GRIT Collaborative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  The mission of GRIT Collaborative is to provide a platform for interdisciplinary and collaborative conversation, especially around themes of social justice and environmental awareness.  GRIT Collaborative strives to promote underrepresented and marginalized artists by increasing visibility through programming.

"cutting-edge" - Diana Nollen, The Gazette
"ultimately a very structured, articulate marriage of dance, music and art" - Zach Berg, Iowa Press-Citizen

Director Bios:

Joshua Marquez, Artistic Director

Joshua Marquez (b. 1990) is a Filipino-American composer and social activist whose music explores the liminal space between tone and noise.  Searing a sonic imprint of cultural identity, his tranquil investigations of the noise spectrum represent the internal conflicts of multiculturalism and the Asian American struggles of alienation and assimilation through the fusion and fission of disparate timbres.  Hailed as "cutting-edge" (The Gazette) and "haunting" (The Daily Iowan), Marquez's polemic deconstruction of sound is consumed by ever-evolving rituals of disintegrated perspectives.

Marquez's music has been performed and recorded, internationally, by ensembles and musicians such as the JACK Quartet, Brno Philharmonic, Carmine Marcello Rizzi (violin), Iwona Glinka (flute), Akropolis Reed Quintet, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, University of Iowa Center for New Music, Gate City Camerata, Quintet Sirocco, and the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia

His work has earned prizes and awards such as a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts Residency Fellowship, a 2016 Sayat Nova International Composition Competition Prize, a 2013 Stony Brook Premieres! First Prize, an Iowa Social Justice Grant, and an Iowa Arts Across Borders Grant in addition to other honors.  Recordings of Marquez's music have been released on ABLAZE Records (USA), RMN Classical Records (UK), Sarton Records (PL), and E.M.P.i.R.E.S Records (USA).  Marquez holds a PhD in composition from the University of Iowa in addition to an MM from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Dana O'Malley, Executive Director

Dana O'Malley is a visual artist currently based in Wilmington, NC.  Her work has been exhibited in Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.  She holds an MFA in Painting from the University of Iowa.  Her narrative paintings investigate the dichotomies and tender binaries of our cultural landscape, through representations of partnership, touch, consumption, environmental collapse, and growth.