A Space Of One’S Own: A Conversation On Affordable Housing & Work Space For Artists

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Over the last decade, Seattle has turned into one of the fastest-growing cities in America in terms of our population and economy. From Ballard to Rainier Beach, theatres have become bars, thrift stores have become temporary performance spaces, and barren storefronts have become opportunities to display artists’ work.

For some, the change is a gift – for others, a curse. In conjunction with Gift City: A Project by Keller Easterling, currently on view at the Henry, this conversation specifically addresses the issue of affordable and equitable housing and work space for artists.

A group of guest panelists will offer insights and discuss how artists can leverage Seattle’s growth into opportunity, including Sam Farrazaino (Founder of Equinox Studios), Shannon Halberstadt (Executive Director at Artist Trust), Allison Eltrich, (Co-founder of Practice Space Seattle), Vivian Phillips (Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission), Michael Seiwerath (Executive Director of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation), and Cathryn Vandenbrink (Former Regional Director of Artspace Project).

Sam Farrazaino has developed more than 200,000 square feet of Artist workspace, with a mission to facilitate the creation and preservation of affordable arts and cultural spaces, and to support the communities that sustain those spaces.

Shannon Halberstadt, Executive Director at Artist Trust, has been working in arts leadership for over two decades, including previous leadership roles include Executive Director at Spokane Arts, The Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs), and Seattle’s The Vera Project. Shannon’s a firm believer in the power of the individual artist to inspire positive personal and community transformation.

Allison Eltrich is the co-founder of Practice Space Seattle.

Vivian Phillips Chairs the Seattle Arts Commission and is Director of Marketing and Communications for Seattle Theatre Group. Vivian has over 20 years of arts management and advocacy experience, is a well-known communications professional and native Seattleite.

Michael Seiwerath, the Director of Community Programs and External Relations at Capitol Hill Housing, has been developing arts space in Seattle for 20 years.

Cathryn Vandenbrink, artist housing advocate and developer working with Artspace Projects of low-income artist housing in Seattle (Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts, Artspace Hiawatha Lofts, and Artspace Mt. Baker Station Lofts).
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By: Henry Art Gallery

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