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Building Communities :: Lulu Carpenter

Lulu Carpenter

Luzviminda (Lulu) Uzuri Carpenter believes in the power of art and cultural work to heal and transform lives individually and collectively. She serves as caretaker for Washington Hall for Historic Seattle as well as working with a number of local arts collectives, Ladies First, Hidmo, and Pinay sa Seattle-GABRIELA. These oral histories make visible oft-forgotten narratives of women musicians; they will be included in our digital archive. A true "community builder" and "scene maker," Lulu is a Women Who Rock collaborator.

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Luzviminda Uzuri Carpenter (pronounced Loose-b-min-dah ooh-zir-e car-pen-ter) aka Lulu, works for Historic Seattle as the Caretaker at Washington Hall. In 2008, she founded Uzuri Consulting & Productions and a collective called Green Bodies with other fierce womyn of color and KnowMades (a youth solidarity organization). She serves on two community advisory boards: Zenyu Healing and Allyship.

Carpenter has worked with Hidmo, Ladies First Collective Organizing Committee (an anti-rape collective), Pinay sa Seattle-GABRIELA around issues of art & cultural work to support movements. She has built trainings, programming & curriculum with womyn of color, trans & queer, and LGBTIQ communities around intersectional oppression, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and transformative justice within the Asian Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center, Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA) and recently through YouthCare. She has honed her passion and skills for working with "marginalized" youth including formerly incarcerated, gang affiliated, trafficked, homeless, immigrant, & refugees for the past 8 years through the following organizations: YouthCare James W. Ray Orion Center Drop-in & Outreach Team, Franklin High School Political Science & Public Service Academy, the Service Board, Seattle Young People’s Project, and Seattle YouthSpeaks.

Carpenter believes in the power of art & cultural work to heal & transform lives individually & collectively.

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