Ambassador Team 3

Presenting the third Ambassador team at On the Boards. alma khasawnihRobert Hutchison, and Yonnas T Getahun. Get to know them as they dig into OtB's performance world. Find them in the lobby at shows, attend their events, and read what they have to say on the blog throughout the next two months.

 

alma khasawnih
A visual artist and an academic from Detroit via Far West Asia, alma is currently working on her doctorate at the University of Washington's Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies Department, studying the process of work of Egyptian women artists' during the Arab Spring. alma is also a member of the online publication the Seattle Globalist, is an artist, arts writer and academic with networks in Arab, Filipino, African American communities around the globe. Her experience with a broad range of artists has given her the opportunity to be critical of the diversities of art works and how they may be read within different cultural and social contexts.

“I bring with me a deep interest in the arts and an innate desire to share them with others. I find art not only beautiful, but able to effect change in the world we live in. This love of the arts allows me to speak to multiple persons on the important to attend and support the arts. Also, an ability to connect art to every day life experiences.” 

What is your favorite occupation?
Being a student, followed by postal service worker.

How do you prefer to travel?
All form of travel are great, because they facilitate going places.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Travel.

Do you have a Nickname?
No.

Do you dance?
Yes. Yes. And a thousand times yes.

 

Robert Hutchison
Born in North Carolina, Robert spent his youth in Luxembourg and Germany and his teenage years in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Robert was a Partner for the award-winning architecture firm Hutchison & Maul Architecture from 2001 to 2013. Recently he formed his new practice Robert Hutchison Architecture. He has been volunteering in the social sector as a 4culture Public Art Advisory Committee member since 2008, and with Space.City as a board member since 2007. His practice has placed a primary emphasis on engaging and interacting with artistic disciplines in cultures outside of Seattle. These experiences include a research scholarship in Scandinavia, a Creative Artist’s Fellowship in Japan, and serving as the Program Director and Professor for the ongoing University of Washington’s Architecture in Mexico program for the last three years. As an architect, he has worked on projects in Mexico, Montreal, China, and Chile.

“I am an architect who has for the last ten years focused on developing an architectural ‘practice’ which attempts to expand the very definition of what it means to ‘practice’ architecture. I design buildings, I write about things, I am fascinated by photography, I implement art installations, I teach, and I travel as often as I can. I profess to say that I don’t know much about dance and theater. I seek out people who share my interest in creative disciplines other than architecture. One of the problems with the architectural profession is that it too often is only concerned with itself. So the idea of being a part of a diverse team that will complement each other in unexpected ways is very appealing to me."

What is your favorite occupation?
Well, I like being an architect, but I always wondered about being a photographer, or a seaplane pilot or both?

How do you prefer to travel?
Walking or motorcycle.

What is your greatest extravagance?
My library.

Do you have a Nickname?
Hutch

Do you dance?
Only after numerous tequilas inside a bar named La Parla in the historic center of Mexico City.

Yonnas T Getahun
Yonnas was originally raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and having lived for a period of time in refugee camp in Kenya before living in the states my perspective is centered in concepts of assimilation, otherness and agency.  After resigning from the pursuit of engineering degree at the University of Washington he discovered the power of poetry.  Since then Yonnas has written and performed poetry to express his ideas and observations.  Love for the arts has also led Yonnas to be an advocate and promoter to the talents of those around him.  

"My life has been enriched by the arts.  What I hope to bring is encouragement to all that are involved to dream as big as possible in creating experiences that will inspire, challenge and engage audiences." 

What is your favorite occupation?
My favorite occupation is connecting people and ideas.  I have a rich network of friends and associates whose ideas and pursuits complement each other.  Being a bridge between people and introducing them gives me incredible satisfaction.

How do you prefer to travel?
I prefer to travel by air.  I often fancy air planes covered by glass in which we could really get the sensation of flying seeing the world underneath and all around.

Do you have a Nickname?
I have multiple nick names.  The only one I will disclose is Yonie.  

What is your greatest extravagance?
My greatest extravagance is buying friends and family dinner and drinks. Not that exciting but if we are out and about you can almost bet first round is on me.

Do you dance?
Do I dance? Sometimes.  Do I fantasize about dancing?  A whole lot.

 

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