Updates from the Seattle Area
For Cascadians in the Seattle area, we are very excited to share the creation of a Seattle Cascadia Arts Collective. Starting to help build an awesome float for the Fremont Solstice Parade, the SCAC grew out of the idea to represent Cascadia & CascadiaNow at events, and to use art as a force for positive social change throughout the Pacific Northwest. Active as an informal group of artists, poets, and Cascadians for the last two years, they are continued to grow in size and scope, officially becoming a core program of CascadiaNow! this year.
The Cascadia HQ is a renegade art and community space being built by members of Seattle CascadiaNow! to serve as shared offices, studio space for working artists, workshop space, as well as being large enough to host presentations, movies, potlucks, classes, art builds, storage and of course a parking space for the Cascadia bus, all within a space that can help show the principles of Cascadia, as well as teach.
On Thursday, January 19th, Seattle CascadiaNow! helped host a self proclaimed 'Guerrilla Art School' at the Columbia City Church of Hope in Seattle that attracted several hundred people for a night of creative an artful resistance.
The CascadiaNow! family keeps on growing and this time our board of directors has unanimously accepted Vibrant Palette Arts Center (VPAC) as our newest project. VPAC's mission is to serve adult artists with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities by providing a professional studio environment for artistic growth in a social atmosphere among peers.
The Fallout Community has just announced that an ambitious 18-member team is hard at work on a Fallout 4: Cascadia that will be the first in the series to introduce the Pacific Northwest to the Fallout world, though it is still likely years away from being completed.
The first ever Cascadia E-Cup championship league and tournament involving six of the best colleges in the Northwest begins on March 27th. This awesome event is being coordinated by our very own programming intern, Isaac Chandler, who will be graduating in history from the University of Washington this June. The tournament will feature a six week round robin with a two week break at the end of April for the finals of the National Collegiate series. The Cascadia E-Cup finals will be held live in Seattle as a part of Seattle's Cascadia Day celebration on May 21st and 22nd. Games will be streamed live on Twitch and at Cascadia Day festivals.
At our first meeting, we covered Introductions, a nice reportback of events we were involved in 2015, and then brainstormed for both some immediate events we could table, and 2016 events we'd like to be a part of or host.
A huge thank you to everyone who made the Salish Sea bioneer conference such a huge success! It was authentic, it was real, and it truly felt like the start to something far greater.
CascadiaNow! had a lovely time at the Seattle Pacific University Non-Profit and Internship Career Fair. We talked with dozens of interested folks, and were able to help find some people specifically interested in becoming dedicated volunteers or interns for CascadiaNow!.
CascadiaNow! is excited to share these pictures from Seattle Bikeworks from their summer programs in which more than 60 youth were able to bring home bikes that they hand built.
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