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Know Your Rights: Artists & Activism / Seattle

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

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Attorney David Whedbee (MacDonald Hoague & Bayless; ACLU of Washington board member) will give an overview of best practices when participating in activism and acts of protest, including what to do when confronted by police, common charges related to activist work, and other legal issues. The presentation will be followed by a panel with audience Q&A featuring three artist activists, multidisciplinary artist D.K. Pan, filmmaker Tracy Rector, and performance artist Shontina Vernon discussing their own practices.
Presented in partnership with Northwest Film Forum.

About the Speakers
D.K. Pan is a Seattle-based artist investigating the intersection of place and memory - through visual art, video, performance, public art, installation, interventions - exploring the interstices and histories of site; the personal and collective body. Born in Seoul, South Korea, he moved to the US at age 4, and grew up in Seattle by way of Los Angeles. D.K. studied Butoh dance in Seattle and San Francisco and performed in many venues and festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest, US, Japan and South Korea. He has collaborated with many artists and groups; toured Europe with Degenerate Art Ensemble and the Infernal Noise Brigade, and is a member of New Mystics. He has expanded his art practice to include a number of mediums, more recently focusing on video, presenting ‘cine-poems’ as documents of place; as well as continuing to extend community engagement practices in his role as an artist-in-residence at Yesler Terrace, 2016-2018.
Tracy Rector is a mixed race Choctaw/Seminole filmmaker, curator, community organizer, co-founder of Longhouse Media and a 2016 Stranger Genius. She has made over 400 short films, and is currently in production of her fifth feature documentary. As co-producer of the award-winning film “Teachings of the Tree People,” producer of “March Point,” co-director of “Clearwater,” and director of “Ch’aak’ S’aagi,” Rector has developed an awareness and sensitivity to the power of media and film as a modern storytelling tool. Her work has been featured on Independent Lens, Cannes Film Festival, ImagineNative, National Geographic, Toronto International Film Festival, Folklife Festival, the Seattle Art Museum and in the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian. Tracy has received the National Association for Media Literacy award for outstanding contributions made in the field of media education, is a current Firelight Media Lab Fellow, WGBH Producer Fellow, Sundance Institute Lab Fellow, Tribeca All Access Grantee and is the recipient of the Horace Mann Award for her work in utilizing media for social justice. Raised in Seattle and Albuquerque, Tracy currently lives in Seattle and sits as a City of Seattle Arts Commissioner.
Shontina Vernon is an artist and social justice activist most noted for her genre bending storytelling and performance style.  Working across forms, using live music, choreography, multimedia, and poetic narrative, she tells the stories of marginalized communities, unapologetically privileging the lens of people of color and women. A native of West Texas, Vernon credits her small town beginnings with giving her a colorful imagination and an ear for the language and lyricism so prevalent in her work. In 2016, Vernon was awarded the Robert Rauschenberg “Artist as Activist” Fellowship to establish the Visionary Justice StoryLab, an interdisciplinary arts collaboratory that brings together artists, educators, organizers, and community members to address systemic oppression through story. One of the initial projects of the lab will focus on the rise of incarceration among black and brown girls, and re-imagining the school-to-prison pipeline in a large scale art project titled, PUBLICLY SCHOOLED. Among Vernon’s theatre credits include WANTED, a solo show about adoption, celebrity and criminality commissioned by Hip Hop Theatre Festival and developed in part by the New York Theatre Workshop, A LOVELY MALFUNCTION (nominated for a 2016 Audelco Award), and HER BLACK BODY POLITIC, a movement piece exploring the black female body and the way it takes up literal and poetic space. Her work has been produced by Seattle’s ACT Theatre, as part of the SoloNova Festival, by the Hansberry Project, and developed at the Lark Play Development Center. Vernon is a National Performance Network touring artist and a nominated playwright on the Kilroy’s List. A believer in the transformative power of personal narrative storytelling, Vernon also works as a consultant in juvenile justice training on trauma informed practice through the creative arts. She has worked to develop arts as an alternative to incarceration programs for youth, serving as mentor artist and facilitator with the Seattle based Creative Justice Program (4Culture), the Dallas County Juvenile Justice Department and the Door in New York. Her work as a teaching artist has been featured in the award winning documentary film STAGES produced by the Meerkat Media Collective.

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All Disciplines, Artists with Disabilities, Arts-Related, Craft, Dance, Design, Emerging Fields & Cross-Disciplinary, Film/Media Arts, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Public Art, Theater, Visual Arts, Non-Profit Orgs.