Producer + Host, Outrspaces
Maria Corpuz is a Filipina-American woman from the suburbs of Omaha, Nebraska. She is working to heal both the colonizer and the colonized blood that has flowed from her ancestors into her. By doing this, Maria believes that she can be an aide in building the bridge across the divides that exist within her community. Maria started to practice her passion of serving others during her time at Creighton University in the School of Journalism, Media and Computing. In the summer of 2016, she was selected to pursue an opportunity at the border in Nogales, AZ and Mexico to film a documentary, El Deportado. While grappling with the identification of the American Dream that was sold to her immigrant family, she watched as dozens of people were turned away from the exact dream they had benefited from. Once back in Omaha, Maria realized the power that individual stories have when it comes to policy. She started to explore ways in which she could use her strengths to lead collaborative conversations in order to improve her community. Maria has worked across multiple platforms including community journalism efforts, grassroots GOTV campaigns and a variety of art events to encourage communal participation. She found that her passion lies in building the relationship between art, policy and community. In 2018, she founded Nite Caps, a late-night show that impacts the community culture by hosting conversations for those that hold diverse influences and perspectives within Omaha. Non-profit community leaders, artists, politicians and activists alike gather to discuss topics relevant to today’s socio-political climate. Nite Caps is a quasi-townhall remix that provocatively engages her guests and audience to consider alternative perspectives on important issues. Now, Corpuz has not only recognized her passion for civic education, art and community building, but she is constantly finding new ways to expand the quest to bring others into the fold. She has worked for folks touring in the music industry to folks campaigning in her own neighborhood. She believes that every piece of art, conversation, policy and person exists with a purpose to further the progress of our society.