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Shunpike Announces New “Hive Mind” Project for Independent Arts Groups

Posted on: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015



Shunpike Announces New “Hive Mind” Project for Independent Arts Groups

Event series to connect

SEATTLE – Shunpike, a non-profit that supports independent artists and arts organizations in Washington State, today launched a new project called Hive Mind and an accompanying website,

Hive Mind is an event series and content-sharing platform for the independent arts sector to share ideas, innovations, and approaches that can benefit the entire local arts ecosystem. The 2015 pilot program will feature four events that each address different challenges faced by the sector: Honey (attracting resources and support), Hive (building structures that really work), Cross-Pollination (connecting the arts ecosystem), and Buzz (engaging the community).

“The artists and arts groups we work with are incredibly entrepreneurial,” says Shunpike Executive Director Jennifer Barry. “They are adapting to a rapidly changing environment that presents new challenges and opportunities for independent artists. We want Hive Mind to be a platform for them to share insights, ideas, and best practices with one another, improving the health of the independent arts sector as a whole.”

The project is guided by an advisory group of artists including Kira Burge (InterstitialSeattle Art Fair), Madeline Crowley (People of the Central AreaLacy Gavilanes (Copious Love Productions), and Garth Stein (Seattle7WritersNew Tork Times Bestselling Author). Hive Mind’s primary funders are the Washington Women’s Foundation and Boeing, with additional support from Pacific Continental Bank and Hilliard’sBeer.

All Hive Mind events will take place at Impact Hub Seattle in Pioneer Square. The first event, Honey, starts at 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 16th. Tickets are $10 (general admission) and $5 (Shunpike members). More information is available at

CONTACT: Jennifer Barry, Executive Director, Shunpike

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