Arami Walker photo courtesy of the artist
Oregon Coast Jazz Party
The 2022 Oregon Coast Jazz Party is back again this year from September 30 through October 1. The Oregon Coast Jazz Party celebrates great live jazz and the dedicated fans who love it. Presented at the Newport Performing Arts Center, on the beautiful Central Oregon coast, the line-up for this jam-packed weekend boasts 17 remarkable artists, including bassist John Clayton, saxophonist Roxy Coss, clarinetist Ken Peplowski, and more. Tickets are offered as “Individual Sessions” which include a handful each of the overall artists, or VIP Weekend Passes. For more information visit coastarts.org/oregon-coast-jazz-party.
LHPAI 50th Anniversary Block Party
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture announces the 50th Anniversary Block Party for the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) which will be held on September 10 from 1-5pm. The public is invited to celebrate the community members and artists that have sustained LHPAI and African American culture over the past 50 years. Organized in collaboration with LANGSTON and the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, the program will feature, highlight and honor key members of the LHPAI community who have contributed to its longevity and who are instrumental in shaping its future.
The celebration will be hosted by Isiah Anderson, Jr., Teen Summer Musical Director and Steve Sneed, Former Director of LHPAI with music provided by DJ Yaddy. Remarks will be provided by Mayor Bruce Harrell, and ARTS Acting Director royal alley-barnes. The program will also feature performances by the 2022 Teen Summer Musical, managed by Acts On Stage in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Black Stax, Arami Walker, Marco Farroni, Anzanga/Zambuko Marimba Ensembles, and the Northwest African American Museum’s African American Cultural Ensemble.
The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) Facility Grant
The LHPAI Facility Grant aims to create community impact by broadening arts and culture participation at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, a historic landmark cultural facility in the heart of the Central Area neighborhood of Seattle. The LHPAI Facility Grant seeks to celebrate, nurture, present and preserve African American and diaspora performing arts and cultural legacies. The grant offers in-kind support for public projects, opportunities or events presented by individuals, groups, organizations or communities. The grant takes the form of up to 40 hours of staffed building use for a public arts or cultural event at LHPAI. The LHPAI Facility Grant consists solely of facility use and staff time. There is no monetary investment associated with the grant. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Visit seattle.gov/arts/programs/grants/langston-hughes-performing-arts-institute-facility-grant for complete details.
Earshot Jazz is pleased to announce that Lucienne Grace will be moving on from her role as Marketing & Development Associate to become Earshot’s’ first Patron Services Manager. The new role will be effective September 1 and will entail responsibilities including managing customer and member relations, strategizing and implementing database improvements, and streamlining box office management, among others.
Artist Trust GAP Awards
Applications for the 2022 Grants for Artists’ Progress (GAP) Awards are currently open! If approved, the GAP awards unrestricted project-based grants of $1,500 for artists working in all disciplines across Washington State who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and/or residing outside King County. Artist Trust’s mission is to support and encourage artists working in all disciplines to enrich community life throughout Washington State. In 2021, Artist Trust re-envisioned GAP (previously Grants for Artists’ Projects) as Grants for Artists’ Progress to begin reversing historic inequities in their own funding programs. Applications to the GAP are due September 26 by 11:59pm PST. To learn more about eligibility or explore other grant opportunities, visit artisttrust.org/grants.
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
September is National Suicide Prevention Month and recently, “988” was designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (previously known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline), now active across the United States. When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary. The previous Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.