The Riveter Presents
Imagining Equity in the Arts
The Riveter: Capitol Hill
1517 12th Avenue Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98122

How do we talk about equity in art spaces? Art and culture play a crucial role in public life and social well-being. From galleries to art museums, what does equity look like in practice and can we imagine a better future together? Let’s deepen the dialogue. Witness a courageous conversation about innovation and the integration of equity in public art spaces. Bring your imagination. 

Join The Riveter for Nourish Night, a monthly panel discussion hosted by Michaela Ayers, Nourish Founder, alongside a powerhouse of thought leaders, to examine the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in a cultural context. This collaboration provides a space for the community to share a meal, make meaningful connections, and learn how to be an active advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in public spaces. 


Food for thought inspired by powerful ideas - Nourish Night is a facilitated conversation dedicated to uncovering the unshakeable value of human diversity and how it impacts our culture. Come get fed. 


6:00 - 6:30 Community Meal 
6:30 - 8:00 Panel Discussion 
8:00 - 8:30 Defining future action - Collective Imagining 
8:30 - 9:00 Community Time 


Negarra A. Kudumu | Negarra A. Kudumu works simultaneously as a healer, essayist, curator, and independent scholar of contemporary art. She engages with pre- and post-colonial artistic and spiritual outputs of West and West Central Africa, the Americas, and South Asia. She is interested in cultural products as evidence of intact connectivity to indigenous knowledge systems and pre- existing non-western cultural canons. Negarra investigates the ways in which contemporary makers continue to adapt their ancestral knowledge and technologies - consciously and subconsciously - and (re)invigorate generative discourses around art, trauma, healing, liberation, spirituality, and sexuality. 

Negarra earned a BA from Dartmouth College and her MA from Leiden University. She holds the title of Yayi Nkisi Malongo (priestess) in the Brama Con Brama lineage of the Afro-Cuban spiritual tradition Palo Mayombe. She is and a non-initiated lay practitioner in the Pimienta lineage of the Afro-Cuban Lukumi spiritual tradition. Negarra is also a level II Reiki practitioner and herbalist. She lives and works in Seattle where she is Manager of Public Programs at the Frye Art Museum. 

Priya Frank | Priya Frank is the Associate Director for Community Programs and Equity Team Founding Chair at Seattle Art Museum, where her focus is on strategic partnerships, program curation, and racial equity related initiatives. Previous experience in fundraising at the University of Washington and as art curator at LUCID Lounge influence her passion and heart for community building. Priya is chair of the Seattle Arts Commission, and is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow’s class of 2015. She was named one of 2018’s Most Influential People by Seattle Magazine and Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list for 2019. She holds a B.A. in Communications and American Ethnic Studies from the University of Washington Seattle and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington Bothell. 

Juan Alonso-Rodriguez | Cuban-born Juan Alonso-Rodríguez is a self-taught artist living in Seattle since 1982. His work has been exhibited throughout the US and Canada and is included in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, Microsoft, Swedish & Harborview Hospitals, General Mills and has created public works for CenturyLink Field, Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, King County Housing Authority, Epiphany School, Sound Transit’s Light Rail system, Chief Sealth High School and Renton Technical College. Juan is a Seattle Arts Commissioner and serves on the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Seattle.

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