Juan Franco

Artist | Organizer | Educator




festival:festival (2018), Seattle



Youth in Focus Students , Student Exhibition (2017), Base: Experimental Arts + Space, Georgetown, Seattle


FEMAIL, Midlife Crisis (2017), Capitol Hill, Seattle

Modern Recollections, A Seventh Man (2017), Base: Experimental Arts + Space, Georgetwon, Seattle




I am the Co-Founder and Lead Organizer of festival:festival, a FREE visual and performing arts festival in Seattle happening on August 10th and 11th. It will take place at Northwest Film Forum and LoveCityLove. This arts festival focuses on Seattle artists and practices that engage with intersectional structures and identities.

We are currently in a Kickstarter campaign to ensure financial equity for artists and cultural workers in the festival.

>http://bit.ly/FF18Kickstarter

MISSION
Our mission is to create vibrant spaces through creative frameworks of empowerment, healing, and intentionality with the goal of building a sustainable and accessible arts community.

STRATEGY
festival:festival brings together and celebrates live music, performance, theatre, dance, visual arts, panel discussions, workshops, and other creative presentations removing the barriers that often separate the arts into genre-specific venues and programming.

EQUITY
Artists and cultural workers produce vital cultural services with reduced or even no financial support. Seattle, as one of the fastest growing cities in the United States¹, perpetuates an ever growing endemic of economic inequality. The burden falls disproportionately on historically exploited communities. At festival:festival, we are dedicated to presenting, supporting, and investing in artists and cultural workers from these communities.




1. Gene Balk, "114,000 more people: Seattle now decade’s fastest-growing big city in all of U.S.," Seattle Times (Seattle, WA), May 24, 2018.

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