Ayqa Khan is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist. Holding no degree in Art, her mediums include digital image, video, painting, digital illustration and writing. With a focus on diaspora bodies and alternative realities, Khan is interested in exploring the psychological lenses in which we view our own bodies and others. She uses virtual platforms as her main space to display work and engage with audiences. Her work has been exhibited in numerous spaces including The Queens Museum and Cooper Union, and has spoken at New York University, Columbia University and Wellesley College.
Breena Nuñez is a working cartoonist, musician, and youth arts educator born into an immigrant family from El Salvador and Guatemala. The work she produces includes black and white illustrations that are influenced by her identity as a gender nonconforming Central American weirdo from the Bay Area. She previously studied at SFSU with a degree in Visual Communication Design and will soon be studying at California College of the Arts to earn a MFA in Comics. She believes in the power of connecting struggles and marginalized narratives through zines and comic books.
Bria Royal is a black bori from the west side of Chicago whose brain is hardwired in such a way that necessitates art and visual aesthetics as a mode for making meaning out of the world around her. She considers her paintings, comics, and animations to be the result of a radical healing process that she hopes others will benefit from seeing unfold, and an attempt to construct intersectionally black and indigenous mythologies for ourselves and our future liberated descendants. Much of her work centralizes black and brown womxn and femmes as identities in constant solidarity with the elements of our natural world due to parallel experiences of exploitation and resistance. bria is also a 2016 graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied Communications, Film and Psychology, and she uses those fields to guide her approach toward creative modes of storytelling through technological innovation. bria currently works for the youth media production organization Free Spirit Media curating opportunities for West and South Side youth to explore diverse forms of digital arts and expression. She is also deeply invested in the liberation of black and brown communities of color worldwide and organizes alongside fellow Chicago movement artists as a member of For The People Artists Collective. Alongside the arts, bria often facilitates workshops around themes of restorative and transformative justice, and issues related to mental health in activist spaces.
Micah Bazant is a trans visual artist who works with social justice movements to make change look irresistible. They create art inspired by struggles to decolonize ourselves from white supremacy, patriarchy, ableism, and the gender binary. Micah co-founded the Trans Day of Resilience art project and the Trans Life and Liberation art series. Their art has been exhibited internationally and reprinted in publications including When We Fight We Win, Visions of Peace & Justice Volume 2, Streetopia, and Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color. Micah is the Artist in Residence at Forward Together and served as Art Director for Mamas Day this year.
Mojuicy is the pseudonym of illustrator Mohammed Fayaz. Born and raised in New York City, Mohammed is intent on documenting the sweet and tender nature of his community of queer and trans people of color amongst the backdrop of our everyday lives.
Melanie Cervantes is a Xicana cultural worker that creates work that translates the hopes and dreams of justice movements into images that are life-affirming and that inspire people to take action. Melanie's work includes black and white illustrations, paintings, installations and paper stencils, but she is best know for her prolific production of political screen prints and posters.
Employing vibrant colors and hand-drawn illustrations, her work moves those viewed as marginal to the center — featuring powerful youth, elders, women, and queer and indigenous peoples.
Melanie's training as an artist began with her mother and father. She learned color theory while helping her mother select fabric for school clothes at Los Angeles swap meets; and she developed some of her technical skills by watching her dad repurpose neighborhood junk into her childhood treasures.
Her most revered mentor is her partner and fellow printmaker Jesus Barraza, with whom she formed Dignidad Rebelde, a collaborative graphic arts project that translates stories of struggle and resistance into artwork that can be put back into the hands of the communities who inspire it.
Melanie has exhibited at Galería de la Raza (San Francisco); Woman Made Gallery and National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago); Mexic-Arte and Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (Austin, TX); and Crewest (Los Angeles). Internationally her art has reached Mexico, Slovenia, Palestine, Venezuela, Switzerland and Guatemala. Her work is in public collections of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, the Latin American Collection of the Green Library at Stanford, and the Hispanic Research Center at the Arizona State University as well as various private collections throughout the U.S.
Chucha Marquez is a print maker, digital artist, and social media copywriter. His work often incorporates intersections of identities and struggles and aims to elevate the voices of those who are often left on the margins. Chucha lives in Sacramento but was born and raised in San Jose and Milpitas, California. He graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Psychology, a degree in Chican@ Studies, and a minor in Art Studio.
Nikki McClure lives in Olympia, Wa. She has been making books and calendars since the 90's. Before that she participated in Olympia’s music scene and performed around the country. Her work explores the strength of connections: between people, between organisms, between land and water of our Earth. She has a new children’s book out, ”Waiting for High Tide" about a child, a hatchet, a raft, all and the organisms that wait with the child for the tide to rise.
Verónica Bayetti Flores is a New York City based, writer, consultant, policy wonk, and cultural critic. She has led national policy and movement building work at the intersections of immigrants’ rights, health care access, police accountability, and LGBTQ liberation. As a writer, Verónica has written extensively about race, immigration, gender, and music. She is a co-creator and co-host of Latinx music podcast Radio Menea, and is a co-founder and Managing Partner at the Center for Advancing Innovative Policy.
As a consultant, Verónica has supported new political campaigns, developed intersectional messaging, worked with spokespeople to develop Op-Eds, trained groups on successful media appearances, and worked with clients to develop and give issue-based training. Verónica holds a Masters’ in Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She is currently Co-President of the Board of Directors of the National Network of Abortion Funds. Follow her on twitter @veroconplatanos.
Innosanto Nagara is a founding member of Design Action Collective, a worker-owned, unionized design studio in Oakland, CA with a mission to serve the Movement through graphic design and visual communications services. Originally from Indonesia, Inno moved to the US to study zoology at UC Davis. Despite his interest in the sciences, he found himself compelled to social justice activism, employing the graphic design skills that somehow just always came naturally to him. Twenty five years later, that is still what he's doing.
Inno is also the father of a three year old and the author of an A-B-C book for activist families titled A is for Activist. His Strong Families illustration this year is in the style of that book. It is available through http://aisforactivist.com until it runs out. A second edition will be coming in the Fall of 2013 from Seven Stories Press.