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Conversations with Maggie Walls

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maggie Walls.

Hi Maggie, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Momentum Arts was founded in 2017 in an effort to provide inclusive and affordable arts programming in our community. We started with a small summer camp production of Little Mermaid, JR, and have since done more than 40 full productions, and over a hundred productions in general. We have served hundreds of youth and adults since opening our doors, and we continue to grow in our capacity to serve our community,

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
In the Spring of 2020, when COVID forced our area into a 4-month shutdown, we were forced to find unique ways to serve our community. We were fortunate to have a tight-knit community that supported us as we offered online classes and then ultimately shifted to outdoor, masked performances. Even in the midst of the pandemic, we managed to put on multiple performances (including online performances) and grow our student base.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
As a director and choreographer, I pride myself in focusing on the unique skillsets of each individual performer. The staff at Momentum Arts is known for our commitment to fostering a positive environment that promotes growth and the ability for each performer to share their voice. As a non-profit with limited resources, we are able to big things with very little!

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
As performers and artists, we take risks each time we put a production or dance piece in front of an audience, Sharing a studio creation, which is the culmination of countless hours of work and a huge level of emotional commitment, can be scary for a director. There is always a risk in not knowing how an audience will react to your work.

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