public high school. Not a year before, I was a hopeless introvert, with […]