Garage Arts Project

A DISTINCT IDENTITY

Our Mission

Garage Arts Project (GAP) is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing an intimate and immersive platform for artists and audiences to foster creativity, and goodwill, increase appreciation of the arts and strive for better cultural understanding.

Our Vision

Engage, collaborate and transform local communities through the power of creative expression.

Our Core Beliefs 

We believe that performing arts can provide a unique insight into our diverse and vibrant community. We believe that performing arts has the power to bring different cultural ethnicities and backgrounds together. We believe in providing a safe space for engagement, exploration, and exchange of ideas. 

Our Core Values

We value creativity, critical thinking, innovation, integration, collaboration, and partnerships.

Our Core Areas

  • Enhance – professional skill development through masterclasses and workshops

  • Engage – outreach programs in local communities 

  • Explore – promote inter and intra-cultural collaborations across different art forms

  • Enrich – organize festivals in intimate spaces thereby increasing artist/audience engagement and interaction

  • Experience – organize immersive retreats that would unite, build camaraderie, and create a wholesome experience

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OUR ROOTS

GAP was started by Renuka Rajagopalan in Plano, TX. She had invited some people to her garage dance studio for a low-key, intimate gig. Eight people gathered to enjoy Afro-Cuban live music and dancing and soon everyone realized how the experience transformed their view of such curated events.

Now, GAP has grown into a community of artists, hosts, and members getting together to curate events, both in-person and virtual. Our goal is to support and promote the work of performing artists by creating opportunities to network, collaborate, develop and advance their art.

Meet The Team

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Renuka Rajagopalan

Renuka Rajagopalan is an Indian Classical and Contemporary dancer,

Artist Facilitator and Founder of Garage Arts Project. A staunch believer in the arts, she is passionate about creating awareness of global art forms and connecting arts to an appreciative multi-cultural audience. She works ceaselessly to provide an immersive platform for artists and audience to promote community development through arts.

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Deepa Ramachandran

Deepa is a Carnatic violinist who finds great joy and purpose through music. Growing up in Salt Lake City and now living in Houston, she has performed extensively and has also been a part of numerous organizations promoting the arts. An engineering instructor by profession, Deepa also teaches violin, finds musicians to jam with wherever she goes, and believes her best moments in life have always happened while she was dabbling in music.

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Sandhya Raghuraman

A versatile artist and a talented dancer, Sandhya has a natural grace and spontaneity that bring out the sheer joy she experiences when dancing, which helps her connect both visually and emotionally with the audience. Sandhya sees art and beauty in everything around her - living and non-living. She believes that art has the power to unite people, engage with each other, to rise above differences and create something purposeful, unique and beautiful.

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Vaishnavi Rajagopalan

Vaishnavi Rajagopalan is a dancer, choreographer and performer of Bharatanatyam. Her love for dance as an evocative medium has inspired her to create events proliferating an appreciation for the classical arts. Her passion and energy towards performing arts have been the driving forces that enable her to delve deeper into the essence of these forms as a communicative and emotive medium.

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Divya Ganesan

A communicator by nature, an engineer by accident, a software professional by training, and a marketer by profession, Divya finds her passion in enabling people to tell their real stories.  With her knack for storytelling and creative talent, she hopes to show the world what GAP is about - a safe space for artistic exchange and collaboration.