Project Advisory Group

The Hive Mind Project Advisory Group (PAG) convenes leaders across the independent arts community and across disciplines. The role of the PAG, pronounced affectionately by its members as padge, is to support the project’s goals, inform its direction, evaluate the relevance of ideas, promote the program among its networks, and help develop an evaluation process that ensures Hive Mind serves the independent arts sector as best it can. We are fortunate to have the following artists advising this project:


kiras-headKira Burge brings over 10 years experience developing community and corporate arts programming and events that engage the public in exciting and thought provoking ways. She is Director of Interstitial, Seattle’s leading contemporary new media gallery, which is committed to presenting and working with emerging artists who are exploring ideas related to the creation and consumption of new media. She also coordinates the Seattle Art Fair, an annual event featuring approximately 40 leading modern and contemporary galleries from around the world along with site-responsive installations.

DSCF1132Madeline Crowley is the Project Director for People of the Central Area & their stories. She also teaches writing at CityU and art at Gage Academy Teen Art Studios. She’s been affiliated with Shunpike for two years and has received grants/awards from 4Culture, Office of Arts & Culture and the wonderful folks at Awesome Foundation, Seattle.

HeadshotLacy Gavilanes is the 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.

garth_stein_1111_5Garth Stein is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels, A Sudden Light and The Art of Racing in the Rain, and two previous novels, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets and Raven Stole the Moon. He is the cofounder of Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit collective of Northwest authors working to foster a passion for the written word. He lives in Seattle with his family. Visit him online at