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Lourdez Velasco

County: King County



Grants for Artists' Progress (GAP) 2021
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Lourdez Velasco (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, CHamoru parent, multi-disciplinary creator, organizer and facilitator. Lourdez grew up in Washington State, living the last 14 years in Seattle, WA. They spent part of their childhood on their ancestral land of Guåhan. Their work weaves storytelling, illustration, poetry, collage, dance, performance, song and film. Lourdez is a self and community taught artist. Their illustrative practice grew by being invited to illustrate posters for community fundraisers, protests, events, and portraits to commemorate loved ones who passed. They are a former teaching artist and exhibiting artist at the Wing Luke Museum. In 2020, they were awarded ARTS at King Street Station Artist-in-Residence. They are currently a full-time artist, commissioning graphic art and facilitating dance and healing workshops. Lourdez is a co-founding member of queer CHamoru art collective Guma’ Gela’ and co-founder of the Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network.

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