Letter from the Director: Two Upcoming Gatherings of Note

Town Hall Seattle, © Steve Dubinsky, Photo courtesy Town Hall Seattle
Town Hall Seattle, © Steve Dubinsky, Photo courtesy Town Hall Seattle

This graphic by Wendy Wahman originally appeared on Crosscut.com, an online news organization dedicated to creating a more livable Northwest through its solutions-based coverage of politics, urban living, economy and culture. 

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Forum

Who we elect matters.  Whether you work for the public sector, a nonprofit arts, cultural or social service organization or a private business, public policy decisions inevitably impact your organization or company.  The best way to influence policy in ways that are favorable to you or your organization is to elect candidates who will act in your best interests.  It is incumbent upon voters to be informed about the candidates seeking their support.

At Town Hall on Monday June 3, 7:30-9:00 pm, there will be a Seattle Mayoral Candidate Forum focused on arts and culture.  Here are the details:

KUOW Weekday host Steve Scher moderates an in-depth discussion among seven of Seattle’s 2013 mayoral candidates on the current state—and future—of Seattle’s cultural community, and how its health relates to our city’s economic vitality. Participating candidates include City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, a former corporate attorney; Greenwood neighborhood activist Kate Martin; Socialist Workers Party candidate Mary J. Martin; incumbent Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn; State Sen. Edward B. Murray; businessman and arts patron Charlie Staadecker; and architect Peter Steinbrueck, a former City Council member. Presented by the Seattle Cultural Community and Town Hall as part of the Town Hall Civics series.

Let’s pack Town Hall to demonstrate that the cultural sector is large, engaged and paying attention.  So far more than 350 people have RSVP’d on the Town Hall website, but there is room for twice that number. The event is free, but our friends at Town Hall are trying to get an estimate of how many to expect, so please RSVP here: http://townhall.strangertickets.com/events/7424860/seattle-cultural-community-2013-mayoral-forum

We can do better than a half full hall.

For a fun and quick review of the candidates check out Wendy Wahman’s Mayoral candidate infographics over at Crosscut’s Mayor Race Games page.

 

 

Dynamic Adaptability 2.o

On Monday, June 24 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, the sixth and final Dynamic Adaptability convening will be held, also at Town Hall on the subject “How Do We Talk About The Public Value Of The Arts?” Dynamic Adaptability is a series of convenings that have taken place since February 2010 sponsored by a consortium of regional funders to help cultural organizations navigate the new normal following the 2009 recession.

This forum will help you explore how your organization and the cultural sector as a whole, can make a better case for the public value of arts and culture.

Guest presenters include Tom Schorgl (Community Partnership for Arts and Culture), Sheila Smith (Minnesota Citizens for the Arts), and Michael Rushton (Indiana University, specialist in the public value of the arts). These speakers will share their experience with what works — and what doesn’t — in communicating about the value of culture in the context of campaigns for public funding. The lessons they will share are useful for any organization that wants to communicate more effectively with donors, audience members, and the general public.

We’ll also be joined by several local arts leaders including David Brown, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Cultural Access Fund, and Cultural Access Fund Executive Director Carol Albert, who will respond to the presenters on how best to apply the lessons learned at this session in strengthening the role of arts and culture in our community.  If you are unaware of the concept behind the Cultural Access Fund, this will be a great opportunity to learn more.

I hope to see you at both of these forums.

Jim Kelly

This graphic by Wendy Wahman originally appeared on Crosscut.com, an online news organization dedicated to creating a more livable Northwest through its solutions-based coverage of politics, urban living, economy and culture.