Artist Mentorship Night / Seattle
September 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pmFREE
ABOUT THIS EVENT:
Sometimes the art world can seem impenetrable. How can you as an artist break into it? And once you’ve broken into it, how do you make it? This informal mentorship and networking event gives artists of all disciplines a chance to sit down with artists in small groups for casual conversations about opportunities, issues, and challenges in the arts world.
This event is FREE and open to artists of all disciplines looking to connect with mentors and resources to support their work.
RSVP required as space is limited.
ABOUT THE MENTORS:
Jade Solomon Curtis is an interdisciplinary artist interested in the body as an artifact of memory, space and time as well as the founder of Solo Magic, a non-profit arts initiative with the mission, “Activism is the Muse.” Since beginning her solo career in 2015, her work has been presented by the Seattle Art Museum, Central District Forum for Art & Ideas (“It Is My Existence”), Grammy Award-winning jazz composer, John Clayton (NYC), the Seattle International Dance Festival, Northwest African American Museum (Jacob Lawrence, “The Great Migration”) Velocity and Spectrum Dance Theater (SDT). In 2016, Curtis was selected to tour Cuba as part of, Common Ground Music Project; and her solo, “Emancipation” was produced as part of the landmark exhibition, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic. Curtis received her BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University and is the recipient of fellowships, grants, and residencies from the University of South Carolina, Central District Forum for Art & Ideas, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Artist Trust, 4Culture and Base Experimental + Arts. A celebrated soloist of Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, she is also the subject of an Emmy Award-winning short film directed by Ralph Bevins (Seattle Channel).
Marita Dingus was born and raised in the greater Seattle area. She attended parochial schools where the nuns encouraged her talents, using mimeographed copies of her drawings as images for her classmates to color in 5th grade. During high school, her brother-in-law questioned why she never drew Black people, awakening her self-consciousness. Marita attended Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and studied abroad in Rome. After earning her BFA, she enrolled in a study abroad program in Morocco. This first-hand exposure to African art, changed her focus from painting to sculpture at San Jose State, where she earned her MFA. She later completed Seattle Art Museum’s African Art training program. Whenever she can, Marita visits the Caribbean, Africa, and South America to harvest inspiration and ideas that can be incorporated into her art. She continues to maintain her childhood home in Auburn where she raises goats, chickens, and two cats.
Leilani Lewis is a Seattle-born creative arts administrator and communications professional who is passionate about social justice, art, and culture. She has demonstrated experience with forging critical partnerships across organizations and building collaborative projects to support artists and fellow administrators. As a Seattle University alumna and graduate of Leadership Tomorrow, Ms. Lewis’s work is driven by her strongly held values of compassionate, servant leadership, creating connections across difference, and lifting as we climb. She lives her values through her team building efforts centered on inclusive practices in her current role as Assistant Director of Diversity Communications. She also spends much of her time as an active volunteer, board member, and mentor within the arts community. Leilani Lewis’s work in art and in life is to clear away obstacles that stand in the pathways of equity, cultural production, and excellence.
Lisa Myers Bulmash is a collage and book artist who works primarily in acrylics, paper and found objects. Informally trained, Myers Bulmash began her career making handmade cards. After her father’s death in 2006, the artist felt compelled to take more personal risks in her creative life. Questions of identity, family relationships and the human impulse toward sanctuary now drive most of her work. The artist aims to nudge the viewer into recognizing our shared stories, especially those narratives that are usually experienced in isolation. Myers Bulmash is the winner of a 2016 Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, an award to support artists with children under age 18. She has served as a public speaker for Artist Trust, connecting Puget Sound artists with career resources. Her work and commentary have been highlighted in five books as well. Myers Bulmash exhibits her work in group and solo shows throughout the Seattle metro area.
This program is sponsored in part by Vulcan Inc.