Any time a friend tells me that he or she is thinking about moving to Seattle, I say an emphatic “do it.” Sure, the rain gets us down, and I’ve never gotten quite used to all the fleece people wear up here (why!?), but when it comes to support of the arts, it just doesn’t get better than Seattle.
Case in point: Arts Crush, one of the most ambitious arts festivals I’ve ever encountered, gets underway October 1, and continues through the end of the month. There’s theatre, lectures, dance, visual arts, poetry, music, walking tours, readings in pedicabs, theatrical makeup art, video shoots, costume events, and even a good old Halloween party. Arts Crush, sponsored by Theatre Puget Sound, is an arts party to end all parties.
This year, I’m excited to be working together with visual artist Michaela Eves, fellow poet Jeannine Hall Gailey, and the art gallery VALA Redmond to offer an Arts Crush Featured Event titled Girls On Fire.
For this event, we’re creating and collaborating on new works of visual and literary art that features and centers around women. We’ll be discussing artistic process and collaboration, we’ll be exhibiting new work, and we’ll be offering the chance for attendees to create their own visual and written responses to the exhibit.
It all happens on October 9, 6pm, at VALA. (7303 164th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052.) See you there?