An East Mountain performing arts group called Artrageous Artreach will take the stage at the African American Arts Performance Center in Albuquerque.
In addition to this performance at the end of June, Artrageous Artreach is hosting its first free summer camp for young people, also in Albuquerque from June 20-24.
Artrageous Artreach is a performing arts troupe that has been based in Tijeras for 30 years. The troupe presents a culmination of arts compiled from many years of travels all over the United States and around the world.
The troupe is an art and music circus that includes all the arts on stage, with live music, live dancing, live mural, puppets and magic acts, attracting all ages.
“Locations choose us,” said Sophia Mitchell. Mitchell is an Artrageous entertainment specialist. She said theaters and other performance spaces are reaching out to the group and inviting them to perform everywhere.
Before COVID, the troupe averaged about 50 to 60 shows a year, Mitchell said. This year, the group has already performed 21 shows in March. “We started in Arizona and ended up in Florida. We went back to New Mexico via New York and the Midwest,” she said.
Artrageous Artreach began as The Pink Flamingos, a world-renowned traveling theater group that has also performed locally, including the Albuquerque Mayor’s Gala and events for Sandia National Labs. In 2015, the band morphed into Artrageous, then opened their nonprofit and began donating what the band calls performance-based workshops for children’s shows.
“We wanted to expand the awareness to include more kids,” Mitchell said, adding, “(With the camp), we wanted to start in New Mexico, our own backyard.” The arts camp focuses on underprivileged youth.
This year, the program is limited to Bernalillo County and outreach was done in partnership with the African American Performing Arts Center and Artrageous. Mitchell said the group plans to maintain the camp and expand to include other areas of the state. She said the biggest hurdle right now is transportation for the kids.
“What fuels us is using the arts as social-emotional skills. Skills that fit into children’s lives…skills like math, teamwork, teamwork , kindness, support and building trust,” Mitchell said.
The camp is offered through the troupe’s nonprofit “Artreach” initiative, which focuses on “the exploration of multiple art forms, including dance, vocal art and performance, scenography and costume design”.
The camp includes student-led art performances, drama games, and brainstorming and team-building activities for children ages 10-14. The performing arts camp is made possible by a partial grant from the electricity supplier PNM. Additional sponsors include Celebrity Enterprises, McCune Foundation, African American Performing Arts Center (AAPAC), and One Albuquerque.
Daily camp activities focus on instilling specific values such as creativity, kindness and teamwork, through a program built around artistic culture, inclusion, speaking out audience, creativity and social-emotional learning.
Campers will host a final performance that they will create during their week at camp. The show will take place on June 24, starting at 12:30 p.m. at AAPAC at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds.
“Having navigated the past two years of pandemic madness, we know how much children need safe and fun experiences to reconnect them to their community,” said Lauri Francis. Francis is one of the troupe’s producers and performer. “It’s also very important for parents to have a healthy and affordable option for their children. We hope to give them that. »
Artrageous performs live June 25 at 7 p.m. at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. All proceeds will go to AAPAC student programming.
The 2022 Performing Arts Camp has filled all of its seats for this year. A waiting list for next year is available on its website. For more information, visit artrageousartreach.org.