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NEA Recommends Shunpike for $20,000 Award to Build on Racial Equity Plan

Posted on: Thursday, December 15th, 2016

SEATTLE, WA – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has recommended a $20,000 grant to Shunpike in support of their racial equity plan in the arts. The award will be used in conjunction with the inaugural Washington Independent Artists of Color Expo & Symposium, scheduled for November 2017, in partnership with Seattle Center.

The event, the first of its kind in Washington State, will be put on by Shunpike and is supported by state, regional, and local organizations also including The City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, and the Seattle People of Color Salon.

In support of the proposal, Kathy Hsieh of the Office of Arts and Culture wrote: “This gathering will fulfill a vital need for many of the artists and arts groups that have been historically underserved, providing them an opportunity for building relationships and community, showcasing and visibility, plus advocacy and empowerment. And most importantly, it builds on what the local arts communities of color have identified themselves as a priority.”

The two and a half-day event will provide a fully curated program with performances, keynote presentations, workshops, master classes, panel discussions, and open forums focusing on real-world issues, challenges, solutions, and case-studies facing Washington State’s artists of color and underserved communities in the arts sector.