Four Projects in Four Months for Complexion
Complexion--the creative collective built by our year 3s and 4s--will be working on some really cool projects with some really dope people from January-April. For our older group we intentionally create opportunities for them to grow as media makers and professionals. In accordance with that, we've teamed up with four local artists/entrepreneurs and created a series of client-based projects (one per month) that our veteran teens will be in charge of completing. We've never done anything like this before and we think it's going to be pretty major!
Check out who we're working with!
Do D.A.T is an emcee, arts educator and event host, born and raised in Oakland, CA. Throughout his career, Do D.A.T. has released four albums, as a member of The Attik crew, as a solo artist, and most recently collaborating with DJ/Producer Malicious Lee. Do D.A.T. is recognized as a prominent emcee in the community, hosting local fundraisers, award ceremonies for disabled youth, poetry slams, and hip-hop events. He has lead creative writing & social justice workshops for almost every major high school in the Oakland / San Francisco Bay Area, and has been a featured speaker at several conferences and events across the nation, including the Earn Your Stripes Cipher and the Bay Area Emcee Olympics. Do D.A.T. also spent several years as an educator at The Bay Area Video Coalition (B.A.V.C.), where he mentored and groomed the next generation of hip-hop artists.
Red Bay Coffee is a quality-focused roaster of fine coffee, based in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California. They strive to develop beautiful coffees, fair relations, and delicious living. They are food heads, artists, community folk, and innovators who love love love what they do. It was founded in 2014 by Keba Konte--a successful food entrepreneur with 10 years experience in the specialty coffee and hospitality industry.
UPLFTRS is a streetwear community + cultural brand located in Oakland, CA. They design, produce and distribute high-quality apparel for individuals who strive for collective empowerment and growth. Their philosophy is that clothing makes life not only better for ourselves, but for all. This can only be achieved by those who examine, build, and inspire culture together. Integrity is the fabric that defines who UPLFTRS is and what they will become.
Pamela Chavez is a Costa Rican animator and illustrator working primarily out of the Bay Area, California. She is heavily influenced by magical realism and contemporary issues directly impacting Latina/o communities. She is inspired by the works of QWOC theory and writings. Pamela is specifically focused on stories that shed light on elements of hope, love and beauty that rise from the dark and mundane. Her skill-set ranges from stop motion and hand drawn animation to character concept design and illustrative storytelling in both traditional and digital platforms.
Pamela is a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and also holds a BA in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She combines her experience as an activist and organizer with the redefining media platforms of animation and illustration.