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ARTISTS UP Event for African & African American Artists

For Immediate Release:

Press Contacts:
Calandra Childers, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 206/684-7306
Christina DePaolo, 4Culture, 206/296-8677
Barbara Mizoguchi, Artist Trust, 206/467-8734 x11

Join us for an evening of networking and resources at the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM), Seattle, October 6, 2014, 6-8:30pm.

To continue reaching communities new to our agencies, ARTISTS UP will host a free session to connect and inform African and African American artists throughout Seattle, King County and Washington State. The event is designed to share best practices through peer learning, build connections between artists and funders, and demystify funding programs and processes.

Since launching in 2013, ARTISTS UP has successfully built bridges and increased understanding of existing artist funding for Latina/o, Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander artist communities.

The event will take place on Monday, October 6 from 6:00-8:30 pm at the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) located at 2300 S. Massachusetts Street in Seattle. Artists creating dance, literature, media, music, theater, visual and public art are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Transportation details: free parking and NAAM is accessible via King County Metro and Sound Transit Lite Link Rail.

Register online by October 1. For more information, contact Heather Dwyer at, 206/296-8676.


ARTISTS UP is a collaborative project between three funding agencies interested in reaching under-represented artists to better serve the communities of Seattle, King County and Washington State.

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.

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.

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.