Live in America


About Live in America Springdale

Excited to build upon established relationships in Northwest Arkansas nurtured while creating the first Live in America Festival, our team developed Live in America Springdale. Live in America Springdale serves as a residency program that transforms the festival’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 Festival artists visit the residency to host workshops and break bread with local community members.
  • Our team creates small-scale live performance and visual arts programming at the residency and around Springdale.
  • Live in America Springdale collaborates with a team of local creatives to communally grow our artistic, producorial, and arts administration skills.

Live in America Springdale hopes to collaboratively contribute to Springdale’s creative community and to grow a big-in-spirit network of artistic relationships that stretches across North America.

Our Team

Carra Martinez

Co-artistic Director of Fusebox, Leading Live In America Festival and Springdale Residency

Carra is a theatre artist, scholar, community engagement specialist, and educator. Based in Springdale, Arkansas, she is the Co Artistic Director of Fusebox, leading Live in America. LiA, a performance festival and residency program, imagines festival as a year-round, justice-oriented process for enriching communities, uplifting histories, and building a shared sense of stewardship.

Justin Favela

First Year Visiting Artist

Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, known for large-scale installations and sculptures that manifest his interactions with American pop culture and the Latinx experience, Justin Favela has exhibited his work both internationally and across the United States. His installations have been commissioned by museums including the Denver Art Museum in Colorado, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas and El Museo del Barrio in New York. He is the recipient of the 2021 Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. He holds a BFA in fine art from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Image credit: Mikayla Whitmore

Ron Berry

Co-Artistic Director of Fusebox

Ron Berry is the Co-Artistic Director of Fusebox, a non-profit arts organization working in Austin, TX and NW Arkansas. For the past nineteen years, Ron has helped Fusebox present over 1200 projects featuring over 4000 artists. Much of his particular focus has been to steward the annual Fusebox Festival in Austin, which features local, national, and international artists at sites across the city for five days each April. Today, Fusebox collaborates with organizations all over the world ranging from small grassroots organizations to major art centers and festivals in service to artists and their work. Fusebox hosts two festivals (The Fusebox Festival & Live in America) along with year-round programming + events, residencies, and workshops.

Zac Traeger

Tub Thumping Idea Abettor

Zac Traeger is the Executive Director of The Museum of Human Achievement in Austin, Texas. For more than ten years, MoHA has cultivated forward-thinking new work and community by providing radically affordable arts space to support artists and audiences in the creation of new ideas. Zac is a composer, creator and open palm-enabler.

Image Credit: Kate Taylor