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.
Viva Vera, indeed.
The Vera Project is very excited to host the 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
September 22 - October 27
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.
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)
Michaelangelo Matos (Writer for Village Voice, Capital New York, Resident Advisor)
Jessica Hopper (Music Editor for Rookie Magazine, Senior Editor of the Pitchfork Review, writer for Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Spin)
Ann Powers (Music critic for NPR; former pop music critic for LA Times, Author of Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America and coeditor of Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop, and Rap, and co-author with Tori Amos of Piece By Piece.)
For more information and registration Click HereRead the full post HERE.
We are excited to announce that The Vera Project is partnering with Summit Block Party this year and will have our very own Vera Stage! The event is Saturday August 9th from 11:00am to 9:30pm between E Olive & Howell Street. There will be plenty of great DIY music, crafts, art, and more!
Here is this year’s lineup:
The Pharmacy // Ecstatic Cosmic Union // Snuff Redux // Great Spiders // Kleine // Kelli Frances Corrado // Wayfinders // Parker Edison //
Bad Tats // CMRTYZ // Diogenes // Carnotaurus //Lifeslow // Funky Photos // Nightspace // Spread Thick Crew
Official Website: www.summitblockparty.com
Facebook Event Page: www.facebook.com/events/847192731977590/
Check out our upcoming shows, listen to music from bands playing here, and more!
Check out dates for upcoming classes, gallery openings, workshops, meetings, orientations, and when the silkscreening studio is open.
*Register online for any of our upcoming classes.*
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