Molly Sturges is a creative director, consultant, social practice artist, facilitator, and educator who has worked with individuals, organizations and communities around the globe for over twenty-five years focusing on creativity, healing, contemplative practice and social transformation. She works to catalyze vision, illuminate collective wisdom, cultivate mindfulness and meaning, heal trauma, cultivate inner and outer dignity, and nurture our creative life-affirming capacities and expressions.
Molly has created and directed many large-scale creativity and social healing projects including founding artistic director and co-founder of Lifesongs ( an intergenerational arts, aging and hospice program), Littleglobe, a diverse arts-in-community artist led non-profit (www.littleglobe.org), and The Creative Action Team and Institute for Living Story at the Academy for the Love of Learning . She served on the faculty at the University of New Mexico for five years in Arts & Ecology. She is currently the founder/ artistic director of FIREROCK: Pass The Spark, a catalytic musical production and engagement project that can be employed, adapted and localized by groups and communities nationwide as a powerful mythical and heart-felt catalyst for community, healing, strengthening and sustained climate engagement work. She is also newly serving as a Creative Director for the pilot of The Lullaby Project at University of Colorado's CREST neuroscience and mental health laboratory supporting women and children's health through the creation of collaborative lullabies with new mothers and babies.
Molly leads workshops, master classes and does public speaking on a range of topics including; creativity and aging, contemplative leadership, death & dying, participatory story-making, arts and climate justice, social imagination, intuitive literacy, and creativity. She creates a wide range of participatory creative activations uniquely designed for each collaborator and setting and regularly receives artistic commissions.
A United States Artist Fellow in Music, Molly is best known for hybrid participatory creative projects focused on social healing, environment and equity. Commissions for participatory arts projects include MAP Fund, EU Festival of Culture, The Santa Fe Opera, The City of Evora Portugal and more. She holds an MA in music composition from Wesleyan University. Molly has been an arts and culture advisor on several national arts and leadership initiatives including Opportunity Agenda and Rockwood Leadership Institute.
A life-long student and teacher of contemplative and somatic practices including meditation, yoga and Qigong, Molly integrates these sensibilities and practices into all of her work. She has been a devoted meditator for over 32 years . Molly has taught meditation retreats for many years, has been faculty for the Mount Madonna Yoga Teacher Training Program, and founded the Wesleyan University Yoga & Meditation Program. She is currently a teacher in training for The Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, an international mindfulness and leadership program. Molly is trained in intuitive energy work and integrates this work with her clients. In fall of 2019 Molly will be in DC as the William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor in Community Engaged Practices at Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University.
Molly is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she has raised her 16 year old daughter. She spends as much time in the wilderness as possible exploring and giving thanks for the miracle that is all life.