Micah Bazant is a visual artist who works with social justice movements to make change look irresistible. They are also an anti-zionist jew and identify as trans and timtum (one of six jewish gender categories). Micah creates art inspired by struggles to decolonize ourselves from white supremacy, patriarchy, ableism and the gender binary. They see art as a human birthright and a necessary and powerful part of all liberation struggles. Micah has been part of Strong Families' Mamas Day since its inception, and was honored to serve as Artistic Director this year. You can see more of Micah's work at micahbazant.com.
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.
Jess X. Chen is a queer filmmaker, multi-disciplinary artist/activist and nationally-touring poet. She is a member of the Justseeds Artists Co-operative. Through film, mural-making, poetry and education, she is working toward a future where migrant and indigenous youth of color see themselves whole and heroic, on the big screen and the city walls & then grow up to create their own.bA graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, her work has been a part of The Huffington Post, The UN Human Rights Council, and at the Asian Cinevision Diversity Screening at the New York Times.
Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski is an artist who uses culturally “classed” materials to create 2-D and performative work that explores how we might be programming our future in relationship to systems of marginalization. She is concerned specifically with the futuristic femme myth as it applies to queer and of color communities.
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.
Ethan Parker is a self-taught sequential artist and illustrator living and working in Austin, TX. Their works pulls from social commentary surrounding the intersectionality of being queer, black and trans as a means of uplifting communities of color and amplifying the voices of queer black individuals through visual storytelling. As a budding queer activist, Ethan uses their art as a platform to speak their truths while navigating everyday situations and examining hard truths through a sardonic lens.
Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and organizer based in Oakland, California. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna lectures globally on intersection of art, social justice and cultural equity to catalyze social change, and leads art interventions in communities around the country. Rodriguez collaborates deeply with social movement groups around the country to co-create art that’s resilient, empowering and transformative. She is the Executive Director of CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. In 2012, she was featured in a documentary series by Pharrell Williams titled “Migration is Beautiful” which addressed how artists responded to failed immigrant policy in the United States. In 2009, she co-founded Presente.org, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities.