Opening Ceremony: 6:00 – 6:30pm
Emcees: Eve Smason-Marcus and Dominic Salas
Land acknowledgement: Harmony Devaney, Whatcom Focused Youth Movement
Welcome: William John (*Xwelxwelat’se)*, Lummi Elder
Opening remarks: Dr. Kathi Hiyane-Brown, President, Whatcom Community College
Music for the Revolution: Miles Harris
Keynote: 6:45 – 8:30pm
Reservoir of Hope: Artists of Revolution with panelists Ed Bereal, Jay Chavez AKA “Sue Nami-Meadows”, Ebony Harris. Facilitated by Shu-Ling Zhao. This multigenerational collective of artists will talk about life, the universe, art, race, the lives/role of artists in a social change ecosystem, and the reservoir of hope we derive from each other that is pivotal in the struggle for liberation.
About the Panel Members
Ed Bereal is an American artist best known for his work in assemblage and for his participation in exhibitions and performances that addressed political issues and racial stereotypes from the 1960s onward. Bereal was a founding member of the 1960s radical street theater group Bodacious Buggerrilla. Most recently, Bereal was featured at the Whatcom Museum with his exhibit, “WANTED: Ed Bereal for Disturbing the Peace”.
J.Chavez (they/them) is a playwright and drag queen Sue Nami-Meadows from the Pacific Northwest. They received their degree in Theatre from Western Washington University. They are the current reigning Miss Kennedy Center Undergraduate Playwriting for their play “how to clean your room (and remember all your trauma)”. Their work is included in the Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays (coming May 2020). Founder and Artistic Director of Haus of Hazard Theatre Productions which produces New Works and Shakespeare each year.
Ebony Harris is a singer, songwriter, dancer, and community organizer. She is one of the founding members of Stand Speak Listen, which was birthed out of the George Floyd Rebellion. Stand Speak Listen promotes social justice through the lens of art. SSL organizes smaller events like dance classes and chalking events as well as large events like their July 4th event this past summer, Rhythmic Unrest where artists, performers, speakers, and attendees occupied Acid Ball Park for the day in protest.
For the past seventeen years, Shu-Ling Zhao has had a career in the arts as an actor, director, producer, dramaturg, technician, fabricator, costumer, and instructor. Zhao, as a part of iDiOM Theater, is a founder of Sylvia Center for the Arts, doing work in the field of development, fundraising, event planning, and community outreach for the organization. Working with the Chuckanut Health Foundation, Zhao is collaborating with local government to found the Whatcom County Racial Equity Commission.