Storefronts UN[contained] is a new artist in residence program that supports artists of color and aims to create a platform for community dialogue around critical social issues
Join us for an artist reception at 3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy St featuring the October artists in residence for CoCA and Shunpike's Storefronts UN[contained] - a new artist in residence program designed to support 12 socially engaged artists from a variety of disciplines that celebrate cultural diversity and explore themes of racial equity and social justice, among others.
November featured artists in residence:
Imani Sims believes in the healing power of words and the transformational nuance of the human story. Imani is committed to sharing her story, bearing witness to marginalized stories, and creating spaces for the oppressed to share through artistic expression.
Zane Suarez is an artist born and raised in Seattle, WA. A child of the Filipinx diaspora, their work aims to explore the intersection of identity, history, and community while decolonizing the art space
Imana Gunawan is a Texas-born Indonesian and Seattle-based storyteller, multimedia journalist, and dance artist. She has performed on- and off-stage in Washington and Jakarta since 2011, and taught in Seattle, Jakarta, and Amman, Jordan.
A partnership between CoCA, Shunpike and 225 Roy LLC, Storefronts UN[contained] is additionally made possible with the support of Elysian Brewing and the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of Contemporary Art. CoCA has been a vital part of contemporary art in the Northwest for 35 years, and has operated galleries and produced events throughout the Seattle area.
About Center Steps Residential
Center Steps is planned to be a mixed-use, mixed-income residential property that intentionally integrates residential and open spaces with the Uptown Community. The developer, Barrientos, on behalf of 225 Roy LLC, has been an active participant in integrated arts projects for many years and have been collaborating closely with the Uptown Arts and Culture Committee (UACC) to activate the site prior to the start of construction. UACC was influential in developing the site program with Sara Everett, the Barrientos representative, who is also Board President of CoCA. The collaboration between Shunpike, CoCA, UACC and the Developer is a model of how good community collaboration can result in great ideas.
Uptown Alliance Arts + Culture Committee serves as a community connector and catalyst for this project and for future projects. UACC’s objective is to activate all art forms within Uptown and to create more space (both permanent and transitional) for arts and culture, in the vibrant and expanding Uptown theatre, arts and culture community.
Shunpike’s mission is to provide artists with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success. Shunpike envisions a community where independent artists and arts groups thrive, creatively and economically, and where their work is widely valued as fundamental to the cultural, social and economic well-being of Washington State.
CoCA Storefronts UN[contained]
Saturday, November 25th, 2017, 11:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Three shipping containers across from Seattle Center on 3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy St in the Uptown Neighborhood