Summer Classes at Vera!
Posted 06.17.2015

The Vera Project classes have moved to a trimester system! We will be announcing ALL our classes and workshops in 3 four-month chunks throughout the year. Don’t worry, our intro classes for screen print and audio are still available, but now with new names! Silkscreen 101 is now “Intro to Vera’s Screen Print Studio” and Sound 101 is now “Basics of Live Sound.” Check out our full calendar of classes, including some amazing ONE-TIME ONLY workshop offerings with very special guest instructors!


Intro to Vera’s Screenprint studio: $30 ($15 for members)
July 11, 12-2:30pm [FULL]
July 15, 5-7:30pm [FULL]
August 1, 12-2:30pm [FULL]
August 19, 5-7:30pm

Non-Digital Techniques: $75 ($50 for members & students)
June 20, 12-4pm

Basics of Color Theory: $75 ($50 for members & students)
July 18, 12-3pm

Multicolor Garment Printing: $75 ($50 for members & students)
August 15, 12-3pm


Basics of Live Sound: $30 ($15 for members & students)
July 11, 12-2pm
July 22, 5-7pm
August 1, 12-2pm
August 19, 5-7pm

Intensive Live Sound Series: The Gear, The Mix, The Sound Check, and The Show: $250 ($200 for members & students)
June 6,7, 13, & 14, 12-3pm

Laptop DJ Series: $120 ($60 for members)
Saturdays July 18-August 22, 3-5

Drum Tuning: $75 ($60 for members & students)
July 13, 6-10pm

Basics of Multitrack Recording: $75 ($60 for members & students)
August 17, 6-10pm

A Drink For The Kids 2015
Posted 06.03.2015


June 9th marks the beginning of our thirteenth annual boozy fundraiser, A Drink for the Kids! Just in time to help you gear up for a glorious summer, when the days are long and the cocktails are strong, we invite Seattle’s 21+ music and arts-loving community to support all-ages programs at The Vera Project by having a drink with us at our favorite neighborhood bars.

We are excited to welcome back last year’s liquor sponsors, Tito’s Vodka and local distillery 3 Howls, as well as three new sponsors, Batch 206 Distillery, Hilliard’s Beer, and Jones Soda Co. During A Drink for the Kids, 100% of the proceeds raised from the purchase of any sponsored beer, cocktails, or soda will directly benefit The Vera Project. Each night will feature raffles with fun prizes from our partners.

Humorously named by founder James Keblas (former Director of Seattle’s Office of Film and Music), A Drink for the Kids encourages the 21+ crowd to come out and raise funds in support of The Vera Project and its all-ages music and arts programs. The Vera Project is a volunteer-fueled non-profit music and arts space located in Seattle Center that offers popular music concerts, arts programs, classes in silkscreening, audio production, DJing, and more, as well as experiential learning and volunteer opportunities. Programs are open to all ages with a focus on young people ages 14 to 24. The skills participants gain at The Vera Project activate future creativity, careers, and leadership within the organization as well as in the greater creative community. The Vera Project engages thousands in the arts, develops the future of the music industry, and supports a vibrant Seattle culture.

A big thank you to our title sponsor, Vulcan, as well as our supporting sponsors, Uber, Polite Society, CityArts, do206, The Stranger, Hilliard’s, Batch 206, 3 Howls, Tito’s, and Jones Soda Co.!!!

Bring a friend & have a drink (or three) for a great cause!

Tuesday June 9 | Moe Bar | RSVP
Come booze & schmooze with these hosts:
Michael Chandler
Ian Imhof
Nick Botka
Joe Taft
Capitol Hill Block Party
Miss Casey Carter
Artist Home
Northwest Polite Society
...& more!

Wednesday June 10 | The Neighbor Lady | RSVP
Come swill & chill with these hosts:
Kitty Wu
Kim Selling
Scott Conrad
Gabe Nardin
Skate Like A Girl
...& more!

Thursday June 11 | Linda’s Tavern | RSVP
Come toast & riposte with these hosts:
James Keblas
Michael Compton
Michele Scoleri
Amy Piñon
Adam Way
The Stranger
Ground Zero Bellevue
Porchlight Coffee & Records
The Crocodile
World Famous Inc.
...& more!

Friday June 12 | Redwood Tavern | RSVP
Come imbibe & vibe with these hosts:
Mayuri Reddy
Annie Holden
Andrea Friedman
Rachel Palangio Kramer
Danae H-c
Shaun Mejia
Wes Gonzalez
Women Warriors
Cold Cube Press
Coldbrew Collective
...& more!

Saturday June 13 | Hattie’s Hat | RSVP
Come sip & quip with these hosts:
Brecken Diller
Brea Dunn
Michael Compton
Elizabeth Jaqueline
Sean Rail
Barsuk Records
...& more!

Give Big is May 5!
Posted 04.30.2015

Hi Vera Fam,

It’s the new guy here. One thing I knew before I started but couldn’t fully appreciate until now is the impact this organization makes in the lives of those who call it home. Looking at the incredible power each and every one of us in the Vera community brings to this organization and city (and beyond!)—when you add it up, it’s unstoppable.  Together we’re unstoppable.

Vera is a small organization, but our impact is huge. Kind of like giving during GiveBIG. It’s just one day, and each of us only has so much, but with help from the Seattle Foundation any amount you can give tomorrow, May 5th, will be boosted. Together our impact will be huge.

So tomorrow please give what you can. And tell your friends and family about Vera and this great opportunity to join us. We’ll all go a lot farther when we’re all in this together.

Viva Vera!

Tim Lennon
Executive Director


All donations made through Vera’s profile on the Seattle Foundation’s website between midnight and midnight PST on May 5 will be stretched by the Seattle Foundation and its presenting sponsors, so your donation will go even further to help support all-ages music and art in our city!

Donations of any amount are accepted, so you can decide exactly how big you want to give! Every dollar counts smile

Here’s how to participate:

1. Visit The Vera Project’s page on the GiveBIG website on Tuesday, May 5th. http://www.seattlefoundation.org/npos/Pages/TheVeraProject.aspx
2. Click Donate Now, and then click ‘Make a credit card donation’
3. Make a gift of any size.

You can also help promote Vera’s campaign by spreading the word on social media or to your friends:

#GiveBig #VivaVera

RSVP to Give Big on FB!

Welcome to new executive director Tim Lennon!
Posted 03.27.2015

We are excited to announce that Tim Lennon will be joining the Vera family as our new executive director!

“Vera’s staff, members and board are thrilled that Tim will be leading this beloved organization,” said Chris Nelson, chair of the board of directors. “We were all impressed by Tim’s energy, his ideas for Vera’s future, and his commitment to social justice.”

Lennon has worked in Seattle’s arts community for more than a decade. He comes to Vera from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, where he oversees summer concerts, the Mayor’s Arts Awards, public space arts activations and other events. He was program manager for The Next 50 series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair at Seattle Center, which is also home to Vera. Over the years, he has also worked with One Reel, Elliott Bay Book Company and the University of Washington.

In January, he was a featured panelist at the Vera Gallery presented “Ferguson Seattle: Mobilizing Our Community,” an open discussion on racial issues in Seattle.

“The Vera community has fundamentally changed the local arts, music and political landscapes,” Lennon said. “It also fundamentally changes the lives of all who’ve found a home here. I am honored and beyond excited to serve the members, volunteers, staff and board in building on that legacy and helping them take Vera to the next level.”

One of Lennon’s first tasks will be working leading Vera through a strategic planning process with Andy Fife and Michele Scoleri, longtime Seattle arts leaders who have served as co-interim directors of Vera during the past year.

“This is a fantastic time for Vera,” Nelson said. “Along with SIFF and our soon-to-be neighbor, KEXP, Vera is helping to create an electric environment on the Uptown corner of Seattle Center. We’re eager for Vera members and staff, led by Tim, to make it one of the city’s most exciting creative hubs.”

Please join us for a public welcoming reception for Tim on Thursday April 9 at 8pm in The Vera Project showroom!

Tim in the news!
The Slog

Viva Vera Gala 2015!
Posted 02.10.2015

The party of the month? No, the party of the YEAR!

This year’s Viva Vera Gala will take place on Saturday February 21 at The Triple Door. We’re excited to welcome back Larry Mizell Jr. as our host. Stay tuned for the announcement of our *surprise* musical guest!

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors…
SUB POP [presenting sponsor]
Caffe Vita, Space Needle, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Boeing, United Reprographics, Oola Distillery, Rhapsody, The Stranger, The Ten Club, Hard Rock, Eyes on Fremont, Georgetown Brewery, For a Song Wine, Pagliacci, Linda’s Tavern, Baitshop, King’s Hardware, Oddfellows, Tallulahs, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4 Culture, Arts WA, Arts Fund, and a Kid from Kent!

And, as always, a HUGE thank you to the volunteers, members, and show-goers who make Vera possible!

Viva Vera Gala!
Poster design by Frida Clements
For tickets and info, visit http://www.theveraproject.org/vivavera

Don’t have a ticket? No problem!!! Rhapsody is hosting an after party in the Musiquarium that is FREE and open to the public (21+) starting at 10pm. There will be hosted cocktails, beer, and wine and a DJ providing ~dance vibes~

Hope to see you there!

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