Asian American artist // activist
Since receiving degrees in dance and journalism from Western Washington University in 2010, Gabrielle Kazuko Nomura Gainor's involvement in the arts has ranged from working professionally as an arts journalist, co-founding and directing a Seattle-based dance troupe, and receiving grants for her own choreography. At Seattle Opera, she has helped the company garner a national reputation for outstanding social media content, and has also served as a cultural and community adviser. During Madame Butterfly for example, she created programming, blogs, program articles and curated a lobby exhibit surrounding Asian Pacific Islander representation. As a storyteller of various mediums, Gabrielle disrupts the status quo of Seattle's predominately white arts scene, while empowering her fellow multicultural artists and storytellers. Follow her on Instagram to see what she's up to.