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Artists Speak Up

The Capitol Hill Arts District is a coalition of arts advocates galvanized to keep Capitol Hill a thriving art scene invested in the creation of daring work, independent artists, and emerging ideas. We promote cultural engagement; harness resources; and preserve, enhance, and create space for artists and the arts.

We also acknowledge that we are guests on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. In recognition of the role of the arts as a vehicle for social change, we stand in alignment with the Office of Arts & Culture’s commitment to mobilizing the “arts as a strategy to drive…the City as a whole toward racial equity and social justice.”

Each person and organization on the Capitol Hill Arts District is committed to undoing systems of oppression in our work and lives. To live these values, we are committed to building coalitions across lines of difference, progressive causes, and professional fields to make Capitol Hill a safe and accessible space for all artists and community members.

To accomplish this work, we commit to open dialog with community and dedicated action that fosters and protects a community that is truly equitable. Individuals and organizations are living this commitment each day, through their equity statements, space access services, and missions.

We believe in creating and promoting a vision of the world built on the following values:

Equity
Advocacy
Solidarity
Creativity
Courage
Self-Determination
Accountability
Risk Taking
Dignity

Signed,

Michael Seiwerath, Capitol Hill Housing, Co-chair

Tonya Lockyer, Velocity Dance Center, Co-chair

Jeanine Anderson, Capitol Hill Art Walk

Mary Bacarella & Esme DeCoster, SAAS

Yonnas T Getahun, 12toRain Productions

Tara Hardy, Gay City

Jason Lajeunesse, Capitol Hill Block Party, Neumos

Jennifer Lobsenz, Path with Art

Brian McGuigan, Artist Trust

Pamala Mijatov, Annex Theater / Seattle Fringe Festival

Terry Novak, Photo Center Northwest

Jason Plourde, Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Tracy Rector, Longhouse Media

Matthew Richter, City of Seattle

Rik Deskin, Eclectic Theater

Courtney Sheehan, Northwest Film Forum

Tree Swenson, Richard Hugo House

Julie Tall, Capitol Cider

Jena Thornton, Eagle Rock Ventures

Chris Weber, One Reel