How do you build your hive? Independent arts groups are as diverse in structure as they are in the art they make. In this gathering of the Hive, we will examine some of the most creative approaches that artists in our community have taken to form structures that meet their needs.
Check out the photos and videos of our speakers and the panel discussion below. Notes, including key takeaways from the Hive’s unrecorded discussion, can be found here.
Justin Allan-Spencer has worked as a designer for over a decade and has 15 years experience in the niche retail industry. He has taken performance production and art classes at Cornish College of the Arts and Everett Community College. He has been with 826 Seattle/The Bureau of Fearless Ideas for 9 years and is the mastermind behind many of their biggest successes, including the annual Dwarf Planet Pride Day.
Doreen Sayegh is a producer, designer, and collaborative theatre artist. She is the Managing Director of the Satori Group and Producing Associate at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Doreen was programming advisor of arts, culture, and design events for The Next Fifty at Seattle Center; assistant producer for the 25th Israel Film Festival in NYC; and sits on the curatorial committee for the biennial Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. Doreen is an alumna of the European Festivals Association’s Atelier POZNAŃ 2014 and holds an MFA in Arts Leadership from DePaul University.
Seattle native Florentino “Flow Funk” Francisco found his passion for the Arts as a B-boy (Break-boy or Break-dancer) at the age of 13. In the mid 90’s he and a group friends started the group “Untouchable Style MONKEES,” which later evolved to become the Massive Monkees dance crew. Flow uses his passion for and Hiphop as a way to engage with youth, working with organizations such as School’s Out Washington, Community Day School Association and Arts Corps. Florentino is currently the Executive Director of Extraordinary Futures, a dance-based leadership organization founded by members of the Massive Monkees to empower urban youth to lead healthier lifestyles and to realize their full potential as leaders.
Margie Livingston received her MFA in painting from the University of Washington. Her recent work uses paint itself as a sculptural medium in the creation of pieces that straddle the boundary between painting and sculpture.Her awards include a Fulbright Scholarship in 2001, the Arts Innovator Award in 2010, the Neddy Fellowship in Painting in 2010, and the Betty Bowen Annual Memorial Award in 2006. She is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.
Paul Komada was born in Seattle and raised in Yokohama, Japan. In 2002, he completed his MFA program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Between 2003-06, he worked at a Buddhist temple as a monk in Tokyo, Japan. Today, he lives and works in an artist loft in Pioneer Square, Seattle. Paul paints geometric abstraction, but after the birth of his son, he began incorporating knitting into the paintings. He has been a member of an artist-collective SOIL since 2012. His work is currently included in Bellingham National 2015 at Whatcom Museum. He also exhibited a large scale knit-mural installation through Shunpike’s Storefronts Project, and the City of Seattle acquired his work as a part of Portable Works Collections. As of March 2015, the piece was hanging in the Mayor’s office. He is a finalist for this year’s Neddy Award in the painting category.
Panel discussion moderated by Lacy Gavilanes, Executive Director of Copious Love Productions, a Seattle theatre company focused on cultivating original works. Copious Love strives to develop fun interactive experiences for a more vibrant community of art, artists and audiences. Since founding Copious Love in 2010, with two of her closest friends, Lacy has produced seven original productions and hosted numerous community programs and events that engage artists toward deeper community within our city.