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Short Talks: Art

Thurs. March 22, 2018      7–9:30 p.m.


Passion. Creativity. Community. Change.

Gather at KEXP’s new community space for four personal perspectives on how art can create opportunities for dialogue, authentic representation and social disruption.

7 p.m. Doors open
Hosted bar and pop-up gallery
7:30-8:30 p.m. Short Talks
Curated by Priya Frank
8:30-9:30 p.m. Social hour
Mix and mingle with speakers and fellow guests over hosted drinks and apps

$7 UWAA members / $10 public

Headshot: Randy FordRandy Ford | Creative

Seattle-born. Dancer. Choreographer. Actor. Activist. Teaching Artist. Black. Queer af. Non binary. Trans. Femme. Low key gaymer. Comic nerd. Vampire lover. Storyteller. 90’s R&B. Lauryn Hill. Child. Sibling. Grandchild. Great grandchild. Cousin (SHOUTOUT TO MY COUSINS!). Friend. Lover. Dramatic. Extra. Vibrant. Erotic. Queen. Social disruptor.

Randy (he/she/they) studied at UW. They are a choreographer/dancer with Au Collective and an instructor/teaching artist with YMCA Powerful Schools. You can follow them on Instagram and


Headshot: Priya FrankPriya Frank, ’04 | Connector

Dreamweaver. Well defined eyebrows. Seattle Art Museum. 90’s R&B. Lake City. Living Life so LUCID. Miami. Loud laughs. Thrift shopping. Recovering fundraiser. Ten Things I Hate About You. Seattle Arts Commission. Finding peace within. Cheerleader. Georgetown. Radical hope. A story worth telling. Lady. Fighter. Resilient. Love. Curating my best life.

Priya is the associate director for community programs at Seattle Art Museum, where her focus is on partnerships, community building and equity-related initiatives.


Headshot: Jaebadiah GardnerJaebadiah S. Gardner, ’08  | Cultivator

FAMILY first. Believe in yourself (#BIY). Blaxican. Executive. I dare you to out-work me. High fashion. My fears are my playground. Where the food at? It takes a village. Time is perception. Ghetto fabulous. El Rey. Relentless. Amerika, you got what’s mine. Subtlety. Painfully art-full. Undiagnosed hypomaniac.

Jaebadiah is the founder & CEO of GardnerGlobal, Inc. His is currently on the executive committee and Board of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the President of UW MAP.


Martín Sepulveda, ’10 | CollaboratorHeadshot: Martín Sepulveda

Lovesick. Artist. Producer. Ward of State. Tupac. Stevie. Jimi. Dilla. Patrice Rushen. Quincy. Janet. Rejection. Loss. Solitude. Gratitude. Growth. Peace. Play. Questions > Answers. Chief Seattle. Vision + Hard Work > Dream. Latino. 4 Stripes. Studio Rat. Theatre life. Welfare. Fear. Reflection. Music. P-Funk. Bill Graham. Roger Guenveur Smith. Pigeon walks. Health = Wealth.

Martín manages special artistic projects for Seattle Theatre Group. His album, “Lovesick” is available for download at Bandcamp or streaming via iTunes, Spotify or Soundcloud
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Headshot: Susan HarewoodSusan Harewood | Moderator
Susan Harewood is an associate professor at the University of Washington Bothell and the director of the Masters in Cultural Studies Program. Her research examines media and Caribbean popular culture as key sites at which the pursuit of justice is contested, constrained, and shaped.



Headshot: Anita Verna CroftsAnita Verna Crofts, M.P.A. ’02 | Story Consultant
Anita Verna Crofts is on the UW faculty in the Department of Communication and the Communication Leadership graduate program. She teaches, writes and lectures widely on the topics of leadership, creativity, food and identity. Her book, “Meet Me at the Bamboo Table: Everyday Meals Everywhere,” is available at fine bookstores.


Miha Sarani, ’15 | ArtistHeadshot: Miha Sarani
Miha Sarani is a visual artist and an art historian. Born and raised in Ljubljana, Slovenia, he received a BFA from the University of Washington. Miha’s work has been shown at art museums and galleries, featured in art journals and on music album covers. His large Koncentrik Painting series is owned and on display at the UW’s Mary Gates Hall, along with several additional works (learn more). His work can be seen at His album of music, “Emona Au Revoir,” is available on Spotify.

Miha is the artist behind the Short Talks: Art portraits. These works, along with others, will be on display at a pop up gallery at the event. Selected works will be for sale.

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