Hi Vera Fam,
It’s the new guy here. One thing I knew before I started but couldn’t fully appreciate until now is the impact this organization makes in the lives of those who call it home. Looking at the incredible power each and every one of us in the Vera community brings to this organization and city (and beyond!)—when you add it up, it’s unstoppable. Together we’re unstoppable.
Vera is a small organization, but our impact is huge. Kind of like giving during GiveBIG. It’s just one day, and each of us only has so much, but with help from the Seattle Foundation any amount you can give tomorrow, May 5th, will be boosted. Together our impact will be huge.
So tomorrow please give what you can. And tell your friends and family about Vera and this great opportunity to join us. We’ll all go a lot farther when we’re all in this together.
All donations made through Vera’s profile on the Seattle Foundation’s website between midnight and midnight PST on May 5 will be stretched by the Seattle Foundation and its presenting sponsors, so your donation will go even further to help support all-ages music and art in our city!
Donations of any amount are accepted, so you can decide exactly how big you want to give! Every dollar counts
Here’s how to participate:
1. Visit The Vera Project’s page on the GiveBIG website on Tuesday, May 5th. http://www.seattlefoundation.org/npos/Pages/TheVeraProject.aspx
2. Click Donate Now, and then click ‘Make a credit card donation’
3. Make a gift of any size.
You can also help promote Vera’s campaign by spreading the word on social media or to your friends:
We are excited to announce that Tim Lennon will be joining the Vera family as our new executive director!
“Vera’s staff, members and board are thrilled that Tim will be leading this beloved organization,” said Chris Nelson, chair of the board of directors. “We were all impressed by Tim’s energy, his ideas for Vera’s future, and his commitment to social justice.”
Lennon has worked in Seattle’s arts community for more than a decade. He comes to Vera from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, where he oversees summer concerts, the Mayor’s Arts Awards, public space arts activations and other events. He was program manager for The Next 50 series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair at Seattle Center, which is also home to Vera. Over the years, he has also worked with One Reel, Elliott Bay Book Company and the University of Washington.
In January, he was a featured panelist at the Vera Gallery presented “Ferguson Seattle: Mobilizing Our Community,” an open discussion on racial issues in Seattle.
“The Vera community has fundamentally changed the local arts, music and political landscapes,” Lennon said. “It also fundamentally changes the lives of all who’ve found a home here. I am honored and beyond excited to serve the members, volunteers, staff and board in building on that legacy and helping them take Vera to the next level.”
One of Lennon’s first tasks will be working leading Vera through a strategic planning process with Andy Fife and Michele Scoleri, longtime Seattle arts leaders who have served as co-interim directors of Vera during the past year.
“This is a fantastic time for Vera,” Nelson said. “Along with SIFF and our soon-to-be neighbor, KEXP, Vera is helping to create an electric environment on the Uptown corner of Seattle Center. We’re eager for Vera members and staff, led by Tim, to make it one of the city’s most exciting creative hubs.”
Please join us for a public welcoming reception for Tim on Thursday April 9 at 8pm in The Vera Project showroom!
Tim in the news!
Read the full post HERE.
The party of the month? No, the party of the YEAR!
This year’s Viva Vera Gala will take place on Saturday February 21 at The Triple Door. We’re excited to welcome back Larry Mizell Jr. as our host. Stay tuned for the announcement of our *surprise* musical guest!
Thank you to our wonderful sponsors…
SUB POP [presenting sponsor]
Caffe Vita, Space Needle, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Boeing, United Reprographics, Oola Distillery, Rhapsody, The Stranger, The Ten Club, Hard Rock, Eyes on Fremont, Georgetown Brewery, For a Song Wine, Pagliacci, Linda’s Tavern, Baitshop, King’s Hardware, Oddfellows, Tallulahs, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4 Culture, Arts WA, Arts Fund, and a Kid from Kent!
Don’t have a ticket? No problem!!! Rhapsody is hosting an afterparty in the Musiquarium that is FREE and open to the public (21+) starting at 10pm. There will be hosted cocktails, beer, and wine and a DJ providing ~dance vibes~Read the full post HERE.
The Vera Project is very excited to host the spring Music Journalism Class Series: Writing About Music. In this series, students will get insight and teachings from some of the best and most experienced in the business. All ages and experience levels are welcome.
Mondays 7:00-8:30 PM
Feb 9, Feb 16, March 2, March 9, March 16, & March 23
This comprehensive 6-class course focuses on practical musical journalism. Students will explore the history of popular music journalism, learn the craft of writing, and begin developing the tools needed for a career writing about music and the arts.
Mark Baumgarten (Seattle Weekly editor-in-chief, former editor of City Arts Magazine)
Chris Nelson (former music journalist for New York Times, Rolling Stone, sonicnet.com, Seattle Times, Seattle P-I)
ALLY-JANE GROSSAN (Editor for 33 1/3 book series, Commissioning editor in popular music, sound studies and politics at Bloomsbury, Co-editor of How to Write About Music)
OLIVER WANG (NPR, KCET’s Artbound, and KPCC’s Take Two, Editor and co-author of Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide)
GREG KOT (Chicago Tribune, cohost of NPR’s Sound Opinions “the world’s only rock ‘n’ roll talk show”)
To register Click HereRead the full post HERE.
Check out our upcoming shows, listen to music from bands playing here, and more!
Check out dates for upcoming classes, gallery openings, workshops, meetings, orientations, and when the silkscreening studio is open.
*Register online for any of our upcoming classes.*
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