Abid is one of a small number of female sculptors to rise to the top of her field. Her commitment to her artistic career is illustrated by her continuous pursuit and participation in art residencies, art exhibitions, art fairs, symposiums and workshops. She has exhibited her exquisite work nationally and internationally including in Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Mauritius, Nepal, Kenya, Dubai, Bolivia, Germany, Russia, UK, USA and won many awards, grants, fellowships and in 2019 received Art Innovator Award. Her work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums throughout the world and been published in books, catalogues and newspapers internationally. Many documentaries have been produced on Abid’s work and two of them by PBS KCTS9 TV and Seattle Channel got nominated for NW Emmy Awards. Abid was born, raised and got education in Pakistan. She moved to United Sates about 12 years ago and now lives and works between both countries.
Donald Byrd (He/Him)
|Dance / Choreography|
Donald Byrd, TONY nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award-winning (The Minstrel Show), is the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater (Seattle). He was Artistic Director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, founded in Los Angeles and later based in New York, that toured extensively, nationally and internationally. He has created dances for many leading dance companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and Dance Theater of Harlem–among others–and worked extensively in theater and opera, nationally and internationally, including The New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, Seattle Opera, San Fransisco Opera and The Dutch National Opera. Awards, prizes, and fellowships include James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award given to a Washington State artist of any discipline whose work demonstrates exceptional originality, Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts (Cornish College of the Arts, Masters of Choreography Award (The Kennedy Center), Fellow at The American Academy of Jerusalem, James Baldwin Fellow of United States Artists, Resident Fellow of The Rockefeller Center Bellagio, Italy, Fellow at the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue (Harvard), and The Mayor’s Arts Award for Sustained Contribution to the City of Seattle.
I am an art entrepreneur and visual educator. My career began with commercial photography while studying in Austin, Texas. My creative practice expanded into art direction while living in New York City. Clients include: Annie Leibovitz, Martha Stewart Living, MTV, Whole Foods Market, City of Seattle, and The Wing Luke Museum. My current studio practice focuses on designing and producing public art installations and curating gallery exhibitions that examines the issues of citizenship, displacement, standardization, and the construction of identities. My work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across North America and held within public art collections.
Davin Diaz is the founder of DrewBoy Creative (DBC). DBC is founded on the idea that the experience is the most important objective for an organization. Through the arts, DBC develops art exhibitions and events that create experiences that stimulate conversation and community development by celebrating and supporting amateur, outsider, and professional artists. They prioritize and promote art from individuals who are emerging artists, from diverse and/or marginalized backgrounds, and/or challenge the traditional school of thought related to art. Since opening DBC has hosted 30 art shows, two film festivals, filmed two documentaries, and produced a book. Davin is a multi-media artist, filmmaker, mentor, supporter, and promoter of other artists, as well as a community leader and advocate for underrepresented communities. He currently serves on the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the first and only Latino to chair the Tri-Cities Legislative Council. Davin is the founder of the Tri-Cities Latino Coalition, and is a former member of the Richland City Arts Commission. He was instrumental in establishing the region’s first TEDx talks, as well as developing several public art projects. Davin has held leadership positions on numerous community endeavors focused on increasing access to the arts. “Art has the ability to create a dialogue around difficult subjects like racism, addiction, and physical abuse; subjects that we often shy away from. Art is a door, not only of expression, but into the fabric that connects us as humans,” said Davin. Davin lives in West Richland with his beautiful wife and two wonderful daughters.
Ginger is an arts educator, advocate and administer in Spokane. She began her career as the Curator for Cultural Literacy at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) where she developed and administered many successful programs. This includes an in- depth professional development program for regional high-school students interested in becoming exhibit interpreters; a K-20 American Indian educational program; and a monthly after-hours program meant to draw in new museum goers. At the MAC Ginger also helped to curate many exhibitions and was trained in Visual Thinking Strategies, a student-centered teaching methodology centered around art. Ginger is currently the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the arts non-profit Terrain, which builds community and economic opportunity for the artists, makers, and culture creators of the Inland Northwest. In addition to putting on large-scale, annual events, Terrain runs a permanent gallery space, a performing arts space, a retail storefront, an arts-driven beautification program, and a professional development program for Creative Entrepreneurs. Ginger also sits on the Spokane Arts Commission, the Washington State Arts Commission, and a Joint Arts Committee helping to select public artwork going into Spokane’s regional parks. She also loves dogs, especially pugs.
Alma García (She/Her)
I am a fiction writing teacher as well as a manuscript consultant at the Hugo House in Seattle who specializes in both fiction and nonfiction; I am also a former journalist. My short stories have appeared as an award-winner in Narrative Magazine, Passages North, and Boulevard and have appeared most recently in Kweli Journal and elsewhere. I hold an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona and am a past recipient of a fellowship from the Rona Jaffe Foundation. My full-length manuscript, El Paso: A Novel, is currently on submission to publishers.
Antonio is passionate about connecting learners of all ages with compelling cultural stories and inspiring arts experiences. A former K-12 teacher, he manages economically and culturally accessible education programs at Tacoma Arts Live, where he also designs curricula, as he has done for various arts nonprofits and public media projects. As a percussionist, Tony specializes in Afro-Latin, Mediterranean, and Arabic genres. He performs with Trío Guadalevín, the Eurasia Consort, and the national touring music-dance production Tango del Cielo. He has studied in Cuba, Argentina, Panamá, Spain, Italy, and Morocco. Artist Trust awarded Tony a 2018 J.W. Ray Venture Project for Ramas & Raíces – a transnational music project between Mexico and Washington state. He has been a frequent speaker for Humanities Washington on arts and culture and is a former Jubilation Foundation Fellow in arts education. He holds an MA in education from the University of California, Berkeley and BA from the University of Puget Sound.
Sara Marie Ortiz (Pueblo of Acoma) is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, graduating with her BFA in Creative Writing, and graduated with her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Creative Nonfiction) from Antioch University Los Angeles. She’s formally studied law, Indigenous education, global self-determination in Indigenous communities, radio, theater, film, and has worked in some capacity in Native Education and urban Native community advocacy for over twenty-three years. Ms. Ortiz is an author and public speaker with over sixteen years of publishing, editing, and speaking credits to her name with publications in such prestigious publications as the Kenyon Review, the Denver Quarterly, the Yellow Medicine Review, and Indian Country Today and currently serves as the Native Education Program Manager for Highline Public Schools and is the Urban Representative for the Washington State Native American Education Advisory Committee to the Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction.
E.T. Russian is a multi-sensory artist, storyteller, animator, and maker of zines and comics. Russian is the author of The Ring of Fire Anthology and has been published in a number of books and periodicals including Disability in American Life: An Encyclopedia of Concepts, Politics, and Controversies, PEN Magazine, The Stranger, The Seattle Weekly, Real Change, When Language Runs Dry, The Graphic Medicine Manifesto, and Gay Genius. Russian’s graphic journalism is currently in the international exhibition “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well Drawn” hosted by the National Library of Medicine. Russian’s forthcoming video comic installation DOUBLE CLEAR opens December 2019 at Seattle’s Hedreen Gallery. Russian is Co-Director of the documentary Third Antenna, and has received support from Art Matters, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Art & Culture, Jack Straw Foundation and the University of Washington.