The Maroon Arts Group (MAG) is a collective of creatives who have galvanized to develop and provide a platform for conscious art centered around the preservation and promotion of cultures of African descent. As a result of being turned away from local theatres that promote African American art, a group of artists led by Sheri Neale, galvanized to bring the Baltimore, MD play, A Real Nigga Show to Columbus, Ohio in February 2015 with a sold out audience and a more than 100 person waiting list. A Real Nigga Show is a theatrical collection, directed by Troy Burton from Baltimore, Maryland, of short stories that depict the various stereotypes and sentiments associated with the “n word” and its implications in today’s society. MAG has also developed creative conversations around this controversial concept, A N___*
W o r d E x p e r i e n c e , to educate and perpetuate the multiple meanings of the “ n w o r d ” . M A G has also brought an original production of local artists that captures the internal conflict of reaching one’s fullest potential, B lack Staccato. In efforts to continue its mission, MAG continues to provide a platform for conscious art with its monthly “open mic” sessions, ROOTS: An Open Expression of Identity and with its new endeavor Movement Pursuing Arts, Commerce & Community (M PACC).