A FREE two-day festival celebrating visual and performing artists in Seattle.
A FREE two-day festival celebrating visual and performing artists in Seattle.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, July 27 2019 6:59 AM UTC +00:00.
Hi, it's the festival:festival team and we are excited to be back for our THIRD year! Woo hoo!
Help us make this a community driven by becoming one of our goal of 200 backers.
We create empowering experiences rooted in artistic rigor through dialogues of joy, resilience, and beauty. We thrive to build a sustainable and accessible arts community. We do this by centering artists and cultural workers who have been historically underrepresented due to systemic injustice, paying them equitably for their work, and sharing cultural resources through community partnerships. We believe that accessibility and inclusivity are crucial to the arts community in Seattle, so we keep festival:festival FREE and open to the public.
ARTIST 2019 LINEUP
festival:festival 2019 will take place on August 2-3, 2019!
We need YOUR help to raise the funds needed to support the artists, curators, and organizers that make cultural events like festival:festival possible, sustainable, and full of impact.
ARTIST 2019 LINEUP
- Clyde Petersen
- J Mase III
- Ryna Frankel
- Dakota Camacho
- Alice Gosti
- Michele Dooley
- Mikhail Calliste
- Jasmine Iona Brown
- Izzi Vasquez
- Dovey Martinez
- Roache the Muralist
- Barry Johnson
- Aramis O. Hamer
- Jessica Ry'cheal
- Kayla Shimizu
- Tenzing Lhamo Dorjee
Did you know?
In the past two years, we have supported 49 artists & cultural workers In Seattle with $12,000 of financial support. We want to acknowledge that part of this number includes photographers, curators, market organizers, sound technicians, after-party team, etc. not pictured below. By making a pledge today, you are becoming part of the communal history and memory of festival:festival.
- Northwest Film Forum
- Jacob Lawrence Gallery
- On The Boards
- Nemhauser Lab
- Youth In Focus
- Hyena Culture
- Bridge Productions
- Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)
festival:festival presents and supports Seattle artists and cultural workers. We remove barriers that separate art experiences into genre-specific programs and we celebrate creative representations of intersectional structures and identities.
festival:festival excels in investing in artists and cultural workers who have been historically underrepresented due to systemic injustice. We create empowering experiences rooted in artistic rigor through dialogues of joy, resilience, and beauty. We thrive to build a sustainable and accessible arts community.
All programming will be located in the Capitol Hill and Central District neighborhoods of Seattle at Northwest Film Forum, Amplifier, and Festival Street (E Denny Way between 10th Avenue and Broadway). Each of these locations are within a 10-minute walk from the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station and the "14th and Washington" Seattle Streetcar stop.
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 endemic economic inequality. This 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 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 & VISION
The 2019 Curatorial Vision explores personal sovereignty and storytelling.
David Rue (he/him/his):
"I'm particularly interested in how each artists’ work exists as a portrait of the world they want to live in, and how/why these portraits of desire differ from the world we’re in now. We’re asking artists how their identities relate to the circumstances of contemporary life and tasking them with communicating these ideas through their artistic medium."
Diana Settlemyer (they/them/theirs):
“I believe celebration can be an act of resistance against oppressive structures, and I want to give our artists the opportunity to celebrate their identities and the parts of themselves they don’t see reflected in the world around them.”
To make all of this possible, equitable, and accessible, we need help from our communities. With our community fundraising campaign, our goal of $6,000 covers a huge portion of producing a successful festival while compensating all the participants for their labor.
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.
Artist & Cultural Worker Fees: $5,375.00
Festival Team (Directors, Curators, and Program Manager): $5,220.00
Venue rentals: $1,000.00
Marketing & Promotion: $526.00
Insurance & Supplies: $1,100.00
Shunpike Fiscal Fee: $1,736.00
Kickstarter Fee: $524.80
Sub-Total Expenses: $15,781.80
Contingency (~6% of Total Expense Sub-Total): $1018.20
Total Expenses: $16,800.00
Neighborhood & Community Arts (NCA) Program // Seattle Office of Arts & Culture: $1,300.00
Neighborhood Matching Fund: $5,000.00 (Pending)
SDOT street closure: $2,000.00
Individual Donations: $2,500.00
Total Income: $16,800.00
David Rue (he/him/his), Curator
David Rue is a dance artist born in Liberia, and raised in Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of individualized studies that combined Journalism, English, and Dance. From 2011–2015, he performed with TU Dance (directed by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands) in St. Paul, MN where he danced the works of Dwight Rhoden, Camille A. Brown, Greg Dolbashian, Katrin Hall, and Uri Sands. David has worked with Seattle based choreographers Dani Tirrell, Zoe Scofield, and Ella Mahler. He holds an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and works as the Public Engagement Associate at Seattle Art Museum.
Diana Settlemyer (them/them/theirs), Curator
Diana is an urban planner and public art advocate with two years of experience split between Boston, Charlotte, and Seattle. They earned their Master’s in Urban Planning from UW, specializing in urban design. They are passionate about designing cities for people and dismantling racism, classism, and ableism in shared spaces. Recently they represented Capitol Hill on a panel to select public artists for the Washington State Convention Center expansion project. In their spare time, they draw and paint elements of the cityscape.
Laura Friedman (they/them/theirs), Program & Volunteer Manager
Laura Friedman is an artist living in Seattle, trying their best to make work from the heart, and to support others in doing the same. Laura makes artworks which probe the intelligibility of gender identity as a category of lived experience, while simultaneously recognizing the necessity and emancipatory potential of discourses of gender identity in human becoming. Laura currently makes art with young people through the Seattle-based organization Young Women Empowered. They are excited about the healing potential of art making and sharing and celebrating, and are grateful to be a part of festival:festival again this year.
Juan Franco Ricardo (they/them/theirs), Co-Director
Juan Franco Ricardo is a visual and performing artist, curator, and community organizer. Born in Bogotá (Muisca Territory) and currently based in Seattle (Coast Salish Territory), they ground creative practice in their queer, brown, immigrant identity and in solidarity across these communities.
As an artist, Juan constructs image-based works with the aid of film and digital cameras, flatbed scanners, and found imagery while exploring the metaphors and histories of the chemical and digital process. As an organizer, Juan is Co-Founder and Co-Director of festival:festival, a public, visual and performing arts festival in Seattle. festival:festival presents and supports artists and cultural workers in Seattle.
Juan has been named the 2019 Neddy at Cornish Curator beginning in September of 2019. They hold an MA in Art History from the University of Washington and a BFA in Photography from Cornish College of the Arts.
Carl Lawrence (he/him/his), Co-Director
Carl Lawrence is a Seattle-based artist and director whose work oscillates between performance, installation, and visual art. He has presented work locally and nationally at venues such as The Watermill Center, On The Boards, ITINERANT Performance Art Festival, Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), Olson Kundig, Yellow Fish Epic Durational Performance Festival XIV, and Next Fest NW 2014. His most recent work entitled ✞aaaa✞, which premiered at Base: Experimental Arts + Space in March 2019, was called a “spectacular demonstration of multidisciplinary work” by Seattle Dances. Lawrence is the Co-Founder of festival:festival and is excited to return for his third year!
Risks and challenges
Producing festival:festival is arduous and year-round work!
Presenting the festival for three years in a row is a huge accomplishment, but every year we have to develop more infrastructure to support the festival and its growth. This means spending more time planning, expanding our production team, and increasing our fundraising efforts. This also requires learning and developing a lot of new skills on the fly. What we are learning most, though, is that this is costly work! While we are devoting more time to grant writing and organizing fundraising events for the festival, it is sometimes not enough. This is why we are reaching out to our community for support. If we fail to meet our fundraising goal, we will be unable to fulfill our Mission and Vision of building a sustainable and accessible arts community in Seattle.
This is why we hope that you will make a pledge and help us bring festival:festival 2019 to fruition.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter