Meet Our Artists

Kafiya is a local activist, organizer and general troublemaker. She enjoys the parts of Minneapolis that haven't been gentrified yet and reading whatever she can get her hands on.

Elliot is a musician before he’s a comedian, and a comedian before he’s a person. Currently he’s enrolled as a 3rd year student at a prestigious two year college. He’ll graduate in the spring with a degree that will help him cope with being an adult. His future plans include traveling until he his purpose in life.

Alyssa Perau has been working in the Twin Cities as an actor and theater educator since graduating with a B.F.A in Theater Performance

Jamez Smith is a poet with decades of material sitting around gathering dust. The collection of journals just keeps growing and growing. He needs help.

Akiko Ostlund is a radical and boundary-pushing performance artist based in the Twin Cities. Originally from Osaka, Japan, she developed an interest in tribal fusion belly dance after moving to Minnesota, and subsequently began to study and practice the classical  Indian dance style of Bharatanatyam with the Ragamala school in Minneapolis. In recent years she has developed her own cleverly original dance/performance pieces, as well as insightful and revealing spoken word poetry.

We are a group of dancers based in the Twin Cities dedicated to expression, movement and artistry. With a wide range of dance styles represented within our group, Energy Dance Collective showcases innovation, human experience, and raw emotion. Aside from the fact that we are dedicated to our art, we are fully devoted to each other. Energy Dance Collective is a family, a family who likes to move (and have fun).

Kevin Lanier Moore aka Kaoz is a native Clevelander and an award winning writer, actor, spoken word artist and educator. He began his artistic career appearing in countless plays, community theater projects, independent films and writing competitions. As grand poetry slam champion of his city, Kaoz represented Cleveland at the National Slam competitions two years in a row. 

Born and raised in Minneapolis, DJ Keezy has lit up the Twin Cities scene by quickly making a name for herself. Keezy has DJ'ed at most major venues in town, includinf opening up for a few well known out of state artists. Keezy's signature sound consists of old school throwbacks and the hottest new remixes. She is heavily influenced by hip-hop, jazz and rap. She is also known for throwing many parties in Minnepolis that are all female based. You can hear some of the most creative blends and mixes by her online or hear her sounds out at events throughout the Twin Cities.

Venus DeMars is a multidisciplinary artist and musician, best known as a singer-songwriting transgender rock star and leader of the band All the PRetty Horses. DeMArs is also one of the foundational artists for Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery, creating the iconic big blue doors that fronted on Hennepin Avenue and installations that included a Honda Civic art car parked halfway up the main staircase. A chance tax audit turned h/ir into a champion of artists' tax rights, after which the Venus DeMars Fund with Springboard for the Arts was established.

Julian Hines has created a kaleidoscope of a path in his artistry for over 10 years in the Twin Cities and abroad. He's studied various genres of dance primarily focused on West African, Hip Hop and Step. Known for his membership in Voice of Culture Drum + Dance, where he trained and honed his craft in West African Dance.

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