MAY 27 + 28 | 7 PM 

Northwest Film Forum

The Emerge Arts Cohort and Showcase hosted by Gay City and Velocity Dance Center offers emerging, performance-based artists production and artistic mentorship and support alongside business and sustainability training. 

The Emerge Arts Cohort and Showcase is a film creation program for BIPOC LGBTQ+ performing artists that offers production support, artistic mentorship, and business and sustainability training. Five artists are selected through an open application process by a curating council of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ established artists in Seattle. Selected artists will receive mentorship and support to create a film translation of their live work, and a platform to share their work in a fully-produced, in-person showcase at Northwest Film Forum.

Along the way the curating council will act as mentors to the participating artists, supporting them through a series of artistic workshops designed by and for BIPOC LGBTQ+ artists. The workshops will address systems that prevent art from being created and accessed socially, economically, and mentally. In addition to this artistic mentorship, artists will receive support navigating barriers to social determinants of health from trained resource specialists. 

Each selected artist will be paid a stipend to participate in the program, the goal of which is to holistically aid aspiring artists through educational and financial means, while providing access to tools and resources to help them best succeed. 

Curating Council Members

Dakota Alcantara-Camacho, Saira Barbaric, David Rue, dani tirrell, and Fox Whitney

Artist Cohort

Akoiya Harris, Abdiel Jacobsen, Zara Martina Lopez, Stephanie Nam, and Sienna Williams + Brea Wilson


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