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Graham Hackett is a veteran educator, professional speaker, and social justice advocate featured on NPR, at Bonnaroo, Wordfest, the Lake Eden Arts Festival and countless other cultural events. As Founding Director of Loosid Projects, Graham creates a wide array traditional and innovative arts experiences for personal empowerment and social uplift.

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Graham Hackett is a veteran educator, professional speaker, and social justice advocate who’s been featured on NPR, at Bonnaroo, Wordfest, the Lake Eden Arts Festival and countless other cultural events. As the Founding Director of Loosid Projects, Graham creates a wide array traditional and innovative arts experiences for personal empowerment and social uplift.

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In 2001, after witnessing the Towers fall from his roof in Brooklyn, Graham pivoted from a decade travelling the country as a professional character actor to embrace performance poetry a powerful form of citizens’ journalism.

Relocating to Asheville, North Carolina, in 2005 he launched the POETIX program to serve juvenile inmates and high-risk youth with experiential arts workshops. Working with regional service organizations, local government, and all manner of public, private, and charter schools, POETIX programs provided hundreds of youths the opportunity to create and perform their own original poetry for their communities. The results are frequently moving and occasionally profound.

In 2007, Graham curated and hosted The Variable Cabaret series, showcasing hundreds of veteran and emerging talents. The expansive network of collaborations led Graham to become Interim Executive Director of the Asheville Area Arts Council in 2010. During his tenure he established a multi-use gallery, facilitated grant funding independent artists and organizations, and launched the Creative Sector Summit in concert with state leaders.

His current touring project, Culture of Consent, inspires communities across the U.S. to join the movement to end sexual violence.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Locker Room Talk” Opens a New Front of Resistance to Trump
April 23rd, 2017
5:30pm-8pm
East Bay Community Space, 507 55th St. Oakland, CA

Contact: Graham Hackett – 828.712.3808 / graham@loosidity.com

Oakland, CA – On April 23rd 2017, Loosid Projects collaborates with Planned Parenthood and Bay Area Women Against Rape to present a Culture of Consent project called Locker Room Talk: Confronting Sexual Violence in the Age of Trump at the brand new East Bay Community Space near the Temescal District.

For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Locker Room Talk presents motivational speakers, an expert panel discussion, and artists’ performances to address how electing a purported sexual predator to the Presidency impacts our social climate, especially efforts to curb the sexual assault epidemic.

Featuring champion poet and local legend Mona Webb, nationally acclaimed storyteller Melanie Hamlett, world-touring musician Austin Willacy, and others, this unique public forum event is infused with powerful artistry.

Besides networking with representatives of local service and justice organizations, attendees can also engage with an intersectional panel of advocates and educators to learn about local conditions and resources.

Culture of Consent is a multi-platform educational program empowering colleges and communities to join the Movement to End Sexual Assault. Partnering with Planned Parenthood, Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR) Impact Bay Area, and other service organizations, Locker Room Talk creates access points for participants to get involved and take action in their own community.

For more information on Locker Room Talk or Culture of Consent please contact info@loosidity.com

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