Kevin Lionga Aipopo is a community advocate, storyteller, and student leader based in Traditional Kalupuya lands (Tigard, Oregon). Their work centers around the intersections between their ethnic identity as a Black American and Samoan person and their gender fluidity. Through interpersonal connection, community organizing, poetry, and education, they have found space as an emerging voice for Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, and Climate liberation.
Alec Reade is an artist, producer, community arts facilitator and curator. Alec is a co-founder of Oceanic Art Collective, New Wayfinders. They have an interest in artistic narratives of empowerment that decentralise whiteness, with a focus on community organising, intercultural collaboration and the platforming of Oceanic arts on Kulin Nation lands and beyond. Alec is an Associate Producer for Next Wave Festival 2020, a volunteer with Pacific Climate Warriors, is part of the Brimbank Arts Advisory Committee and is a board member for SEVENTH Gallery, as an Engagement Liaison. New Wayfinders is first and foremost a community for solidarity between Pacific people looking to reclaim and explore their cultural identity through art based on the Kulin Nations (Melbourne). The group acts as a platform for Oceanic artists using creativity to reclaim identity, build community and agency in self- representation.LEARN MORE