Project Description

The Traveling Show

social movement in rural places in the Deep South

The Traveling Show is a nomadic movement and socially engaged art project with rural towns in the American South.  The Traveling Show is a way to create an invitation through welcoming gestures that then encourages people to imagine more good could happen, while examining real and tough issues.

glo is passionate about the legacy of the South’s civil movements and wars and how they are remembered in our bodies, how gesture and resistance are passed down over generations. The concepts of geography and cartography inspire us to explore issues of socioeconomic inequality, ancestral, and spiritual life, and what new forms of expression develop when both sides of the tracks are engaged. Who can lay claim to the south? Who gets to dance? The Traveling Show serves as a provocation, for being inside your body as a mindful cultural activity, so that we might wrestle with our contemporary moment, gauge how far we’ve come, and how much farther we have to go. For more information, write us here:

glo launched The Traveling Show in 2013 with a SEED grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. To date, the project has engaged 61 rural southern towns, and 3 art sites in 9 counties, across 20,000 miles, to offer free and public art to more than 67,058 southerners. In 2019, the project expanded to Marion, Alabama, marking glo’s Alabama debut.

The Traveling Show: Marion is made possible with support from a Southern Creative Places Grant from South Arts. The Traveling Show: Marion is made possible by the Jean Childs Family, Alabama chef Scott Peacock, and the Mayor’s Office of Marion.

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Lauri Stallings: conceptual artist and choreographer | Virginia Coleman, Christina Kelly, Mary Jane Pennington, Cailan Orn: moving artists  | Maggie Dinkins: fashion



2020 Florence, Alabama.  2019 May 23-26: Pasaquan, Buena Vista, Ga.
March 11-16: Marion, Alabama
2018: Walker County, Georgia
Opening September 23, 2013, Dalton, Georgia – ongoing
Walker County, Pasaquan, Athens, Gainesville, Rabun County, Gainesville, Monroe, Kingsland, Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden + Summerville, Tunnel Hill, Meriwether County, Griffin

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