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Artist Mentorship Night: Introducing Paul, Marya, Sharlese & George

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Top to Bottom: George Rodriguez, Sharlese Metcalf, Paul Constant, Marya Sea Kaminski.

Join Artist Trust and KEXP on Wednesday, September 20 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM for Artist Mentorship Night. This FREE informal mentorship and networking event gives artists of all disciplines a chance to sit down with artists and arts leaders in small groups for casual conversations about opportunities, issues, and challenges in the arts world.

“We welcome everyone to come out to KEXP in Seattle Center and get some quality face time and knowledge sharing with arts professionals while connecting with other artists that you might not normally come across in your circles,” shared Zach Frimmel, Artist Trust’s Program Coordinator.

Meet our fabulous four mentors below and sign up for the free event here.

Arts journalist and politics writer Paul Constant is a co-founder of the Seattle Review of Books, Seattle’s only book-centric review, news and interview site; and a fellow at Civic Ventures, a public policy incubator devoted to catalyzing significant social change. His work has been published in Newsweek, the Observer, Huffington Post, the Utne Reader, the Progressive, The Stranger, Re/Code, and Literary Hub.

Ask Paul about:
Book, film, and theater reviewing
Arts journalism
Political writing, journalism, ghostwriting, editorials

Director, Writer, and Associate Artistic Director at Seattle Rep Marya Sea Kaminski is a writer and director based in Seattle committed to exploring the intersection of imagination, justice, and joy. Most recently, she founded Public Works Seattle as the Associate Artistic Director at Seattle Repertory Theatre, and just closed a musical adaptation of The Odyssey featuring over 100 citizen-performers from across the region. Marya has been awarded the Genius Award in Theater from The Stranger, an Artist of the Year from Seattle Magazine, the Seattle Gregory Award for Outstanding Actress, and Best Performing Artist by the readers of the Seattle Weekly, as well as multiple City Artist Awards for Literature from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. More at

Ask Marya about:
Directing and writing for theater and live performance
Building new theater companies or initiatives
Attempting responsible arts leadership

Events Producer at KEXP & Seattle Music Commissioner Sharlese Metcalf began her radio career at Green River Community College in 2001 hosting their Northwest music focused show Local Motion on KGRG. She attained her Broadcasting Certificate from Green River, and was offered a job at Jones Radio Networks. There, she worked on Classic Country and Top 40 shows as a production assistant. While at Jones Radio, she was given a KEXP internship to work on the show Audioasis as an assistant to the host and booker. In 2009, She became an Audioasis producer, and in 2012, was promoted to host. Sharlese works as an Events Producer at KEXP, is a rotating host on the electronic show Expansions and additionally works as DJ, promotes events at clubs around town as False Prophet, and is a member of the collective TUF.

Ask Sharlese about:
Community involvement

Sculptor, visual arts, and educator George Rodriguez received a BFA in ceramics from the University of Texas El Paso and an MFA from the University of Washington.  He has been the recipient of multiple awards including a Bonderman Travel Fellowship, Artist Trust Fellowship, and was recently recognized as an Emerging Artist Luminary by the Museum of Northwest Art. George has shown extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond with scheduled shows at the University of Texas El Paso in October and Bainbridge Museum of Art in March. His work can be found in the permanent collection of the National Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago. He is represented by Foster/White Gallery in Seattle.

Ask George about:
Studio Art
Gallery Representation
Teaching in community studios and Higher Ed

Thanks to KEXP for partnering with us on this program!