Marién Torres

Marién Torres—Community Voice The practice and deepening of cultural expressions serve as a tool for the development of healthy self-esteem, a powerful identity and the awareness that despite the fact that we are a plural, diverse, broad and complex collective, differences feed tolerance and perspective positively promoting the strengthening of the same group, of the …

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Adrianna Abarca

Adrianna Abarca—Community Voice Adrianna is the founder and Board Chair of the Latino Cultural Arts Center of Colorado located in Denver. She has long dreamed of creating numerous institutions where the local and statewide Latino communities are confident that their history and artistic expressions are accurately represented. Her community interests, volunteer time, and resources have …

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Sean Chandler

Sean Chandler—Community Connector Sean Chandler is an artist and enrolled member of the Aaniinen (Gros Ventre Nation). He is also the President of Aaniiih Nakoda College located on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. In 2016, Dr. Chandler was appointed to the Montana Arts Council and in 2022, he was appointed to the National Assembly of …

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Ka Oskar Ly

Ka Oskar Ly—Community Voice Ka is a HMong artist and cultural producer rooted in community power. Their practice explores and manifests innovation and futures inspired by ancestral lineage with an understanding that culture is dynamic even without words for “art” and “queer” in the HMong language. For nearly two decades, they have worked at these …

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Indra Arriaga

Indra Arriaga Delgado—Community Voice Indra Arriaga Delgado is a Mexican artist, writer, and organizer living and working in Alaska. Indra’s work has shown internationally in Mexico, Germany, Oman, Bulgaria, France and Armenia. Nationally, she has exhibited in Portland, OR, San Francisco, CA, Camarillo, CA, New York, NY, San Antonio, TX, Miami, FL, and in various …

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Jayashree Kumar

Jayashree Kumar—Community Voice Her mother inducted Jayashree into the classical dancing art at the age of seven. She underwent a rigorous training for over 14 years in several aspects of Bharatanatyam by two eminent exponents and recipients of coveted awards in Bharatanatyam, Guru Natyacharya (which means guru of dance) Late Sri. Keshava Murthy & Kalamandalam …

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Debra Brandon

Debra Brandon—Community Voice Debra Brandon is a driven and accomplished marketing project manager, as well as the founder of brandneu.me, a dynamic marketing agency specializing in creative campaigns for clients. With a deep passion for the digital space, Debra started brandneu.me in 2019, drawing on her previous experience as a successful retail brand owner to …

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Tasha Abourezk

Tasha Abourezk—Community Voice Tasha Abourezk is Mandan/Hidatsa and a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. She grew up in National Parks in North Dakota and Montana. She was raised around sewers and quilters, and  started sewing at age 8. She credits her grandmothers for inspiring her love of sewing and quilting, and her mom for …

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Bryan Jenkins

Bryan Jenkins—Community Voice Bryan M. Jenkins, Ph.D. is a 2022 graduate of the Communication, Culture and Media Studiesprogram at Howard University. His research explores how marginalized groups utilize the digitalspace as a tool to educate and empower one another. His dissertation investigates Blackpodcasts as a critical educational tool for Black communities that continues the traditions …

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Holly Doll

Holly Doll—Community Voice Holly Doll, Anpao Win (First Light Woman) (she/her) lives in Bismarck, North Dakota and is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. First and foremost, Holly is an artist. She specializes in traditional Lakota forms of beadwork and quillwork, which her mother started to teach her when she was just 2 …

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