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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!
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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!



Writing About Music Spring Class Series!
Posted 01.30.2015

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The Vera Project is very excited to host the spring Music Journalism Class Series: Writing About Music. In this series, students will get insight and teachings from some of the best and most experienced in the business. All ages and experience levels are welcome.

Mondays 7:00-8:30 PM
Feb 9, Feb 16, March 2, March 9, March 16, & March 23

This comprehensive 6-class course focuses on practical musical journalism. Students will explore the history of popular music journalism, learn the craft of writing, and begin developing the tools needed for a career writing about music and the arts.

Instructors:
Mark Baumgarten (Seattle Weekly editor-in-chief, former editor of City Arts Magazine)
Chris Nelson (former music journalist for New York Times, Rolling Stone, sonicnet.com, Seattle Times, Seattle P-I)

Guest Lecturers:
ALLY-JANE GROSSAN (Editor for 33 1/3 book series, Commissioning editor in popular music, sound studies and politics at Bloomsbury, Co-editor of How to Write About Music)
OLIVER WANG (NPR, KCET’s Artbound, and KPCC’s Take Two, Editor and co-author of Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide)
GREG KOT (Chicago Tribune, cohost of NPR’s Sound Opinions “the world’s only rock ‘n’ roll talk show”)

To register Click Here



Holiday Gift Packages are now available!
Posted 11.27.2014

Looking for creative gift ideas? Look no further!!!

Keep it simple with Vera swag and show tickets, or give a gift that keeps on giving—an opportunity to learn audio recording, silk screening, sound engineering, or even a chance for your pal or loved one to record their own songs in our recording studio! All available on our online store.

The best part? All proceeds from these gift packages go to supporting our Viva Vera 2014 fundraiser, so when you buy a gift for your someone special, you are also benefiting everyone who goes to shows, takes classes, or views our art gallery and zine library (they are special too)! A true win-win-win <3



Viva Vera 2014!
Posted 11.19.2014

Vera houses the future: of music, of art, and of culture. On the stage and in our studios, we produce cutting-edge music and artwork every week all year long, showcasing the best talent of the present and the future. You’ll find the future backstage at Vera as well. In fact, Vera puts backstage up-front, inviting young people to help make the programming happen. Vera actively invites young people to lead in every aspect of production, from booking bands to audio engineering to promotions and even organizational governance. Vera’s volunteers, members and interns not only make the music happen, they also learn and participate in the inner workings of the music industry and arts community. Then, they go on to run it. Former participants can be found in many of the music, arts and cultural efforts in the region and all around the country.

Before Vera was founded and the Teen Dance Ordinance was still in effect, Seattle was a difficult place for young people to participate in local culture. Vera opened its doors in 2001 with the repeal of the ordinance, and has served as a critical piece of this change and serves as a cornerstone of youth efforts in the region.

Vera’s work is far from done. Seattle is growing and the music industry and arts community are growing with it. Places like Vera are needed now more than ever as hubs for musicians, artists, producers, audiences, and most importantly, the growing numbers of young people.

In 2015, we look forward to introducing a whole new vision for Vera, setting a course for 2020. Vera will be even more of a hub for the music, arts and cultural community. We will continue to be on the cutting edge of music and art, a resource for current and future trends and trendsetters. We will grow our partnerships with local cultural institutions and will reach out to and include more young people from more neighborhoods throughout the region. And we look forward to including you in that process!

We have a bold target of $55,000 in our year-end fundraising campaign. This will be our largest annual campaign ever. We ask you to join us in supporting Vera at this time—it is only with your support that we can be successful in all our work.

For those donors and sponsors who give more than $500, we will post a Gold Record on one of our donor walls with your name on it.

To give, send a check to: 305 Harrison Street; Seattle, WA 98109.
Or support the campaign on Crowdrise: http://www.crowdrise.com/VivaVera2014.
Or contact Katie McColgan: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Viva Vera, indeed.
Thank you

<3

The Vera Project from Patrick Richardson Wright.



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