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CAN WE COUNT YOU IN?

Friend of Folklife HQ

Pictured: Friend of Folklife Headquarters, 45th Northwest Folklife Festival

For 45 years, Northwest Folklife has brought the Northwest Folklife Festival to Seattle Center and celebrated the incredible and diverse arts and cultures of the Pacific Northwest.

About 250,000 people each year come to the Northwest Folklife Festival. Over 5,000 artists perform on 25 stages during the four day Festival. Over 100 communities, representing the rich diversity of our community – artistically, ethnically, and culturally – work all year round to bring these performances to you at this Festival.

You are the Folklife family. You are friends, volunteers, donors, performers, community coordinators, leaders and vendors – the core group that makes Northwest Folklife possible. What is the value to you of a day (or two or three or four) of music, dance, storytelling, crafts and food? What does this experience mean to you and to your family? Your children?

Together, we believe in the two critically important fundamentals, the CAUSE,  that drives Northwest Folklife – that we celebrate, share and participate in ALL of the traditional and evolving arts and cultures of the Pacific Northwest AND that there shall be NO ECONOMIC BARRIER to participation.

While there is no ticket price to get in, Northwest Folklife is not free. It takes a full year and a a cash budget to produce the Festival and other programming. This is NOT a city program – all paid for in advance. It has only been made possible and can only continue with the support of those who come each year to experience it.

For the past ten years, revenue has NOT grown but expenses have. Each year, the organization committed itself to doing whatever it took to make sure that maintaining the programs were the first priority. Increased programming costs have been offset by cuts everywhere else. And those cuts added up as the costs mounted. Over the ten years, Northwest Folklife has cut non-programming costs by over 60% and never had the revenue to restore them. Frankly, there are no more cuts to be made. Indeed, too many cuts have already occurred to support the future operations. We need to change that pattern.

Your financial support is necessary or we won’t be able to continue. This year, to offset expenses, we must generate $1,300,000 in revenue. We will earn about $600,000 and we need to raise $700,000 to pay these expenses.

To do that, we have secured $45,000 from city and county sources. We have set a $350,000 goal to be raised at the Festival from the people who attend.

And, over the year, we need to raise another $300,000 from all of you – our Folklife family – our key supporters. Between now and May 26th – we need to raise $100,000 of that core supporter goal through our spring funding campaign underway right now.

What is at stake?

This Festival is one of the few remaining all access, all community folk celebrations left in America. We cannot take it for granted.

Folklife’s future is up to us. This is a community owned, community co-created event. If we value Folklife and want it to continue, we need to support it.

You understand and value what Northwest Folklife means to you personally, for your families and for our community. You want Folklife to continue.

Last year, less than 17% of the people who attended Folklife programs contributed in support. That is not enough. This lack of support has put Folklife at risk.

We need to expand our committed donor base and we need to increase our donation levels. Every arts and culture organization needs a core group of committed supporters to sustain the programs they create.

We need to do two things between now and May 26th, 2017. We need to meet our spring campaign goal of $100,000 so please, give in accordance to the value that Folklife has for us AND we need to share this message with our networks and build a more robust, expanded support community.

It’s up to us, we are the solution – can we COUNT YOU IN?

If so, please

  • Give online at nwfolklife.kindbase.com. Choose to make a one-time gift or recurring donation.
  • Send your check to Northwest Folklife at 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109.
  • Make a gift of stock.
  • Remember to request your employer’s matching gift.
  • And ask others for their support as well!

Allspice Band

A Night of Dancing for Folklife

We are thrilled to thank Northwest Folkdancers (NFDI) for their Night for Folklife this past Saturday. $2,607 was raised! Many thanks to all supporters and donors, and special thanks to Kathy Bruni for her organizing, Allspice Band who spiced things up with international dance favorites. Orkestar RTW played traditional dance and folk music from the countries of Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Serbia. Special Thanks to Sno-King International Folk Dance Club for donating their dance night at the Cedar Valley Grange.

NFDI honored Kathy Bruni for her 30 years of service. The group serenaded her with this song (click on it for a full sized version).

NFDI is the ‘Where to Folk Dance’ organization for the Pacific Northwest. Join in! Here is the schedule: www.nwfolkdancers.org

NFDI Poem

Kathy Bruni


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Your Gift Ensures the Northwest Folklife Festival’s Lifeline

The 46th annual Northwest Folklife Festival is a community treasure that your gifts have created. The excitement and the pace of work continues to mount as we prepare to host over 100 cultural communities, 5,000 artists on 25 stages, the crafts booths, food vendors, and opportunities to participate such as over 90 hours of participatory dance, hands on activities for kids in the Discovery Zone, and jamming with musicians. It is going to be a blast.

Today, we are asking for your help to continue the tradition of artistic and cultural inclusion accessible to everyone. Please take a moment to give, renew and even increase your support as a Friend of Folklife donor.

Your support of Northwest Folklife is actually a gift to the entire community. Here, we share in our rich arts and cultural traditions: dance communities flourish at Warren’s Roadhouse, we witness Native American cultural practices and a powwow, and folks young and old mingle over music.

Northwest Folklife’s roots are deeply embedded in cultural inclusion. Recently, Phil Williams, one of our founders passed on. His widow Vivian shared with us that “Phil figured everybody should have a chance to get to know people from other communities, whether it was quilting or playing bluegrass or Japanese koto. His resistance to fences included a sensitivity to refugees in Seattle who’d had their fill of barbed-wire fences and being closed in. He thought some people wouldn’t be comfortable with that. He was very, very inclusive.” Your gift continues this vision which remains as relevant today as it was in 1972.

As you know, it takes resources to make this happen. Costs rise for everything and Northwest Folklife is not immune to that. We pledge to you that we will be effective and efficient stewards of your support! And there is a sober note to share. The Northwest Folklife Festival is one of the few remaining all-access arts and culture festivals in the country.  While other Festivals have folded, or adopted an admission charge to offset rising costs, we remain committed to the founding principle established 46 years ago, that this annual celebration shall be open to everyone in our community. The Festival belongs to everyone in our community – not just those who can afford a ticket.

Your generosity helps weave this community fabric of cultural inclusion. Only your continued support and support from others will ensure the lifeline of this community treasure.

Please consider a meaningful gift and make your donation today.

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This is Folklife Spotlight: Doug Plummer

Northwest Folklife is proud to be a community-powered organization, and at the heart of that power are people like YOU!

Photo by Rick Meyer

Today we introduce you to photographer and filmmaker, contra dancer, and Friend of Folklife, Doug Plummer.

Doug started contra dancing as well as photographing those dances in Seattle in the mid 1980s. Since 2012 he has self-published the Contradance Calendar, a photo showcase exhibiting the vibrant life of the tradition. He serves on the board of the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS), an education and arts service nonprofit for dancers, musicians, singers, callers, and organizers, particularly from English and North American traditions.

Doug created a series of short films for Northwest Folklife called Northwest Stories, which play a vital role in exploring communities that have long been a part of Northwest Folklife. He is beginning work on a documentary film project on one of the CDSS tour communities, Coos Bay, OR. He is also a new piano player and is in a contra dance band, Purple Heys. Let’s get to know Doug a little better.

What communities are you involved with?

I started contra dancing about 30 years ago. I started to photograph the dances then too, which began a long term project to document the contra dance and music scene nationwide. I serve on the board of the Country Dance and Song Society, which educates and supports local communities in offering contra and English dancing, as well as ritual dance (Morris), and song. I took up piano six years ago, from scratch, and quickly gained enough facility to play at jams and for contra dances. I’m now on the same trajectory with guitar.

How many years have you been involved with this community and Northwest Folklife?

Pretty much since I arrived in Seattle, in 1985.

What does it mean to you and to your community to be connected to Northwest Folklife?

I’m one of those people who, in years past, rarely left the contra dance floor the whole weekend, particularly when I was young. I’ve always been friends with musicians, and my favorite volunteer slot was for Sandy Bradley’s instrument auction, even though I didn’t play anything (yet). I’m connected with the original “roots” of Folklife, as it were, the old time hippie musicians who jammed and square danced and began this great thing, and who feel a tremendous sense of ownership of the Festival, and maybe a bit too much entitlement sometimes.

What has been the result of your connection with Northwest Folklife on you and your community?

Folklife is different now that I’m a musician. I’ve been on the stage a couple of times now, and there’s nothing that compares to the rush and the fulfillment of playing for a room full of several hundred contra dancers. But what I witnessed, from this side of the room, is how community comes together in preparation for that moment in the sun. A good example is the annual Lake City marathon contra dance that’s a benefit for Folklife. One year I was in two bands. We gathered week after week to rehearse. We staged contra dances in people’s living rooms, so that callers could practice handing off the dance changes. It is from those gatherings that friendships deepen, that connections develop, that community takes form. I saw the value of gathering to prepare for an event of connection and joy, and how Folklife seeds that in this amazing multicultural way for our region.

I’m in my sixties, and because I play music now, I’m making friends and I’m more social than I’ve ever been in my life. That typically doesn’t happen to guys my age in this culture. It is the greatest gift to be connected the way I am now.

You were a huge part in creating the Northwest Stories and helping to tell different community’s stories through their own words. Why do you think these stories were important to tell?

I learned about the secret mission of Folklife that more people need to know about. People think it’s about the Festival. That’s almost the least of it. Similar to how I observed community bonds being formed through the act of preparing for a contra dance, I saw how music and dance are the glue that give meaning and keep communities healthy. They may be an ethnic group, like the Hawaiian diaspora, or a community who choose a given dance form and may or may not identify as Scandinavian, or it may be an institutional keystone and a safe space for young people, like Vera and the All Ages music scene. Whatever parameters define a community, when we come together to make art together, when we participate, when we touch and know each other, this is important stuff. This is a social good. This is the society I want to live in. It is these healthy community bonds that Folklife nurtures, and the Festival only comes in to play as the place where these communities show the rest of us what they’re about.

Photo by Julia Chambers

What would you like to see for the future of Northwest Folklife?

In my work for CDSS, I’ve observed what makes for healthy, resilient dance communities. They’re the ones that change and grow, and that hand over leadership to a younger generation. In my “tribe”, and among my age cohort, I hear complaints of how Folklife’s changed, that it’s lost its way, that there’s no “Folk” music anymore and the stages are too loud (though that last bit I might agree with). In my view, that only demonstrates that the festival and the organization are healthy and growing. My measure of the vibrancy and vigor of any traditional music or dance scene is, are the old folks annoyed? Good. That means it’s going to be around for a few more generations. If it sounds like it did 30 years ago, that’s a bad sign. It’s going to die when you do.

Do you and your community nurture the role of ‘culture bearer’? How?

I help make sure there are abundant opportunities for people to gather, to hear music, to play music, to dance. I host a house concert series; its focus is virtuosic musicians who play in traditional genres. The house concert scene is becoming a significant piece of the support system for musicians, and it’s my favorite way to hear music. My big living room is also a frequent place for music sessions and even contra and square dances. There’s no end to the amount of joy this all brings into my life, and that my community feels as well.

Please finish this sentence: Folklife is… more necessary and important than ever.

In 2017, the Northwest Folklife Festival Feels Especially Significant

On Memorial Day Weekend, Northwest Folklife will present the 46th Northwest Folklife Festival – a signature event for this region. Once again, we will host 800 performing groups, 5,000 artists and 152 cultural communities. The past 45 years have only been possible because of gifts of support, and we thank our contributors and Friends of Folklife!

While this celebration of our folk arts and traditions has long heralded the start of summer, in 2017, the Northwest Folklife Festival feels especially significant. In this era of our polarized society, when distrust, fear and anger is so prominent, we need to find those places where we share space, engage with one another and build community.

Northwest Folklife’s mission is to create opportunities for all to celebrate, share and participate in the evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest. This annual gathering allows us to share our traditions of music, dance, storytelling and food. And through this sharing, we come to understand each other much more deeply.

We may find the steps to our dances differ. The beat or tempo of our music and the spices we use in our foods vary. But we find that we all dance! We all express ourselves through our music. And we all know that warmth of gathering around tables with familiar smells and tastes warming us as we reconnect with friends and families.

In these four days each year, we re-embrace those differences which actually show us how much alike we are. In these four days, together we create a community of communities. Come dance, play music and eat food with each other. Find shared delight in each moment and find the common threads that weave together to become the fabric of a civil and caring society.

If you believe in this community of communities and if you believe that this opportunity must be equitable and open to everyone without the economic barrier of an admission fee, we need your support right here in the Pacific Northwest. While we face challenges and needs that can be addressed on the national stage, effective change and progress occurs “at home.” Northwest Folklife is local, it is community powered by those of us who live here.

Applications are already streaming in from performers, all seeking the opportunity to share of themselves and their art with you. To make this possible, there is so much work to be done between now and Memorial Day weekend. To balance our budget and pay the necessary expenses, this year we must raise $662,100 in contributed income. Northwest Folklife is an independent not for profit organization and we value every contribution and commit to each of you that we will use your support as efficiently and wisely as is possible.

We ask you, our friends and supporters, to do two things.

First, please make or renew your contribution.

Second, please share and forward this message via email and your social media networks to like-minded people you know and ask them to support Northwest Folklife as well. Sharing your voice and your belief in the importance of this annual gathering with others is the best way to build the broad base of community support necessary to keep Northwest Folklife and our Festival in this community.

Next Memorial Day Weekend, as you sit on the grass surrounded by others all listening to music, or venture into Warren’s Roadhouse to join hundreds of others dancing together, you will be so glad you did. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Mark W. Crawford
Interim Executive Director

Photo Credit: Doug Plummer. Meet Doug in our first This is Folklife Spotlight.

Community Coordinator Spotlight: Bernice Maslan

Community Coordinators are an integral part of the Northwest Folklife’s mission and vision to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest. Their talent, time and expertise as a Community Coordinator create opportunities for folks of the Pacific Northwest to participate in arts experiences and learn about the living traditions that occur daily in our big neighborhood.

Today, we introduce you to performer, musician, Friend of Folklife, and former board member Bernice Maslan. In addition to coordinating the Big Jewish Show at the Northwest Folklife festival, you can find Bernice playing clarinet with the Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band or hosting one of the many Klezmer bands she organizes throughout the city.

What cultural traditions do you or your group share with the greater community?  

We present various flavors of Jewish music, including klezmer, vocal, occasionally singer-songwriters, Israeli, comedy.  We have a strong emphasis on Klezmer music.

What does it mean to you and to your community to be connected to Northwest Folklife and how long have you been involved? What impact has the organization made on your community?  

My co-coordinator Harvey Niebulski and I have been connected to NWFL for a long time.  Personally, I served on the board for about 10 years and Harvey is still on the board.  I’ve attended since 1973.  The Big Jewish Show has been a part of almost all the Folklife festivals since at least 2001.  I’m not sure how long before that.  I know many people look forward to the Big Jewish Show and our music.

How do you interact with Northwest Folklife outside of the Northwest Folklife Festival?  

My son is president of the board.  I participate in fundraisers from the contradance and folkdance communities, as well as making many many latkes for a Hanukah fundraiser for Folklife hosted by JoAnne Rudo.

Please share a performance memory connected to Northwest Folklife that had an impact on you?  

Certainly performing as part of the Big Jewish Show has always been a thrill, whether part of the Klezmer Balabustas, Klez Chaos, or the KlezKidz.  I remember sitting in the audience of Big Jewish Shows and being knocked out by the clarinet artistry of Liz Dreisbach and Carl Shutoff.  Now I am delighted to know many of the musicians personally.

What specific community in the Northwest do you hail from?

I live in the Greenwood district.

Please share the Northwest Folklife events you have contributed programming for?  

The Big Jewish Show! and any ancillary klezmer showcases

Arpan Arts

Your Gift Amplifies the Voices of our Cultural Communities

Joe Seamons and Ben Hunter

Pictured: Joe Seamons and Ben Hunter carry on the American songster tradition.

Your support allows Northwest Folklife to change lives. People and cultures come together to share of themselves and celebrate one another. Please consider making a year-end gift or a monthly sustaining gift today.

Your support powers all we do to amplify the many voices of our Pacific Northwest cultural communities. The voices of our community thank you. Here’s what they want you to know. Your gift does all this and more:

Traditions thrive.

‘We share cultural traditions of rural, northwestern Oregon, and we represent the current manifestation of the songster tradition as “Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons.” Northwest Folklife has created a forum, the Festival, where my community is encouraged to come together and share the work of our students and our teachers, and that means a lot to us.’ ~ Joe Seamons, Rhapsody Project

Cultural heritage is celebrated.

‘The Northwest Folklife Festival is an opportunity for us to conserve and present the richness of our diverse Mexican cultural heritage. It is not only entertaining and educational; it is also a place for community-building, where different cultures are shared and accepted through the medium of art. ~ Edgardo Garcia & Jacque Larrainzar, Directors, Day of the Dead Committee

Communities unite.

‘The Folklife Festival helped to bring together and unite the Hawaiian hula community, and today Hawaiian Hula is alive and well in the Pacific Northwest.’ ~ Gloria Napua Fujii Nahaueau, 40 years of teaching and performing with Halau Hula O Napualani

Art forms are shared and discovered.

‘Our efforts are an offering (Arpan) to the entire community right from the inner depths of a diverse cultural melting pot that is India. We are honored to share our art form with you!’ ~ Joyce Kakariyil Paul, Founder and Director of Arpan Arts

With your continued support, together we will build our community, share your traditions and evolve new expressions. Make a year-end gift or a monthly sustaining gift here.

Sincerely,

Rafael Maslan                                                                Sheila Siden
President, Board of Directors                                     Development Director

P.S. Please remember to check with your employer for any matching gift policies! Make your gift multiply! Questions? Contact Sheila Siden at 206/233-3953 or sheila @ nwfolklife.org

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Explore Fine Artisan Chinese Teas, Friends of Folklife

If you were to time travel to China any time after 10BC, you are likely to find tea. Tour the world by any means these days, and you are likely to find tea.  Statistics say that fifty-one per cent of Americans drink tea every single day.  Tea is enjoyed in a countless variety of settings: as a personal moment, as an afternoon ritual with cakes, as a choreographed tradition such as the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and as a special tea tasting for Friends of Folklife at the Northwest Tea Festival!  Please RSVP to attend.

Tea is folklife, folks!

The Northwest Tea Festival has extended a special invitation to Friends of Folklife to enjoy a private tea tasting presented by Catherine & Ned Heagerty of Silk Road Teas. As tea purveyors, Catherine and Ned are well known for their tea discoveries, relationships with artisan growers, and their excellent quality tea finds. So, this will be a big treat!

teafestivalSession Description:
During this session Catherine & Ned will talk about their quest to find rare Chinese teas and make them available in the United States. Attendees will learn about this process and will have the opportunity to sample a selection of these teas, expertly brewed for their enjoyment. There will be ample time for questions and Catherine & Ned will be happy to share some of their vast knowledge about tea.

About Silk Road Teas:
Silk Road Teas is known as a purveyor of rare and artisan teas from China.  Each spring, they travel in the tea-rich southeastern provinces to source their teas.  Visiting tea markets, small farms, specialty tea companies and tea brokers, they find the finest varieties of white, green, oolong, black and Pu-erh tea.

Silk Road Teas are grown and processed by true artisans of the leaf.  They purchase most of their teas in picking-teasmall lots that are single origin and often handmade.  It is their belief the best tea is harvested early in the spring, when the days are warming and the nights cool. In that brief harvest window, known as “before the rain” teas, the fresh and tender leaves offer nuanced flavors and tastes.  These teas are limited in supply and are recognized as some of the finest teas in the world.  Once plucked and processed, many of their teas are not blended and they preserve these unique small lots for their customers’ enjoyment.

Time: October 2nd at 11:00am-12:00pm
Session Title: Fine Artisan Chinese Teas
Session Leaders: Catherine & Ned Heagerty of Silk Road Teas
Admission to the Northwest Tea Festival is $10, and there is no additional charge to Friends of Folklife for this special invitational tasting. RSVP by the end of day Sept 26th.

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Humaira Abid's Fountain Head

ArtXchange Gallery To Host Humaira Abid’s Artist Talk & Mingle for Folkstarters

Humaira Abid

Humaira Abid can make wood look as flexible as a rubber hot-water bottle or as hard as a cast-iron faucet. She can make it curve and curl — or turn into shoes and shoelaces. She can even transform it into a shirt, trousers, jacket and dress that hang with convincing limpness from stainless-steel hangers in an open clothes closet…  But Abid, a Pakistani artist who divides her time between Seattle and Lahore, also packs a visceral punch with her content.  – The Seattle Times (Michael Upchurch, “Review: Seattle sculptor Humaira Abid blends dazzling craft, potent content in Red”, April 2011)

Humaira Abid is inspired by a folk art form that many enjoy: woodworking. She has combined it with a craft of her native Pakistan: miniature painting as illustration. What followed is Abid’s unique story as an artist. Using her chosen art forms for social commentary and personal self-expression, Abid has honed her skill and techniques to make these materials sing and rise to become fine art.

Sculptor Humaira Abid will present “From Ordinary to Extraordinary,” a talk about her inspiration and artistic process, situating her work in the context of feminism, international women’s issues, and the landscape of contemporary Pakistani artists for Folkstarter Friends of Folklife on September 22.

A selection of Abid’s work opened at ArtXchange Gallery on August 4 and is currently featured at the Tacoma Art Museum. Humaira Abid takes ordinary objects from everyday life and makes them extraordinary. Some of her work is humorous, some ironical. Abid turns, carves, and constructs in wood, combined with various mediums using great skill and detail.

Abid is one of a small number of female sculptors to rise to the top of her field. Her commitment to her artistic career is illustrated by her continuous pursuit and participation in art residencies, art exhibitions, symposiums and workshops.

Abid’s work has been reviewed by the Seattle Times, the Stranger, KUOW Public Radio, the Seattle Weekly and the Huffington Post. She has appeared in the Stranger’s Arts & Performances Quarterly magazine, Sculptural Pursuit, American art collector magazine and in-flight magazine of AIR INDIA. Documentaries have been produced on Abid’s work by PBS KCTS9 TV Chanel (which got nominated for NW Emmy Awards) and Bellevue Arts Museum, WA, USA.

Abid has exhibited her exquisite work nationally and internationally including in Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Mauritius, Nepal, Kenya, Dubai, Bolivia, Germany, Russia, UK, USA and won many awards and grants.

About Art Xchange Gallery

ArtXchange Gallery is a unique art gallery exhibiting artists who explore culture, social issues, and heritage. We work with local, national and international artists who reflect diversity of influences shaping the Seattle community and contemporary global culture. ArtXchange aims to spread appreciation for the beautiful art and craft traditions that continue to inspire and inform artists today, as well as provide exposure for artists whose work educates audiences, asks questions, and creates dialogue about our world.

About Folkstarter Friends of Folklife

Folkstarters support Northwest Folklife’s sustainability and growth, and year-round multi-cultural programs with annual gifts of $250 and over. To RSVP and for more information, please contact sheila@nwfolklife.orgAll gifts make the Folklife magic happen.

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Next Friend of Folklife Meet Ups
Mark your calendar for new opportunities to experience arts, culture, and community.

October 2 at the Northwest Tea Festival: Friends of Folklife are invited to RSVP to a free tea tasting on October 2nd at the 2016 Northwest Tea Festival (October 1st and 2nd).  Sample several delicious international teas prepared and served by industry experts while meeting and mingling with your fellow Friends of Folklife.  Limited to the first 20 RSVPs, festival admission not included, information for attendees will be sent out early September.  To RSVP and for more information, please email sheila@nwfolklife.org.

Sunday, October 9: 3rd annual Seattle Children’s Festival at the Seattle Center. This multi-cultural, inter-generational festival will feature music, dance, activities, and exploration from around the globe. No admission charge, thanks to your donations.

Saturday, November 12: Friends of Folklife meet the Clay Club: fun and neighborly times with Pottery Northwest and Northwest Folklife. $10 for Friends of Folklife and Clay Club members.

TobiasTheOwl

A Night of Music, Painting & Dance

Tobias The Owl

Friends of Folklife are invited to meet up for First Thursday on September 1 at AXIS Pioneer Square. Visual art, live music, live mural painting, and dance are all part of this immersive Seattle sight and sound show. The first 15 Friends of Folklife who ‘check in’ will receive a 2016 Festival T-Shirt. Join or renew as a Friend of Folklife on the spot.

AXIS Pioneer Square presents “Audio/Visual”, a group exhibition hosting Seattle artists from a variety of disciplines collaborating to create a unique sensory experience. Focusing on the past and present Seattle music community, Audio/Visual will showcase a diverse representation of art, music, and visual performance. The show is sponsored by Northwest Folklife, Seattle Acoustic Festival, and New Amsterdam Vodka with a portion of art sales benefitting Arts Corps.

Three noted local artists Ryan Henry Ward, Ten Hundred, and Wakuda will showcase their collaborations with sculptor Katie Kurkjy and will also display their individual creations.

Along with visual art, the event will feature solo and collaborative performances by some of the region’s most acclaimed musicians, including Daniel Blue (Motopony), Andrew D.B. Joslyn (Macklemore), Tobias the Owl (pictured above performing at the 2016 Northwest Folklife Festival) and others.

Sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka, complimentary drinks will be on hand for those 21+! The event is free and open to the public.

RSVP at EventBrite or Facebook.

AXIS Pioneer Square

AXIS Pioneer Square

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Pictured: Ana Montes’ Flamenco Danzarte performs at the 2016 Northwest Folklife Festival Discovery Zone. Photo credit: Christopher Nelson.

You Make It All Possible 🎵🎶

Pictured: Ana Montes’ Flamenco Danzarte performs at the 2016 Northwest Folklife Festival Discovery Zone. Photo credit: Christopher Nelson.

Pictured: Ana Montes’ Flamenco Danzarte performs at the 2016 Northwest Folklife Festival Discovery Zone. Photo credit: Christopher Nelson.

This is what it means to be a Friend of Folklife: you make it all possible.

Did you enjoy the 45th Northwest Folklife Festival? It is but a portion of the opportunities that you create with your philanthropy: people of all ages, cultures, and means join together in self-expression and participatory arts. Renew your gift today.

Community-powered all-ages cultural showcases at the Folklife Festival numbered a record 152 this year, including Blues Dance, Fiddle, Rhythms of India, Japanese, Mexican Folklorico, Maritime, Morris Dance, Filipino, Reggae Rising, Stand Up Comedy, and more. The 2016 Cultural Focus: Power of the Human Voice through Song brought countless folks together for participatory singing and chorales. Dancers enjoyed 83 hours of dance opportunities at Warren’s Roadhouse and in The Armory!

Your summertime gift sustains Northwest Folklife leading up to our new fiscal year on October 1, when we start fresh with the Seattle Children’s Festival on October 9.

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A main event in Northwest Folklife’s ‘Our Big Neighborhood’ youth and family program, the Seattle Children’s Festival is a day dedicated to sparking children’s’ curiosity about the world and developing young minds and bodies through movement, rhythm, song, and hands-on activities. New highlights this year include opportunities to learn American Sign Language; join in the Movement Series with Irish Set Dancing, Kid’s Yoga, Family Dance, and more; and a great variety of interactive performances presenting world cultures.

A whole sampling of ‘Folklife Presents’ workshops and performances bridge the Northwest Folklife Festival and the Seattle Children’s Festival, along with new arts and culture connections for Friends of Folklife. Through intergenerational, multi-cultural exchange, we are promoting greater social understanding. The more we celebrate one another the better.

Your gift sustains Northwest Folklife’s 45-year tradition of celebrating our big neighborhood.

Pictured: Ana Montes’ Flamenco Danzarte performs at the 2016 Northwest Folklife Festival Discovery Zone. Photo credit: Christopher Nelson.

Pictured: Ana Montes’ Flamenco Danzarte performs at the 2016 Northwest Folklife Festival Discovery Zone. Photo credit: Christopher Nelson.

You make the Folklife magic happen: we can’t do it without you.

Please renew your support today.

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P.S. You are invited to Become a Friend of Folklife, and Thank You for being one! We hope to see you for these new adventures: Arts and Culture Connections for Friends of Folklife.

*P.P.S. Two dedicated donors have offered to match your gift in a campaign called ‘1,000 for the Future.’  New gifts of $1,000 from corporations and individuals will be matched through 9/30/2016!  Please contact Sheila Siden at 206.233.3953 or sheila@nwfolklife.org to learn more. Your support makes our cultural community thrive. Thank You!

Arts & Culture Connections for Friends of Folklife

Hobnobbing at Friend of Folklife HQ. All photos by Christopher Nelson.

Hobnobbing at the Friend of Folklife HQ. All photos by Christopher Nelson.

Friends of Folklife gathered for a good time at the Friend of Folklife Headquarters, meeting up with life-long friends and making new ones,  at the 45th Folklife Festival. These convivial moments have inspired even more opportunities for Friends of Folklife to connect through music, arts, culture, and folklife.

‘Our Big Neighborhood’ Programs: North, East, and West Everyone Welcome!

Saturday, August 20:

  • CHOMP! Dig Northwest Folklife’s multi-cultural programming at CHOMP! Marymoor Park: Halau Hula O Napualiani, Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project, Rhythms of India, Anzanga Marimba Ensemble, and Ocheami. First 15 Friends of Folklife who ‘check in’ with your 2016 Friend of Folklife Button at the Folklife table at CHOMP! will receive a 2016 Festival T-Shirt.
  • Cultural Arts Series It’s a casual evening of participatory Sound and Fury Morris dancing at Crossroads Bellevue’s excellent international food court, 6:30pm.
  • Arts in Nature Festival at Camp Long in West Seattle, in partnership with Nature Consortium.

You are invited to Become a Friend of Folklife, and Thank You for being one! We hope to see you for these new adventures:

Friend of Folklife Meet Up!
Thursday, September 1 at 6pm – 9pm:
Axis Pioneer Square First Thursday – A Night for Folklife
Experience Axis Gallery’s new space with an original multimedia performance featuring Katie Kurkjy, Andrew D. B. Jolsyn, Daniel Blue of Motopony, and Tobias the Owl. First 15 Friends of Folklife who ‘check in’ will receive a 2016 Festival T-Shirt. Opportunities to join or renew as a Friend of Folklife will be presented.

Special Invitation to Folkstarter Friends of Folklife
ArtXchange Gallery Humaira Abid’s Artist Talk & Mingle
Sculptor Humaira Abid presents “From Ordinary to Extraordinary,” a talk about her inspiration and artistic process, situating her work in the context of feminism, international women’s issues, and the landscape of contemporary Pakistani artists. Abid turns, carves, and constructs in wood, combined with various mediums using great skill and detail. A selection of Abid’s work opens at ArtXchange Gallery on August 4 and is currently featured at the Tacoma Art Museum. E-vite coming soon to Folkstarters for this September get-together.

Autumn Heads-Up…

  • October 1 & 2: Northwest Tea Festival will offer a special international tea tasting for Friends of Folklife. Participants pay regular $10 admission, and are invited to enjoy a special tea tasting.
  • Sunday, October 9 from 10am-5pm: 3rd annual Seattle Children’s Festival at the Seattle Center. This multi-cultural, inter-generational festival will feature music, dance, activities, and exploration from around the globe. No admission charge, thanks to your donations.
  • Saturday, November 12: Friends of Folklife meet the Clay Club: neighborly times with Pottery Northwest and Northwest Folklife. $10 for Friends and Clay Club.

Subscribe to our eNews for even more opportunities to connect with the greater Northwest Folklife community. Join us on Facebook. Contact me any time with your ideas and questions.

All my best,

Sheila
Development Director

Friends’ philanthropy sustains Northwest Folklife and its 45-year tradition of celebrating our big neighborhood.  The more we celebrate one another the better.

The Uncommon Market on Fisher Terrace. Photo by Christopher Nelson.

Friend of Folklife Headquarters’ neighbor, The Uncommon Market on Fisher Terrace. Photo by Christopher Nelson.

All Friends of Folklife are invited to enjoy the oasis of the Friends of Folklife Headquarters at the Northwest Folklife Festival on Memorial Day weekend in May, and receive the Festival Guide by mail prior to the Festival (please be sure we have your current address!)

Renew your support as a Friend of Folklife.