D.S. Kinsel Is An Award Winning Creative Entrepreneur And Cultural Agitator. He Expresses His Creativity Through The Mediums Of Painting, Window Display, Installation, Curating, Action-painting, Non-traditional Performance And #HASHTAGS. Kinsel’s Work Puts Focus On Themes Of Escapism, Space Keeping, Urban Tradition, Hip-hop, Informalism And Cultural Appropriation. D.s. Has Served Creative Residencies at Most Wanted Fine Art, Artist Image Resource, The Homewood Residency Program, Kelly Strayhorn Theater/Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer Dreamers Academy, Carnegie Mellon University Digital Arts Studio, and AS220. He is the curator of #ACTIVISTprint, a collaboration between The Andy Warhol Museum, Artist Image Resorce, and BOOM Concepts and also serves as the Penn Avenue Creative Residency Coordinator at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.
D.s. Is The Co-founder Of Boom Concepts, A Creative Hub, Studio Space located in Pittsburgh’s Garfield Neighborhood. It Serves As Salon Space Dedicated To The Advancement Of Black and Brown Artists and Artists Representing Marginalized Communities. BOOM focuses on Youth, Community Artists, And Community Partners To Identify Contemporary Expressions Of Social Justice Through Drama, Dance, Music, Visual Art, And Technology. D.s. is a board member of Pittsburgh Center for Creative REuse, And Serves On The Advisory Board For The Heinz Endowments Transformative Arts Process. A former AmeriCorps Public Ally member, D.s. Has Also Been Recognized As An Awardee of the Pittsburgh Courier Fab 40, Pittsburgh Magazine PUMP 40 Under 40, Pgh Tech Council Creative of The Year, and the Post Gazette “Top Ten People To Meet in 2016”.
For the past two years, Kinsel has been developing an open source public art project called #hashtagsAREtheNEWprotestSIGNS that exists in public dialogue and the digital space. It has been presented at The Wix Lounge, The Youth Leading Change: The State of Our Union, CreativeMornings PGH, Pittsburgh Tech Council’s CREATE Festival, and the 2016 Allied Media Conference.
Bram Reichbaum for the past 8 years has authored “The Pittsburgh Comet,” one of the region’s most critically acclaimed and widely cited blogs on government and politics. When not acting like some kind of online Social Justice Warrior (SJW) or highlighting the work of others, Bram performs odd jobs, such as landscaping. It’s all about tending the garden.
Donald Gilliland is assistant metro editor for breaking news and national politics at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Before joining the Trib, he was an enterprise reporter for The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, covering Marcellus Shale, prison reform and government corruption. He also worked with Sara Ganim on the Pulitzer winning coverage of the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State University. Previously, he edited the weekly Leader-Enterprise in Potter County, where he covered white supremacists and the multi-billion corporate accounting fraud scandal at Adelphia Communications.
Craig Grella is the co-founder and director of One Blue Voice, a digital consulting firm in Pittsburgh, PA. He was recently the National Digital Operations Manager of the Bernie 2016 Presidential Campaign, where he helped develop the technical training, organizational structure, and continual process improvement that inspired a political revolution. He was also an active member of the campaign team which helped to raise more than $250 million through online efforts.
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