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ARTISTS UP Evening of Resources and Networking for Asian, Asian American & Pacific Islander Artists

For Immediate Release:

Announcing ARTISTS UP, an evening of resources and networking for Asian, Asian American and Asian-Pacific Islander Artists

Mixer on June 9 at Asian Counseling and Referral Services

Calandra Childers, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, (206) 684-7306
Christina DePaolo, 4Culture, (206) 296-8677
Steph Harmon, Artist Trust, (206) 467-8734 x13

To build on the successful launch of the ARTISTS UP pilot in 2013 and continue to reach communities new to our agencies, ARTISTS UP will host a free session to connect and inform Asian, Asian American and Asian-Pacific Islander artists throughout Seattle, King County and Washington. The mixer is designed to share best practices through peer learning and build connections between artists and funders and demystify funding programs and processes. Last year the program successfully provided Latina/o artists their first-time face-to-face meeting with peer artists and funders.

The event will take place on Monday, June 9 at Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) located at 3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle. Artists creating in dance, literature, media, music, theater, visual and public art are welcome. The program will begin at 5:30 pm with an Art Tour of ACRS (optional) to be followed with an information and networking exchange from 6 to 8:30 pm. Creative activities for school-aged kids and language interpreters are offered upon registration. Light refreshments will be served. Transportation details: free parking and ACRS is accessible via Metro Bus #48 and light rail.

Register online by June 1. For more information, contact Marcia Iwasaki at, 206-233-3949 (M-TH, 9-5).

ARTISTS UP is a unique collaborative pilot between two government agencies and a non-profit organization that share an interest in extending outreach to under-represented artists in order to better serve the communities of Seattle, King County and Washington State.

4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, Washington is committed to making our region stronger by supporting citizens and groups who preserve our shared heritage, and create arts and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors. Find out more at

The Office of Arts & Culture envisions a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. The Office is supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council. Find out more at

Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in Washington State artists since its founding in 1986, through grant programs and direct support. Artist Trust also provides a comprehensive suite of career training and professional development resources to help artists achieve their career goals.

Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Find out more at

Major supporters of Artist Trust include many individual donors along with: 4Culture, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Amazon, ArtsFund, ArtsWA, The Boeing Company, The Dale & Leslie Chihuly Foundation, The Klorfine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Raynier Institute & Foundation, Seattle Art Fair, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Jon & Mary Shirley Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and Vulcan Inc.