Sam Trump is a multi-instrumentalist, and a 3Arts Recipient with 15+ years of experience in live performance, curation, consulting, and management. He is co-founder of multiple Chicago-based organizations, a business owner, and entrepreneur. Sam Trump is the project lead for a new initiative with Build Bronzeville to establish a Creative Complex at The Forum that will be a gathering space for networking, sharing, and collaboration amongst local multimedia artists. This initiative will also bring forth a creative economic platform for the revitalization of The Forum, the 43rd Street & Green Line transit hub, and the broader Bronzeville community.
Anna Jensen is co-founder of The Mortal Path Alliance, a team of practitioners who provide community support for the process of death, dying, and transition. She is also a certified specialist in the Grief Recovery Method, and is passionate about helping people understand, transform, and transcend their grief into grace. Her professional experience spans 15 years of business development, enablement, adult education, and change management. Anna holds a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Iowa and is currently working toward a certificate in Applied Mythology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Seth Vanek is a musician, snack blogger, fake therapist, and DIY talk show host. As host of The Therapy Sessions, he interviews local writers and performers about their fears, disappointments, and desires in front of a drinking crowd. He is a programmer for the local non-profit Homeroom and plays drums in several Chicago rock bands including Roommate, Velvetron, and Health & Beauty.
Mike Nikolich hosts a Friday shift on CHIRP Radio from noon to 3 pm. After working in the public relations field for 33 years, including founding, building and selling his PR firm, Tech Image, Mike retired in 2012, got bored and earned his MBA from Northern Illinois University. He currently is director of NIU's digital marketing program and is a full-time instructor. Mike has been married to Susan for 33 years and they have two daughters, Jessica and Christine, plus a Golden Doodle named Kramer, who occasionally appears on WCIU-TV ads promoting "Seinfeld."
Self-taught artist and writer Damien James has participated in over 80 exhibitions since 2005, and his writing has been published in New City and The Reader, on Art21.org and badatsports.com, among other places. He is an avid walker and sings in the shower regularly.
Kellye Howard is a multi hyphenated performer; widely known for her stand up performances featured on Comedy Central, TBS, NBC, FOX, WGN, and Nickelodeon. She has written and performed two one woman shows, an alumni of Second City Chicago, and costarred on NBC Chicago Justice. Kellye has a Youtube VLOG centered around her life as a mother, wife, and creative and a podcast, “Kellye Talks” which highlights the struggles of up and coming artist from all over the world. IG/Twitter: @kellyehoward (www.kellyehoward.com)