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In Conversation with …

We are excited to welcome Fran Lujan and Tala Khanmalek for our first Conversation of 2022.

Fran Lujan is the first indigenous Chamoru Pacific Islander woman museum director in the continental United States. She is the guardian of the beloved ancestor pieces temporarily residing at the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum in Long Beach, California. She holds space to illuminate the multiplicities of Pacific Islander/Oceania artists and cultural practitioners’ presence and practices in roots and in routes.

Tala Khanmalek (she/they) is an educator, healer, and creative writer based on Tongva land in so-called Long Beach, CA. She is the founder of Sailing for Social Justice, a Sponsored Project of the Allied Media Projects. To learn more about her work with the water, check out this short interview.

This Conversation is also an opportunity to invite financial resources to support the work of each guest and Walking Water. We choose to ask for donations rather than a set price because we wish to evoke the community spirit of gifting. We trust that those who are curious, interested and know they are to be part of these events will truly offer what they can. For those who need a hint or guideline then we suggest a minimum of $10. No-one will be turned away for lack of funds.


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