If you missed seeing this solo exhibition by photographer Kelly O. during the Capitol Hill Art Walk, stop by the 12th Avenue Arts Gallery to take a look!
12th Avenue Arts Gallery 1620 12th Ave Second Floor Seattle, WA 98122
Artist Statement: I’ve lived in Seattle since 1998, relocating from Detroit, Michigan. I learned much about this city working 18+ years as a designer/writer/photographer at The Stranger newsweekly. In addition to The Stranger, my photographs have appeared online in The New York Times, Huffington Post, ABC News, XLR8R, and VICE. In print, I’ve been published in SPIN, Interview, UNCUT, Mojo, BUST Magazine, and Seattle’s City Arts. Previously showing work in Seattle art galleries Vermillion, Vignettes, Ghost Gallery, the Hard L, and Greg Kucera Gallery—in 2017, three of my photographs (of musician Tendai Maraire) were featured in a show at the Seattle Art Museum. This summer, I am doing an artist residency with #ShoutYourAbortion, and I’m excited to be one of the featured artists at Bumbershoot 2019. My pronouns are she/her, and I celebrate Seattle’s Gay Pride all year long.
We began construction on the remodel of the Haines, to improve and preserve homes for extremely low-income individuals. Construction will be complete in 2015.
And of course, we opened 12th Avenue Arts, which created 88 new affordable homes in the urban center of Capitol Hill. This truly mixed-use project also houses two theaters, nonprofit space and police parking. Three local restaurants will open here in spring 2015.
One of the new residents of 12th Avenue Arts, April Kim, says:
I’m one of the many people who work in central Seattle, but couldn’t afford to live in the city. My passion is photography, which I’m hoping to turn into my own business. For the first time in my life, I can pursue my dreams, while still working full time.
At the grand opening of 12th Avenue Arts, Rep. Frank Chopp quoted from the poem Bread and Roses, inspiring us to celebrate this landmark project and all that it will provide the community – from affordable housing to space for the arts.
Bread and Roses
By James Oppenheim
As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”
As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women’s children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!
As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for—but we fight for roses, too!
As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler—ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!
Thursday, November 20, 2014
12th Avenue Arts | 1620 12th Avenue
4pm: Remarks | 5pm: Marquee lighting and building tours
Join Capitol Hill Housing and celebrate the grand opening of this extraordinary new building. Over 15 years in the making, 12th Avenue Arts is now an affordable home to more than 100 individuals and families, three community organizations, three theatre companies, locally owned businesses and secure parking for the Seattle Police Department.
Thanks to unprecedented support from the community, Capitol Hill Housing has raised the roof on 12th Avenue Arts!
Refreshments from local restaurants
Performances curated by Washington Ensemble Theatre
KeyBank | National Development Council
SMR Architects | Walsh Construction
Seattle Academy | Seattle University | MBI / Herman Miller | Foster Pepper
Sprague Israel Giles | Squire Patton Boggs
Event produced by the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation
At our community forum on May 20th, the conversation about launching a Capitol Hill Arts District focused on affordability and preserving arts spaces – and there was consensus that a formalized arts district is needed.
People texted answers to the question “What do you want the Capitol Hill Arts District to accomplish?” If you couldn’t make it to the forum, click here to add your answer to the online poll, through June 11.
Over the next few months, we will be working closely with the city, arts organizations and individual artists to help make the arts district a reality.