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One year ago, Base brought a beautiful, affordable new space to Seattle artists—help us expand our positive impact in year two!
One year ago, Base brought a beautiful, affordable new space to Seattle artists—help us expand our positive impact in year two!
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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
Photo by Dylan Ward
Photo by Dylan Ward

 

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
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Rewards

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.

Libby King and Frank Boyd in residency at Base. Photo: Jazzyphoto
Libby King and Frank Boyd in residency at Base. Photo: Jazzyphoto

About Base

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.

(Photo of Jaclyn Mason and Chloe Albin by Dylan Ward)

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    Thanks from Base

    Our thanks, expressed on social media and in a handwritten note to you

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    Base Tote

    All-cotton tote emblazoned with the Base logo, designed by Andrew J.S.

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    Two Tickets to Base Occasional

    Front-row seats to the first-ever Base Occasional Sept 6-7, 2017, featuring new work by Dayna Hanson, Heather Kravas, Peggy Piacenza and Maureen Whiting.

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    Base tote designed by Andrew J.S. plus a pair of tickets to the first-ever Base Occasional Sept 6-7, 2017, featuring new work by Dayna Hanson, Heather Kravas, Peggy Piacenza and Maureen Whiting.

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    Private Day at Base + Name on Wall

    You get Base to yourself. Bring up to four friends and get away from it all for eight hours. The kitchen is stocked with food and libations from our favorite Georgetown spots. Spend the day playing, moving, lounging, noshing, perusing the Base library—whatever your heart desires.

    Optional private movement workshop, talk or informal performance designed for you by Base. Redeemable between January and May, 2018.

    Your name is also included alongside our Circle of Support in a custom wall mural at Base

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    Custom Animal Drawing

    Base co-founder Dayna Hanson will make an ink drawing of your favorite creature—either a beloved animal companion or your spirit animal.

    Your name is also included alongside our Circle of Support in a custom wall mural at Base.

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    Your Name in Movement

    The Base team will translate your name into a dance phrase that you can learn from a video we'll make for you. Your name also goes on the wall.

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    Your Event at Base

    You get Base for your own private event—be it a birthday party, concert, company dinner or something else entirely. We'll provide tech support if you need it. Redeemable between January and May, 2018.

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