Something magical happens when you take artists out of the performance halls and into people’s everyday lives. The artists become not just in, but of the community, and push people to think differently about our city.
— Victoria Rogers, Vice President for Arts at Knight Foundation
A site work by Grass Stains mentor Stephan Koplowitz.

A site work by Grass Stains mentor Stephan Koplowitz.

grass stains

about

Grass Stains is a site-specific initiative created by the Pioneer Winter Collective and funded by the John and James L. Knight Foundation and the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Grass Stains focuses on the mentoring and commissioning of original site-specific, site-adaptive, and public art works by South Florida-based choreographers and performance artists. 

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mira el mar
by marissa alma nick
september 2016

land
by jenny larsson
october 2016

ofrenda
by Niurca Márquez
October 2016

transplants
by ana mendez
December 2016

artist mentor

stephan koplowitz

Stephan Koplowitz is an award winning director/choreographer/media artist known for his work on stage, film, and site. His site work aims to alter people’s perspectives of place, site, and scale - all infused with a sense of the human condition and is concerned with the intersection of natural, social and cultural ecologies within urban and natural environments. Since 1984, he has created 87 works and has been awarded 60 commissions performed in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is the recipient of an Alpert Award in the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bessie Award for “Sustained Achievement” in Choreography, six NEA Choreography Fellowships (1988-97), and two distinguished alumni awards from his alma maters Wesleyan University (BA Music Composition) and the University of Utah (MFA Choreography). Recent works have premiered in San Diego, Spoleto, Italy and Columbus, Ohio. In December, 2016, he worked as co-director of Diavolo Dance’s Veterans Project featuring military veteran performers and members of the Diavolo Company. In the summer of 2017, he will premiere Occupy (a site-specific journey through an urban garden) commissioned by the mixed ability AXIS Dance Company for the Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco. In August, a large scale media/performance installation for the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine will premiere. In May 2018, he will premiere one of his largest site-based projects to date, an immersive performance event throughout the town of Northfield, Minnesota, commissioned by St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges. The work will incorporate artists from the College and greater Northfield community in dance, theater, music, and media/visual arts. Koplowitz is a contributor to the first book published on site-specific choreography, Site Dance, published by Florida University Press. After living in New York City for 23 years, he was appointed dean and faculty of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts (Los Angeles) and served in that capacity for ten years (2006-2016). His online course, “Creating Site-Specific Dance and Performance Works” launched in September 2013, was the first dance-related course on Coursera and the MOOC platform, and was re-launched 2014-16. Over 20,000 people from 151 countries have registered for this course. To see examples of his site-specific and media works, visit: www.stephankoplowitz.com and www.youtube.com/c/StephanKoplowitz.

2016 projects by inaugural artists

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2016 inaugural artists

artists commissioned for project development

  • Ana Mendez
  • Niurca Márquez
  • Jenny Larsson
  • Marissa Alma Nick

artists selected for local residency 

  • Ana Mendez
  • Niurca Márquez
  • Jenny Larsson
  • Marissa Alma Nick
  • Agustina Woodgate
  • Monica Lopez de Victoria

artist opportunities

The application for the second season of Grass Stains (2018) will open in September 2017. 

press

feature - miami herald - transforming the miami landscape one dance at a time

feature - knight arts blog - How Grass stains grants foster diversity in south florida art world

feature - miami new times - Pioneer Winter Unveils Latest Site-Specific Initiative With Agustina Woodgate and Hattie Mae Williams

feature - artburst - SITE-SPECIFIC INITIATIVE GRASS STAINS UP AND RUNNING

feature - miamiartzine - grass stains puts artists in the field

feature - artburst - GRASS STAINS INAUGURATES SITE-SPECIFIC, MENTORSHIP DANCE PROGRAM

Feature - knight arts blog - pioneer winter and grass stains set to transform miami's cultural landscape