Molly Sturges

molly sturges

Molly Sturges is a composer, artistic director, performer and facilitator. She is best known for her work integrating intermedia performance, creative community dialogue, and social/environmental equity and healing. 

Current projects includes co-founding artistic director  and lead faculty on Lifesongs, a program of The Academy for the Love of Learning, (originally founded by Littleglobe The Santa Fe Opera), which involves creating original musical works with elders in hospice and nursing homes performed by youth, community and professional musicians; artistic director/creator of Common Ground: TOC, a multi-year community capacity and arts project with intergenerational participants from two Eastern Agency Navajo communities and from the rural village of Cuba, NM (commissioned by national and local consortium of funders and arts presenters); composer/creator of Salve, a music with women returning veterans (National Hispanic Cultural Center);  and creator/co-composer/artistic director for COAL (www.coalmusical.com) a national arts and climate change project.

Past projects include working as guest artistic director with The Creative Center: Arts for People with Cancer, in NYC for a six-month project with women living with cancer; creator and director of Moment, a five-month intergenerational project with homeless older adults and students for The European Union Festival of Culture in Cork, Ireland, 2005; and Memorylines: Voces de Nuestras Jornadas, commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera and The Lensic Performing Arts Center, which brought people together, ages 8 to 87, across economic and cultural lines in Santa Fe to create an original new opera dealing with identity and immigration in Santa Fe.

Aside from being the co-founder and artistic director of the social-practice based artist collective Littleglobe, Sturges has been an artist in residence around the globe with a wide range of communities doing short-term creative arts projects involving arts and community engagement. Sturges is also a performing vocalist, recording artist, and leader of creative music ensembles. A recipient of numerous commissions and residencies, she has written and performed original music for a wide array of projects including music for dance companies, silent films, circuses and sound installations.  

Sturges holds an MA in world music composition from Wesleyan University.  She is a devoted improviser and student of experimental forms and approaches. She has lived and worked in Kenya, Senegal and speaks several languages.  Sturges has worked extensively as an artist-in-residence, guest speaker and facilitator both abroad and in the United States. In 2008 Sturges was awarded the United States Artist Fellowship in Music (unitedstatesartists.org). Since 2012 Sturges has been developing and conducting HOMESONG events, spontaneous community choirs with groups from 10 to 300 involving poets, storytellers, civic dialogue transcriptions and a plethora of other community-sourced materials.

Sturges is a Professor of Practice in the Art & Ecology program at The University of New Mexico and is on the faculty of The Academy for the Love of Learning.  Sturges was been an national advisor for Rockwood Leadership’s new arts and culture initiative and for Opportunity Agenda’s Creating Change and is a  guest speaker and workshop leader at conferences and gatherings about the intersections of the arts, sustainability and social justice issues. 

In addition to music and collaborative art making, Sturges has been a devoted student and teacher of meditation for over twenty- five years.