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

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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)


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)


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)


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

Precious Wallace & Michael Sasorith
Precious Wallace & Michael Sasorith
Co-Directors of Diversity and Inclusion
Precious N. Wallace is the owner and creative of King P. Studio and Art In Many Forms. She is a true creative both from childhood and being professionally trained. Precious is on a mission to give a voice to women of color creatives and those alike, while providing knowledge to those are creating more thought leadership around art.

Michael Sasorith is the Lead Designer at ArcStone, a digital agency in Minneapolis. He is also a Board Member for The SEAD Project, a nonprofit organization based in Minnesota that focuses on helping members of the Southeast Asian community connect with their heritage and amplify their narratives to thrive, mobilize, and heal. He graduated with his BFA in Graphic Designer from the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities. His professional focus is on web, UI, and UX. His skills extend to a variety of design disciplines — including print, brand and identity, and type design. He is also an illustrator who strives to make Lao/Lao-American culture more visible and amplify narratives from the Southeast Asian community. His passions include racial equity, culture, and identity.