Amy Melissa Reed is an artist and founding co-director of Ma Series Arts. They work to build and support artists and creative communities across communities including traditional ecological knowledge keepers, improvisers, authors, dancers, poets, teatro, songmakers, drummers, builders, journalists, ranchers, social workers, and dream… A painter, guitarist, singer, film maker, and rooted in the west coast improvised music scene they perform work rooted in personal practice. They compose experimental scores for improvisers, dancers, poets, and listeners. They compose with MA Ensemble. www.amymelissareed
Jennifer Andrea “YAYA” Porras (co-Founder) is a producer, mother of JAH’Sol, artist, and cultura-cura ninja. Their early Californian community teaching took root at the Washington Neighborhood Center via José Montoya’s Barrio Art program in Sacramento and later as an Artist in resident. Alongside mentor, Dr. Senon Valadez, cultural anthropologist at CSUS, they taught song and dance at Deganawidah-Quetzalcoatl University in Yolo County to ex-campesinas women in the child-care Development program who would graduate to run Child Care centers in Migrant Camps/ Housing . They worked with the American Indian Film Institute Youth Film Maker Tour and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. In addition, they worked along Patricia Peña, founder of On Native Ground and Sun Dance Youth Media Brigade. Andrea co-founded World Arts Space funded by the Sacramento Arts Commission in Oak Park, California. Andrea is a grant maker for the California Arts Council.
Khimberly Marshall Sacramento, CA (MacBeth Project)
Khimberly Marshall (MacBeth Project) has 18 years combined experience in both Theater and Film production having written, directed and produced national commercials spots, short films and regional theater productions. She has won numerous awards for art and literature. Khimberly has also worked for major clients such as the California Music Theater, Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento Area Theater Alliance, Theater El Dorado Board, Celebration Arts Board, El Teatro Espejo, and the Creative Arts League of Sacramento. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Management with a second Bachelor’s degree in Film from The Art Institute of California. Previously engaged at the Crocker Art Museum as an Art Corp Fellow, she was embedded in the Block by Block Initiative, creating social practice art in underrepresented communities. Khimberly finds her most rewarding work in providing support to people and organizations that foster community.
Currently, she is delving deeper into her own artistry as a sculptor, having shown her work as several galleries in Northern California, she hopes to one day find her art in the very museums that began her love for the arts. Oh and by the way…she is also a ninja!
Tarisse Iriarte-Medina San Juan, PR/Brooklyn
What you have been doing and your plans for the Ma series [Arts] are important, and necessary, not only for culture, or for us as women artists (though these are important), but for everyone’s communities urban and rural, and for life itself which is dependent on these creative energies .
Susan Alcorn – Pedal Steel Guitarist, Musician, Composer