Longtime collaborators Dayna Hanson, Peggy Piacenza and Dave Proscia founded Base as a nonprofit organization in Seattle with a mission to elevate risk and invention in contemporary dance, performance and multidisciplinary art.
We opened our doors a year ago, but so much has happened that it seems like longer! In a short span of time, an amazing community has sprung up in and around our 2,000 square foot space, activating our unique lineup of artist-centered programs.
It’s pretty clear to us why we’ve had such an incredible first year: The community needs a place like Base, especially right now. As we head into year two, we need you. We’re excited to build on the success of year one—there is so much in store. But expanding the vision of Base as a low-pressure environment where artists can take high risks is something we can’t do without your support.
With your help, here’s what we’ve done in year one:
- Opened a 2,000 square-foot space with sprung floor, light and sound systems, natural light, a kitchen and bathroom
- Three one-month artist residencies
- 182 hours of very affordable rehearsal space
- 478 hours of subsidized rehearsal space through Base Anchor Tenancy and Subsidy Programs
- Made the space affordable to six different artists for Base Independent Productions and one-night event rentals
- Forged collaborations with South End curators and nonprofits
Here’s what you can help us do in year two:
- LIKE LOVE: A group exhibit of contemporary visual artists
- Base Occasional: a periodic platform for contemporary dance and performance
- Partner with On the Boards to revive 12 Minutes Max, Seattle's well loved and dearly missed performance exhibition
- Two-week artist residencies for Markeith Wiley and ilvs strauss
- Expanded 2018 Residency Program
- Enhanced technical capacity
- Dance and performance library
- Base Independent Productions to support the work of Corrie Befort/Beth Graczyk, Dylan Ward and Laura Aschoff
We have so many ways to thank you for joining 30 Days of Base—acknowledgement on our website, private time in the space, one-of-a-kind drawings, choreography made just for you, and so much more.
Base exists to elevate risk and invention in dance, performance and visual experience. A platform for developing and sharing original work, Base is committed to addressing experimental artists’ needs for time, space, creative freedom and critical discourse. Operating a versatile, 2,000 square foot space within Equinox Studios’ Creative Industrial Complex, Base is also creative home to founding artists Dayna Hanson, Peggy Piacenza and Dave Proscia.
Base strives to add to the vibrant culture of 21st century art in Seattle and nationally by encouraging dance, performance and multidisciplinary artists at all career stages to take creative chances, deepen their practices and share an ongoing flow of fresh, original work and ideas.
Risks and challenges
Base is full-on risk. As working artists, we took a risk by opening Base. There’s risk in offering below-market rates for individual artists and small groups. There’s risk in devoting so much of our calendar to no-strings-attached artist residencies, and in volunteering so much of our time and effort. But then again, risk is embedded in our mission: We exist so that artists can take chances with their projects and practices. So we’re okay with it—as long as we’ve got you behind us.
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