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.
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festival:festival is partially funded through an Art Projects grant from 4Culture. Help pay festival:festival artists, curators, and organizers through their Kickstarter fundraising campaign with a tax-deductible donation, made here.
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.