GRIT Collaborative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  The mission of GRIT Collaborative is to provide a platform for interdisciplinary and collaborative conversation. 

"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 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, and Quintet Sirocco.  His work has earned prizes and awards such as a Bellagio Center Residency, 2016 Sayat Nova International Composition Competition Prize, a 2013 Stony Brook Premieres! First Prize, a Social Justice Grant, and a Arts Across Boarders Grant, in addition to other honors.

Marquez's research was featured at the 2015 Humpback Whale World Congress in Sainte-Marie, Madagascar.  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.