2020 CENSUS project

CD Forum's 2020 Census Project follows the journey of Seattle based artists Randy Ford, Perri Rhoden, and Michael B. Maine as they create, assemble and discuss works that ask what it means to be visible. The first piece of the 2020 Census Project is a series of portraits by renowned photographer Michael B. Maine. The images highlight local artists and their testimonies on the importance of the 2020 Census.


In addition to the portrait series, the project includes a virtual archive of materials gathered of new and existing works by Randy Ford & Perri Rhoden.  Ford and Rhoden also engaged in casual discussions about how Covid-19 and the racial and social unrest following the murder of George Floyd has affected the ways art is created and presented. This project focuses on the possibility of process by establishing a virtual archive in place of a live performance. 

Click here for further information about the 2020 Census.

CD Forum's 2020 Census Project is curated by marco farroni.  


"The ideas of communities counting themselves so you know who is here, but most importantly who isn't here is information that we need for a functioning society. Standing in our personhood and saying to our government, our civic leaders, our business leaders and say no I'm here, you have to count me, you have to pay attention, is a beautiful and direct type of protest. That is why filling out the census is really important to me."

Randy Ford

"As a multi-intersectional person, a lot of identities tend to be left out in certain spaces and so when i get to be in a space where i don't have to put anything on a coat hanger and then enter the space I'm just like oh my god this is what it means to be visible, to be very fully seen. To be visible is safety and thats why is important to be counted so that people see these experiences exist and that systems, things, resources need to be re-distributed because these people have been existing."


"To me to be visible as a black woman, as an artist is for my experiences to be seen & validated and for people to have access to me as a person and as as an artist especially in a city like Seattle, where visibility has to be in the forefront of peoples minds because a lot of the times if you are not seen you do not get opportunities... Its important to get counted."


"we matter, we often walk around so invisible. we try to hide ourselves because people tell us there are certain parts of ourselves that we can not expose or be proud of, visibility is accepting who you are and knowing you have the right to be seen and appreciated for who you are… its important to be counted because we as black people do so much for this country, world."


“visibility is being seen, being heard and being known.”


“as a black women in America, our society isn't built for our voices to be showcased, every opportunity that we can get to show up for our people it is important for us to do so, so that we can see one another thrive and inspire in order to pave the way for the next generation… its important to be part of the census so that we have the facts, so we could get counted. There is fear in being visible, but this data can be used to help our community”

Artists in Thought 

June 2020 | Randy Ford & Perri Rhoden

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August 2020 | Perri Rhoden, Randy Ford, mf

Randy Ford
2020 Census Project
Commissioned Artist

Randy Ford (she/her/Goddess), is a Seattle-born Creative. She created and co-produced her first full-length evening show QUEEN STREET at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute with CD Forum in September of 2019. She takes part in many collaborations and collectives: Au Collective, DANDY, The Living Room podcast, and recently the WA Black Trans Task Force. As an artist with many gifts and passions her 2020 Census project will be a peak into how she as a performance artist adjusts to our new virtual reality.


Venmo: Randy-Ford-3
Cashapp: $randybaby

Perri Rhoden
2020 Census Project
Commissioned Artist

Seattle native, Perri Rhoden, is an Abstract Mixed Media Artist and Muralist. She is inspired by color, texture, and dramatic lighting found in nature and media. Her art is representative of her personal experiences, inspirational Black women, and her manifestations of feminine energy captured on canvas.

Currently she is emerging in the public art sector as a muralist. She has both
permanent and temporary art installations in Ballard, Downtown Seattle, and the Central District. More information about these projects are detailed on her website. Perri Rhoden’s studio art has been on display at galleries and theatres throughout the Greater Seattle Area. Locations such as The Group Health Foundation, 101 Gallery, Onyx Gallery, Vermillion, Theatre Schmeater, and Theatre Battery in Kent. As well as local businesses including Tougo Coffee, The Station Coffee Shop, and the Hillmancity Collaboratory.


Michael B. Maine
I look for the beauty and dignity in everything and everyone. I use visual art to explore social issues. After spending several years working on marketing strategies, marketing plans, and financial models, I’ve found that the successful businesses are the ones who have a deeper understanding of purpose. Those organizations are the ones who find a way to persevere. They are the happiest, most sustainable, and the most profitable. Their communities welcome them and they welcome their communities, and work together to build products, services, and programs that benefit all involved and all affected. At this realization, I decided to apply what I’ve learned, and continue to learn, to my own life and the lives of others. My pieces are indicative of the curious nature with which I approach my projects. I typically begin with an issue, but use inquisition to allow the real stories emerge. Rather than me telling their story, I provide a platform for a person to tell their own. With this process, I hope to create pieces that are authentic, unique, and beautiful.


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