Droege is an artist and cultural producer with a practice that’s hard to pin down. It floats between organizing and object making, while incorporating entrepreneurialism. She recently left her roles in academia to launch CDCP, a business focused on growing arts economy in Pittsburgh. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Temporary Art Review, Travel Daily News, ARTSY, and most Pittsburgh publications.
Candace Jane Opper
Opper is a writer, communicator, and sucker for complex organizational systems. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and a BA in Film Studies from Rhode Island College. Since exiting academia, she has worked with a variety of organizations that strive to promote arts and culture as a means of connecting people across communities. Four of the five places she’s lived begin with the letter P; the fifth is the town where she grew up, which is also home to the PEZ factory. Her first book, “Certain and Impossible Events,” is forthcoming with Kore Press (Fall 2019).
Hattori is an artist and communications coordinator with a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Hattori’s four years at RISD gave her great knowledge on the operations of the contemporary art world and exposed her to a wide array of artists who are practicing on a national and global level. She recently had a show in Brooklyn and has exhibited work in Pittsburgh, New York, New Orleans, and Providence, RI.
Jasmin works in Pittsburgh as an event coordinator, workshop instructor, writer, and artist. She has exhibited work and given poetry readings and performances in various spaces throughout Pittsburgh. Her work often floats around the Black queer narrative. Corrine regularly works towards creating and hosting platforms for artists of color and women.
Earnest is a painter from Alabama and holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She’s passionate about engaging in the local arts community through her jobs, supporting artists, and speaking on the invaluable nature of art in our lives. Earnest is a passionate worker and advocate for arts equality in children’s education and actively picks up teaching opportunities across the city. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is held in private collections across the country.
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