Happened
Tue, Jul 16th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Coven
30 North 1st Street, Minneapolis MN 55401

About this Event

This event features a panel of WOC creators who will speak about their experiences in the creative industry, why they went into business for themselves, and how they make their own opportunities. From owning a modeling agency, becoming a muralist & watercolor painter, styling some of the dopest musicians, and running a design studio, listen to these womxn break down Minnesota niceness and how they used their gifts to make a lane for themselves.

Panel Moderator: Precious Wallace

Self-taught and professionally trained, graphic designer and creative, Precious N. Wallace has been working throughout the city over five years with non-profits and many others. She now owns King P. Studio and is finding ways to make space for WOC creators.

Precious is a member of the AIGA Minnesota Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
Find her on Instagram @kingptaughtme.

Photo credit: @ritakovtun

Speakers & Special Guests

Vanessa Lawson (@msvanessalawson)

portecelestial.com // barebonescollective.org  // porteagency.com

What started as a way to pay homage to her family that passed away quickly grew into three businesses. At 23 Vanessa is the owner of a modeling agency, custom clothing brand, and a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Vanessa is also in MN Army National Guard, studying business administration at NHCC with the intention to study at the U of M in Business and Marketing Education.

 

Chanelle Whimper (@flygrllifestyle | @flygirlmafia)

flygirlmafia.bigcartel.com

Aside from her clothing line studying her styling for the last 2 and a half years Chanelle is a generous witty and humble stylist who treats each client as a new canvas as if she’s adding paint to their body. Chanelle doesn’t really separate her clients by name but more so art projects in which she’s added color to.

 

Olivia Funkhouser (@mae_i_liv)

instagram.com/artsylivv

Olivia is a self taught artist who has been painting for four years, her artistic mission is to express the complex authenticity, beauty, and spirituality of the human experience.

DJ: Neeka Jackson (@neekasodopee)

instagram.com/neekasodopee

In three years DJ Neeka has become a powerhouse, a vibrant, and crazysexycool vibe that she commends when she is in the room. She comes from a dancing background, and as a dancer feels the music differently and shares that with the crowds that she rocks every time.

 

Special Guest: Terresa Moses (@blackbirdrevolt | @projectnaptural | @aigamn)

Terresa Moses is the Creative Director at Blackbird Revolt, an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at UMD, the creator of Project Naptural, and co-collaborator of Racism Untaught. She serves on the executive boards of the Duluth NAACP, the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Committee, and on the board of AIGA Minnesota as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion.

 

Special Guest: Sophie Weber (@sophieweber)

Sophie Weber is a senior graduating in the Spring of 2019 from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Studies with a emphasis in Photography. Now she is focusing on a documentary photography series with an focus on documenting and researching the ethnographic evolution of the Yoruba religion, Ifa.

Contact Leadership

Terresa Moses
Terresa Moses
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Terresa Moses is the Creative Director of Blackbird Revolt, a design studio which uses art and design to create conscious messaging and works with a number of organizations that are effecting social change. She is also an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Department of Art & Design. She graduated with her BFA in Fashion Design and minor in African-American Studies from the University of North Texas in 2008. After completing her BFA, she worked as a graphic apparel designer for over six years at a sports agency before going back to UNT to complete her MFA in Design Research with a minor in Anthropology in 2015.

Her design research interests include; “Project Naptural” a project on Black natural hair and its effects on the self-identity of Black women, “Racism Untaught” a project to help integrate anti-racist concepts into design classrooms, empowering marginalized and underrepresented communities, and rewriting denigrating social narratives. She serves as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for AIGA Minnesota (the professional organization for design) and currently leads the committee on a campaign about privilege called Do Better Minnesota. She also serves on the executive board of the Duluth NAACP as the advisor for College Chapter at UMD and Young Adult Committee Chair. Lastly, she serves on the board of the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Committee.