Fisterra utilizes art to inspire and revitalize people and communities. We begin locally, Homegrown, with art as a framework for activation. Art can inspire people to greater trust, satisfaction, and prosperity through connectedness to their community, place, and purpose. Learn more about our local programing Draw Together, XYZ Atlas, and The Theorists.
Fisterra is a nexus of citizen/artists. We are beings with the capacity for change. We collaborate with people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and abilities. As a cultural partner for creativity and engagement, Fisterra Projects teams with experts and community organizations across the States to inspire change.
Fisterra's name derives from the edge of the known world. To that end, we are caring, polymath people with a range of artistic, scientific, technical, and societal interests working together on innovative projects that benefit society. Theorist Fest, artist residency programs, performance and workshop tours, and online practicums provide opportunities for our global community to connect more deeply to each other, and the environment.
Fisterra was founded by visual artist and entrepreneur, Jennifer Chenoweth. Austin Way featured Chenoweth’s project the XYZ Atlas on the cover of their “Art of the City” issue in 2016. Using community input to map emotional experiences of residents of Austin, Chenoweth created a mixed-media installation called the “XYZ Atlas: the Hedonic Map of Austin”, which culminated in an exhibition at the high point of collective experience, Zilker Park in May of 2016. The Downtown Austin Alliance commissioned XYZ Atlas: Congress Avenue in 2017. Jennifer presented the XYZ Atlas at TEDMED 2017. In 2019, Chenoweth appointed collaborator Amy Morrow as Artistic Director and then Executive Director of Fisterra December 2020.
Fisterra promotes personal and social well-being on a community, national, and global scale through the arts, aided by science and technology. We are caring, polymath people with a range of interests working together on innovative projects that benefit society.
Fisterra creates discourse between artists, physicists, psychologists, multi-media artists, and database architects. Executive Director, Dr. Vanston is an internationally recognized authority on technology forecasting for the communications industry. He has conducted and managed future-looking studies for the communications and other high-tech industries for over thirty years. With his expertise, we collaborate with lauded artists such as Jason Akira Somma (Rolex Grant Award) and Zoe Scofield (Guggenheim Fellow).
Founder & Treasurer
Jennifer Chenoweth makes contemporary art in any material that fits the idea, from drawings to large sculpture to interactive collaborative projects. Her recent collaborative project the XYZ Atlas reached a wide audience and culminated in a TEDMED talk released in 2018. She now curates the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel in Austin, Texas
to consider the purpose of our lives in the
context of a historical cemetery.
Amy Morrow is a master teacher, choreographer, and festival producer. She established The Theorists, a nexus of artist citizens who collaborate internationally to produce homegrown art. She manages projects for Draw Together, XYZ Atlas, REST Fest, and has produced 80+ movement workshops world-wide.
Draw Together Manager Denver Gonzales is an artist, community leader, engineer, visionary, and journalist. He serves on the board of orgs and councils supporting Austin's unhoused neighbors and leads Draw Together at Camp Esperanza, and is in residency at the ESB-MACC.
Lloyd Weatherspoon is a rehabilitation specialist for Austin Travis County Integral Care, who specializes in working with clients from a vulnerable population, concerning: homelessness with mental health disorders, U.S. Military Veterans and also high functioning clients, who have severe or mild mental health illnesses.
Ricardo Guerrero is a digital and social media specialist who helped Dell reach its Spanish language customer base through online marketing. Ricardo helps Fisterra with digital strategy, communications and innovation.
Wei Dai lives in Seattle, WA and works as a Sr. Customer Success Manager at Amazon. He also serves on the board of Grooving for Good. He graduated with an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business and has an extensive social dance history in Texas, New York, California, and now Seattle.
Marta Stefaniuk is a skilled Brand Strategist and Producer that specializes in digital marketing, experiential events and integrated media. Her strong capacity for entrepreneurial thinking, and years as a Creative Director, enable her to find innovative solutions to conquer, smooth out or jump over any obstacles her clients present.
Mina Estrada is a ruminator MFA of dance and
has served as faculty at Temple University,
Old Dominion University, Christopher Newport University, and Drexel University. She served as Director of Artist Resources at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and is currently directing Regina Klenjoski Dance Company producing concerts of great storytellers and
generous muses with Mother Nature.
Cindy Brio is the founder of Esandalo Comedy Project, collaborator with Latino Comedy Project, On and Off the State, and artist in residency at the ESB-Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, TX. She has expertise in Programs, Operations & Product Management; Marketing/ Communications, Process Improvement, Client Mgmt & Production. As a passionate storyteller, she dynamically
coaches creative projects.
Zoe Scofield's creations exist at the intersection of dance, installation and video technology. We dissolve barriers between art, artist and audience by challenging expectations of perception and making space for empathy and connection.
Inter-disciplinary visual artist Jason Akira Somma is an internationally lauded heretic renowned for "defying categorization" (Rolex Arts) & merges new technology, science, performance, & kinesthetic into new, autonomous media & Aesthetic Singularity
Dr. Stephen Caffey is an art historian, curator and critic who understands fine art within social and historical context. He advises on thinking bigger, and linking art to place and people.