2018 Inside/Out Neighborhood Residents

Every year, Town Hall selects exceptional local artists and scholars for paid residencies where they engage with Town Hall programs and collaborate with our programming team to develop original events for the community.

In a typical season, we hand our residents the literal keys to Town Hall. Because our building is closed for renovations this year, we’re especially grateful to The Cloud Room for offering our Residents keys to their beautiful co-working space on Capitol Hill as we all turn Inside/Out together.  We’re asking this season’s Residents to revel in their curiosity—to engage in their host community, in Town Hall’s programming, in their art and thinking—and to funnel their findings into experiences that we can share together.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, each of our four Inside/Out communities has their own Neighborhood Resident. Within each of their neighborhoods, our Residents will be co-curating a series of hyper-local Town Hall events in close collaboration with their Neighborhood Steering Committee. Our Resident events will take place March through June 2018, and all of the programs will be free to the public to attend.

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Jordan Alam

Writer | Educator | Doula

Columbia City/Hillman City

“Writing offers me an incredible opportunity to create the works I need to survive in this world. I explore young queer love and the complexities of migration in my work; I weave magical realism and mythic origin stories into narratives that bring people of color to the forefront.”

Jordan Alam is a writer, editor, doula, and social change educator who grew up at an intersection of Bangladeshi American, Muslim, queer, and femme identities. Her work focuses on social forces such as poverty, racism, and trauma, and finding ways to articulate how those experiences live in our bodies and shape the course of our lives. Jordan urges us to engage with subtle moments of transition and transformation in our own lives and the lives of others.

Peter DiCampo

Photographer | Founder, Everyday Africa

University District/Ravenna

“I see the future of journalism as a symphony of voices that cuts through the cacophony, and I believe in a media that serves the people. The function of art must be to pull us from (or through) our screens into true conversation.”

Peter DiCampo is a documentary photographer and photojournalist, and the co-founder of Everyday Africa, the collaborative photography and multimedia project turned global phenomenon. Peter encourages us to examine the spheres of their own communication, and to expand our dialogues to reach communities of disparate and diverse cultures.

Erik Molano

Designer | Organizer | Curious Human

Capitol Hill/Central District

“For me, design is a call to be critical and reinvent everything around us, from smart phones to social systems. The future is ours to create, and we must build it together.”

Erik Molano is a graphic designer, prolific event organizer, and co-founder of Photon Factory (a hybrid organization that is half design studio and half community space). He lends his design background to connect Seattle’s creative professionals with social justice organizations. Erik believes that Seattle has the characteristics necessary to create a true social shift, and he encourages Seattle towards becoming the world’s first self-designing community.

Shin Yu Pai

Poet Laureate | Multidisciplinary Artist

Phinney Ridge/Greenwood

“I believe in the power of the arts to facilitate sense-making and dialogue and to inspire radical empathy…to reveal forgotten or buried narratives that illuminate what it is to be human together.”

Shin Yu Pai is a poet, cross-media artist, and curator for the collaborative global exploration project Atlas Obscura. Her poetic origins inform an artistic style that has grown beyond the written word—manifesting in photography, installation and public art, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and sound. She encourages us to reflect upon the essential questions of our own lives, and to explore how we see that interrogation expressed or mirrored around us.

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