multi-disciplinary artist, designer, and cultural producer who explores themes in society and identity through movement, language, and imagery.
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after serving the in the u.s. army and climbing the ladders of corporate America, maceo "paisley" keeling III made his way into the world of arts, entertainment, and entrepreneurship.
for the past decade maceo has danced professionally, performed on national stages as a spoken word and performance artist, as Executive Director of the non-profit platform Citizens of Culture, he uses art to help communities and organizations develop critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and resource inequality.
maceo is a bronze star awardee for his service in Iraq, in 2015 he was a participant of the Millennial Trains Project, and was a NBCUniversal Challenge Grant recipient, in 2016 he was a member of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs exhibition SKiN, opened Nous Tous gallery and retail space in Chinatown, Los Angeles and continues to work as a dancer/choreographer for the likes of indie rock sensation Beirut, Justin Timberlake, and performance art exhibits with groups like Marciano Art Foundation, and (LAND) Los Angeles Nomadic Division.
In 2018 maceo collaborated with director Leila Jarman, and composer Michael Sempert, to create the short film Dynamite that won the Grand Jury Award as well as the Social Justice Award from the 2019 In/Motion Film Festival. His first book Tao Of Maceo: Identity, Relationships,Work: A Journal On Living, is available from Correspondence Print where books are sold.
Photography by Daniel N. Johnson