festival:festival presents and supports artists and cultural workers in Seattle. They remove barriers that separate art experiences into genre-specific programs and they celebrate creative representations of intersectional structures and identities. festival:festival excels in investing in artists and cultural workers who have been historically underrepresented due to systemic injustice. They create empowering experiences rooted in artistic rigor through dialogues of joy, resilience, and beauty, striving to build a sustainable and accessible arts community.
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Visual Art Reception
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Performances by Alice Gosti, Michele Dooley, Mikhail Calliste
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Art Exhibition Open to Public
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Films by J Mase III + Clyde Petersen
For more information about the festival, artists, and programs featured at other venues, please visit festivalfestival.art.
ALICE GOSTI is an Italian-American choreographer, hybrid performance artist, curator and architect of experiences, working between Seattle and Europe since 2008.
Gosti’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, commissions and residencies including being a recipient of the 2013 Vilcek Creative Promise in Dance Award, the 2012 ImPulsTanz danceWEB scholarship, the 2015 inaugural Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Program as a Director, the Bossak/Heilbron Award, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture Award, an Artist Trust GAP Grant, an Artist Trust Fellowship, and a 2016 NEFA National Dance Project Grant. Gosti was also a McColl Center for the Arts+Innovation Artist in Residency, Italian Council awardee, two-time Cornish Artist Incubator Awardee, Velocity Dance Center’s 2015 Artist-in-Residence, is Seattle University 2016 Artist-in-Residence and University of Washington’s bst artist in residency.
Gosti’s work has been commissioned and presented nationally, by On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, Seattle Art Museum, Intiman Theatre, Vilcek Foundation at the Joyce (NY), ODC Theater (SF) as part of the SCUBA national touring network, Risk/Rewards Festival (PDX) and Performance Works Northwest (PDX). Internationally, her works have been presented in Italy by Associazione Culturale Dance Gallery, Teatro Stabile Dell’Umbria, Premio Equilibrio Roma, Rassegna per la Giovane Danza D’Autore, Anticorpi XL, FAST di Terni, Verdecoprente/Associazione Ippocampo and Museo Civico di Palazzo della Penna.
Dance Magazine has described Gosti’s work as “unruly yet rigorous, feminine yet rebellious, task-like yet mischievous“, and SeattleDances.org described How to become a partisan as, “hypnotic, meditative, and profoundly beautiful, it left you with a certain sense of calm despite the heavy issues at its core.”
Gosti has worked as a performer and collaborator with artists Sara Shelton Mann, Keith Hennessy, Carolyn Carlson, Mark Haim, amongst others. She is the founder of Yellow Fish // Epic Durational Performance Festival, the world’s only festival dedicated exclusively to durational performance—international artists create original performances presented at at various sites throughout Seattle.
Alice loves planes. http://gostia.com
ARAMIS O. HAMER
Aramis O. Hamer is a visual artist and muralist living in Seattle, WA. Her subject matter is inspired by the cosmos, music, nature, divine femininity, and the complexities throughout the Black culture. From a very young age she always loved to create, but at the age of fifteen she discovered her love for acrylic paints. With the supportive art community in the Pacific Northwest, Aramis has been able to exhibit her colorful creations at many different exhibitions in the greater Seattle area- including the EMP Museum, Paramount Theater, Martyr Sauce Gallery, Columbia City Gallery, and more. Aramis created the iconic purple goddess in 2016 for KEXP radio station at Seattle Center which became a catalyst to her art career. You can find many of her designs all over the city including Jimi Hendrix Park. As a self-taught artist, Aramis lets the pull of her imagination be her guide. Her adventure is just beginning, and she invites others to join her on this journey. Learn more about Aramis’ work at www.aohamer.com
Clyde Petersen is a Seattle-based artist, working in film, animation, music, installation and fabulous spectacle. He is a proud member of the transgender and queer communities in Seattle. Clyde is the director of Torrey Pines, an autobiographical stop-motion animated feature film, which premiered in October 2016 and toured the world with a live score.
He travels the world with his punk band Your Heart Breaks and hosts the internet film series Boating with Clyde, in a small handmade boat in the Washington Park Arboretum. His work has been featured around the world in museums, galleries and DIY venues.
Clyde is currently working on two new feature films and has a solo exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum through April 2019.
“My journey with art began as a small child. I was raised in a strict evangelical household which meant that my mom prohibited me from playing with Barbie’s and Disney characters. For each of my birthday parties and holiday gifts I would always receive coloring books, knitting needles, sewing kits, and art sets. I grew up knowing I was an artistic person and always had the desire to be constantly creating; be it clothing, drawings, or paintings. I had the privilege to attend independent private schools from the seventh grade onwards. I graduated in 2018 with my Bachelor’s degree in studio arts, concentrating in oil painting. During this time I was constantly the only Latinx person in the classroom. The painting process became a creative outlet and a vehicle to healing. I oftentimes felt isolated and struggled to connect with my classmates due to the difference in our lived experiences. I am grateful to my God, my mother, and my ancestors for all the opportunities their sacrifices have paved for me. I create art to document my truth and share this with the viewer, but also to show how proud I am of my culture. I strive to maintain honesty in my work using composition, color, and gestures.”
Izzi Vasquez is a Mexican-American designer and illustrator from Texas. Her colorful, irreverent work celebrates shameless joy, rage, and silliness. She draws inspiration from her own body, Catholic iconography without the guilt, and the culture and critters of Southwest Texas.
J MASE III
J Mase III is a Black/trans/queer poet and educator based in Seattle, by way of Philly. He is the author of If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell my Kidney I was the Fiercest Poet Around, as well as And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer’s Reflections on Grief, Unemployment, and Inappropriate Jokes about Death.
As an educator, J Mase III has worked with thousands of community members in the US, the UK, and Canada on the needs of LGBTQIA youth and adults in spaces such as K-12 schools, universities, faith communities, and restricted care facilities among others.
He is the founder of awQward, the first ever trans and queer people of color specific talent agency. Currently, he is co-editing The #BlackTransPrayerBook with awQward artist Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi.
As a performer, he has shared stages with world renowned artists like Chuck D and the Indigo Girls. His work and musings have been featured on MSNBC, NBC OUT, Essence Live, Atlanta Black Star, GO Magazine, Believe Out Loud, Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous, Upworthy, the New York Times, Buzzfeed, the Root, the Huffington Post and more.
Jessica Ry’cheal is an interdiscplinary storyteller and Art Director from Macon, Georgia. Ry’cheal received a BFA from Georgia Southern University. After spending a few years cultivating her talents in the southeast, Ry’cheal relocated to Seattle. She’s carved space for herself in the Pacific Northwest with a career in commercial design strategy, and her debut photography exhibition Everyday Black at the Northwest African-American Museum. However, her healing journey and a few intuitive guides led Rycheal back to her first love, writing. In this medium, Ry’cheal explores themes of self-healing, generational trauma, and self-love.
Though the disciplines in which Jessica Ry’cheal works vary, the common thread unifying her diverse mediums of expression is storytelling. Her passion for storytelling is rooted in a love for people and advocacy for holistic black liberation. It is this love and passion that yield the emotive, impactful, and relatable body of work for which Ry’cheal is known.
Michele Dooley is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she also began her dance training at The Institute of the Arts under the direction of Cheryl Gaines Jenkins. She graduated from the High School for Creative and Performing Arts under the direction of LaDeva Davis. She then went on to study dance at The University of the Arts, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. While earning her degree, she became a company member of Eleone Dance Theatre where she danced for three seasons. She currently resides in Seattle, Washington and is a company member of Spectrum Dance Theater under the direction of Donald Byrd. Michele has trained at Bates Summer Intensive, BalletX summer program, and DCNS Summer Dance Intensive. She has had the privilege to work with choreographers such as Gary Jeter, Tommie Waheed-Evans, Dara Meredith, Milton Myers, Nora Gibson, Donald Byrd and Ronen Koresh amongst others.
Photo by Nate Waters courtesy of Spectrum Dance Theater.
At a young age, Trinidad and Tobago native Mikhail Calliste migrated to New York City where he began his training at The Martha Graham School. Soon after, Calliste joined the professional training program at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, where he was then immersed in many dance forms. After graduating from Talent Unlimited High School, Calliste furthered his training in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at The University of the Arts where he acquired a BFA in Dance in 2018 under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield as a director’s full scholarship recipient.During this time, Calliste performed works by Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Ronald K. Brown, Mark Haim, Douglas Becker, and Netta Yerushalmy among others. Calliste recently finished his season with Spectrum Dance Theatre 2018/19, and will be returning for a second season 2019/20, with Spectrum Dance Theatre.
Ryna Frankel makes sculptures, paintings, and installations that usually involve the color pink. She likes to think that color is useful in creating tone in artwork, and pink has fun, girly, happy, cute, and oppressive references. Originally from Chicago, Ryna has been living and working in Seattle since 2015 when she moved to pursue her MFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of Washington.
ADDITIONAL FESTIVAL ARTISTS
barry johnson is a self-taught interdisciplinary artist who creates work about race, community and culture. He’s held residencies throughout the Puget Sound region as well as Hawaii, Tulum and Argentina as well. barry recently authored and illustrated a children’s book titled, Oh What Wonderful hair, and self-published in (2017). barry has also spoken at a TEDx event in 2018 about the power of creating multiple personas to aid you in your career. He has received multiple grants and awards including the Edwin T. Pratt Award, smART Ventures award, the 2018 GAP Award and he was a finalist for the Conductive Garboil Grant in 2018. Currently barry resides in Federal Way but is native to Topeka, Kansas. His career as an artist has allowed him to show work in all mediums across the world and he’s also worked as a strategist to help brands establish tone and voice in the tech, entertainment and advertising industry.
CarLarans (pronounced Car-La-Ronz) is an Electro-Soul and Hip-Hop artist cornbred fed from the Midwest, now making money moves in the PNW. With sultry vocals, catchy melodies, and real life content with influences from soul, electronic, hip-hop, and trap, his pageantry of a performance is a must-see event! After a colorful and ‘carleidoscopic’ evening with this QtPoC singer, rapper, and fashion qween, expect to leave feeling SEXY, FREE, POWERFUL, and ready to KiKi huntyy! We are kicking down the doors of bigotry and racism and making places and spaces for ALL of our QTPoC fam and other oppressed communities!
Ancestral Lineages: European, Ilokano, Matao/CHamoru
Dakota Camacho is a multi-disciplinary artist / researcher working in spaces of indigenous life ways, performance, musical composition, community engagement, and education.
Camacho holds a Masters of Arts in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender & Women’s Studies as a First Wave Urban Arts and Hip Hop Scholar.
Camacho is a chanter, adjunct instructor, and core researcher for I Fanlalai’an Oral History Project based at the University of Guåhan.
Camacho co-founded I Moving Lab, an inter-national, inter-cultural, inter-tribal, and inter-disciplinary arts collective that creates community and self-funded arts initiatives to engage and bring together rural & urban communities, Universities, Museums, & performing arts institutions.
Camacho has worked at festivals, universities, and community organizations as a public speaker, facilitator, composer and performer across Turtle Island (USA), Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia, Sweden, and South Africa.
Jasmine Iona Brown was born in the midwest and traveled to five continents before settling in the Pacific NW. She earned her B.F.A. at Howard University and her M.A. in African Studies from UCLA. She is fascinated with the human face and strives to convey the narratives of marginalized people. Brown created the photo series, Black Teen Wearing Hoodie, as a public art project in 2017. The model is reading a book or playing an instrument. The series is in remembrance of the 5 year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s tragic murder and a reminder that black kids in hoodies are just kids.
JusMoni aka Moni Tep (b. 1993) is a singer and songwriter whose body of work, to-date, includes five self-produced albums, performances across the United States and Canada, and collaborations with the best and brightest emerging talent of the contemporary R&B music scene. She is as steeped in R&B, with its roots in the Black church, as she is in the traditional music and practices of her motherland Cambodia. Her songs relate narratives of motherhood, spiritual transformation, the blood’s memory, and family tradition. JusMoni lives and works in Seattle, WA.
Kayla Shimizu is a Seattle-based graphic designer and illustrator, having earned her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in the summer of 2019. Her work focuses on digital illustrations made into tactile deliverables, ranging from embroidery to screen print.
Olivia Thomas—aka LIV—is a Pacific Northwest Native who at her core, values creativity, collaboration, and the service of others. Keeping her family and friends at the forefront of all that drives her, she uses her love and obsession of music, mixed with a knack for entrepreneurship, to bring what she feels is a “dope sound and vison” to her audience. Mimicking the northwest weather, she describes her music as, laidback, sometimes dark, but always soulful.
At the age of 29, LIV has spent that last 6 years writing and performing as well as earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree, and successfully managed and performed in the Hip Hop soul group “Genevieve”. Her first solo EP “5 Summers” is a reflection piece that touches on the love and loss she experienced during the journey through those years as well as what it takes to get out of your own way and be whoever you want. Be damned anyone else.
Xavier Roache is a Seattle based artist of color who is passionate about self expression through visual art and building community through his work. Since he graduated from Alfred University in 2016, his art has been showcased across the United States and has collaborated with artists in London and Australia. In addition to teaching classes at some of Seattle’s most elite visual art institutions, Gage Academy of the Arts and Seattle Art Museum Roache continues to explore and develop new ways to approach his craft.
“I’m Tenzing Lhamo Dorjee and I’m an illustrator, cartoonist, animator, and designer born and raised here in Washington. I use my skills in storytelling and drawing to connect to my Tibetan heritage and with other Tibetans around the world.”
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Diana is an urban planner and public art advocate with two years of experience split between Boston, Charlotte, and Seattle. They earned their Master’s in Urban Planning from UW, specializing in urban design. They are passionate about designing cities for people and dismantling racism, classism, and ableism in shared spaces. Recently they represented Capitol Hill on a panel to select public artists for the Washington State Convention Center expansion project. In their spare time, they draw and paint elements of the cityscape.
David Rue is a dance artist born in Liberia, and raised in Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of individualized studies that combined Journalism, English, and Dance. From 2011–2015, he performed with TU Dance (directed by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands) in St. Paul, MN where he danced the works of Dwight Rhoden, Camille A. Brown, Greg Dolbashian, Katrin Hall, and Uri Sands. David has worked with Seattle based choreographers Dani Tirrell, Zoe Scofield, and Ella Mahler. He holds an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and works as the Public Engagement Associate at Seattle Art Museum.
Program & Volunteer Manager
Laura Friedman is an artist living in Seattle, trying their best to make work from the heart, and to support others in doing the same. Laura makes artworks which probe the intelligibility of gender identity as a category of lived experience, while simultaneously recognizing the necessity and emancipatory potential of discourses of gender identity in human becoming. Laura currently makes art with young people through the Seattle-based organization Young Women Empowered. They are excited about the healing potential of art making and sharing and celebrating, and are grateful to be a part of festival:festival again this year.
Juan Franco Ricardo
Juan Franco Ricardo is a visual and performing artist, curator, and community organizer. Born in Bogotá (Muisca Territory) and currently based in Seattle (Coast Salish Territory), they ground creative practice in their queer, brown, immigrant identity and in solidarity across these communities. As an artist, Juan constructs image-based works with the aid of film and digital cameras, flatbed scanners, and found imagery while exploring the metaphors and histories of the chemical and digital process. As an organizer, Juan is Co-Founder and Co-Director of festival:festival, a public, visual and performing arts festival in Seattle. festival:festival presents and supports artists and cultural workers in Seattle.
Juan has been named the 2019 Neddy at Cornish Curator beginning in September of 2019. They hold an MA in Art History from the University of Washington and a BFA in Photography from Cornish College of the Arts.
Carl Lawrence (b. 1992) is a Seattle-based artist and director whose work oscillates between performance, installation, and visual art. He has presented work locally and nationally at venues such as The Watermill Center, On the Boards, ITINERANT Performance Art Festival, Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), Olson Kundig, Yellow Fish Epic Durational Performance Festival XIV, and Next Fest NW 2014. His most recent work entitled ✞aaaa✞, which premiered at Base: Experimental Arts + Space in March 2019, was called a “spectacular demonstration of multidisciplinary work” by Seattle Dances. Lawrence is the Co-Founder of festival:festival and is excited to return for his third year! Photo by Juan Franco.