U R B A N / T R I B E was founded by Mathew James as a way to build an artistic community that functions by implementing the principles and values involved in a tribe. Mathew James comes from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, a tribe located in Santa Ynez, CA. He has been heavily influenced by the tribal elements of inclusion, community, teamwork, cooperation, and contribution that he believes is a strong necessity in creative art-making. These values are integral and potent within the mission goals of U R B A N / T R I B E. Each member of the tribe has a specific role and is vital to the function and success of the tribe. U R B A N / T R I B E creates work based upon cultural, societal, and political notions that densely penetrate each life within our population. Thoughtful research, discussion, creative movement practices, extremely physical and emotionally charged kinetic, personal anecdotes, improvisation, and many other creative devices are used as a means for the tribe to build art that is a deeply personal and yet, a representation of our lives, all lives, and our population. The work inherently invites every viewer and participant into the tribe.
MATHEW JAMES / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
WE STRIVE TO CULTIVATE
COMMUNITY. DIVERSITY. ARTISTRY