Save the date for Ethnic Arts Connection

Arts presenters are looking for ethnic performing artists. Ethnic artists are looking for venues. Ethnic Arts Connection, a free one-day gathering of artists and presenters, provides the link. Ethnic Arts Connection will take place 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, March 10, 2008 at Intiman Theatre at Seattle Center. The event is a joint project put on by several regional arts and cultural organizations.

Registration is open to Washington performing artists, presenters and community organizations. Ethnic Arts Connection features a rich roster of showcase performances, workshops and booking and networking opportunities. Registration deadline for performing artists who wish to present a six-minute showcase of their work is Friday, Dec. 21. Apply early as showcase performances are juried, and space is limited. The general registration deadline for presenters and performing artists is Monday, Feb. 4, 2008. Click here to register online.

In December 2006, the first Ethnic Arts Connection attracted 124 performing artists and 58 presenters to Seattle Center. The gathering aims to foster connections between artists working in ethnic traditions and arts presenters throughout Washington; to strengthen the skills of both presenters and artists, particularly with respect to new ethnic communities; and to broaden the diversity of cultural experiences for audiences statewide.

Performing artists are invited to attend a free pre-event workshop Preparing an Effective Promotion Packet, 7 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008 at 911 Media Arts Center. To sign up, contact Paul Rucker at (206) 684-7084. Workshop registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 25, 2008.

The Ethnic Arts Connection is a collaborative project of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Center, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, Ethnic Heritage Council, Festál, Northwest Folklife and Arts Northwest.

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