College Park, MD
NuVegan Cafe is a popular spot for vegan soul food. It offers 100% freshly-made vegan delights for vegans and non-vegans alike to indulge and nurture the soul. From mac n' cheese to sweet kale salad, NuVegan serves your taste buds with your favorite dishes, plant-based style.
Cuni is the solo (for now) indie/emo project from Jared Cunanan. Taking influences from 70s new wave, 90s shoegaze and modern punk, Cuni is about reflecting on the sounds that accompany a confused heart.
Ambi is a senior at UMD studying Journalism and Poetry. She started her comedy journey at Milkboy ArtHouse open mics. Since then, she co-founded The Hysterics, UMD’s one and only all-women comedy group and opened for Nikki Glaser this past November at the DC Improv.
Jose Cadiz is the Lead Coordinator in UMD's Office of Community Engagement. Jose has more than seven years in higher education experience and has worked in community engagement at three institutions. His passion for Higher Education stems from the joy of being able to create the atmosphere of a college/university through programming, advising student organizations and building connections with the College Park community. His role at the University of Maryland consists of but is not limited to leading the efforts for Good Neighbor Day Initiative and creating strategic partnerships with the greater College Park community.
Hunter is a self-taught visual artist from the DMV. Her work looks to explore subjects such as being black, being a woman and how she can create a space that acknowledges these different intersections, sustainably.
Tayo Omisore is a Nigerian-American rapper, writer and filmmaker whose work has appeared in AFROPUNK, The Diamondback, BlackNerdProblems and Button Poetry, among others. Tayo is the Founder and Creative Director of Blackburb Media, a POC driven creative agency whose mission is to empower, educate and entertain through the power of empathy.
John Smith is a junior Psychology and African American Studies Double Major, LGBT Studies minor, with a passion for all things art! A (semi) trained singer, he is interested in storytelling through visual and auditory means. John also enjoys anything that has to do with the intersection of race, gender and sexuality. He's excited to make NextNOW SummerFest a great festival.