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RELEASE DATE:6/21/2013
PRESS CONTACT:Calandra Childers  (206) 684-7306


New arts information sessions for Latino/a artists announced
Bilingual sessions on July 8 and 15 will cover best practices and offer opportunities to meet funders


SEATTLE — A new two-part information series for Latina/o artists launches this July featuring information, resources and contacts to help artists better access funding opportunities. The series, called ARTISTS UP, will take place on Monday, July 8 and Monday, July 15 at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (located at 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The sessions are designed to demystify funding programs and processes, share best-practices through peer learning and build connections between artists and funders in order to better serve all artists throughout Seattle, King County and Washington State. Interpreters and translated materials will be available along with light refreshments. The program is a collaborative effort between the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Artist Trust and 4Culture.

Participants attending the July 8 session will meet staff from the Office of Arts & Culture, Artist Trust and 4Culture and learn about the differences between funding programs at each agency. The July 15 session will feature a Latino/a artist panel who will share their experiences and tips for successful projects. The panel will be facilitated by writer Felicia Gonzalez and includes artists Juan Alonso, Alma Garcia, Jovino Neto Santos, Monica Rojas Stewart and Michelle de la Vega.

There is a suggested donation of $8 for both sessions or $5 for one session. Individuals do not need to have attended the first session to attend the second. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Artists who attend both sessions will have the opportunity to receive a consultation with staff members Irene Gmez or Marcia Iwasaki (Office of Arts & Culture) Heather Dwyer or Tamar Benzikry (4Cutlure), or Miguel Guilln (Artist Trust).

Registration is online at seattle.gov/arts or by following this link. For more information, contact Irene Gmez at Irene.gomez@seattle.gov or (206) 684-7310.

The ARTISTS UP program anticipates offering more sessions for underrepresented groups over the next several years.

Office of Arts & Culture | Seattle We activate and sustain Seattle through arts and culture, and are supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council.

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