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2019 Mayor's Arts Awards

  • Charlotte Martin Theater, Seattle Center (map)
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We are elated to announce that we are one of five recipients of this year's Mayor's Arts Award! It is an incredible honor to be recognized by Mayor Durkan and the Seattle Arts Commission. Further remarkable is the ongoing support from our community throughout the years. Whether a founder to a volunteer, this award begins with your nomination and encouragement. We thank you the most!

Larry Reid, Jesse Bernstein and Kathy Acker  (L to R) during Acker’s COCA residency, 1989.  Photo: Larry Reid

Larry Reid, Jesse Bernstein and Kathy Acker (L to R) during Acker’s COCA residency, 1989.
Photo: Larry Reid

CoCA has been a vital part of contemporary art in the Northwest for nearly 40 years, and has operated galleries and produced events throughout the Seattle area since 1981 when over 100 artists, local business owners, and arts supporters formed the organization.

CoCA has continued to question the status quo of the existing art scene by challenging the social and political meaning of art and artists in contemporary society. The organization, staff, board and members have encouraged experimentation from artists through gallery exhibits, music and dance performances, residencies and discussion forums. We have a long history of providing inclusive space for emerging and established artists to make and show their creative efforts. CoCA will continue to champion diversity of community, culture, race, ethnicity, and gender for their Board, Volunteers, Staff, and Artists, and address the disparities that often challenge arts organizations and society. Executive & Artistic Director, Nichole DeMent; Gallery Manager, Katelyn Johnson, MA; Board President, Eddie Reed, EdD; and Board Chair, Judith Rayl, MD, PhD, currently manage CoCA.

We look forward to another 38 years of amplifying contemporary artists' voices in the Pacific NW. Please join us in the momentous occasion and to celebrate all of the award winners and all the arts and culture supporters and creatives in our region!

Nirvana performing at CoCA, 1989. Photo: Larry Reid

Nirvana performing at CoCA, 1989. Photo: Larry Reid

Earlier Event: August 1
CoCA at the Seattle Art Fair
Later Event: September 12
2019 Marathon & Auction: CoCA Magic!