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December 2015

Civic arts salon will showcase local works while sparking discussions on homelessness

Keeping Seattle creative and averting a creative drain from the metropolitan area are among the goals of a first-ever Civic Arts Salon. The December 10 event will showcase the work of visual, film and performance artists.

The first in what is expected to be a series of curated salons will explore three key challenges, according to Crosscut, which is presenting the event. The art will focus on housing affordability, gentrification and homelessness.

South lake Union artists, past and present, were invited to submit artwork and descriptions of their personal experiences relating to the theme "affordable housing."

In presenting the salons, the organizers said they wanted to provide a way to explore important issues, such as the value of artists and their experiences of being priced out of Seattle. The event is intended to be both a sounding board for artists to show the community why this issue is important and as an opportunity for them to express their visions for a creative future. 

"We see this as a way of connecting residents of the neighborhood and the city to the South Lake Union and Belltown arts community past and present - and sparking conversation about the importance of creating and preserving space for artists and their work in a changing city," Crosscut stated, adding, "How do we build art space into the new Seattle?"

The Dec. 10 event will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm at Assembly Hall in Seattle (2121 6th Avenue).  Tickets may be reserved online; suggested donation is $5 per ticket.

Crosscut is an independent, non-profit electronic news journal based out of Seattle dedicated to local politics, culture and technology.

The Arts Salon series is supported by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Tom Douglas Restaurants.