Creative Minds Collaborative (CMC) is a non-profit organization, established by Nao Kusuzaki (former Soloist dancer with Houston Ballet) in 2016, in order to cultivate cultural understanding between Houston’s diverse communities and their artists. We achieve this through creation and presentation of collaborative and educational performing art projects.
CMC creates unique and meaningful interactions for the public through the creation
of dance programming that bridges the educational, cultural, and artistic sectors. The organization has a history of partnering with business and community leaders from Houston to as far away as Japan. Artistic Director Nao Kusuzaki curates each season around one large dance work that focuses on a cultural theme, such as folktales, visual arts, or traditional music, and from there builds a series of site specific performing arts events
Thanks to this creative mobile model, CMC connects previously unfamiliar communities with each other, often across great distances. CMC values artists and their work. Specifically, the organization aims to nurture current professional dancers and musicians by providing them a platform to collaborate. CMC also cultivates future generations of dancers by providing student educational workshops and performance opportunities, helping lend a festival feel to the culminating dance event for each season.
“If you hit a wall, climb over it, crawl under it, or dance on top of it.”
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”