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For Immediate Release: September 8, 2020


Artistic Director, Violinist Kristin Lee



(SEATTLE, WA) Over four seasons, Emerald City Music has delivered groundbreaking classical music shows to
audiences in Seattle, Olympia, and Bellingham WA. Now, the chamber music organization leverages its platform
during this time of great need to re-imagine what it means to be a community of music-lovers.

“Emerald City Music searches for the silver linings and takes this as an opportunity- an opportunity to
shift our focus to serve our community. This Fall is our celebration of bringing music to the next
generation of future listeners and musicians. We are taking down dividing lines in our cities to partner
with organizations that strengthen one another through innovation and creativity. All of us at Emerald
City Music believe in the sheer power of music. We believe that we are living in times when music can
serve to heal, empower, and rejuvenate humanity more than ever.” –Kristin Lee, Artistic Director


● A 10-part digital series of concerts and discussions hosted by Emerald City Music’s resident artists.
● A city-wide festival called This Is Beethoven, presented in collaboration with twenty area arts
organizations of varied disciplines.
● An in-school program in Olympia, teaching artists engage with 5th grade students to create a
composition to premiere on the ECM stage.
● A partnership with Project: Music Heals Us, using classical music to bring hope to doctors, nurses,
and those affected by COVID-19.
● A focused outreach and engagement strategy, bringing classical music to transitional housing
shelters, drug treatment centers, and family support services.
● A collaboration with Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras to build up the next generation of


For the first time ever, Emerald City Music audiences will get to know Emerald City Music's artists like friends
as they experience an extended stay in Seattle & Olympia throughout the Fall season. Seven artists join the
organization from September 25 – December 13, as well as a series of guest artists throughout the Fall.
Biographies and high-resolution images are available on the Emerald City Music website:


  • Dmitri Atapine, cello (Seoul, Korea): member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
  • Nathan Chan, cello (Seattle, WA): member of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Andrew Gonzalez, viola (Seattle, WA): baroque violist; member of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect
  • Yoonah Kim, clarinet (New York, NY): winner of Concert Artists Guild competition
  • Kristin Lee, violin (New York, NY): Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Artistic Director of Emerald City
  • Demarre McGill, flute (Seattle, WA): member of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Hyeyeon Park, piano (Seoul, Korea): prizewinner of international competitions: Oberlin, Ettlingen, Prix
  • Rachell Ellen Wong, violin (Seattle, WA): baroque violinist, Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient
    Brad Balliett, composer (New York, NY): Princeton Symphony principal bassoonist, former Director of
    Claire Bryant, cello (South Carolina): founding member of the chamber music society Decoda


  • The Miró Quartet (Austin, TX): first prize at Banff International Quartet Competition and Naumburg
  • Jeremy Jordan, piano (New York, NY): winner of Steinway Concerto Competition, and lauded jazz pianist
  • Tessa Lark, violin (New York, NY): winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition
  • Brandon Ridenour, trumpet (New York, NY): member of Canadian Brass, winner of Concert Artists Guild
  • Michael Thurber, double bass (New York, NY): composed for The Royal Shakespeare Company, performing
    in the house band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Emerald City Music is committed to leveraging our artistic platform to truly be responsive and adaptive to the
community's current needs. Seven artists-in-residence will engage with residents in Seattle & Olympia through
dozens of partnerships that bring classical music to transitional housing facilities, homeless shelters, hospitals,
retirement communities, and more.

Transitional Housing & Shelters: The Olympia Symphony and Emerald City Music have built new partnerships
with Olympia’s transitional housing and homeless shelters to bring classical music to many who are most isolated
by the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with Drexel House (the Catholic Community Services 100-unit
transitional housing facility on Olympia’s Pacific Ave), InterFaith Works (operating a shelter on Olympia’s
Martin Way), Family Support Center of South Sound, and local church temporary homeless shelters, the
organizations will provide monthly performances featuring Olympia Symphony’s orchestra musicians – arranged
into small ensembles to maintain social distancing – and Emerald City Music’s seven resident artists featured
through their Fall 2020 chamber music offerings. Performances will include music, storytelling, and dialogue with
residents, occurring from October to December 2020.

Treatment Service Centers: Emerald City Music is delivering recorded performances to Evergreen Treatment
Services in Seattle and Lacey, WA, to engage with clients while they are waiting to receive substance-abuse
treatment. These digital performances will be played in the lobbies and waiting rooms.

Hospitals & COVID-19 Patients: In partnership with the national organization Project: Music Heals Us,
Emerald City Music is bringing classical music to the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis by performing virtually
for doctors, nurses, and their patients. The effort, part of the national Vital Sounds initiative endorsed by cellist
Yo-Yo Ma, will bring over 6,000 hours of live classical music to bedsides in the next year. On Project: Music
Heals Us, the New York Times states, “There are very few things in this world[that can] transcend time and place,
and [...] music is one of those things. It adds a level of humanity to a situation that I think this virus has taken
away." Emerald City Music’s seven artists-in-residence work in partnership with hospitalist connections made
through Project: Music Heals Us to bring hope and beauty to doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, and patients.
This work will commence virtually at Providence Everett Medical Center and Providence Mount St. Vincent.

Retirement Communities: In partnership with Panorama Retirement Community in Lacey and Mirabella
Retirement Community in Seattle, Emerald City Music will provide over a dozen virtual performances for
residents who are sheltering in place. These digital performances are designed to connect residents, provide time
for social interaction, and deliver high-caliber music in lieu of not having live in-person concerts during this time.


As schools announce online curricula for the Fall trimester, students have had their day-to-day lives drastically
transformed to fit into an online setting. There has suddenly arisen a great and urgent need for dynamic and
engaging music education programming for students learning both early fundamentals and advanced technique.
Through two key programs in Seattle & Olympia, Emerald City Music is partnering with local institutions to aid
students this Fall.

Public School Composition Program: The Olympia Symphony and Emerald City Music both have previously
served Thurston County area schools by bringing live classical music into the classroom setting. Now, the
organizations are turning their gazes on supporting the music curriculum for fourth and fifth grade classes, where
the foundations for middle and high school music education are built. The collaborative program begins with
Emerald City Music’s teaching artists – cellist Claire Bryant and bassoonist/composer Brad Balliett; both
members of the Decoda Ensemble and lauded performers and instructors –who will work alongside 80
Olympia-area music students to provide a creative composition experience. Through virtual workshops with
Bryant and Balliett, students will meet the members of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, learn about the
instrument families, get to know the composer’s toolbox, and together create a new, collaborative composition
based on a meaningful folk or indigenous song of Washington state. The workshops will be provided weekly from
October 5 - November 20th, 2020, with a culminating virtual performance of the new composition by the Olympia
Symphony Orchestra on Emerald City Music’s free end-of-season livestream on Sunday, December 13, 2020.

Violinist Kristin Lee, Artistic Director of Emerald City Music, shares, “I am so thrilled that Emerald City Music
is able to use this unique time as an opportunity to shift our focus to the community of Olympia. The Olympia
school district has a close place in my heart, especially after doing a tour through over ten different schools with
Jennifer Hermann, the executive director of The Olympia Symphony, in past seasons. This opportunity to partner
with the orchestra, and bring musical activities to the students while all classes are going virtual, is extremely
meaningful to me. I hope this collaboration – using music as our medium – gives hope to students, teachers, and
the Olympia community.”

Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras: In a brand new partnership with the region’s oldest and largest youth
orchestra, Emerald City Music artists will work alongside students as they prepare for a Concerto Competition.
Through a series of masterclasses, as well as adjudicating the judging of the competition, Emerald City Music
artists will contribute their expertise to help ensure that the next generation of world-class musicians hails from
the Pacific Northwest.


Emerald City Music is entering its SEASON 05 this Fall, and we want to celebrate with as much music as
possible. The season is bookended by two free community livestream events on September 25 and December
13, 2020. Other special events include:

This is Beethoven (December 16 – 19, 2020): Over a four-day virtual festival, over twenty Seattle-area arts
organizations join forces virtually to demonstrate art’s ability to bring hope and articulate the essence of
humanity. Why theme a festival on Beethoven in 2020? Not only is December 16th, 2020 the 250th birthday of
Beethoven, but his presence in musical history is a great example of the needs in our times right now: pushing for
change, unafraid of our voice, and transforming vulnerability to creativity. He is what represents ‘human’- the
beauty we see through the imperfections and what we love about humanity. As we are facing this extraordinary
time in our history, we want to involve arts organizations of all disciplines in Seattle to stand up, be revolutionary,
educate our community, and promote cultural change. The festival features the award-winning Miró Quartet
alongside twenty regional arts presenters. Sponsored in part by KING FM and the Vashon Center for the Arts.

Wine Down Mondays (October 5 – December 7, 2020): While we can't produce our normal in-person concerts,
Emerald City Music has opened up a door to create a new experience for the ECM community to gather. Wine
Down Mondays is a weekly ten-part series where the Emerald City Music community will gather virtually, make
friends with our musicians, and hear live music. Each Monday features a totally different experience, from live
concerts and bar-trivia to insightful behind-the-scenes conversations with musicians.
10.5 (7 PM): WINE DOWN ONE with trumpeter Brandon Ridenour & pianist Jeremy Jordan
10.12 (7 PM): WINE DOWN TWO with cellist Dmitri Atapine & pianist Hyeyeon Park
10.19 (7 PM): WINE DOWN THREE with cellist Nathan Chan
10.26 (7 PM): WINE DOWN FOUR with violinist Kristin Lee
11.2 (7 PM): WINE DOWN FIVE with flutist Demarre McGill
11.9 (7 PM): WINE DOWN SIX with clarinetist Yoonah Kim
11.16 (7 PM): FUN-RAISER: with violinist Kristin Lee, supporting ECM's Fall 2020 community engagement
11.23 (7 PM): WINE DOWN EIGHT with violinist Rachell Ellen Wong & violist Andrew Gonzalez
11.30 (7 PM): WINE DOWN NINE with violinist Kristin Lee
12.7 (7 PM): WINE DOWN TEN with violinist Tessa Lark & bassist Michael Thurber


To promote equity and inclusivity during this time, Wine Down Monday events are unticketed. A donation
of any amount (as little as $1) grants listeners access to the full 10-part series of Wine Down Monday



The complete list of Emerald City Music’s Fall partners includes:
● Drexel House (Olympia)
● Interfaith Works (Olympia)
● Saint Michael Men’s Shelter (Olympia)
● Family Support Center of South Sound (Olympia)
● Mary’s Place (Seattle)
● Evergreen Treatment Services (Seattle & Olympia)
● The Olympia Symphony (Olympia)
● Project: Music Heals Us (Connecticut)
● Providence Everett Medical Center (Everett)
● Providence Mount St. Vincent (West Seattle)
● Panorama Retirement Center (Lacey)
● Mirabella Retirement Center (Seattle)
● The Tumwater School District (Olympia)
● Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra (Seattle)
● This is Beethoven partners, including KING FM, Vashon Center for the Arts, Northwest Sinfonietta,
Rhapsody Project, Northwest Film Forum, ProMusica, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Town Hall, and more.

About Emerald City Music
Emerald City Music, deemed the “beacon for the casual-classical movement” (CityArts), is a classical chamber
music concert producer based equally in Seattle and Olympia, WA. Founded in 2016 by Avery-Fisher Career
Grant winning violinist Kristin Lee and local arts administrator Andrew Goldstein, the series boasts a roster of
international touring musicians that perform a wide-array of music, from jazz to percussion and
core-classical-repertoire. In lieu of hosting live performances during this anniversary fifth season, the series is
directing its Fall 2020 activities toward community service to leverage its artistic platform to make a meaningful
impact during this pandemic time.


Cider Summit Seattle Evolves to Virtual Festival for 2020 with To-Go Tasting Kits 

Contactless drive-through or delivery serve up fun at home with over a dozen cideries on Sept. 12   


(SEATTLE –– August 3, 2020) –– Cider Summit Seattle, a popular artisanal hard cider tasting festival in South Lake Union, is launching its first-ever virtual experience in Seattle due to COVID-19. This year’s exclusively digital festival is taking a second bite of the apple to honor physical distancing while still celebrating Washington state’s cider makers. 


Cider Summit is curating two options for Festival To-Go Tasting Kits: the Modern Cider kit and Bottled Classics kit. Both kits feature a variety of craft ciders, two Cider Summit logoed 6-ounce stemless tasting glasses and a bar towel, access to the guided virtual tasting, and small gifts from participating cidermakers such as pins, coasters, stickers, and coupons.  


The Modern Cider kit is $42 (+ taxes & fees) and features eight ciders, including: 

  • Bad Granny – Ginger Lime (Wenatchee, WA) 
  • Herb's Cider – Black Note (Blackberry Semi Dry) (Bellingham, WA) 
  • Incline Cider – Blood Orange (Tacoma, WA) 
  • Schilling Cider – Chaider Chai Spice (Auburn, WA) 
  • Seattle Cider Co. – Spiced Peach (Seattle, WA)  
  • Tieton Cider Works – Hazy Strawberry (Yakima, WA) 
  • Virtue Cider – Salut! Cider Summit Collaboration (Fennville, MI) 
  • Yonder Cider – Dry (Wenatchee, WA)  


The Bottled Classics kit is $69 (+ taxes & fees) and features six specialty and premium ciders, including: 

  • Alpenfire Cider – Traditional Cuvee (Port Townsend, WA)
  • Chatter Creek Cider – Rosecco (Woodinville, WA)
  • Finnriver Farm & Cidery – Friends of the Garden (Chimacum, WA)
  • Liberty Ciderworks – Garratza (Spokane, WA)
  • Snowdrift Cider Co. – Cap O’ Liberty (Wenatchee, WA)
  • Virtue Cider – Salut! Cider Summit Collaboration (Fennville, MI) 


“Washington state is the heart of our nation’s apple country, and Seattle loves its craft cider,” said Alan Shapiro, Cider Summit co-founder and producer. “While we wish we were raising a glass in person, creating a safe, at-home experience with tasting kits keeps us connected to our festival attendees and partners during the pandemic.” 


The guided virtual tasting included with each kit is a Cider Festival in a (Zoom) Box and co-hosted with Northwest Cider Association (NWCA). As part of Washington Cider Week, this virtual party on Saturday, September 12 at 6 p.m. brings together several of the participating cidermakers to share tasting notes, cocktail recipes and entertainment. The at-home sipping session is meant to be shared and enjoyed.  Proceeds also provide support for NWCA to assist cideries around the region hit hard during the pandemic. 


How to join the fermented fun  

Tasting kits are available for pre-purchase now at CiderSummit.comOrders must be placed by 11:59pm on August 30, 2020. 


Pre-purchased kits are available for pick-up at a pop-up, contactless drive-through on Saturday, September 12 from 12 – 4 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to Downtown Spirits at 2300 7th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121. Bicycles and walk-ups will be accommodated with appropriate social distancing measures and use of face masks.  


Local delivery to select zip codes is available for an additional $8 per kit. Delivery outside of the local zone but within the state of Washington is available for $19.50 per kit. Packages will arrive between September 9 and 11 and someone 21-years-old or over must be available to receive the package. 


Cider Summit also teamed with local retailer, Press Then Press, to make shipping available to 48 more states (all but UT). Shipping charges will be determined by location and communicated to customers in advance via Press Then Press. More details on all ordering options are available at 


Fido friendly  

Include your canine companion in the tasting experience with Sweet Lilly's Chicken, Apple & Pear dog treats available as an add-on for $14. These Seattle-based all natural, organic, dog treats pay homage to the cider festival with Washington apples, organic Bartlett pears and chicken born, raised and grown in the U.S.  


About Cider Summit  

Founded over a decade ago, Cider Summit produces cider tasting festivals in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Chicago. Cider Summit Seattle’s Festival To-Go Tasting Kit is generously sponsored by Amazon, with supporting sponsors First Tech Fed Credit Union, Press then Press and Downtown Spirits and Virtue Cider. Thank you to the festival’s media partners, Cidercraft Magazine and The Stranger. The Cider Summit benefits The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research and Northwest Cider Association. Purchase packages and learn more at and follow @CiderSummit on social media and join the conversation with #CiderSummitSEA and #CiderSummitToGo. 


Celebrate on the Lake:  

The Center for Wooden Boats Weathers the COVID-19 Storm and Begins Phased Reopening, New Public Programs and Shifts Wooden Boat Festival Highlights 


SEATTLE  – After closing both campuses on March 13, 2020 due to the impacts of COVID-19, The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is reopening programs in phases in accordance with Washington’s Safe Start plan. This programming includes youth and adult classes, boat rentals, and modified events. 

“Keeping our community healthy and safe is our highest priority as we slowly reopen,” said Josh Anderson, CWB Executive Director. “One of the reasons why CWB exists is to provide a place for people to unwind and get out on the water for mental health. Our staff has spent weeks modifying our programs, safety protocols, and increasing sanitation practices to provide opportunities for all to get out on the water this summer.” 

 The South Lake Union and Cama Beach campuses are now both open for boat rentals. The South Lake Union Oarhouse is open Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 7pm by online & phone reservation only. The Cama Beach Boathouse is open Thursday – Monday, 10am – 6pm. An online reservation system will be implemented in the coming weeks. The museum and dock spaces remain closed to the public for the health and safety of staff, volunteers, and guests. 

 In lieu of Sunday Public Sail, which has been postponed until further notice, CWB has implemented a Public Peapod Program, which allows any member of the public a free one-hour boat rental from the peapod fleet.  

“While we can’t open our indoor museum and docks to the public just yet, we felt it was important to still maintain access to the water for all during this time,” Anderson said. “The peapod rowboats are perfect for families or groups of less than 5 to get out on the water. The stable design and ease of use are perfectly safe even for beginners.” 

As part of CWB’s commitment to reducing barriers and increasing diversity in the boating community, CWB has partnered with US Sailing and become a center for the Siebel Sailor Program. As one of the three sailing centers represented in the Pacific Northwest, US Sailing provides a fleet of RS Fevas and a US Sailing Coach to each center, creating additional opportunity for free programming that can reduce barriers and reach underserved youth and minority communities.  


“The benefits of being able to reach a new diverse community is important to our mission of getting youth on the water, and the free programming is especially valuable for reducing barriers,” said Nora Gallogly, CWB Youth Programs Manager. “This completes our sailing programs to be able to provide opportunities to learn to sail at any age at CWB. This class of boat will help kids learn how to sail and race in teams, which we haven’t been able to offer before!” 

CWB is working on partnering with organizations to begin the Siebel Sailors Program later this summer. Interested groups and organizations are encouraged to contact about participating in the program, which is expected to begin in Phase 3 of the Safe Start reopening plan. 

Now that King County is in Phase 2 of Safe Start reopening, CWB Charters are now available. Guests can book a private cruise on a historic wooden vessel on Lake Union for groups of 5 people or less online. These 90 minute tours include a gorgeous view of the Seattle skyline, Gasworks Park, Lake Union Drydock Company, and the iconic floating homes. 

The impacts of COVID-19 have drastically reduced CWB public programs and events, but the organization plans to reschedule postponed events when it is safe to gather in communities again. This includes the postponement of The 44th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival, which was scheduled to be held at the end of September.  

“While we are disappointed not to host this signature event for our organization, we did not feel it was socially responsible to host such an event, even if we were allowed to gather in a smaller capacity,” said Sandy Lam, CWB Community Engagement Director. “Nothing can replace the in-person interactions and memories created at this beloved community event, so we are hoping to see everyone for next year’s festival (Sept. 25 & 26, 2021).”  

In lieu of the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival, CWB plans to host a series of socially distant events called Celebrate on the Lake: Honoring Wooden Boats and Our History. Group gatherings after the events will not be hosted, but CWB plans to livestream all on-the-water activities for those who cannot participate. This includes rescheduling the Sailpast Memorial to honor CWB cofounder, Colleen Wagner, who passed away earlier this year. Her memorial was one of many community events CWB was forced to postpone due to COVID-19. 

 Celebrate on the Lake events include: 

·       9/19 & 9/20 – Youth and Adult El Toro Races 

·       9/26 – Sailpast Memorial for Colleen Wagner 

·       9/27 – Human Powered Races / Quick & Daring: Home Edition 

Community members with access to their own boats are encouraged to participate, but there will be limited access and availability to the CWB fleet. Registration will open in August. 

“Even though we can’t gather together in person, we still want to honor the Wagner family and what Dick & Colleen Wagner have built for this maritime community. We wouldn’t exist without their vision and it’s more important than ever to honor our community,” Lam said. “We’ve chosen smaller and modified events that are normally festival highlights, spread out over several days as a way to celebrate distantly. We hope to livestream all on-the-water events for those to join us from home.” 

CWB will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines provided at state and county levels, making adjustments to programming as needed for the benefit of the community. 

“We would not be here without our vast and supportive community members,” Anderson said. “When we had to suddenly close down operations, including furloughing the staff, our entire community came together to raise money and keep us afloat during this time. We are forever grateful to have the opportunity to continue to serve everyone to the best of our ability and as safely as possible.” 

 For additional information about CWB’s reopening plan, please visit: 

 Programs and events are made possible by our community partners, signature event sponsors, and emergency funding grant contributors to help CWB reopen it’s doors: 



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New Shepard Fairey Banner “American Rage” to be Installed at 9th & Thomas in Seattle’s South Lake Union Neighborhood

SEATTLE, WA – Located at 234 9th Avenue North in South Lake Union, an 8-story printed banner titled “American Rage” designed by the American graphic artist and social activist Shepard Fairey in collaboration with 9th & Thomas and Ultraviolet Arts will be installed this Thursday, July 2nd, on the east facade of the mixed-use building which is one part office, one part neighborhood gathering spot.

States Shepard Fairey about the banner’s imagery: “This “American Rage” image is based on a photo by Ted Soqui taken during the LA riots of spring 1992. The image is equally emblematic of the current wave of protests for racial justice and police reform that the nation has been experiencing in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police. I remember, at the time, 28 years ago, feeling enraged that blatant acts of police brutality inflicted on Rodney King went unpunished even when it was captured on video. It is heartbreaking to me how frequently similar acts of violence and abuse of power by law enforcement have gone unpunished, even when caught on camera. I was ecstatic that enough people were distressed by what happened to George Floyd, and what has happened to countless unarmed people of color at the hands of the police, to hit the streets in peaceful protest. Protest is a noble use of free speech, protected as a civil right, and is as American as apple pie. This “American Rage” image is a celebration of protest as a form of civic participation in democracy. I don’t ever condone violence or looting, but I understand why things can reach a boiling point when people feel that the American system has failed them over and over. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.” King also condemned politicians who “are more devoted to order than justice.” I urge people not to conflate peaceful protest with “criminal agitation” or “inciting a riot.” When the system fails the people, it is nothing short of patriotic for the people to protest for a solution. It is also essential that people vote!”

“American Rage” replaces a previous banner also by the artist installed two years ago at 9th & Thomas whose imagery included elements from Fairey’s “Target Exceptions” print which was sympathetic to immigrants. The current banner is part of a larger publicly accessible art program at the 9th & Thomas building that includes a diverse collection of internationally known artists from Seattle and around the globe. From the lobby-level Lance Mercer photography display of Seattle’s grunge rock era, to the bright mix of murals by local, national and international muralists throughout the lobby and garage levels, the artwork represents the eclectic nature of the ever-changing South Lake Union neighborhood, Seattle’s center of innovation, imagination, science and technology.

The curation of these varied works of art was born from a vision to highlight how the built environment can serve as a great place for public art – a community canvass of sorts – where artists and issues are brought to light and the neighborhood is welcomed inside to experience, enjoy, and be inspired. Comments Scott Redman, developer of 9th & Thomas, “From the inception of the project, we’ve hoped to create an example of how a building can create community, conversations, and opportunity in an entirely new way. We’re proud to partner with Shepard Fairey and Ultraviolet Arts in turning an otherwise blank wall in our neighborhood into something beautiful, thought-provoking, and conversation-sparking.”
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About 9th & Thomas
9th & Thomas is a center of community and activity in the South Lake Union neighborhood – one part boutique office building, one part gathering spot. Designed by Olson Kundig, built by Sellen Construction and managed by Blanton Turner, the building is a dialogue
about the connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the city. Its vision is inspired by the Redman family’s previous 70 years on the site and looks to the next 70 years of the evolution of South Lake Union. It’s a place you can work, relax, and commune over good coffee, great art and an inspiring environment. Open to the public, the 9th & Thomas lobby includes a vast collection of publically available mural art, sculpture, music curated by John Richards of KEXP, literature curated by Peter Miller Books, and beautiful flowers by Fleurish. It has served as a gallery for exhibits curated by Gross Magazine/Relish and Justin Kane Elder. The retail spaces include Elm Coffee Roasters, Jack’s BBQ, and Thomas Street Warehouse in addition to two curated pop-up spaces, the 87 sf “HQ3” located along 9th Ave N and the 3,000 sf “Spacey Space” located at the corner of the building which is currently occupied by artists-in-residence Sam Stubblefield and Joshua Borsman.

About Shepard Fairey
Shepard Fairey is an American graphic artist, muralist, fine artist and social activist. Part of the Street Art movement, with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat as his predecessors, Fairey communicates his brand of social and political critique via murals and public spaces. “I’ve never really considered myself just a street artist,” he has said. “I consider myself a populist.” His iconic Hope (2008) portrait for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama is perhaps his most well-known work, in addition to his Obey (1992) campaign, which started while Fairey was enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design. Born Frank Shepard Fairey on February 15, 1970
in Charleston, SC, the artist borrows from graphic styles of the 20th century, blurring the boundary between high and commercial art through type and image. His work is included in the collections of the Smithsonian, Washington D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

About Ultraviolet Arts
Ultraviolet Arts is a creative agency connecting contemporary art with new construction and development. Working closely with contemporary artists, property owners, and developers, Ultraviolet Arts creates collaborations that push the boundaries of traditional mediums while providing accessibility to art through public spaces.


Fred Hutch Obliteride changes gears, shifts to individual events for 2020

Ride, walk, run or choose your own challenge and join us for a reimagined Fred Hutch
Obliteride! Every dollar raised will fuel urgent COVID-19 studies and cancer research.

Due to the pandemic, we've changed gears for 2020 and we’re shifting to individual
events. Participants will choose when and where to complete their challenge, so now
people all over the world can safely support lifesaving research at Fred Hutchinson
Cancer Research Center.

Complete your challenge by August 8, 2020 and join us Aug. 3-8, for a week of great
surprises, virtual events and connection!

Learn more and sign up at


WHAT: Ride, walk, run or choose your own individual challenge

WHEN: Complete your event by Saturday, August 8, 2020

WHO: Anyone, anywhere

WHERE THE MONEY GOES: 100% to lifesaving research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research
Center. Because the COVID-19 pandemic poses an urgent threat, particularly for people
affected by cancer, 50% of the funds Obliteride raises in 2020 will support studies to halt
COVID-19, and 50% will continue to fuel our core goal: curing cancer faster.


Lake Union Tiny House Village Expansion

Seattle, WA - The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is expanding Lake Union Village (LUV), a tiny house village in the South Lake Union neighborhood. This expansion will include 22 additional tiny houses to provide heated, high quality shelter for people currently living outside. Development of the site is starting tomorrow. LIHI will be moving new tiny houses in starting on the morning of Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 800 Aloha St, Seattle, WA 98109. The expansion will be complete at the end of March, along with an increase in operational and case management staff to provide additional support for residents.This expansion is made possible by a generous donation from The Burrard Group, a longtime partner of LIHI. Thank you to our partnership with Union Church for donations and other resident support and to the City of Seattle for setup and operational support. The Mayor issued a Press Release two days ago declaring a Proclamation of Civil Emergency to provide assistance to unsheltered homeless individuals:

“We thank Mayor Durkan for declaring a Proclamation of Civil Emergency and providing resources quickly to expand Lake Union Village. There are too many unsheltered homeless men and women who are vulnerable and sleeping outside in the cold. Many of them already have compromised health and weakened immunity.”
-Sharon Lee, Executive Director

LIHI operates eleven tiny house villages in Seattle, Olympia, and Tacoma sheltering over 800 homeless individuals each year. Villages offer a safe and dignified place for those living outside. Each house is 8 by 12 feet, costs about $2,700, and has insulation, electricity, heat, windows, and a lockable door. The villages include plumbed on-site facilities with showers, toilets, laundry, and a community kitchen. Each village includes on-site case management staff to help residents obtain long-term housing, employment, education, health care, treatment, and other services. Last month, Seattle City Council voted to amend the original permitted encampment ordinance to allow the continuation of the existing tiny house villages that would have otherwise sunset in March, and permit up to 40 sites which could include tiny house villages, tent encampments, and safe parking to be authorized throughout the city. Thank you to the neighbors, volunteers, community leaders, faith communities, local businesses, LUV Community Advisory Committee members, and the many others in the South Lake Union, Queen Anne, and surrounding neighborhoods who have provided support for the village and residents. The tiny houses were built and donated by the following education and volunteer groups: Northwest School, Arlington High School, “The Butterfly Effect” Volunteer Group, Ingraham High School, Seattle YouthBuild Georgetown, The Green Hill School, “Rugby for Good”, The PACT Program, Seattle Pacific University, Sno-King Technical College, Snohomish High School, Shelton Washington Corrections Center Carpentry Program, Rainier Beach High School, Bill Duvall and friends, and Thurston County YouthBuild. Lake Union Village is located on land owned by Seattle City Light.

If you are interested in volunteering to help set up, paint, and prepare the houses for occupancy, email Find more information about tiny houses on our website:


Fred Hutch Obliteride raises nearly $3 million for cancer research
The annual event is the top fundraising charity bike ride and 5K in the Northwest

SEATTLE, Sept. 26, 2019 – A record number of 2,500 Fred Hutch Obliteride participants
raised $2,917,809 in 2019 for lifesaving cancer research, more than any previous year.
Obliteride is the most successful charity bike ride and 5K event in the Pacific Northwest, having
raised $17.6 million for cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center since

“We are grateful to all our participants, sponsors and volunteers for making 2019 our best year
yet,” said Kelly O’Brien, vice president of Philanthropy at Fred Hutch. “More than 22,000 people
donated to this year’s Obliteride, which demonstrates how passionate our community is about
finding cures for cancer faster.”

For the first time in Obliteride’s history, three teams raised more than $100,000. CureCyclists,
was the highest fundraising team, bringing in $270,000. Amazon was the largest team, with 186
riders, runners, walkers and volunteers. In all, nearly 200 teams took part in Obliteride.

Every dollar raised by Obliteride participants goes to accelerating innovative research at Fred
Hutch. Obliteride has funded numerous projects, including research on cancer prevention,
global health, immunotherapy, and brain, breast, lung, ovarian and prostate cancers.

Generous sponsors, including Amazon, Safeway, the Sinegal Family Foundation, University
Village, and Obliteride’s founding sponsor, The Sloan Foundation, make it possible to offer
participants a fully supported, topnotch event with food and entertainment.

Obliteride 2020 is August 8. Registration opens early next year. Learn more at
Visit the Obliteride Media Center for photos, logos and more information.

Media Contact:
Kerri Kazarba Schneider

We are a community determined to cure cancer faster by raising critical funds for lifesaving research at
Fred Hutch. Obliteride is fun, focused and full of energy! It’s so much more than a bike ride and 5K.
Participants are treated to a fun, first-class event with live entertainment and fantastic food from Tom
Douglas Catering. For more information on how to be part of this exciting event, visit and
connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube.



For more information contact:
Bob Nale, Board Member Organizer at

Meet the Candidates for Seattle City Council District #7

Both finalists in the upcoming November General Election running for Seattle City Council District #7 will speak to
area residents on Tuesday October 1, 2019 at 415 Westlake Ave N., Seattle 98109 from 5-6:30PM. This event is
FREE and public is invited to attend.

Seattle District 7 includes; Belltown, Briarcliff, Cascade, China Town/ID, Denny Regrade, Queen Anne, South Lake
Union, Uptown, West Edge, and Westlake neighborhoods – making it one of the fastest growing areas of
downtown Seattle with 84,463 residents and 54,745 housing units according to the Census Bureau. SLU is home to
Amazon, Google, Facebook and numerous high-tech and health science industries.

Questions for candidates from several community councils in District 7 will be solicited. The forum will be
moderated by Mark Baumgarten, Political Editor at KCTS9/Crosscut and host of the Crosscut Talks pod-cast. The
format follows a traditional moderated question/answer session with timed responses. Following the 6:30PM
conclusion candidates will meet with area residents informally.

South Lake Union Community Council is a non-profit volunteer community leadership organization recognized by
the City of Seattle. SLU Community Council is the steward of the SLU neighborhood plan and collaboratively with
community stakeholders authored the SLU Urban Design Framework and the SLU/Uptown Mobility Plan. To get
involved in your South Lake Union neighborhood, contact us at


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Sellen Construction Lightens Employees’ Student Loan Burden


Sellen Construction, located in Seattle, Wash., is proud to be the next cutting-edge employer to offer a rich student loan repayment program to their employees. Student loan debt is a pressing burden for millions of employees nationwide. Sellen’s leadership recognized this issue and decided to help their employees.

To better the lives of their employees and stand out from competing general contractors in the Seattle area, Sellen now offers student loan repayment to a large number of people in its workforce. The company has committed to contributing up to $1,000 annually toward a student loan, with a $10,000 lifetime cap.

In addition to helping employees pay off student loans, Sellen is offering a 529 college savings plan contribution. For employees who do not currently have a student loan, or who would prefer to have contributions go toward a 529 plan instead, Sellen will give the same $1,000 annual contribution. Sellen’s employees can enroll in the program in June; initial contributions will begin in July of 2019.

Sellen knows that a student loan repayment program through BenefitEd will differentiate their benefits package and help them stand out from peers in their industry.

Kate Harkess, Sellen’s Director of Human Resources, stressed that Sellen didn’t just want to add dollars to traditional benefits, or lower their competitive insurance premiums; Sellen’s leadership felt it needed to offer a new benefit specific to the needs of their employees. A recent American Student Assistance Survey reports that 86% of young workers say they would commit to an employer for five years if the company helped pay back their student loans1.

“We chose BenefitEd because of the ease of communication between the employee and BenefitEd, the ease of administration, and the fact that BenefitEd is a vendor that is secure and dominant in the student loan repayment space,” Harkess said.

Additionally, one of Sellen’s core values is its people. The company strives to help its employees learn and grow in many different facets of their lives. For Sellen, a student loan repayment and college savings program through BenefitEd not only differentiates its benefits package, but also aligns with its values of people by investing in their education and financial future.

“Financial stability makes us all better employees, parents and people,” Harkess said. “We value our employees and recognize that these loans – which they took on to work for us – are a personal cost to them. We want to show our employees that we’re investing in them as well.”

About Sellen Construction

Sellen Construction is a locally owned and operated commercial builder. Founded in 1944 and headquartered in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, Sellen builds iconic projects for the region’s tech, science, arts, healthcare and hospitality leaders. We believe in building community by creating unique spaces where significant things happen, and in giving back to non-profit organizations that make our community a great place in which to live and work. Sellen’s notable projects include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus, Seattle Children’s Hospital Building Hope Expansion, the Museum of History and Industry at South Lake Union, King Street Station Restoration, and the new Amazon office towers in Seattle’s Denny Triangle neighborhood. For more information, go online at

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