Giving Tuesday Starts NOW! Help VERA keep All-Ages Music Alive in Seattle!

2019 has been an incredible year of impact and innovation at VERA!
 
From launching our off-site series of benefit shows via Vera On Yr Block to kicking off vital, advocacy-driven programs like Vote with VERA & Neurodiversity Nights, we’re bringing MORE opportunity to MORE people in MORE places than ever before.  
 
Contribute to our #givingtuesday goal of $10,000 to ensure that VERA remains a home to extraordinary folx of all ages for many years to come!

DONATE HERE!

We’re hiring an Education Manager + an Admin Intern!!

We’re hiring! Vera is looking to bring on both an Education Manager, and an Administrative Intern. See below for overviews of the positions, plus the link to the full description!

Education Manager:

The Vera Project’s Education Manager works to continuously and collaboratively develop, administer, and evaluate educational programming organization-wide.  Collaborating closely with the program staff and VERA’s membership, this position is integral in offering transformative learning opportunities in music, visual arts & screen printing, community organizing, and career readiness to folx of all ages. 

Administrative Intern:

The Administrative Intern works closely with the Operations & Facilities Coordinator to provide administrative assistance at the front desk as well as day-to-day venue needs. The intern will be responsible for front desk coverage during office hours, answering phone calls, checking in patrons for classes, and scheduling screen printing open sessions. This position contributes directly to the daily administrative functions of The Vera Project and is an excellent opportunity for professional development in arts & nonprofit administration.

Big news!!

Hey there community,

Ashraf here (on Jessica’s website login, lol). As the subject of this blogpost suggests, big news and big changes are underway at VERA. But before I talk about the future, I want to first take an opportunity to recognize the amazing growth and revitalization the organization has seen over the last couple of years. 

VERA is in such a wonderfully stable and lucid position. We have meaningful financial reserves for the first time; we’ve solidified partnerships with neighbors new and old; our space looks better than ever, with new program equipment and regular maintenance and repairs to the venue; we’ve launched a slew of new programs that meet community needs, such as VERA On Yr Block, Neurodiversity Nights, VERA SAFE, No Place Fest, and Vote with VERA, and are doubling down on our core programs with a refreshed curriculum and renewed focus. We’re even on the precipice of launching a slick new website!

That’s not even close to everything! We accomplished so much, and that’s due to our incredible membership, board, and staff–not to mention our community of loyal volunteers, partners, and dearest supporters. Together, we’ve worked collaboratively, brought everyone’s unique perspectives together, and have created a shared vision that’s felt in every corner of the organization. Big ups to YOU!

And so comes the aforementioned big news. Deep breath!

An amazing career opportunity has presented itself, and I have decided to pursue it. I’m transitioning out of VERA this Fall and stepping into the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) as Youth Arts Manager in late November/early December. The work I’ll be doing at ARTS is directly aligned with our work here at VERA, and I’ll have the incredible privilege of continuing the collective impact work Lara Davis started with The Creative Advantage, working on systemic change in arts education with Seattle Public Schools, as well as out-of-school youth arts funding and paid internships for young people looking to apply their creative thinking (via arts education) to creative careers, so they can not only stay in Seattle, but thrive here—all while centering racial equity and youth voice. 

I love VERA and the work we’re doing around radical inclusivity, equity and social justice, “alternative” arts education, experiential learning, building the region’s creative economy, and empowering new leaders. Through this new career opportunity, I will continue to support organizations like VERA, while focusing on justice, equity, and access. I am excited to build new connections across communities in Seattle, support more inclusive conversations around arts education, and take on a broader role in helping our region to recognize the importance of investing in our young people. 

Though my time at VERA was short, know that it is certainly not over. Upon my formal departure as a staff member, I’ll join membership, the 2020 Gala Committee (save the date! Sat Feb 22, 2020 @ Washington Hall, 5-10pm), and help to form the 20th Anniversary Advisory Council with former board members, local big-deal influencers, and fellow True & Sincere Friends. You can’t keep me away!

You’re probably wondering who will step into the role I am leaving behind. Well fear not, dearest community! For the Board and I have a kick-ass transition and succession plan that we have been working on over the last few weeks. 

Our righteous Development & Advocacy Director, Ricky Graboski, will move into the Interim Executive Director role for a period of six months, ensuring that the Board can be deliberate and diligent about considering the extra-special role of ED. Establishing Ricky as Interim ED will also provide considerably less distraction with VERA’s Fall Fund Drive, Live From Our Living Room, and the 2020 Viva Vera Gala, all within the next few months. After the gala, the Board will consider whether or not to conduct an executive search and seek input from True & Sincere Friends as we march toward our 20th anniversary in 2021. 

In a short time, Ricky’s proven to be an effective, accessible, and inclusive leader within our community. He has earned credibility, exceeded all of his goals, and helped bring stability to the organization. He has also grown to be my key thought partner and strategic advisor within the organization, especially around long-term planning, financial health, and mission-driven programming. He grew up in DIY spaces like VERA, and brought the activism spirit from which we were founded back into the space. Ricky has been an Executive Director in his career (ask him about it!) and is familiar with the responsibilities, commitment, and dedication it takes to do the job with integrity.

A transition like this couldn’t have happened at a better time, really. As mentioned at the top of this post, we’re doing really great with a happy and motivated staff, board, and membership to boot. I have tremendous faith in VERA and its future. So let’s celebrate! It’s VERA’s annual Fall Fund Drive, and I hope you can help us ensure we smash our goals and enter 2020 strong. There’s so many ways to support! Give a gift of any amount here before the end of the year, join us for Live From Our Living Room, VERA’s annual holiday benefit show we just announced today, or come see me at any of our Cool Times (fka A Drink For The Kids) events, where I can introduce you to Ricky, with my *official* unofficial send-off party being at Life On Mars on Sunday 11/17 from 4-8pm

Much love,
ashraf

Vote with Vera: Cast an Anti-Racist Ballot

The Vera Project is hosting “Vote with Vera: Cast an Anti-Racist Ballot” featuring Official Kimya Dawson, Summer Cannibals, Nikkita “KO” Oliver, and special guests on Thursday, October 3rd from 6:30-11PM!

Centered around getting out the vote in local elections and beyond for immigrant and refugee rights, ending youth homelessness, and fighting youth incarceration, we’ll all learn how to cast an anti-racist ballot together with music, guest speakers, a ballot forum, and more. Special thanks to our spotlighted nonprofit partners at The Washington Bus, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Sanctuary Art Center, King County Elections, the Seattle Foundation, & more!!!

$10 Suggested Donation to support anti-racist civic engagement work at The Vera Project and our nonprofit partners | No one turned away for lack of funds | Always All Ages

Art credit Sarah Maloney, Sarah Maloney Art

 
Links: 

Booking & Production Internship Opening!

We’re hiring for our Booking & Production internship! See below for an overview of the position + how to apply. Full description of internship can be found here.

Position Overview: The Booking & Production Intern works directly with VERA’s talent buying/production team to help book and produce shows in the VERA Gallery space and VERA Presents @ The Fusion Cafe events at the Downtown YMCA. The Booking & Production Intern will also have the opportunity to gain a wide variety of skills by taking VERA’s Live Sound classes and collaborating with the talent buying team to learn the ins and outs of concert production.  

This position’s primary responsibility is to co-manage 2- 3 shows each month, both off-site at the Fusion Cafe and on-site in The Vera Project’s Gallery space. These spaces are designed to offer access and opportunity to emerging artists, bolster the local DIY music scene, and offer hands-on production training to folx of all ages.  As The Vera Project’s Booking & Production Intern, you will get a well-rounded view of booking and managing events through a DIY lens in preparation for taking on leadership roles in the music industry. 

APPLICATION PROCESS : Please submit a cover letter and resume by 5:00PM on August 14th to hiringcommittee@theveraproject.org with “Booking & Production Intern, YOUR FIRST/LAST NAME” in the subject line. Thank you for your interest in The Vera Project!

Search Party 2019!!

Join VERA on Saturday July 6th, 2-10pm for one of  our favorite events of the year, Search Party!!
 
This radical collaboration with Elysian Brewing is a one-day beer & music festival on Seattle Center campus and a giant fundraiser for VERA and our year-round music & arts programs. Please note this event is 21+, the only non-all-ages event we put on. Peep the Facebook event here.
 
This year’s headliners are The Darkness (!!) and Murder City Devils (who headlined our first show EVER back in 2001), with support from Black Pistol Fire and local favorites Pink Parts
 
4 bands, 40+ beers, and a whole lotta activities and weirdo fun times with VERA and friends. Only $35–purchase tickets here!
 

 
Proceeds from years past have gone on to fund a new digital mixing board for our live room, allowed us to expand our pipelines & start putting on DIY shows in our intimate gallery space, and even helped provide health care to our staff! <3
 
We hope you’ll join VERA to close out the holiday weekend & celebrate our beautiful music and arts community with us. Buy tickets here!
 
Want to avoid ticket fees? Purchase your tickets at the VERA box office during our open hours, Tue-Sat 12-5pm, and come give us a high-five while at it!

 

Join Vera’s Sunscreening!

VERA is hosting Sunscreening: A Youth-Driven Visual Arts Showcase on June 19th to highlight work from our membership, amplify our youth film community, and explore new potential programs with rad community partners. We’ll be hosting a concert photography pop-up show, a summer merch design competition, and a music-driven short film showcase with our friends at National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), SIFF, and Reel Grrls all on the same night!

In order to make all of this possible, we need your help!
See below for info on how to get involved and submit you photos, film, and merch designs. *We want to show off your art*

1. Film Showcase:
Centered around a theme of “Young Voices in Music”, our film showcase will feature short films, music videos, and mini-documentaries of all varieties & genres that highlight the experiences of our community in the DIY, music, and, activist scenes both in and outside of VERA. Your submissions will be screened alongside nationally renowned works from SIFF 2019 and NFFTY, highlighted on VERA & Partner socials, and periodically included in future events.
Submit your short film or music video from today until Monday, June 10th to be included in our showcase.
Submissions must be related to our overall theme, less than 10 minutes in length, and sent through the following link: http://bit.ly/sunscreeningfilms

*Films of all quality and production value will be accepted, whether they’re professionally shot or just recorded on your phone.

2. Summer Merch Competition:
We are currently accepting designs from our community for shirts and stickers to be used at all of our summer outreach events! The winning designs will be revealed at this showcase & promoted all summer long.
Submissions are due June 1st and can be submitted at: http://bit.ly/sunscreeningmerch

-T-Shirts need to be a design that can be screen printed (1-2 colors) & must include VERA
-Stickers just need to fit the dimensions listed on the form & include VERA

3. Concert Photo Pop-up:
We’re doing a pop up concert photography gallery show! In addition to being displayed at this kickoff event, we’re also showing off your work The Vera Project Presents Search Party on July 6th!

Artwork submitted must follow these parameters:

-Multiple photos may be submitted, not exceeding a total space of 18x24in (if you submitted 3 photos, then all the photos displayed together cannot be bigger than 18x24in)
-Ready to hang
-Theme of the show: Concert Photography
-Drop off period: 6/14, 6/15, 6/17, 6/18, 12pm-5pm
***To drop off work, check in with Kelly at the front desk.
-Label the back of your piece with your name, email, and phone number.
-To submit, please fill out this quick form: http://bit.ly/sunscreeningphotos

***To get involved in planning the kickoff, reach out to ricky@theveraproject.org and/or jessica@theveraproject.org!!! ASAP***

There’s No Place Like America Today Fest

TICKETS: bit.ly/noplacefest  | RSVP: FACEBOOK

No Place (named after the painfully relevant Curtis Mayfield record) is a full day of music, art, and grassroots activism, featuring Downtown Boys, RA Scion, Dangers, Gabriel Teodros, SistaHailstorm, Menace, High Pulp, and several other subversive performers, free workshops and panels on radical social causes, live visual art demonstrations, zine & merch-making, bike tune-ups, and even more from Noon to Midnight on May 18th at The Vera Project.

TICKETS: bit.ly/noplacefest  | RSVP: FACEBOOK

12:00PM-5:00PM (Free!)
High Pulp
-Outdoor DJs
-Ambient Yoga
-Radical Consent Workshop with The Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse
-Direct Action in Democracy Panel with The Washington Bus & More
-Social Justice Wheatpasting & Screen Printing with Amplifier
-Zine-making with Short Run Seattle
-Voter Registration & Education
-Tune-ups with The Bikery
-Bring-it Screen-it Merch Making
-Nonprofit Tabling
-Local Record Fair
-Local Food
& MORE

6:00PM-Midnight (Ticketed)
Downtown Boys
RA Scion
Dangers
Gabriel Teodros
SistaHailstorm
-No Place Like the Music Scene in America Today Panel, featuring Downtown Boys, Gabriel Teodros, Dangers, & More
-Local Record Fair
-Voter Registration & Education
-Nonprofit Tabling
& MORE

$30 adv/ $35 dos | TICKETS: bit.ly/noplacefest