socially engaged arts

Since 1998 I have been developing both short and long-term partnerships with youth groups throughout the Phoenix area. These partnerships address a range of community issues about place making, sustainability, immigration, literacy, and human rights.


At Home in the Desert: Youth Engagement and Place (2011-12)
A project created by Melissa Britt, Linda Essig, Mary Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Johnson, Richard Mook, Stephani Woodson and numerous community partners
Supported by grants from the Institute for Humanities Research at ASU and the National Endowment for the Arts

ArtSpace Project: Phoenix in Motion (2008-10)
A dance film curriculum for youth designed by Susan Bendix Ph.D., Mary Fitzgerald, Harper Piver and Anthony Obr
Supported by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture

Youth Development Institute (2007-present)
An ongoing partnership with ASU dance majors and youth

Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre (1998-2007)
A community-based dance company at ASU, directed by Mary Fitzgerald and Jennifer Tsukayama
DART received support from numerous organizations, including the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Dance/USA, and ASU/Motorola. Recipient of President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness in 2004 and as a partner to the ASU Art Museum in 2007


Journal of Dance Education
Phoenix in Motion: A Dance for the Camera Project for Urban Youth by Susan W. Bendix PhD, Mary M. Fitzgerald MFA & Harper A. Piver MFA

Tracing Roots: Some historical highlights of community dance in the United States (1960s-present) by Mary Fitzgerald

International Journal for the Arts in Society
Aesthetic Considerations in Community Dance by Mary Fitzgerald

Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre as a Vehicle for Cultural Emancipation in the text Dance,Human Rights and Social Justice: Dignity in Motion