Meet Our Artists

Brother Amjed. Son, Brother, Husband, Father. Part-time mixed medium artist, full time Community Health Navigator also known locally as Amjet Kemet Via Open Mics circles and other artistic platforms. Native of Africa by way of Sudan and Somalia, raised in Washington DC. migrated to "Minnesota nice" Late 90s because all of my cousins were here. Co-founder of nomadic Expressions Open Mic.

Peuo Tuy is a Cambodian American spoken word poet, a fiction writer, and a poetry workshop leader. Her poetry book, Khmer Girl (2014), talks about a young Khmer girl/woman struggling to find self-love while challenging societal norms. Her poems has appeared in Art Papers Magazine (2016) and in video projects curated by 30ToLifeProductions and The New School called, “Futurographies.” She was part of Urbintel's Inc. “HerStory” spoken word tour (2005 - 2006). She recently completed the “Art of Healing” (2016) and “Khmer Girl East Coast Tour” book tours (2016).

Loc Tran was born in Vietnam and moved to Minnesota in 1993 when he was one-and-a-half years old. He's graduting with a Bachelor's of Music Performance from McNally Smith College of Music in May. He loves to play classical, jazz, blues music and compose classical and comedy music. He loves basketball, playing the Tetris II video game with his Mom, and Asian food.

Lula Saleh is an Ethiopian-Eritrean American Muslim, multidisciplinary performance artist, writer, poet, singer-songwriter, journalist, organizer and Empath. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, and living in both Ethiopia and the UK as a child, she identifies as a third culture kid. Lula is a NEXUS Music Artist and an Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) Fellow. She writes and sings at the intersections of her multiethnic, transnational diaspora identity.

Nsasi Vence Guerra (Sandra Santiago Pickett) is a second-generation Puerto Rican woman born and bred in Chicago, Illinois. Sandra is a poet, healer, and educator. In 2006, Sandra co-wrote her first production, "Brown Girls Singing," with her sister Dr. Yolanda Nieves. Since then, Sandra has performed with Vida Bella Ensemble, Teatro Luna, The Green House Theater, and Mixed Blood Theater.

Maria Isabel Gonzalez is a performer and educator in the Twin Cities. Her theater work includes performances through TigerLions Arts, Chameleon Theatre and Teatro del Pueblo. She has worked with Teatro del Pueblo in the last few years and has had several successful artistic collaborations with the theater company.  As an individual artist, she co-directed the Spanish play of Clementina at Kyung Hee Univeristy in South Korea.

Carolyn Friedhoff is a Miami native, raised in the space between an American man and a Nicaraguan woman. She is a dancer, and has trained with the Miami Conservatory of Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet, the American Repertory Ballet, Carleton College’s dance department and Experimental Dance Board, the Minnesota Dance Theatre, and Zenon Dance Company. She studies philosophy and cognitive science, and aspires to be an educator and an interface between cultures.

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