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2021 Teaching Artists
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Sunshine Lombre (she/her)
Southside Chicago native Sunshine Lombre is a freelance poet, dancer & choreographer who specializes in expressing sensuality & emotional authenticity through her words & movements. She performs poetry and choreography nationwide while also curating seasonal artist showcases celebrating Black heritage. Sunshine strives to share her passion for Poetry and choreography while uplifting communities through teaching creative writing classes through the Chicago Public Library system and other orgs.
Joy B. Songeur (She/They)
Joy B. is a queer Jersey bred storyteller. She uses her art to translate and share her life's journey. Her hope is to inspire joy and provoke thought with her art. Through Joy's own wellness journey, she has navigated unique obstacles with her identity and emotions. She is happy to be in space where she can share and support others on their journey as well.
Vaughan Larsen (they/them)
Vaughan Larsen is a Milwaukee-based artist whose work is used as a vehicle to explore their personal identity through photographic self-portraiture. Raised in Central Wisconsin, the concept of queer values intertwined with the Midwest American Dream is a constant theme in their work. Influenced by the history and expectations of family, the comparison of LGBTQ+ and heterosexual societies, and the American Landscape, Larsen creates staged moments reflecting on their journey through self-discovery
Andrés Hernández (she/they)
Andrés Hernández (she/they) is a non-binary Mexican illustrator and writer currently based in the border city of Tijuana, Baja California. Her artistic practice focuses on addressing socially relevant issues from an intimate perspective, focusing on personal narratives and highlighting experiences that have been emotionally significant. She also collaborates with The AjA Project as a member of their Communications Team.
James R. Sanders (He/Him)
"Even in style, I've felt a responsibility. I won't ignore the injustices as storied and truer than the fabrics we adorn ourselves in. Words are an assignment – style is an assignment to liberate." – James R. Sanders James uses his experience and work in writing and fashion to produce projects that speak to social justice and race reform. As a storyteller, James creates projects that speak to his platform and the mission of those who came before him.
Quan The Poet (he/him)
Quan is a black queer poet using his poetry to inspire and motivate everyone to live in their truth and be their authentic self. He has competed in poetry slams around LA, published his poetry book "The Struggle" and designed his own merchandise line.
Mikey Vibal (she/her)
Mikey Vibal is a Queer multidisciplinary artist, writer and art historian working in Los Angeles. Her drawings create a home for Queerness. She makes drawings that are images of trauma, and healing that rebuild and define her own Queer narrative while challenging previous ones. She is a teaching artist at the Cordial Eye Gallery in Massachusetts and the Get Loud Movement based in California.
Ang Woon (they/them)
Ang Woon (they/them) is a nonbinary, Chinese-American poet, writer, & mindset coach for LGBTQIA+. They were Chair of Queer & Asian at San Jose State University for 5 years, & created 100+ LGBTQ-specific workshop sessions. As a mindset coach, Ang helps people build self-compassion & process buried emotions. Their biggest intention is helping people do things they once thought impossible.
Rodnisha Ford (she/they)
As a healer, creative, and dance enthusiast she moves to the beat of her own imagination! Committed to helping people find creative ways to heal, she uses writing, personal narrative, and wellness tools to encourage and inspire healing in others. As Rodnisha continues to be a positive force in the world, she is mindful of practicing what she preaches by holding herself to the same standards.
Mo Harper-Desir (she/they)
Mo Harper-Desir, is a first generation, multicultural, arts activist from Western MA. Mo brings arts based creation, education and services for community growth. Currently, Mo follows a career in Digital Media and Education. As an artist Mo actively creates using Hip-Hop, Hip Hop theater, Music, Dance and Poetry. Together, within communities, we can bridge our differences to create a stronger, more educated, self sustained community.
Harmony Lee (he/they)
Harmony Lee (he & they) is honored to be Your Gay Dance Teacher! They left the military in 2019 to teach healing, and they have been dancing for joy ever since. As a teacher and author, their movement practice blends modern science, ancestral magic, and dance to promote embodiment, liberation, and self-trust. With a non-judgmental yet playful approach, they provide students with affirming support for healing.
Janette Valenzo (she/her)
Janette Valenzo is a bilingual queer Chicana poet, a teaching artist, an actor, and a mental health advocate. She has poetry published in several journals, and has also shared personal essays on mental health, along with resources she compiled for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. She currently teaches writing workshops. She has a monthly career Tarotscopes column with Powerful Latinas Rising. For more on her work, follow on IG @janettevalenzo.
Jesus “Jesse” Iñiguez (they/he/she)
Jesus “Jesse” Iñiguez is a Transgender-Gender Queer, Latinx visual artist from Chicago. They have worked in the field since 2015 and have collaborated with Columbia College Chicago, the Haitian American Museum of Chicago, The Center for Black Music Research and the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. They incorporate Pre-Columbian American visual elements into contemporary U.S Latino/a/x styles.