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Duwamish Revealed launches!

IMG_0051Duwamish Revealed, a large scale artistic celebration of Seattle’s only river, is coming to life! Thanks to funding from ArtPlace America and 4Culture, the vision that Nicole Kistler and I have been developing for the last several years will hit the Duwamish River in the spring / summer of 2015. After bringing The Living Barge to the Duwamish in 2006, we are thrilled to be back on the Duwamish again. We have a great set of partners, including our nonprofit partner ECOSS, as well as the Port of Seattle, the Olympic Sculpture Park, the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, Equinox Studios, and Feet First.

The Duwamish River corridor is at a major transition point. In December 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency will announce their Superfund Cleanup plan for the river. Real estate prices and rents are skyrocketing yet again, threatening the neighborhoods of Georgetown and South Park with gentrification and displacement, especially with the re-opening of the South Park bridge and other investments in neighborhood infrastructure. We hope that Duwamish Revealed can bring people together to celebrate the river and think about its future, and build the community of advocates for the river and its neighborhoods.

Currently we have a call for proposals out for Duwamish Revealed. Check it out and submit your idea for an art installation, activity, event or performance. Proposals are due October 15, 2014.

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Taino Friendship Award

I was beyond honored to be chosen by the Taino (indigenous Caribbean) community for the 2014 ‘Friendship and Essence of Spirituality’ award. The story of that award is really a story of my friendship with one particular Taino, close friend Adria Garcia. Adria and her family have been telling me about Taino culture for years. The artistic collaboration between Adria and myself – and the values it represents – is what resonated with the Taino community, with Adria being honored as Taino Artist of the Year in 2013.

For the second year in a row, I was able to be in New York for the Taino Awards ceremony. It has been incredible to see, hear and feel in person the many expressions of the culture that I have been hearing about from Adria for so long. I feel like this is the beginning of a lifelong journey to continue to learn more and contribute to the Taino family.