Our mission is to create and support new works, and to present the highest quality shows for the people of Detroit and Hamtramck in a way that is inclusive, intimate and community-centered. Since 2004 we have been striving to give residents in Detroit and Hamtramck access to the arts regardless of income levels, to include them in the cultural revitalization of their own neighborhood and to expand their experience of what performance can be. In 2012 CMAP officially incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit.
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We advance our mission through four programs areas:
Presenting Contemporary Puppetry
New Detroit Commissions
CMAP enables storytelling . . .
. . .with a variety of media and tools that are employed to make creative work – utilizing performing objects, video cameras, voices, text, choreography, bodies, space, etc – these tools allow us to tell the stories around us with imagination and truth.
We privilege forms of art that are not mainstream, including puppetry, performance art and spectacle. In performance art, the medium is the body and the actions performed are the work. We employ puppets as representations of the body and share the space with them and the audience to make emotionally resonant object-driven narratives. Our programs are created in the spirit of collaboration, bringing artists and residents together through performance and art events that are multicultural, multilingual, family-friendly and oftentimes free.
CMAP considers the viewer’s environment as an important aspect of the work - for example, in The Living Room Series, the domestic spaces of a renovated abandoned house serve as intimate performance areas. In the Outdoor Summer Series, the scale of the work expands to include the landscape of the city and the darkness of the night sky.