A residency program channeling Live in America’s ethos into a year-round, arts-family practice that contributes to the Springdale community via artistic growth, communal sharing, and warm hospitality.
Live in America Springdale brings together artists and communities as we break bread, collaborate in workshops, create live performance and visual arts programming, and learn from one another. This site documents our thinking, our cooking, our explorations, our art, our mishaps, our growth, and our conversations.
Led by Live in America Festival Artist, Ben Hall, this residency is based on the impetus to exchange and engage in organic conversations between old friends with overlapping concerns and open-ended dreams.
With photos from the performance slide-showing in my mind, I watch Gómez Peña from across the room. Shorter than I imagined. Good rings. He leads with a discussion of how many brujas he senses in the house. He exhibits a deep appreciation for good beans. Offers a dick joke. In a short time, he is unapologetically holding court around our dining table. And of course, he wants a cocktail. And of course, the only liquor we have is that bucketful of Fireball shots.
The building exterior is transformed into a space of radical refusal of the status quo that divides interior and exterior domestic environments, embracing instead a language of visual freedom and decoration.