Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Tracy Rector

Tracy Rector is a mixed heritage filmmaker, curator, and arts advocate based in Seattle, Washington. She was the executive director and co-founder of Longhouse Media, an Indigenous and BIPOC media arts organization. She has worked as an education consultant at the Seattle Art Museum, as a naturalist for the Olympic Sculpture Park, and has developed curriculum for IslandWood, an environmental education center.

She was a Seattle Arts Commissioner for eight years and was the 2017 curator of the Seattle Theatre Group’s Re:definition Gallery.

yәhaw̓ is a year-long Indigenous community-based project culminating in the inaugural exhibition at Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s ARTS at King Street Station from March 23August 3, 2019. The exhibition is accompanied by a mentorship training cohort, satellite shows, residencies, youth empowerment, vendor opportunities and partner programs. yәhaw̓ will feature the work of 200+ Indigenous creatives at over 20 sites across Seattle and beyond. Curated by Tracy Rector, Asia Tail (Cherokee), and Satpreet Kahlon, yәhaw̓ celebrates the depth and diversity of Indigenous art made in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at yehawshow.com.

She has also directed and produced over 400 shorts and other films including the award-winning Teachings of the Tree People, March Point, and Ch’aak’ S’aagi, and Outta the Muck.
As an impact producer, Tracy serves on the team for the feature documentary Dawnland, which aired on the 2018/2019 Independent Lens season. Her work has been featured on Independent Lens, Cannes Film Festival, ImagineNative, National
Geographic, Toronto International Film Festival, in the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian and Sundance.
Longhouse Media trained over 3,000 young people and focused on galvanizing the Indigenous and local community through film production. Tracy is
a 2016 Stranger Genius, has received the National Association for Media Literacy award for outstanding contributions made in the field of media education,
is a Firelight Media Fellow, WGBH Producer Fellow, Sundance Institute Lab Fellow, Tribeca All Access Grantee, and is the recipient of the Horace Mann
Award for her work in utilizing media for social justice.
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