We’re well into our Fall Fund Drive, and with Coffee for the Kids kicking off at Caffe Vita on Capitol Hill today, this is a big week for Vera! This week’s T&SF features Elizabeth Maze (above, center), Vera’s Front Desk Manager and general services coordinator. Read on to discover how she would improve Vera (it involves Ron Swanson and lots of snacks - you know it’s good)!
How have you been involved with The Vera Project?
I started out as a Stranger reader, super stoked on this new all ages venue that was opening up with the most killer line up a 13 year old Elizabeth could have hoped for (Murder City Devils, Botch & the Blood Brothers - COME ON), then a volunteer, then an intern, and finally when they realized they were never going to get rid of me, I became Patron Services Coordinator.
How has Vera impacted you, or helped you with your future?
Vera got me involved in Seattle’s music community and helped foster an interest that lead me to pursue a degree in the arts. This place affords amazing opportunities to young people that would otherwise be really difficult to achieve, and certainly shaped the aspirations I had career wise. I would not be this cool if it wasn’t for The Project, let’s be real. And I am… pretty cool.
If you had access to unlimited money, name one way you would improve Vera.
Oh man… I would hire Nick Offerman to dress up like Ron Swanson and prep all the hospitality for shows. And my lunches. Or maybe put a bunch towards Programming and host some crazy awesome classes geared more towards Visual Media Arts. With Nick Offerman serving snacks afterwards.
Do you have a favorite show or memory at Vera?
I mean, I got to casually chat with Steve Albini and R. Steevie Moore thanks to this place. I got to tell Leslie Ly I dressed up as her for Halloween when I was in college, I got to gush at Cassie Ramone about the film her band is named after. Vera’s given me a lot of opportunities to embarrass myself in front of people with cool bands.
In less than 5 words, describe The Vera Project.
#1 All time Top Special
Why is it important for the community to support Vera?
Vera takes peoples interests and facilitates their realization. You’re interested in Visual Art? Get involved with our Gallery Committee, come show your installations, meet people in the art community and see how you can get involved in local galleries. Wanna learn how to run a sound board? Take some classes, sign up for some shows, meet some people who work sound at local venues and get some contacts. Do you want to record a record, but cant figure out how to make your vocals sound like Chelsea Wolfe? Oh man, have we got some people you can chat with. Vera is an amazing resource to the Seattle community, but we can’t do it without a little help!
Starting October 15th and lasting through the end of the year, The Vera Project is asking for donations to our Fall Fund Drive! Donations of any amount are a crucial part of what makes Vera work. We rely on your (monetary!) support to keep our doors open to the thousands of individuals that come here each year. Please take a moment out of your day to donate a buck or two to help Seattle’s premiere all-ages music & arts venue continue to thrive and give everyone a safe, low-priced, fun space to dance, learn, & rock!
Want to learn more about Coffee for the Kids? Head to our blog post: http://theveraproject.org/blog/detail/coffee_for_the_kids1/