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Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas

Six emerging artists took part in the CREATION Project—a yearlong new works and professional development program presented by the Central District Forum for Ar ts & Ideas. The CD Forum started the program to train, support and keep budding African-American performing artists in the region.

The selected artists each received a $1,000 stipend and participated in peer discussions and seminars. The project culminated in a showcase performance of the artists' new works in May 2008.

Through dance, theater and spoken word, the performances took on topics ranging from eating disorders to sexuality, racial tensions and surviving war. Watch Rachel Ferguson, Christa Bell , Amber Flame, Chad Goller-Sojourner, Gin Hammond and Vania Bynum perform on Seattle Channel's Web site

Four of the participating CREATION Project artists went on to receive support from our smART ventures funding program.

Founded in 1999, the CD Forum presents African-American cultural programs that encourage thought and debate and showcase black role models. Its season includes civic dialogues, a history series, artist residencies, readings, lectures and performances.