Dear Vera Community,
It’s with a little sadness, much gratitude, and a lot of optimism that I announce that I’ll be stepping down as Executive Director at the turn of the year. Leading The Vera Project these last two and half years has been the most challenging and rewarding adventure of my professional life. I feel so blessed to be a part of this community, and I know that now we are ready for me to pass the baton.
Together we—Vera’s volunteers & members, staff & board, and each and every one of you!—have brought this organization so far. Our finances are stable; we’ve negotiated a new lease and are making critical improvements to the venue and operations; we’ve reestablished old relationships and build new ones both internally and with external funding, programming and community partners; we’ve welcomed some great new staff and board members; and we’ll soon launch a new website and new branding.
I’m so proud of the work we’ve done and the community we’ve sustained and strengthened. Now that we’ve gotten Vera back on firm footing, it’s time for the organization to leap into the next exciting era. This leadership transition is a part of that, and I’m confident that this community will emerge from it ready to take on the world.
Though I’m transiting out of my current role, please know that I’ll always be a loud booster and proud donor, and you’ll still spot me at shows. In the meantime, I will be spending next few months working hard to ensure The Vera Project is set up for success on all fronts.
I would like to invite you to help here, too, by donating to The Vera Project’s Fall Fund Drive. Investing in our community now is a critical to ensuring the next Vera era will be the best one yet.
Thank you, truly and sincerely, for everything these last few years and Viva Vera!!
To apply for the Executive Director job, visit our Job Listings page or click here to access the posting directly!
If you are younger and you are questioning things like sexuality or gender, those things are constantly being questioned outside in the world. But Vera is a space where your identity will not be questioned, where you simply can be.
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How did you find Vera?
I went to a show. I saved up for two weeks just so I could go to that one show. A friend at the show told me if I wanted to see more shows, I should just volunteer at the Vera Project. And that’s how I got involved!
What is your favorite Vera memory?
My favorite show, weirdly enough, was Why Don’t We, a boy band. I loved the unfiltered passion of the people at that show (who were all under 18 except two people). Just to see that enthusiasm for something– and it’s not being judged, and it’s not being shamed. You just couldn’t help but smile. I know I went through the same thing when I saw Courtney Love when I was 15 or 16.
How would your life be different without Vera?
I don’t think I would be involved in the music industry or want to go into the career that I want to go into. I want to be a publicist at a label. It sounds like a hyperbole, but I genuinely don’t think I would be on track to do what I want to do right now without Vera.
We’ve currently raised $2,500 of our $15,000 Fall Fund Drive goal. Let’s double that TODAY to get us 1/3 of the way there! Every donations counts. Any amount counts. Donate today to support all-ages music and DIY art in Seattle. Click the above image, or go to our donate
Foundry10 Presents: Shiver and Scream, a Scary Sound Effect Design Workshop
Monday October 23rd 5-9PM
The Vera Project Recording Studio
Corner of Warren Ave N & Republican St
REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/Y43a8vGmQUpc6bbC3
About the Workshop:
Just in time for the Halloween holiday, Shiver and Scream is a free four hour workshop that will teach you how to take (or make) sounds, either those that they record or from a library, and manipulate into a spooky soundscape. You will then work to restore a scene from a campy horror flick, applying the same professional sound design techniques used in gaming and movies. This is a free workshop!
About the Instructor:
Joshua Du Chene is a composer, sound designer, Foley artist, musician, and educator in the Seattle indie games community. He has been a maker of sounds ever since he discovered he could hum whilst consuming Gerber applesauce in his He-Man high-chair. Now he just does it with more expensive equipment. Joshua holds a Master of Education degree from Oregon State University and has presented on audio at the PAX Developer’s Conference, Seattle Startup Week, the SIXR Cinematic VR Challenge, and at Shoreline College.
Foundry10 is a philanthropic research organization dedicated to finding new and interesting ways to create value for youth today. We partner with communities and schools to try new approaches to learning, across a broad range of subjects and environments.
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