// FALL KICK-OFF 2019 //

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FALL KICK-OFF 2019
SEPT 16-22
Velocity 
1621 12th Ave.

 This year we’re turning Fall Kick-Off back to the community with a focus on artists’ resources, professional development, community, + a big ol’ dance party of course! This year, we’re programming a full week of workshops, intensives, community forums, panels, + mixers that celebrate the incredible artistic communities in this city by offering free + subsidized resources to support their artistic and professional growth. And for those who look forward to the annual FKO performances, fear not! The Saturday night party will feature 10 pop-up performances by some of your favorite Seattle dance artists. Check out the schedule + events information below!

FKO SCHEDULE:

MON SEPT 16 / LUNCH: SEATTLE RESOURCE FAIR
WED SEPT 18 / LUNCH: ARTIST SERVICES PANEL
WED SEPT 18 / COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: ACCESS + INCLUSIVITY
THURS SEPT 19 / LUNCH: TALKING ABOUT YOUR WORK
FRI SEPT 20 / MIDDAY WORKSHOP: PLAN YOUR PERFORMANCE PROJECT
FRI SEPT 20 / HAPPY HOUR: ALL-ARTS MIXER
SAT SEPT 21 / PARTY!
SUN SEPT 22 / EVENING DANCE-FILM SCREENING w/ NORTHWEST FILM FORUM

// BROWN BAG LUNCH I: SEATTLE RESOURCE FAIR //

MON SEPT 16 / 12-1:30PM
Kawasaki Studio
Moderated by Velocity Interim Artistic Director Erin Johnson
Free, but pre-registration strongly suggested

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Making a career in dance can be challenging for so many reasons. Artists are often the first to stretch their own financial, mental, physical, and emotional resources for the arts, and are often so busy in the day-to-day hustle they don’t always take care of the essentials. Velocity is offering an open-table Seattle resource fair to help local dancers connect with the resources they need not just to make their work, but to lead healthful, balanced lives as human beings. This fair will include resources on public transit subsidies, discounted legal counsel, resources for organic, fairly-sourced groceries, healthcare, and housing.

*This will be a brown bag lunch, with snacks provided c/o Imperfect Produce

// BROWN BAG LUNCH II: ARTISTS’ SERVICES PANEL //

WED SEPT 18 / 12-1:30PM
Kawasaki Studio
Moderated by Velocity Executive Director Catherine Nueva España
Free, but pre-registration strongly suggested

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Seattle has a lot of great funding opportunities for artists to make dance and movement-based work. As you plan your next project, come to this panel discussion with leaders from local organizations on Seattle arts funding + services. Panelists will talk about the current funding landscape in Seattle right now, and the initiatives and opportunities they have in the pipeline. This is also a great time to engage with local leaders in artists’ services to ask questions and gather useful pro-tips as you develop your funding plan for upcoming projects.

Featuring panelists from: Office of Arts and Culture/King Street Station, 4Culture, ArtistTrust, + Shunpike!

*This will be a brown bag lunch, with snacks provided c/o Imperfect Produce. 

// COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: ACCESS + INCLUSIVITY //

WED SEPT 18, 2019 / 2:30 – 4:00PM
Kawasaki Studio
Moderator TBA
Free, but pre-registration strongly suggested. Light drink refreshments will be provided.

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Providing accessible and inclusive spaces and programs is critical to serving our audiences and communities. We invite you to a forum focused on planning events that are welcoming and inclusive to all ages and all abilities. Learn how communications, logistics, and programs can be more effective in making your event as comfortable as possible for all.

*Snacks provided c/o Imperfect Produce. 

// BROWN BAG LUNCH III: TALKING ABOUT YOUR WORK //

THURS SEPT 19, 2019 / 12-1:30PM
Kawasaki Studio
Moderated by Velocity Communications Manager Gedney Barclay
Free, but pre-registration strongly suggested

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As artists, we have to answer for our work all the time: in grants, in bios, in press releases, at dinners and fundraisers, and even at informal gatherings with non-arts friends, we all face the question: “What’s your work like?” If you’ve ever felt at a loss translating your work in the studio to words, this is the lunch for you. Bring in a bio, a grant, a press release, or a show description you’d like to work on, and we’ll learn some activities and exercises that can give you the resources to speak confidently and excitedly about your work.

*This will be a brown bag lunch, with snacks provided c/o Imperfect Produce. 

//MIDDAY WORKSHOP: PLAN YOUR NEXT PERFORMANCE PROJECT  //

FRI SEPT 20, 2019 / 12–5:00PM
Kawasaki Studio
Led by Velocity staff members Erin Johnson (Interim Artistic Director), Gedney Barclay (Communications Manager), + Colleen Borst (Director of Development)

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In this midday workshop, Velocity staff will take participants through the planning process for creating + producing your own performance work. Participants are welcome to bring in a project they hope to realize in the near future, with the expectation that they’ll receive professional feedback, insights, and strategies for producing live dance works. The day will start with project building, focusing on resources for finding rehearsal space, a venue, collaborators, and production staff. Then, participants will work with Colleen on various development and fundraising strategies and resources. After that, Gedney will work with folks on communications + PR kits, as well as strategies for outreach and promotion. Lastly, we’ll will go over the oft-overlooked process of taxes for independent contractors, including reporting grant + donation income. After this workshop, you’ll emerge with the plan, professional insights, and resources to mount your next performance!

// HAPPY HOUR: ALL-ARTS MIXER //

FRI SEPT 20, 2019 / 5-7PM
Kawasaki Studio
FREE w/ Concessions bar

Looking for collaborators for your next project? Join us for this multi-disciplinary, all-genre mixer of dancers, choreographers, composers, designers, dramaturges, stage/house managers and technicians who are looking for collaborative opportunities. Bring your business cards, project ideas, and colleagues. Introduce yourself, or we’ll help introduce you!

// FALL KICK-OFF PARTY //

SAT SEPT 21, 2019 / 8-11PM
Founders Studio
$10 in advance / $15 at the door  / $30 Patron

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With performances by Dakota Alcantara-Camacho, Alicia Mullikin, Noelle Price, + many more!

This is your chance to give back to Velocity while celebrating local artists you know and love. The night will include a specialty fall cocktail, DJ + dancing, and pop-up performances sprinkled throughout the night. Raffle tickets sold at the party give you the chance to win some phenomenal prizes, including rehearsal hours at Velocity, class passes, and performance tickets.

This party is also where we’ll be announcing and introducing our 2019/2020 Artist-In-Residence. So come on out and celebrate yourselves and the season by ringing in the fall with dance!

Raffle giveaways:

5-class pack
One Intro Series
4 Velocity performance tickets
10 hours rehearsal at Velocity
The Mother-Load: a package containing all of the above!

// SCREENINGS: DANCE FILMS @ NORTHWEST FILM FORUM //

SUN SEPT 22, 2019 / 6:30–8:30PM
Northwest Film Forum / 1515 12th Ave, Seattle
$13 General / $10 student/child/senior / $7 NWFF member

Cap the Fall Kick Off week by heading down the street to Northwest Film Forum for their screenings of a collection of brand new dance films, including films from this year’s Strictly Seattle Dance Film Track. Velocity and NWFF will also announce the winner of our Dance Film Residency Competition! Pop back some popcorn, and enjoy a lazy Sunday evening of some stellar local dance films! 

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