Announcing Vera’s 2016 Fall Fund Drive!

Vera’s fifteenth year as an organization - Ten years at Seattle Center

This year The Vera Project celebrated fifteen years of curating all-ages shows, fifteen years since we led the battle to overturn the Teen Dance Ordinance, and fifteen years of supporting Seattle’s arts community through serving as a resource for artists, musicians, and audio engineers regardless of age or experience.

We would like to appeal to you to pledge your support of Vera at the end of 2016. Our mission–to fuel personal and community transformation through collaborative, youth-driven engagement in music and art–can only happen with support from community members like you.

Take a look at what we accomplished in 2016:

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Gatas y Vatas Festival comes to Seattle!

Gatas y Vatas (GyV) is an experimental music festival for solo, women artists to push their own boundaries and those of their audience. GyV welcomes trans and cis women, as well as genderqueer and non-binary people.

Founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico, GyV has in its six years become a party for visual artists and crafters to showcase their work, and it’s sparked a series of compilation albums, companion zines, art shows, benefit parties and workshops. Continue reading “Gatas y Vatas Festival comes to Seattle!”

Women’s Creative Industries Forum this Saturday!

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The Vera Project is excited to host The Women’s Creative Industries Forum this Saturday from 10am to 3pm! Experience presentations and live performances by women who design sound, produce radio shows, make films, and beyond. Get to know other professionals and beginners in these creative industries with networking activities and a women-centric resource fair. As always at The Vera Project, all ages and gender identities are welcome!

Amy Piñon, a Vera board member and audio engineer, organized the event: “Representation of women, especially women of color in media, in the workplace, and in leadership is extremely important, especially in traditionally white-male dominated industries. This event is a response to this inequity, and aims to create visibility and viability for women in creative technology fields. As a woman of color audio engineer, I seek to uphold space to inspire and empower the next generation of women engineers, innovators, and culture shifters.”

The event, which is free to the public, will feature presentations by Nancy Chang (Reel Grrls), Sharlese Metcalf (KEXP), and Grey Ellis (visual/audio artist), as well as performances by Whitney Mongé and Naomi Wachira, and DJ sets by Taryn Rene Dorsey (Wiscon/Base tan/POC as Fuck). Bios below.

A woman-centric resource fair will be in the gallery space, featuring these great organizations:

Seattle Theatre Group

Reel Grrls

RadioActive

Powerful Voices

Queer Rock Camp

Rain City Rock Camp

The Recording Academy

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture / The Creative Advantage

Seattle Office of Film + Music

 

Presenter Bios:

Sharlese Metcalf has worked in music in the northwest for 14 years, and is the host of KEXP’s Audioasis and coordinates their Music Community Events. She also co-curates a music video showcase for KEXP and Northwest Film Forum called Videoasis and hosts False Prophet at Kremwerk.

Nancy Chang is a culture shifter based in Seattle – where she has recently declared her life’s mantra as being feral and free. She is passionate about creating strong authentic and inclusive communities through her work as the co-founder and board chair of Skate Like a Girl, a board member for Water 1st, Artist Trust, and as the executive director of Reel Grrls.  

Grey Ellis is a white organizer of queer DIY music spaces such as Queer Rock Camp, an organizer of immersive performance and arts events, as well as a musician, video artist, and performance artist. They strive to make strange and safe places for the development of unique expression, empowerment and exploration, both as play and as a political tool for sharing knowledge, and holding complexity.

Performer Bios:

Whitney Mongé (http://whitneymonge.com/)

Seattle Alternative Soul artist, Whitney Mongé, is the best street performer in the Northwest according to the Seattle Weekly in 2014. She began her music journey busking in the Pike Place Market in 2007, which has since led to several opportunities such as appearances on television networks CW11, PBS, ESPN, and various radio shows like NPR’s Speaker Forum.

 

Naomi Wachira (http://www.naomiwachira.com/)

Drawing inspiration from artists such as Tracy Chapman and Miriam Makeba, Naomi blends elements of African rhythm, American folk, and soul in her music.

Summit Block Party is this Saturday!

The Vera Project is proud to be a presenting sponsor of this year’s Summit Block Party! SBP is a not-for-profit volunteer-run event fueled by community support that aims to bring Seattle’s artistic community together, showcase local artists, musicians & craft-makers, and to promote accessibility to music for all!

Check out the Vera stage (run by Vera’s own sound engineers!) and stop by our outreach booth to learn how to get involved! All proceeds from drink specials (TBA!) at Redwood Tavern go directly to Vera, so grab a drink if you’re 21+

When: Saturday August 22, 12pm-10pm

Where: 1722 Summit Ave (Between Olive & Howell) + inside Redwood Tavern

!!! ALL AGES !!!

For more info visit www.summitblockparty.com

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Vendor Applications for Zine and Record Fair During Bumbershoot Now Open!

SEEKING: Zine artists/collectives and used record dealers!

The Vera Project is proud to announce some very special programming happening in our space during Bumbershoot! We’ll be having some great local music and comedy in our showroom (check the lineup here! Comedy TBA), and in our gallery there will be some space to hang out, listen to our DJ class alumni spin some tunes, and last but not least, A ZINE AND RECORD FAIR!!!

We are now accepting vendor applications! Applications here: Bumbershoot Zine and Record Fair Vendor Application 2015

Summer Classes at Vera!

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!

SCREENPRINTING:

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

AUDIO

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


THE BEST WEEK OF THE SUMMER IS BACK!

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
do206
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
ReignCity
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
CUSTOMS
Uber
Cold Cube Press
Coldbrew Collective
Votiv
Civilization
…& 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!