Greetings from Seattle. Here we are in downtown Seattle, Americans for the Arts and a vast contingency of 1,200 artists, arts administrators and advocates has taken over the convention center and four hotels. Seattle has rolled out the welcome wagon (or should I say monorail).
The arts scene here continued to thrive despite the moist environment. In fact, it is growing more everyday. Creativity is all around with public art is seemingly visible around every corner. The fashion is as eclectic and fabulous as the people. Even in our short walk from the hotel to the convention center, we stumbled across street performers of all variety. One claimed to be the out of work actor named, none other than, Denzel Washington. Spoiler alert: He says he is making the transition from film to stand up comedy…so look out for that coming soon. We also saw a troubadour (a la Gilmore Girls) playing his bright blue acoustic guitar. All of that before you even get to the convention!
Once the convention began, I met an attendee who has launched an endeavor that could be used as a model for others. Dane Johnson is one of the founders of The Burien/ Interim Art Space. The project involves the use of land owned by a developer who could was forced to put the construction of a new high-rise facility on hold due to economic conditions. Johnson and co-founder Kathy Justin recognized that they could utilize the temporarily empty space as the foundation for a new art and community collaboration that hosts newly-installed sculptures for one-year. Should construction continue to be delayed, there is even the possibility that it could be extended even further. For more information, you can visit their website.
With still one more day to go, I can’t wait to see what else the Emerald City has in store for all of us.