• Arts/Entertainment/Nightlife

    a groundswell of resistance to cultural appropriation and erasure

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  • THE MISSION

    Groundswell Arts Collective is an informal interdependent network of influential artists, community leaders and entrepreneurs from a cross-section of marginalized communities throughout the Pacific Northwest.

    Our work centers the needs and identities of the oppressed by creating radical spaces to gather and connect along shared social justice values and curate creative experiences that hold cultural significance to local residents while building visibility and accessibility for those who would otherwise be excluded from mainstream opportunities.

    The goal of this network is to develop into a groundswell of creative and cultural resistance to appropriation and erasure.

     

    Follow Groundswell on Facebook to stay informed about events and projects and to connect transformational leaders across the Pacific Northwest.

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  • Artistic Director | Chimaera

    Pronouns // they, them, theirs

     

    Chimaera is a Northwest based artist, producer, youth development consultant and activist. Their work focuses on culturally innovative interdisciplinary and participatory performance art that center the experiences and identities of marginalized peoples, and curating social justice spaces to preserve and celebrate endangered cultures in urban communities that create both visibility and accessibility for emerging artists of color. Recently, Chimaera performed in After Orlando and The Wedding Gift produced by Forward Flux as well as Christopher Jordan’s Vigil to Ourselves Undead and COLORED. As Founder of Groundswell Arts Collective, Chimaera has collaborated with artists from a wide range of disciplines on projects including the Midnight Mecca series, En Vogue Kiki Ball and The Watering Whole creative healing fellowship. Past support includes: Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture and KUOW.

     

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    MIDNIGHT MECCA

    NEW YEARS BALL​

    COLLABORATION WITH HOUSE NOIR SUPREME and CHEF TARIK

    JANUARY 1, 2016 | HILLMAN CITY COLLABORATORY, SEATTLE

    "Started off the New Year with new experiences at Midnight Mecca...at Hillman City Collaboratory. Awesome food, awesome dancing, very inclusive and positive and fun environment for all." - Jennifer Tucker

     

    "Yasss, so happy to be more connected with the community! Let there be more ballllss, pls." - Angel Alviar-Langley

     

    "Thank you again for this event and creating this space to build our community and honor Ball culture which is a very important part of our QTPOC LGBTQ culture. I was so happy to come into this space of amazing other QTPOC and meet and learn of other voguers here in seattle that I never knew were there and I really felt that last night I had finally found my community and in a sense it felt like home and I felt a very welcoming sense of family and support which Is something I have been searching for, for a long time."

    - Jade Dynasty

     

    "This was a beautiful night. Thank you Stas, Moni, Njena, Charhys, Dani, Diamond, Briq, The Lady B, Tarik, and anyone else who made this happen, and everyone else who walked. Love y'all!" - DJ Reverend Dollars

     

    "I had such an amazing time last night I can't wait until the next one"

    - Regine Dynasty

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    EN VOGUE KIKI BALL

    COLLABORATION WITH JADE DYNASTY

    APRIL 16, 2016 | HILLMAN CITY COLLABORATORY, SEATTLE

    "I had so much fun voguing it out with all my Portland and new Seattle friends!!! Hydrangea Strangea also had fun being SUPER WEIRD!!! Can't wait for the next opportunity to make it to Seattle. Much love!" - Hydrangea Strangea

     

    "Everybody was so nice and brought it so hard, my heart is full. For the first time ever, Seattle and Portland are going to be holding down monthly battles, this is just the beggining of the future of a strong Vogue community in the North West and I support it 100%" - Daniel Girón

     

    "Basically my life has changed forever after that night!" - Keelan Johnson

     

    "This night was truly magical, and it was such a pleasure to vend! Ya'll better watch out next time because Amilah Androgynesse is going to walk representing "The House of Dynasty" - Amilah Androgynesse

     

    "Thank you all so much for the love and respect you all showed. It was an honor to be a part of last night." - Christian Raddler

     

    "What an honor to be invited to play this incredible event !!! Thanks so much for having me" - DJ Riff-Raff

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    THE WATERING WHOLE

    BE STEADWELL w/ SPECIAL GUESTS CRISTINA ORBÉ & DJ RIFF-RAFF

    JULY 13, 2016 | HILLMAN CITY COLLABORATORY, SEATTLE

    “Thank you Be Steadwell and Cristina Orbe, tonight was beautiful. You both make medicine out of music. #‎timeless And thank you Charhys Bailey for hosting, you are an amazing host, and just for making tonight happen Groundswell Arts Collective. #‎love” - Gabriel Teodros

     

    “I just want to say that the vibe and overall everything for the event had this at home feeling that is not easy to come by in Seattle. I really hope you keep doing events cause we need more healing spaces like the one you built on Wednesday. I'd love to work with you again and if you want to bring be steadwell back gabe teodros and I would be down to help bring a larger crowd, plan etc. thank you!! Warmly” - Cristina Orbé

     

    “Hey, Charhys. I'm so honored and grateful that you took the time to work with me and put this event together. It was so beautiful, and truly the best way I could have hoped to have my first musical experience in Seattle! We will absolutely work together again and I'm sure I'll be back in Seattle soon.” - Be Steadwell

     

    “Feeling deep gratitude for last night, got to be in the presence of so many incredible human beings n loved ones, & got the opportunity to hear Be Steadwell live :) @besteadwell 's art has taught me a lot about healing n magic, and has helped me get through some really rough patches of life. Thank you very much Be! Your music's always medicine. Thank you Charhys Bailey and Groundswell Arts Collective for putting in the work in creating such a beautiful n healing space. Much luvv.” - Mere Guido

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    NYE | MIDNIGHT MECCA

    COLLABORATION WITH HOUSE NOIR SUPREME and BLACK & TAN

    DECEMBER 31, 2016 | BLACK & TAN HALL, SEATTLE

    "The event was amazing!! When will we be able to see the pictures from the event?" - Adaeze Medani

     

    "Such an amazing night! Hope to work together again in 2017!" - Mari Waller

     

    "Listen, we kicked it HARD. Even Hari Kondabolu was there to shut it down!"

    - Sakara Remmu

     

    "Thanks to you, the organizers and Black & Tan Hall folks for the memorable party. Ready to fight back for these next 4 years." - Joaquin Uy

     

    "With StasTheeBoss of Thee Satisfaction DJ’ing through the night, Hillman City welcomed 2017 from its newest gathering spot, Black & Tan Hall. The venue hosted the 2nd Annual Midnight Mecca New Year’s Eve Ball, which centered Seattle’s queer and trans people of color (QTPOC), and also served as the hall’s grand opening celebration." - Jovelle Tamayo

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