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Creating and fostering a sustainable arts community through festival:festival: A FREE two-day arts festival in Seattle.
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www.festivalfestival.art // @festival.festival

Hello! It's the festival:festival team here. 

We create vibrant spaces through creative frameworks. And how can we make this possible? By working together, saying yes to an arts community that supports and values each other, and to supporting projects like THIS one!

We feel that it is critical at this time in Seattle to foster inclusivity and accessibility within the arts. That’s why we are making festival:festival FREE and open to the public! We are also bringing together a diverse array of programming that includes live music, performance, visual arts, panel discussions, and other creative presentations so as to remove the barriers that often separate the arts into genre-specific venues and programming.

We are so excited to announce that festival:festival is returning for its second year to Seattle on August 10th and 11th, 2018!

We need YOUR help to raise $10,000 to support the artist, the curators, and the organizers that make cultural events like festival:festival possible, sustainable, and full of impact.

VISION //

festival:festival is an arts presenting platform focusing on Seattle artists and practices that engage with intersectional structures and identities.

BIOME, festival:festival 2017, photo by Cameron Fletcher
BIOME, festival:festival 2017, photo by Cameron Fletcher

MISSION //  

The mission of the festival is to create vibrant spaces through creative frameworks of empowerment, healing, and intentionality with the goal of building a sustainable and accessible arts community.

STRATEGY /

festival:festival brings together and celebrates live music, performance, theatre, dance, visual arts, panel discussions, workshops, and other creative presentations removing the barriers that often separate the arts into genre-specific venues and programming.

To maximize accessibility, all programming this year will be free and open to the public!

All programs will happen in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle at Northwest Film Forum and LoveCityLove. Both venues are less than 10 minutes away from the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station.

Anissa Amalia, festival:festival 2017, photo by Cameron Fletcher
Anissa Amalia, festival:festival 2017, photo by Cameron Fletcher

ARTISTS //  

Khadija Tarver 
Matt Offenbacher
Natasha Marrin
Ben Gale-Schreck
Goodsteph
Christopher Paul
Jordan David Rue + Randy Ford
Guayaba
Déjà Speaks
Hanan Diriye
Simba Mafundikwa
mmuumm
Kamyar Mohsenin + Jahmir Marks aka Bookworm

+more TBA!

COMMUNITY PARTNERS // 

Northwest Film Forum
LoveCityLove
Youth In Focus
secondnature
4Culture
Jacob Lawrence Gallery
Bridge Productions

EQUITY // 

Producing a festival of this scale requires both courage and vision, and it also requires communities coming together for its support and sustainability. Artists and cultural workers often and continuously produce vital cultural services with reduced or even no financial support. Seattle, as one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, perpetuates an ever growing endemic of economic inequality. The burden falls disproportionately on historically exploited communities. At festival:festival, we are dedicated to presenting and supporting artists and cultural workers from these communities. A contribution to festival:festival becomes an investment, acknowledgment, and healing practice to contemporary artists and cultural workers in Seattle.

The outcome of the festival has no intention in creating economic profit. Rather, we are interested in providing opportunities and platforms for artists while advocating for the financial equity of their labor. We aim for the equitable access to the arts for the greater Seattle communities. One of the galvanizing principles that inspired us to create festival:festival was our strong belief in the economic impact of a vibrant and sustainable arts community.

A donation of any size will help us reach our goal of providing a sustainable platform for artists to share their work and for the community to convene!

CURATORIAL TEAM // 

festival:festival 2018 brings together an all-star team of local luminaries to curate the festival, including:

Amina Maya, designer and photographer  

"As a curator for festival:festival, I am currently interested in creating healing spaces, that celebrates unapologetic Blackness and expands the consciousness of those who interact with it . I am interested in changing the dynamic with which we interact with art and music to be less of an extraction and more of an energetic exchange."–Amina Maya

Sara Porkalob, director, performer, and arts activist

mario lemafa, artist, poet, and community organizer

"Stories told of this city today suggest that its inhabitants measure time with harm, damage is currency, and that more so than rain, coping is the definitive weather feature. festival festival bookends these tales with visions for a communal salve, highlighting artists work who come to us in good faith. I could not be more thrilled to help usher in ff's 2nd year, a chance for cohesion an opportunity to nurture an ever more vibrant arts community, and by extension, our communities." –mario lemafa  

The curatorial vision of the 2018 festival examines the role of the arts and restorative practices that create frameworks of healing.

Modern Recollections, festival:festival 2017, photo by Cameron Fletcher
Modern Recollections, festival:festival 2017, photo by Cameron Fletcher

BUDGET //  

To make all of this possible, equitable, and accessible, we need help from our communities. With our community fundraising campaign, our goal of $10,000 covers a huge portion of producing a successful festival while compensating all the participants for their labor.

70% of the money raised will go directly to Artist, Curator, and Organizer Fees.

30% of the money raised will go towards Equipment, Marketing, Documentation, and Supplies.

Their cultural labor helps to create a thriving and sustainable arts community. Through your financial contribution, the festival will compensate all its participants and will ensure festival:festival serves the entire community (including you!) for free.

EXPENSES //

Artist Fees $4,836.00 
Curator & Organizer Fees $2,350.00 

Venue Rental $3,500.00
Venue Staff $1,080.00
Venue Cleaning & Deposit $625.00 ($500 Refundable) 

Equipment $410.00
Marketing $1,000.00
Documentation $400.00
Supplies $799.00

Total Expenses $14,500 (After $500 Refundable Deposit)  

INCOME //

Kickstarter $10,000
4Culture 2018 Art Projects $ 4,500

Total Income $14,500

This project is supported by a grant from 4Culture. Thank you.

FEMAIL, festival:festival 2017, photo by Cameron Fletcher
FEMAIL, festival:festival 2017, photo by Cameron Fletcher

HISTORY //  

Summer in Decline, Promotional Material. Design: Jordan Rundle.
Summer in Decline, Promotional Material. Design: Jordan Rundle.
Summer in Decline, Photo by Cameron Fletcher
Summer in Decline, Photo by Cameron Fletcher

Before creating festival:festival, Juan Franco and Carl Lawrence hosted a one day event entitled Summer In Decline in a residential backyard that brought together live music, sculpture, installation, photography, and electronic DJs.  

After receiving positive support and feedback for this event, we realized we needed to build on this idea.

From this, festival:festival was born!

In 2017, we conceived of the idea of organizing a community event that could present and reflect the scope of local talent and the multiplicity of work being produced in Seattle. Our hope was to break down boundaries within the arts community and build a platform that could both convey the experiences of artists working in Seattle and advocate for their needs, concerns, and interests.

“Art is Work!” panel-discussion, festival:festival 2017, photo by Cameron Fletcher
“Art is Work!” panel-discussion, festival:festival 2017, photo by Cameron Fletcher

In its inaugural year, festival:festival 2017 produced 9 events in 2 days with over 20 artists spread across 3 venues.  

Events included a film screening and fashion show by FEMAIL, dance and theatre performances by Ella Mahler and Modern Recollections, a photography exhibition by Youth in Focus, video and live projections by NEON SALTWATER, Anissa Amalia, and Nick Bartoletti, as well as live musical performances by Kristen Dalen, R-Pal, Biome, IVVY, and Aos. festival:festival 2017 also presented two panel discussions exploring the intersection of Art and Activism with Anissa Amalia, Amina Maya and Sara Porkalob; and the topic of Financial Equity for Artists with Rafael Soldi, Minh Nguyen and Ben Kerr. This panel was made possible in consultation with and support from Lise Soskolne, Core Organizer of Working Artists in the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), New York)

The festival also had a broad geographical reach, spreading its reach from the Capitol Hill neighborhood to Georgetown, activating public and cultural spaces, including Northwest Film Forum, Base: Experimental Arts + Space, Cal Anderson Park, and LoveCityLove.

Ella Mahler, festival:festival 2017, photo by Cameron Fletcher
Ella Mahler, festival:festival 2017, photo by Cameron Fletcher

festival:festival 2017 operated on a humble budget with only modest grant support and limited resources available. It was truly an extraordinary feat! In order to make ends meet, we implemented a tiered-ticketing system, which meant that the public had to purchase access to all of the events. This was a necessary means to ensure that we could compensate all of the participating artists. Although we successfully paid all of the artists, it was not possible to compensate the festival organizers for their extraordinary labor.  

Youth In Focus art show, festival:festival 2017, photo by Cameron Fletcher
Youth In Focus art show, festival:festival 2017, photo by Cameron Fletcher

BIOS //  

mario lemafa, Curator

 http://www.mariolemafa.com 

mario lemafa (1990) is an artist, poet, and organizer currently working in Seattle and living in South King County, Coast Salish lands. Their work engages with indigenous-diaspora dialectics, collectivist-individual relations, poetics, archiving and recognition. A 2016 Stranger Genius Award nominee, lemafa has shown in group and solo exhibitions with the occasional curatorial effort.

Sara Porkalob, Curator

http://www.saraporkalob.com/ 

Sara Porkalob is an arts-activist, playwright, performer, and director based in Seattle. She’s been featured on City Art’s Future List, served as Intiman Theatre's 2017 Co-Curator, and was one of the first recipients of a Village Theatre Original Writers Residency. She is a co-founder of DeConstruct an online journal of intersectional performance critique. Dragon Lady, her first full-length work, has garnered a Seattle Times Footlight Award and Broadway World Award for “Best New Play” and in 2019, she will develop and perform her Dragon Cycle at American Repertory Theatre. This summer, she will produce a concert version of new musical The Lamplighter with collaborators Justin Huertas and Kirsten deLohr Helland.

Amina Maya, Curator

http://www.aminamaya.com/ 

Amina Maya is a designer and photographer whose work centers around documenting and celebrating the beauty of the African diaspora. With roots in both Sierra Leone and the United States, Amina draws upon the imagery, color, and patterns that define West African art as well as the rich, evolving art culture of Black America. Currently, her practice is focused on artistically healing from multi-generational trauma, connecting with spirituality and unearthing ancestral wisdom. Amina graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Visual Communications in 2018. Her work has been featured in PDN Edu and Lithium Magazine.

Juan Franco, Co-Founder & Organizer

http://www.juanfran.co/ 

Born in Bogotá, Colombia (1991), Juan learned creativity by example through the endless talents of their mother. As an artist and curator, they use art and its institutions to recover visual and literary methodologies to deconstruct systematic structures that damage their identities. They hold a BFA in Art (Summa Cum Laude) from Cornish College of the Arts. They currently live and practice in Seattle while pursuing an MA in Art History with a focus on Contemporary Art and Curatorial Practices at the University of Washington.

Carl Lawrence, Co-Founder & Organizer

http://www.modernrecollections.org/ 

Carl Lawrence (b. 1992) is a Seattle-based artist and director whose work oscillates between performance, installation, and visual art. His work has been seen most notably with Seattle-based experimental theatre company Modern Recollections with whom he has presented work locally and nationally at venues such as The Watermill Center, On The Boards, Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), Olson Kundig, Yellow Fish Epic Durational Performance Festival XIV, and Next Fest NW 2014. He will be presenting work at the ITINERANT Performance Festival curated by Hector Canonage at the Knockdown Center in New York in May 2018. He is also currently developing a new play entitled “aaaa” that will premiere at Base: Experimental Arts + Space in November 2018.

“Art & Activism: What Now?” panel-discussion, festival:festival 2017, photo by Cameron Fletcher
“Art & Activism: What Now?” panel-discussion, festival:festival 2017, photo by Cameron Fletcher

Risks and challenges

REFLECTIONS //

Producing festival:festival is costly and a lot of work!!!

Building on our success from last year, and remaining mindful of our shortcomings, we have restructured the festival this year to ameliorate audience experience/accessibility, nurture the health and well-being of artists and organizers alike, and improve the overall sustainability of the festival.

STRUCTURE //
This year, festival:festival is expanding its creative and production team in order to more efficiently meet the demands and needs of the festival. This has involved bringing on Alex Hyman on an advisory basis to build and oversee the production schedule. Hyman has extensive experience managing and overseeing nonprofit arts organizations, most notably as Executive Director of Studio Kate Wallich.

Juan Franco and Carl Lawrence, co-founders of festival:festival, are assuming new roles as Lead Organizers to focus on facilitating the resources and relationship between the festival’s operational and creative elements.

This clarity in the festival’s management is designed to allow the curatorial team to focus exclusively on organizing and realizing the artistic and thematic vision of the festival. In assembling a new curatorial team for this year, we are also expanding the network and reach of the festival. Sara Porkalob is an award winning solo performer, director, and arts activist recognized on City Art's 2017 Future List and has recently finished her term as Intiman Theatre’s 2017 Co-Curator. mario lemafa is a previous Nominee for a Stranger Genius Award in Art and member of the Lion’s Main Art Collective. Amina Maya is a designer and photographer whose work centers around documenting and celebrating the beauty of the African diaspora.

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