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Gather: An Artist Trust Celebration

Emily Dennis

Annual Fund & Events Manager

Please join the Artist Trust Board of Trustees in celebration of a year of artist support. Meet this year’s grant recipients while we honor our generous friends Stephanie Ellis-Smith and Douglas Smith.

Throughout the tumult of 2017, Artist Trust has remained steadfast in our support of individual artists of Washington State. We are able to continue that work because of the artists, donors, and public supporters who continue to build thriving creative communities where we can bear witness, challenge, and celebrate - together.

Program begins promptly at 6:00 pm, featuring remarks by Donald Byrd, 2016 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award Recipient, Artist Trust Board President Pablo Schugurensky, and CEO Shannon Halberstadt, and a performance by Monica Rojas-Stewart, 2017 Fellowship Recipient.


Admission with sliding scale donation of $15 to $250, $10 for members. All donations are matched $1 for $1 up to $25,000 by our generous partner, Lakeside Advisors. Proceeds benefit Artist Trust’s programs for individual artists across Washington State. Hosted bar (donations generously accepted) and refreshments provided.

We look forward to raising a glass with you to toast an incredible year of artists and artist support!

View a full list of our 2017 grant recipients here.

Stephanie Ellis-Smith is the owner of philanthropy advisory firm Phila Engaged Giving. She is the founder and former Executive Director of the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (CD Forum). Stephanie has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Washington State Arts Commission, Seattle Arts Commission, and Central Waterfront Committee. She is on the board of YWCA King/Snohomish County, the outgoing Board Chair of Artist Trust, and an Advisor to the University of Washington Press and

Douglas Smith is an award-winning historian and translator, and the author of five books on Russia. He holds a doctorate in history from UCLA, and his works have been translated into a dozen languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including a Fulbright scholarship and a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study Center. His latest book, Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs, was published in November 2016 in the US and the UK.

Donald Byrd is a Tony Award-nominated choreographer and the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater. He’s credited with more than 100 modern dance works for his own groups as well as for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), among others, as well as classical companies, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, and theater and opera, including The New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater and Seattle Opera.

Monica Rojas-Stewart is a choreographer, cultural consultant, music and dance instructor, and guest artist with various college and community education programs throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is the Assistant Director of the African Studies and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies programs at the University of Washington, and recipient of the Tumi USA Award, the maximum recognition granted by the Peruvian community in the US.