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Jun 14, 2018

Photographic walking tours to writing workshops, “disruptive” art to small groups talking through modern masculinity—our 2018 Inside/Out Neighborhood Residents created some of the most interactive programs in Town Hall’s history. Now, Town Hall invites you to take part in their capstone evening as they reflect on their experiences during this experimental year.

Join this season’s Residents—Jordan Alam, Peter DiCampo, Erik Molano, and Shin Yu Pai—as they share a behind-the-scenes look at the triumphs and challenges of their Residencies.

Each of our Residents offered us a presentation on the season’s surprising and inspiring moments:

  • Peter DiCampo presents a visual exploration of his photography-centered events, with a focus on the power of representing everyday truths through a visual medium.
  • Shin Yu Pai brings author Donna Miscolta back to the stage for a conversation reflecting on their 4/13 event, History is An Act of the Imagination.
  • Erik Molano presents a recollection of his events elevating the stories and futures of Capitol Hill and the Central District, along with community conversations on the nature of masculinity.
  • Jordan Alam has left Seattle to attend grad school (and we wish her the best of luck!). She will not be present for a stage appearance, but instead she offers us a video reflection of her time programming for our season accompanied by a live presentation from her collaborator, Nic Masangkay.

Jordan Alam is Town Hall Seattle’s 2018 Inside/Out Resident representing Hillman City and Columbia City. She is a writer, editor, doula, and social change educator who grew up at an intersection of Bangladeshi American, Muslim, queer, and femme identities. Her work focuses on social forces such as poverty, racism, and trauma, and finding ways to articulate how those experiences live in our bodies and shape the course of our lives. Jordan urges us to engage with subtle moments of transition and transformation in our own lives and the lives of others.

Peter DiCampo is Town Hall Seattle’s 2018 Inside/Out Resident representing the University District and Ravenna neighborhoods. Peter is a documentary photographer whose goal is to contribute his work to a dialogue on international development and perceptions of Africa. He began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer and a traditional photojournalist—now, his work seeks to deconstruct that experience. He is a co-founder of Everyday Africa and he is a regular speaker in classrooms and workshops on media stereotypes and the promotion of localized storytelling.

Erik Molano is Town Hall’s 2018 Inside/Out Neighborhood Resident representing the Capitol Hill and the Central District neighborhoods. Erik is a graphic designer, prolific event organizer, and co-founder of Photon Factory (a hybrid organization that is half design studio and half community space). He lends his design background to connect Seattle’s creative professionals with social justice organizations. His current focus is on building authentic human connection while understanding and transforming toxic masculinity.

Shin Yu Pai is Town Hall Seattle’s 2018 Inside/Out Resident representing the Phinney Greenwood neighborhoods. Shin Yu is a poet, cross-media artist, and curator for the collaborative global exploration project Atlas Obscura. Her poetic origins inform an artistic style that has grown beyond the written word—manifesting in photography, installation and public art, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and sound. She encourages us to reflect upon the essential questions of our own lives, and to explore how we see that interrogation expressed or mirrored around us.

Nic Masangkay, who has just released an EP “A Hundred Setting Suns,” creates  music and performance poetry that explores the challenging relationship to their own body as a queer Filipinx femme.

Donna Miscolta is an author currently based in Seattle whose writing has been featured in over a dozen journals, including Seattle Magazine, America’s Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, and others. She is the author of the story collection Hola and Goodbye and the novel When the de la Cruz Family Danced.

Recorded live at The Summit by Town Hall Seattle on Thursday, June 7, 2018.