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Mia Nakano

Mia Nakano, Nourishing Power

Drawing inspiration from the role potlucks have played within queer Asian American social justice groups as a site of connection, Nourishing Power offers an array of takeaway tools for gathering (prompts, objects, recipes for action, questions) that audiences can carry into the world and enact. Like a potluck, these tools will encourage people to bring something to share with their gatherings to sustain and nourish interconnectivity and empathy.

About Mia Nakano

Mia Nakano, from Visibility Project, is an artist, archivist, social change maker rooted in Oakland, CA. Her work is shaped through her experiences as a proud 4th generation Japanese American, queer woman of color, daughter of a single mother, and sister of a deaf adult. She is a self-taught artist, who advocates the strategic and ethical use of the arts to make social change. Nakano is the Founding Director of the Visibility Project and Co-founding Director of the Resilience Archives. She is a board member of Banteay Srei, whose work is dedicated to ending the sexual exploitation of young Southeast Asian women in Oakland. She is the IT Director of the Asian American for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE) network, and co-founder of Hyphen magazine. Nakano has dedicated the last two decades of her life to uplifting the stories and histories of LGBTQ Asian Pacific Americans. She has contributed work to Colorlines, the Kathmandu Post, Democracy Now! the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Institute, Salon.com, APEX Express, Intersection for the Arts, and de Young.

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