Founding Director/Co-Director/Lead Artist Facilitator/Composer and Trainer, Lifesongs, Academy for the Love of Learning/Littleglobe, Santa Fe

Co-Founder and Founding Artistic Director of collaborative intergenerational arts, aging and hospice project involving elders from hospice, nursing home residents, poets, composers, instrumentalists, university choirs, youth and community members.  Program elements include school based forms, concerts, recordings, long-term partnership development in Northern New Mexico, public speaking, annual performances (Lensic and National Hispanic Cultural Center) and more.  

Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director, Institute for Living Story Academy for the Love of Learning, Santa Fe

Designed and led a wide-range of workshops, trained community members in creative leadership and depth facilitation.  Projects included The University of Wisconsin and The Dalai Lama, The Academy for Ethical Leadership, New Mexico based training in creative leadership for cultural leaders and more.  Co-designed and led the Creative Action Team and Institute for Living Story. 

Professor of Practice, Art & Ecology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Taught wide range of arts and social engagement courses to interdisciplinary group of students including Environmental Storytelling, Creative Collaboration, Creative Failure,  and Social Practice Lab. Participated in interdisciplinary creative community engagement projects and teams, research and writing projects.  Developed Creative Leadership master’s level program blueprint for The Center for Fine Arts.   

Artist Director/Creator, Littleglobe’s Common Ground: TOC project, rural NM

A multi-year intermedia community dialogue, arts and community capacity building project with the village of Cuba, NM and the two neighboring Navajo communities of Torreon and Ojo Encino. 150 Participants from the communities created The Common Ground Festival, a unique expression of place, history and community vision in June, 2007.  They have since formed a community council and together with Littleglobe create a wide range of community projects.

Founding Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Littleglobe, Santa Fe

Non-profit artist collective consisting of diverse professional artists committed to collaborative and community-sourced interdisciplinary creative projects.  Projects include: new musical works, large-scale community engaged projects, intermedia performance, film, video and installations. Created and directed a wide range of creative projects including individual, small team projects and large-scale community collaboration projects.  Recipient of of numerous commissions and residencies in the US and UK.

Touring Teaching Artist-Facilitator/Workshop Leader

Taught a variety of workshops and master classes for universities, arts organizations, arts ensembles, health workers, schools, and community organizations.  Subjects include arts and community engagement with communities, improvisational choirs, creating ensemble, interdisciplinary creative process, expressive arts & community health, building creative community partnerships, and creating performance scores from everyday life.  Selected hosts include University of Cork, University of Limerick, Gilda’s Clubhouse, UNM, College of Santa Fe, Arts-In-Hospital (Glasgow, Scotland), Dance City (UK), The Santa Fe Opera and more.

Freelance Artistic Director-Creator/ Performer/Ensemble Leader

Soundtrack composer, performer, recording artist and leader of several creative music ensembles.  Creative ensembles include BING and mJane ( Pax Recordings).  Created and performed a wide range of arts and social healing projects  including Crossings for The Creative Center ( NYC), Memorylines-Nuestros Jornados, a community opera for Santa Fe Opera, NIGHT for The City of Evora, Portugal;  Moment for City of Cork, Ireland and The European Union Festival of Culture and many more.  Funders included MAP, The EU Festival of Culture,  Black Rock, United States Artist and many arts and health commission in the US and Europe. 

Artist-in-Residence, Santa Fe Opera Community Programs

Created new musical works with New Mexico with schools, nursing homes, families and community groups to lift voices and perspectives of participants.

Selected Education

Wesleyan University, CT.  MA World Music Composition, 2000 

Naropa University, CO.  Selected Music Studies

Lewis and Clark College, OR.   BA Anthropology/Community Studies, 1989

Selected Awards, Fellowships, Presentations and Commissions

2015-present, Arts and End of Life presentations, New Mexico/Colorado/DC/Ireland

2018/2019, Firerock presentations on arts, climate change and spirituality, New Mexico/Colorado/DC

2016, Sandhill, a new composition commission, created with field recordings of Sandhill Cranes that migrate through New Mexico

2015/2016, Firerock, climate justice workshops and readings, Institute for American Indian Arts, New Mexico

2013-present, Firerock foundation awards:  Tyler Riggs Foundation, New World Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation and many more

2013-2015, National Cultural Creative Invitational Learning-Exchange, Rockwood Leadership Institute

2014, Firerock University Residency on Climate Change, Arts and Community Engagement, University of North Carolina. Greensboro

2014, National Creativity Leader and Faculty with Winona LaDuke and Luis Urrea on Storytelling for Transformation, Island Institute, Alaska        

2013, National Advisor for Leadership Institute in Creative Engagement, Rockwood Leadership Institute

2012, Pinon Award Recipient, Littleglobe, Courageous Innovation, Santa Fe Community Foundation

2012,  Sturges featured in book, Santa Fe Legends, by Ana Pacheco 

2102, TEDx Talk, Sitka, Alaska, Creativity and Collective Courage

2012, Artist/Facilitator/National Thought Leader on Resilient Communities, Island Institute, Sitka,                 Alaska

2012, Leadership Fellow, Center for Whole Communities. VT 

2011, Artist Fellow, Invitational - Artists Working on Climate Change, Chorus Foundation,  NYC

2011,  Artist Fellow, Opportunity Agenda/Sundance Arts and Activism Gathering, Sundance

2010, The Community Art Research and Convening Project, National Writing Fellowship Award

2010, Blackrock Arts Award for RUTA, a bus opera for active bus lines of Santa Fe 

2009, United States Artist Fellow in Music, Simon Fellow

2008/09, Dance City/Stockton International Festival, UK and European Tours, Between Here and There

2009, Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Award Grant for RUTA, a bus opera for active bus lines of Santa Fe,             

2009, Salve, National Hispanic Cultural Center, music commission with returning women veterans

2007/10, NM Arts and Social Justice Committee, 3 year arts-in-community commission, rural NM  

2008, Salve, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM, music performance based on interviews with  returning vets

2008, Site Santa Fe, Immersive Musical Composition for Biennial.  Composer/conductor with John Kennedy and Chris Jonas

2008, United States Artist Simon Fellow in Music (  National music award

2007, MEMORYLINES, VOCES DE NUESTRAS JORNADA: A Contemporary Opera.  Santa Fe. Commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera and The Lensic  

2005, MOMENT.  Commission from The European Union Festival of Culture, Cork, Ireland

Videos and Web





Introduction to Littleglobe

 Moment, Commission from the European Union Festival of Culture, Creator/Director

 TEDx Talk, Sitka Alaska, 2012, Creativity and Collective Courage

 Lifesongs, The Academy for the Love of Learning/Littleglobe:

 Common Ground: TOC (Torreon, Ojo Encino and Cuba, NM), Three-year arts in community project 

Littleglobe Center for Creative Community Engagement, National Hispanic Culture Center, 2011


Selected Publications

The Community Art Research and Convening Project National Writing Fellowship

Littleglobe.  Project directors: Molly Sturges and Valerie Martinez

Maryland Institute College of the Arts/Nathan Cummings, 2011


Bridge Conversations, Direct and Indirect Approaches to Community Change (book)

Arts & Democracy Project of the Center for Civic Participation

By Valerie Martinez, Robby Rodriquez, Molly Sturges and Rosina Roibal

Arts Development in Community Health: A Social Tonic by Mike White

Chapter on MOMENT (Sturges, Founder and Creative Director/Composer), EU Festival of Culture, Ireland