The Journey 

On the Texas Commission for the Arts Artist in Education Roster, Dorsey-Outlaw enjoyed an

extended residency at The Community Artists’ Collective.  She developed self-discovery workshops for young people, a widely popular Coffee Talk series for performing artists, and a successful exhibition at its conclusion.  At The Austin Children’s Museum, she was the solo artist for a series of decorative arts workshops and exhibitions for young children, and in Houston, participated in various exhibitions, including her installation, “What You Getting, Baby? – A Hair Museum” in Round 4 at Project Rowhouses. 


                        First artist in residence and community liaison in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Education Department.  A Place for All People was a 5 year grant, funded by the Lila Wallace-Readers’ Digest Fund. Marsha’s three year residency was a collaboration with artists, writers, community leaders and museum curators and staff. As liaison to The Third Ward community, she administered creative and social programs with a sensitivity to those traditionally underserved by the museum’s main campus and permanent collection. As museum Project Manager, the community focus expanded to the Oak Forest neighborhood and the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. She composed, promoted and facilitated programs and festivals to increase public awareness of the communities’ artists and crafts persons living in their midst and within themselves. Group exhibitions during that residency included Call and Response and pop up show, Cleo’s Simple Life. 


Her public education experience enhanced nutrition and cancer prevention programs at U.T. MD Anderson Cancer Center. She managed the Too Cool to Smoke Outreach Puppet Troupe, which employed the art of Bunraku to educate children and their families about the dangers of tobacco exposure.


 Since 2006,

as Cultured Pearls Creative, Marsha is a certified enrichment instructor with HISD, PISD and HCDE and a member of Young Audiences of Houston, facilitating successful school residencies from Harris to Matagorda County. Exploring world cultures through the uniqueness of their crafts, they explore the form, function and spiritual significance of their tools and adornments. Her fun and encyclopedic survey of world art is both aligned with TEKS and flexible to support

multiple disciplines. The first art instructor in the United States to be trained in the administration of the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). Trained in the

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for visual art (IB). Composed the first IB high school fine art curriculum for St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Houston. She has led ceramics and mosaic experiences for three communities of elders at The Forum at Memorial Woods, Houston.


Supported by The Periwinkle Foundation, she was Texas Children’s Cancer Center’s Making a Mark artist for 2006 and 2010, facilitating art workshops for pediatric patients in the clinics and creating studio work for auction. Witty ceramics and decorative pieces refer to domestic life and roles through the integration of ancient iconography, product labels or household items.  With a broad range of collectors, her assemblages “celebrate and challenge ancestral motifs and motives.”  She amplifies her creative voice through mixed media public mosaics in Houston like Raiment, a mosaic clad sensory sculpture at Emancipation Park, Vigango’s Stoop, a streetscape enhancement and mosaics at Peggy Park, both on Almeda Road in Third Ward, Houston. SPARK Parks include mosaics at Hartsfield, Piney Point, Eleanor Tinsley and Roberts Elementaries. Private Collectors include Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Vernon Reid, Corey Glover, Benjamin Harney, Melanie Lawson and the Kroger Stores.

Houston, Texas

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