Public Programs

Kitchen Sessions, Curated by Imani Sims: Humaira Abid – Searching for Home

  • Friday, November 10, 2017:
  • 6:30 - 8:30 PM
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  • Add to calendar 2017-11-10 18:30:00 2017-11-10 20:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Kitchen Sessions, Curated by Imani Sims: Humaira Abid – Searching for Home - BAM

Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas and Bellevue Arts Museum bring you a night of performances surrounding themes of women, refugees, children, and personal journey. Immerse yourself in the exhibition Humaira Abid: Searching for Home, then join us in the Forum for a curated selection of performances created specifically for the night.

 What are Kitchen Sessions?

  1. An opportunity to highlight and celebrate black female identified artists.
  2. An opportunity for the community to reflect on and discuss art with the artist.
  3. An opportunity for inter-generational dialogue.

The Kitchen seems like the place where nourishment is found. Not only food but also valuable lessons. Little girls go from childhood to the kitchen. At some point we graduate into womanhood. What is the rite of passage that allows you to enter the sacred space of the kitchen? It functions as an epicenter, a doorway into a space where it is safe to examine the crooked room. It is safe to talk about the long list of things we experience as black women. As our hands conjure nourishment our mouths begin to form spells and we reshape our reality for a moment. This show aims to reshape reality for a moment.

BAM & CD Forum Members: $10| Non-members: $15 (Includes presentations, admission to galleries, and small bites)

Presented by

Performer bios

Amber Flame

Amber Flame is a writer, composer, and performer, whose work has garnered artistic merit residencies with Hedgebrook, The Watering Hole, Vermont Studio Center, and Yefe Nof. Flame’s original work has been published in diverse arenas, including Winter Tangerine, The Dialogist, Split This Rock, Black Heart Magazine, Sundress Publications, FreezeRay, Redivider Journal, and more. A 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee, Jack Straw Writer and recipient of the CityArtist grant from Seattle's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Amber Flame's first full-length poetry collection, Ordinary Cruelty, was recently published through Write Bloody Press. Flame joins the Hugo House in Seattle as the 2017 poetry Writer-in-Residence, and is a queer Black single mama just one magic trick away from growing her unicorn horn.

Falon Sierra

Falon Sierra’s unique style is a combination of smooth vocals and powerful lyrics. Her work bends traditional genres in new and interesting ways, creating an alternative R&B sound blended with electric soul. With influences like Kelela and Amy Winehouse, Falon Sierra is taking up the mantle of the soulful songstress in a way that is completely her own. Her EP Beauty in Danger was released in the summer of 2016.


lindsay zae summers and adera l. gandy are honeydo: a performance duo formed with the intention of using black theatrical constructs, movement, and poetry to explore storytelling dedicated to black womanhood. they would like to thank imani for the opportunity to debut their work at kitchen sessions.

Kiki Nicole

kiki nicole is an agender yung negro artist who is still here. They are based in Portland, OR and work to create multidisciplinary blk art that un/bodies, un/genders, and re/news. They create for colored queers who have considered suicide when they are named Too Much. They are a 2016 Pink Door fellow and 2017 member of Destiny Arts' QEAR cohort. Their work has been published in The Shade Journal, Wus Good Magazine, and has been installed in galleries/venues in Portland, Oregon and Oakland, CA.

Photo by Miá Charnelle (ig: @miacharnellevisuals/

Noelle Price

Noelle Price, native Detroiter, is an independent artist who moved to Seattle in 2015, shortly after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Western Michigan University. Before leaving she developed community dance projects in the Kalamazoo area including the establishment of the Art for Change Scholarship through the Black Arts and Cultural Center. In Seattle, Noelle has set work in festivals Full Tilt (Evoke Productions) and the Men in Dance Adjudicating Showcase, both in 2017. She self-produced an evening length work titled “An Ode to Marlin” in 2016 and danced as a 2016-17 member of Karin Stevens Dance Company. Noelle is currently dancing for Maya Soto and Nico Tower in their upcoming work Beautiful Carcass. She is the Artistic Director of PRICEarts N.E.W. ensemble. She loves spreading the joy of dance by teaching youth and adult classes at eXitSPACE School of Dance as well as Washington School of Dance.