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Artists and Social Change: When Creativity is the Revolution
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle, WA
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Artists and Social Change: When Creativity is the Revolution
Artists and Social Change: When Creativity is the Revolution
Panel Discussion
Friday, May 20, 7:00PM
Seattle Art Museum Plestcheeff Auditorium
Tickets: $10 General | $8 Students and Seniors | $5 SAM Members
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Seattle, WA  The Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas (CD Forum) presents in conjunction with Seattle Art Museum's exhibit Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth, a panel of local and national artists investigating the role artists play in responding to violence, social issues, and change. Cave's "soundsuits" were initially created in response to the Rodney King incident of 1991. This panel will explore how artists use creative expression to elicit meaningful transformation in the communities where they work, while also challenging assumptions about individuals too often marginalized. The panel discussion will feature local writer, blogger, and radio personality, Sakara Remmu aka Sable Verity; rapper and musician, Khalil Equiano aka Khingz; founder of the Pongo Teen Writing Project, Richard Gold; filmmaker Tanisha Brady-Christie and moderator Jamala Henderson of KUOW.

About Sable Verity, Radio Personality
Sakara Remmu aka Sable Verity is a reporter and commentator based in Seattle who runs The Sable Verity Social Commentary, covering social and political issues for KBCS Radio and a number of online and print news outlets. She is also the creator of the 2010 Project, a website which tracks incidents of youth, gun and gang violence in the greater Seattle area, exploring its impact on policy, laws, communities and the families of those murdered.

About Khingz, Rapper and Musician
The name, Khingz, conjures images of privileged entitlement. Ironic then that the MC chose his moniker in homage to the civil rights leader he misunderstood (and slightly reviled) as a child. Heart break, funerals, friendship, love, awkward dates, immigration, patriotism, ego, fashion, and identity are all subjects Khingz touches upon with skill and emotion. In his own words, "It is my goal to exemplify the old saying that MC means move the crowd." Khingz sees music as a crucible and an examination of the worthiness of the traditions by which we live. From Slaveships to Spaceships, his last official release, was a critically acclaimed concept album focusing on the personal journey toward liberation of a man caught between a love and hate of his self and the world in which he lives.

About Richard Gold, Pongo Teen Writing Project
Gold founded the Pongo Teen Writing Project, a nonprofit that offers therapeutic creative writing programs to adolescents who are homeless, in jail, in psychiatric care, or in other ways leading difficult lives. Many Pongo authors have suffered early childhood trauma, such as abuse and neglect, today they use poetry to communicate their experiences and feelings for the first time. In its 15 years, Pongo has worked with over 5,000 teens, published 500 teens in 12 anthologies, and given away over 12,500 books to distressed youth.

Before founding Pongo, Richard was managing editor of Microsoft Press. Richard's own poetry, The Odd Puppet Odyssey, with illustrations by his wife Celeste Ericsson, was published by Black Heron Press in 2003. In 2010, Richard was named a Microsoft Integral Fellow, honored for his work with Pongo, by the Microsoft Alumni Foundation.

About Tanisha Christie, Aya Arts and Media
With two decades in the creative industries, Tanisha Christie is an award-winning interdisciplinary performing artist, educator, activist, director and producer who has performed and taught in a variety of settings from community centers to schools, to prisons and regional theaters. As Assistant Director of the former Living Stage Theatre Company, one of the pre-eminent theater for social change in the U.S., she led hundreds of workshops in improvisational theatre and performance making. Her experimental short film, flag/body - a post 9/11 exploration of black feminine citizenry has been shown in the U.S. Australia and Denmark. She recently returned from her family's native country, Panama, where she co-produced, facilitated and performed in Groundwater/Agua/Tierra: A Listening Project with Baraka de Solei, Awilda Rodriquez and Katie Zien. She created a short film for the Agua/Tierra project that she is developing into a longer experimental documentary. She is currently co-producing/directing Walk With Me - a feature length documentary that follows three generations of women of color who use theater to inspire, stir and animate/reclaim our democracy with filmmaker Ellie Walton. With a BFA in performance from Arizona State and MA in Media Studies from The New School, her creative work has been recognized by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Humanities Council of DC, the Puffin Foundation and the United States Embassy in Panama.

About Jamala Henderson, KUOW
Before coming to KUOW, Henderson studied film and video at The Evergreen State College where she received her B.A. After several years of working in the video field, she began to pursue radio while working for the University of Washington's television station, UWTV. She started off hosting some shows at KBCS, a volunteer radio station over in Bellevue, and then worked at the Evergreen Radio Reading Service for several years as a Broadcaster.

Co-presented by Seattle Art Museum



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