Bio: Sonja Is a co-founder of Look Wonder Discover and is a constant creator of art in many different forms, whether writing, drawing, or sharing stories. She was born and is currently living in Michigan. She fills her days with activism, art-making, disseminating science, writing, social justice, reading, and continuing her ongoing scientific research. She also has a strong curiosity and love for anything with four legs, tentacles, scales, fur, horns, or wings (magical beast included).
Bio: Sacramento Knoxx is a hard-working interdisciplinary artist creating music and film with strong Detroit roots. He produces a sound of electronic, indigenous, Chicano, ghettotech, Afro-Latino, hip-hop, soul, rhythm, and blues. Knoxx is musically involved in all aspects of playing, creating, and producing sound while making visuals or images to further capture emotions and ideas that work with the music intentionally. His versatile background with different forms of music allows him to blend traditional & contemporary styles, while constantly trying out new frameworks to create music and film that work together rather than separate practices.
Knoxx has built community concerts and workshops that engage many audiences in public spaces all around the city of Detroit and internationally across the globe. Currently, Knoxx shares interactive music performances, blending captured moments in life and creative imagery through large projection motion graphics & videos. Building from raw experiences & grit, his works launch vibrations to help assemble the world we want to live in.
In addition to creating these dynamic storytelling installations, he creates documentary film and music videos encapsulating the experience of struggle and celebration of the many diverse layers of community.
Bio: Nadia is an LWD co-founder and lifelong interdisciplinary artist. She believes that art, story, and education can transform the world into a more curious and equitable place, and she hopes to help that transformation along in any way she can. Nadia freelances and works with multiple organizations offering community organizing, arts and education programming. When Nadia is not reading, she is either writing, drawing, studying the humanities and sciences, or exploring intersections of philosophy and activism.
Bio: Max is a multimedia content manager and digital artist based in Traverse City, MI. They grew up here in Northern Michigan, where the beautiful landscapes inspired them to pick up a camera. Max founded OB and Co., a multimedia production company, while still in high school. They attended university in the Netherlands but can never spend too much time away from Lake Michigan, so the return to TC was inevitable! They are passionate about creating and curating high-quality content for organizations they believe in.
Bio: JoAnne is from the community of Peshawbestown and is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa/Chippewa Indians. She believes tradition and culture are vital to the Anishinaabe way of life and has continued her learning of the 3 Fires people. JoAnne has presented to various communities on the way of life and culture of the Odawa.
Bio: There is a moment when it becomes possible to translate a sketch into three dimensions. Sometime in his second decade, David E. Moehle realized that if he could draw it, he could build it. Now in his fifth decade, he has translated his ideas into everything from wooden sculptures to solar energy solutions, from tree houses to community-building art projects.
Although his favorite medium grows readily outside his home in Northern Michigan, he prefers to leave the trees in the forest and use post-production material rescued from job sites. Working hard to leave the world better, David chooses recycled material and non-toxic finishes that would be just as happy displayed in a museum as they would naturally decaying in the understory of the woods.
bio: Besides being a nurse, Shiatsu and alternative practitioner, I have also taught clay building, organic gardening and started a pottery guild. I also brought Empty Bowls to Traverse City. Now I am retired and ready for more fun!
Bio: Pia Lu lives and works in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a fine art painter and uses her artwork to evoke hope for a brighter future. Pia believes passionately that resilience comes from a strong community and works to build the ones around her.
6 word memoir: Artist, activist, and an introspective goofball!
Bio: Mervyn is a freelance artist from Northern Michigan. Having recently graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Mervyn now works professionally in illustration, comic art, concept art, and intermedia story design.
Bio: I’m Kennedy Augusto Beer, and I’m from Guinea-Bissau. I have a degree in Public Administration from the University of International Integration of Afro-Brazilian Lusophony (UNILAB). I am currently waiting for my visa to Portugal for a master’s degree in economics at the University of Beira Interior. I was a member of a network of young journalists who helped empower children in Guinea-Bissau. I always want to do my best to help those who need it most through education so that one day they can be people who will work very hard to help Guinea-Bissau and Africa.
Biografia: Eu sou Kennedy Augusto Beer, sou da Guiné-Bissau. Sou formado em Aministração pública pela Universidade da integração internacional da lusofonia afro-brasileira (UNILAB) atualmente estou aguardando o meu visto para portugal para ir fazer mestrado em economia na Universidade Beira Interior. Fui membro de redes de jovens jornalistas que ajudava a empoderar as crianças na Guiné-Bissau, quero dar o meu melhor sempre para ajudar os que mais precisam através da educação para que um dia possam ser pessoas que vão trabalhar muito duro para ajudar a Guiné-Bissau e a Africa.
6 word memoir: Greater the challenge, greater the motivation.
Bio: Janelle has been creating botanically inspired ceramic art and homeware since she received her BFA from the College for Creative Studies in 2009. She sells her creations at art fairs around Michigan, online, and in select boutiques across the country. Janelle works out of her in-home ceramic studio in Interlochen.
Bio: Identity is the intersection of how individuals identify and how they are identified by others. It is the story of who we are, and the better these stories can be told directly reflects how smooth connections between different individuals or groups can be. Brett Sinclair is an Interculturalist, Marketer, and Project Manager who just wants to help people not face barriers as they seek to affirm their own passions. He does this through his Marketing Agency, Raven & Lotus, by using a storytelling approach that puts core values first when telling narratives to customers and communities while putting the focus on the needs of that audience. Raven & Lotus also hosts the Grand Traverse Region’s Diversity Equity Inclusion Action Network – a table for the community to gather around and affect real change.
As a neuro-diverse, indigenous, black, and white individual, Sinclair has seen how systems affect people’s ability to fully participate in society. Challenges of inclusion are a key factor in the health of a community and individuals, and he seeks to use his background in Project Management and Teaching to foster everyone’s ability to be human with other humans. Serving Northern Michigan E3 as Council Coordinator has been a gift opportunity to further this work “Up North”. One day he hopes to own a tea shop and brewery in a lighthouse with a bookstore to be a center for these ideas.
Bio: Amy Daniels-Moehle grew up in Detroit in the 70s-80s and found her place in the world as a researcher focused on the intersection of community building, brain science, culture curation, education research, and supporting literacy and libraries. Since 2001 she has been facilitating communication circles, educational and creative workshops while supporting myriad nonprofits working to bring people together through literacy, creativity, and curiosity. She lives in the woods with her best friends (aka her family, including a very small dog); there, she has managed to turn a sandy yard into a pollinator paradise and thankfully has a home library that can keep her occupied for a long, long time.