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GiveBIG 2015 is a Big Success!

We are so proud to announce that we made our goal of $10,000, a 100% increase from last year. And even better, we had donations from 58 generous CoCA supporters: a 64% increase in participation from 2014. We are feeling the love. Big, big thanks to you all, especially to the Seattle Foundation for instigating this important day of giving.


Anna R Hurwitz

Burke Burkhardt

Cathy Sarkowsky

Claudio Duran

Daniel Hawkins

Dave Francis

David Ruggiero

Elizabeth Gerber

Ernest & Kaveri Hurwitz

Frank Jenkins

Greg Butcher, Bigger Picture

Holly Martz

Ingrid Lahti Eisenman

Irene Gomez

Jeffrey Smith

Jennifer Chin

Jodie Nelson

John Osgood

Joseph Roberts

Juli-Ann Williams

Kalindi Thompson

Kent Smith

Kree Arvanitas

Kyla Lakin

Liz Malloch Doe

Lori Davis-Sandoval

Lorrie Cardoso

Lucy Mae Martin

Mariyah Guess

Marjorie Levy

Marlow Harris, Seattle Dream Homes

Melissa Koch

Michael Greer

Michael Harrison

Michele Osgood

Miguel Edwards

Moxie Lieberman

Nichole DeMent

Pamela Markman

Phil Stoiber

Ray C. Freeman III

Reginald Brooks

Robert Persson

Sara Everett

Savina Mason

Stephen Bentsen

Sue Pierce

Susan Gans

Susan Stewart

Talia & Bill Wright

Tina Gonsalves

Todd Lawson

Trish & Gary Potter

Wendy Church

William Gaylord

From the Executive Director’s Desk: Why GiveBIG to CoCA.

For the past 34 years, Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) has impacted thousands of artists and art lovers across the Pacific Northwest with engaging art and exciting experiences that have transformed the way we look at the world. From world-class visual art and music, to choreography and spoken word, CoCA has endeavored to push boundaries with art and ideas from a wide variety of perspectives and cultures. 

The current exhibition, Change-Seed, features 25 artists from Hong Kong. Many of these artists are associated with the Umbrella Revolution and will never be able to have a voice in their homeland due to governmental censorship. Two of the artists in the show were able to travel to Seattle to present their ideas and, despite having studios in the same building in Hong Kong, met for the first time at the opening reception. That CoCA provided them the space and opportunity to freely share their views and collaborate on new ones when they got back home was an inspiring moment to witness. 

I am honored to be leading this organization as the new Executive Director, a position that remained open for over a decade. I’m thrilled to report the CoCA received national headlines with a Newsweek article about our The More Things Change exhibit (2015), featuring Seattle artists pushing boundaries, and buttons, in emerging and experimental art forms. The Seattle Times loved our 2014 Juried Annual, PostGlamism so much they titled the review, “CoCA ‘Glam Art’ exhibit is bright shiny fun!” 

Here’s a recap of what CoCA accomplished since the last GiveBIG campaign, including hiring me as the first Executive Director in over 10 years:

  • Featured the art of over 150 artists at all levels in a wide variety of mediums
  • Engaged with over 125 students at the high school and college level
  • Served over 1,000 visitors, all for free
  • Partnered on Heaven & Earth VI at Carkeek Park, En Plein Air outdoor festival and ART@SDC Open Galleries to over 75,000 visitors
  • Partnered and collaborated with a diverse array of organizations to expand awareness about CoCA’s unique blend of contemporary culture and to build bridges to new audiences and communities such as:
    • Pratt Fine Arts Center
    • La Sala
    • Chief Sealth High School
    • University of Washington Bothell
    • Northwest African American Museum
    • Shunpike
    • Allied Arts
    • TK Art in the City
    • South Park Arts
    • ART@SDC
    • Carkeek Park Advisory Council
    • Seattle Parks and Recreation
    • Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
    • Serendipity Dance Brigade
    • Seattle Office of Art and Culture
  • Facilitated outrageous ideas of regional curators and independent artists adding to Seattle’s cultural caché around the world
  • Provided 48 member artists with free professional portfolio reviews by 14 high level curators and arts professionals from throughout the region
  • Launched the CoCA Lab: Artist-in-Residence Program offering free space to six local artists with studio and exhibition space to generate and present new ideas
  • Expanded the CoCA Lab to an international artist residency for Dr. Phoebe Ching Ying Man (2003 Venice Biennale artist)
  • With the support of a 4Culture grant, hired a professional archivist and assistants for the CoCA Archive Project to catalog, digitize and preserve our amazing collection of materials collected over the past four decades.
  • Provided over a dozen internships and volunteer opportunities, mentoring the next generation of arts leaders.



In case you haven’t heard, Seattle is growing. The drive to establish our fine city as a leader and authority on emerging and experimental art and artists is happening now. I am personally asking for your support to help fulfill CoCA’s goal to present ground-breaking exhibitions and experiences that make a significant impact in our region, bringing increased recognition to place us at the top of the must experience list for tourists and locals alike. 

For 2015, and into the future, we are employing a strategic plan designed to:

  • Further stabilize our 34 year old organization with an empowered, engaged and 100% active Board comprised of artists and professionals who are passionate about our mission as a catalyst for contemporary art
  • Increase support and funding for programming that inspires, excites, educates and provides opportunities for global conversation about a wide range of topics, from individual identity to cultural revolutions and everything in between
  • Through the CoCA Lab, broaden public exposure to emerging and experimental art forms and attract innovative artists from across the globe with an international artist residency program that features collaboration with national and regional artists 
  • Celebrate CoCA’s past as a bold creator of Seattle’s cultural history with the launch of the CoCA Digital Archive, featuring images, oral histories and more from our amazing history.

So, GiveBIG to CoCA

Note if you missed GiveBIG, you can donate today and still get these thank you gifts.

I know you have many giving opportunities today and sincerely appreciate your choice to GiveBIG to CoCA. Just click this link to make your donation anytime today until 11:59pm.

Your support means so much to us so we're thanking you with special treats.

  • Everyone who donates at any amount receives a complimentary CoCA membership or renewal
  • Donors of $200 or more will receive an exclusive invitation to a special performance on May 15 by visiting Hong Kong artist, Dr. Phoebe Ching Ying Man (2003 Venice Biennale artist), the finale for our current exhibition, Change-Seed: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong & Beyond.
  • At $1,000 or more, you'll be entered to win a box set of art from CoCA Board and Staff including work by Miguel Edwards, Sara Everett, Dan Hawkins, Nichole DeMent and Ray C Freeman III. 

In addition to the Seattle Foundation's stretch fund which matches your donation, everyone who donates to GiveBig will also be entered in a drawing to win a GiveBig Golden Ticket; winners get an additional $1,000 given in your name to CoCA and you'll receive a $100 gift card to Starbucks or Taco Time for yourself. It’s a win for everyone!

And we’ll thank you in our very special CoCA way.

With big thanks,

Nichole DeMent
Executive Director
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CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of Contemporary Art

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