Performing Group

MAPS (Music Art Puppet Sound, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates and implements exceptional arts programming for community engaged art.  MAPS makes exciting, hands-on arts experiences using many types of media including visual arts, puppetry, painting, sculpture, sound, music composition, dance and video works.  In our community engaged programming, we strive to create imaginative art-making spaces where participants can thrive as they explore a range of artistic media. We hope to spark deep curiosity about ideas and process, encourage creative friendships and give participants the freedom to play and invent. We believe that creative practice can provide emotional relief in difficult circumstances.  MAPS is at once an experimental art playground, a space for creative discourse, an arts collective producing multidisciplinary works and an educational program.

Since 2018, MAPS has been bringing exciting, arts-based curricula to public schools, community organizations, museums, libraries and more. MAPS engages participants in creative practice and dialogue through the use of visual art, theater arts, puppetry and music composition.  In all of our work, whether it is a socially engaged performance, art show, or community based program, we bring social and emotional considerations into our practice, prioritizing curiosity and experimentation in all that we do.

Primary Discipline



Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts and Health
Cultural Preservation
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Writing Services
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Cultural Education
Curriculum Development
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Audio or Video Recording
Film Preproduction / Production / Editing Services
Professional Development / Training
Film Showings
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Network Gatherings / Events
Residency - Community
Virtual Events
Community Arts


  • two times a Teaching Fellow Academy of Teachers


  • Co-Founder Rachel Sherk has a BFA from Bennington College and an MA from NYU's Gallatin. Co-founder Aaron Rourk studied Improvisational Music Composition through the CUNY Baccalaureate Program and holds an MFA in Sonic Arts from Brooklyn College.

Additional Information

  • Year founded: 2018
  • Is a Teaching Artist
  • Is a Touring Artist
  • Approx. 10 events per year
  • Geographic Reach: City/Town-wide, County-wide, Surrounding Counties/Region, State-wide, Surrounding States/Region, Nationally, Internationally
  • Seasons active: Year round