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SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre has morphed into ArtBark International

As the sunflower* reincarnates as a salty, howling - and hopefully somewhat artistic - dog, ArtBark International represents the unceasing hunt for new fields, new scents, easy puns, and an easier name to spell. With a mission to spread love and light through the power of creative expression, one thing is sure to remain the same – our commitment to being the change we wish to see in the world & to place a strong value on relationship, communication, and building community.

Our Mission:

Through innovative artistic leadership, ArtBark International fosters connections with global artistic resources by promoting regional, national and international pathways of cross-cultural performance and teaching opportunities for artists. ArtBark increase arts tourism through our productions and collaborations while balancing community service with artistic excellence through our educational and  community outreach and our international tours.

Our Values:
We seek to be the change we wish to see in the world harnessing our life work as artists to build mutual understanding and tolerance between nations through the arts fostering a more harmonious and balanced world. 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 and 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 and experimental sensibilities. We make positive use of the power of the internet using Skype, Facebook, Dropbox, and YouTube for project planning, networking, rehearsals and are beginning to integrate technology in 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 Paris. Through their ADaPT Fest Series, members of 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 at Yoga Soup for NECTAR: Home and NECTAR: Golden. Our long term vision includes creation of “Art Farms” – both rural and urban.

Mojca Majcen in rehearsal for Moki's Wedding. Photo by Kathee Miller

Sponsored by our 501 (c) 3 the Future Traditions Foundation 
October 2012 - July 2014 activities funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.  Special thanks to the Kelly Family Foundation, the RSFF and Christiane Schlumberger for their 2013 support!