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Highlights of the Year

2018 was a great year for contemporary art and CoCA. We are excited to share CoCA’s most notable accomplishments of 2018.


In the spring, we launched our GiveBig campaign with the theme of Sanctuary. In a society that sometimes stifles creativity, art and artists need protection. We asked members of our art family including artists, volunteers and supporters, board members and interns to tell us how CoCA has been a sanctuary for them and their art. You read about it right here on our blog.

Our 28th annual Marathon & Auction was a stunning success. We continued our Sanctuary theme at this epic event.  Our devoted auction guests and generous sponsors helped us surpass our goal and raise over $92,000.

In 2018 we had a great increase in individual and corporate sponsorship. Elysian Brewing covered our Marathon & Auction costs with their $20,000 contribution. Potter Construction not only sponsored our auction, but they also purchased more art than any other attendee—huge thanks! Support from them, along with Good Bar, Rock’s Studio, Third & Wall Art Group, and many more prove that our work at CoCA is valuable in our community. We are a better sanctuary for art with our sponsors!

In 2018 CoCA reached greater excellence in leadership and capacity. Our current board has gender and ethnic equity. And after a year of hard work, the board has nearly completed an Equity Impact Statement for CoCA, and is committed to providing inclusivity, connection and opportunity for artists and art lovers..

We continue to offer a robust and well-regarded  internship program. Our staff consists of a group of hardworking, specialized interns who aid in all departments of the organization. Over the course of a year, interns perform essential tasks for CoCA that allow them to get direct knowledge of what it means to run a nonprofit, while improving their skills to become the next great arts leaders.

For the first time, CoCA has the capacity to have two paid staff. We now have a Gallery Manager to oversee the curatorial aspects of our organization. As a result, CoCA has found an unprecedented level of  stability in support of our aspirations.

For our shows, we brought significant creative voices from regions outside of Seattle, including work by recent immigrants to the US. October’s Where Do We Belong? exhibition presented stories of immigrant artists such as Hawo Abid, Hiba Jameel, and Rohena Alam Khan. During this exhibition we held space for our community to be a sanctuary for art and conversation amidst the lack of it for migrants to the US.

Painters Who Fucking Know How to Paint included artists from Philadelphia and NYC in addition to prominent local painters. Where Do We Belong? included voices from Juarez, Mexico and San Francisco. Our end of the year jewelry exhibition, You Got The Look, included artists from New Mexico, NYC, South Carolina, and Philadelphia in addition to showcasing a wide pool of great local talent.

CoCA’s membership program remains a cornerstone of the organization. We now have over 300 artist members.  Our 2018 Members Show, Creativity Persists, celebrated many of our fearless members and their enduring creativity. Free to members, we hosted three separate Portfolio Reviews bringing twelve arts leaders in the community to view the work of our member artists and support their professional development and network. We also threw open the doors for seven VIP events for members, donors and guests, as well as dance performances and special readings of poetry and PI day conversations on art and math.

We couldn’t have accomplished all of these things without our devoted board, staff, interns, volunteers, sponsors, members, artists, and of course, donors. THANK YOU for helping CoCA thrive.

Before we wrap up 2018, CoCA is asking you to help us raise $3,000 to kickstart the new year. To reach our goal, we only need $120 every day through December. Will you please join us in this campaign?

CoCA has reached an unprecedented state of stability, and our next goal is long-term organizational sustainability. We aspire to hire staff for development & fundraising, to bring our existing staff up to a living wage, and to offer paid art shipping for artists from traditionally underrepresented cultural groups, among other valuable goals.

To help CoCA reach our end of year goal please consider making a direct donation. Thank you for helping us reach our stretch goals for 2018.  We appreciate you being such a strong supporter of CoCA and our art community.

Earlier Event: November 15
How We Heal
Later Event: March 5
Thoughts on a Theme: Motherland