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Inspired Child Black Artist Community Council

Black Artist Community Council is a 15 member community group of Black artists, formed in 2020,  who elevate and build our Black artistic community, increase collaboration, create a collective voice and develop and provide information and resources to sustain and secure the legacy of our community and our crafts. We support the vision, mission, and programming of Inspired Child through our thought leadership, community engagement, program development and grant writing. 

Meet Our Community Council

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Nichelle Alderson
(She/Her), FNTP, LICSW

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Founder of Infinitely Well, Co-founder of The Afrodisiac Show, and Co-founder of Sistas Rock The Arts Collective.

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Aaron Counts

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Poet and Fiction Writer. Co-founder of Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program. Co-Founder of Creative Justice. Member of Brothers United In Leadership Development.


Lola E. Peters

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Writer,  member of African American Writers' Alliance. Editor-at-Large at South Seattle Emerald.


Anthony Tackett

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Cinematographer, Founder and Director of Seattle Filmmakers of The African Diaspora and Executive Producer at Abstract Media NW.

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Poet, Artist and Educator. Director of Housing Service at Lavender Rights Project.

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Melba Ayco

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Artistic Director of Northwest Tap Connection

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Akilah Franklin

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Singer, Song Writer, and Martial Artist

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Brittany Davis

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Musician & Producer


Olisa Enrico-Johnson

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Performing Artist, Arts Education Specialist, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Griot Girlz

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Monique Franklin

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Multidisciplinary Artist, Arts Educator,  

Founder and Director of Inspired Child, member of the African American Writers Alliance.

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Creative, Educator, Healer. Founder and Artistic Director of Earth Pearl Collective. Co-founder of Niles Edge

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Thione Diop

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Percussionist and Founder of The Spirit of Africa Festival

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Nacala Ayele

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Founder of Joyful Practices Joy Actualization Coaching. Board President a Tubman Center for Health and Freedom

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Chris Patin

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Musician, Co-founder of the Pacific Northwest Drum Line, and Educator at JazzEd.

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Founder & Executive Director of the Silent Task Force

Co- Founder of Sistas Rock the Arts, Co-founder of Heal the Healers. Singer, Song Writer, Actor, Community Activist and organizer.

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