2015: A Great Year

This was a big transitional year for CoCA and we are excited to report huge strides forward as we enter into our 35th anniversary. The world started off with a bang, so did 2015 with our groundbreaking international exhibition featuring Umbrella Revolution artists in, Change-Seed: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong, curated by David Francis. Others CoCA exhibitions highlighted the exciting fusion of art and technology alongside interactive artworks by artists from across our region and were featured in Newsweek

We received great show of support for our 2014 auction which allowed the CoCA Board of Directors to take a heroic step towards stability and elected to hire then President, Nichole DeMent, as paid staff: CoCA’s first Executive Director in over a decade. Through tireless efforts by her and incredible support from Outreach & Development Director, Anna R Hurwitz, and President, Miguel Edwards, Nichole led the Board through a number of fundraising events that broke all records and goals for the organization, creating a financial stability not seen in decades. We are elated to have some new options on the table for 2016 after we flew by our 2015 auction goal and grossed just over $100,000! As a non-profit run by artists, we know cash is the ultimate economic driver and we supported artists directly with over $28,000 in commissions in 2015. 

Nichole also helped secure two new exhibition spaces and CoCA joined the Capitol Hill and Georgetown communities with exhibitions, installations, residencies and events. And, thanks to grants from 4Culture, we procured a dedicated space for the CoCA Archives Project and brought on professional archivist, Joel Irving, who, along with associate Nicole Figley, worked to preserve 35 years of our region’s historic cultural moments. 

We added a dedicated CoCA Publisher, Ray C. Freeman III, to continue to expand our selection of catalogs and artists’ books and included a partnership with Copper Canyon Press led by CoCA Board member, Joseph Roberts.  Ray further designed our brand new online Member Directory that features the art and info for artist members and will help highlight and connect artists and curators around the world. 

We are excited to announce the details for our 35th anniversary year soon and your continued support will help us do even more. In the past 34 years, CoCA has been a steadfast catalyst and forum for contemporary art and artists and we are delighted to keep up the great work and make artist-based decisions with a 2016 budget under $190,000. 

As you assess your end of year giving, please consider giving to CoCA at an amount that is generous for you; signing up for the new directory at a $30 artist membership will help us help you and we can bring even more contemporary art and artists to Seattle with a generous $5,000 donation. Your donation to CoCA says YES to a strong art and cultural focus in Seattle. CoCA is a registered 501c3 non-profit and every dollar donated right now is a tax deduction. Making a donation is as easy as a couple clicks on our website: just hit that big red donate button below.

At the end of it all, we are feeling the love and support from our local community and from friends far away. Thank you from the bottom of our paint cans.

Please feel free to reach out to Nichole directly at nichole@cocaseattle.org with feedback and suggestions for what you want your Center on Contemporary Art to be for you and for Seattle in 2016.


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