Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Erin Maile O'Keefe

I have been leading Human Art of Play and CircusYoga in-school arts residencies, teaching core curriculums through movement arts for over 25 years. I lead multi-genrational events and retreats and also lead collaborative, municipal-wide, creative placemaking projects through the Human Connection Project. Foundational to my work are embodied group experiences of Inclusion, Connection, Co-authorship and Empathy. For the past 20 years I have been designing and leading teacher trainings around the world for teachers, social workers and community leaders. 

Erin Maile O’Keefe is originally from Hawai‘i, of Hawaiian ancestry and lives in Vermont. As an educator, trainer and community artist/activator, Erin Maile has developed kinesthetic, multigenerational curriculums that facilitate group inclusion, connection, co-authorship and empathy called the Human Art of Play. For over two decades, she has led in-school arts residency curriculums that activate anatomy and life science studies for elementary students, ending in a community performance and student-led workshops. Erin’s background in dance, theater and architecture has made the crafting of temporal spaces and community arts engagement at the core of much of her work. With the completion of a Master Certificate in Creative Placemaking at Ohio State University, Erin founded The Human Connection Project that focuses on activating communities through municipal-wide arts projects, creative placemaking, and experiential engagement. Partners include local arts institutions, schools, businesses, organizations, municipalities and unsuspecting pedestrians. In 2016, Erin co-founded Tiny House Fest Vermont, focusing on regional housing solutions, innovations and resources and hosting meaningful conversations about “place”. She believes in the importance of the arts to strengthen our community and support social and economic development. Beginning in 2019, Erin collaborated with Chris Hart and Felicity Ratté to launch the Water Way(s) project, with the short term goals of community arts + educational engagement along the Whetstone Brook in the village center of West Brattleboro and the long term goal of co-creating a village commons. Indigenous knowledge, story-telling, environmental education, art-making and movement-making bring folks together to form meaningful bonds to history, nature and one another. Erin is excited by a new collaboration called Ask the River in which 3 movement artists and 3 visual artists lead Vermont communities in deepening their relationships to their watersheds. She works through an asset-based lens and knows that effective creative solutions emerge when everyone has a seat at the table.

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I Have Worked With

  • September 2006 to September 2020

    I have worked as a teaching artist for Morris Arts for nearly two decades. I have also participated in their ongoing teaching artist professional development workshops and conferences as both learner and teacher. Together with NJ schools we have developed a wide range of integrated movement curricula and community performances. https://www.morrisarts.org/

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Erin Maile
Job Title/Position: 
Director, Facilitator, Choreographer, Teaching Artist + Curriculum Designer
Physical Address: 
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Last Name: 
O'Keefe
Phone: 
808-469-1303

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Anthropology
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Humanities - Science
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Improv
Theater - Storytelling
Visual/Crafts - General
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Community Arts
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
10
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Morris Arts Teaching Artist
Education: 
BFA Cornell University
Certificate in Creative Placemaking, Ohio State University
Awards: 
Community Engagement Lab Thriving Communities Grantee

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - English as a Second Language
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Dance
Design
Literature
Music
Theater
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
Certificate in Developmental Movement + Yoga
Certificate in Embodied Anatomy + Yoga
Certificates in Yoga Therapy
Certificate in Creative Placemaking
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$6,000