Jun 6, 2024 - Things to Do

Meet the artists of MellowChella 2024

MellowChella artists

Alex Hughes and Trung Ngo are two local queer creators contributing to MellowChella 2024. Photos: Courtesy of Fran Smith/CILYAG

Say hello to the four creators bringing the art, sounds and vibes to MellowChella 2024.

The inspo: Organized by the Central Indiana LGBTQ+ Young Adult Group (CILYAG), MellowChella is a sober and sensory-friendly chill spot making its debut at this year's Indy Pride Festival.

  • Open from 11am-10pm Saturday between the vendor villages and main stages, MellowChella will feature a silent disco, a sober mocktail lounge, interactive games, free counseling services and more.
  • "It's going to be a great way for people to kind of get away from the hustle and bustle of the festival, and give people an opportunity to really engage with something," said Fran Smith, founder and president of CILYAG.

Here are the artists contributing to MellowChella's debut outing:

Fran Smith: Along with being CILYAG's leader, Smith is a multidisciplinary artist who came up with the MellowChella name and created the graphic designs for it.

  • Smith has won awards for their writing and was recently invited to speak at the Take Back the Night March honoring the lives of women impacted by sexual violence.

Alex Hughes: A visual artist who uses mixed media, recycled and local materials, Hughes got interested in art when her mother made her a costume of Dory from "Finding Nemo."

  • "I was in sequins and longer than five feet as a third grader," Hughes said. "I felt the most permission to take up space. Because our joy, for me, is taking up space."

Trung Ngo: Born in Vietnam, Ngo is an Indianapolis-based electronic music artist who will be one of the DJs for MellowChella's silent disco.

Mitchell Narkoff aka NARK: An up-and-coming DJ from outside of Philly who will be MellowChella's other silent disco DJ.

  • "Obsessed with the weirdest and wildest sounds in music," he got involved in this year's event by finding CILYAG on social media.

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