Last Saturday Brian and I went to the Seattle Theatre Group/STG’s annual fundraiser that raises money to support their education and community programs. Each year along with producing world class shows at The Paramount, The Moore, and The Neptune Theaters; the organization spearheads a lot of outreach programs to share the wonder of the arts with the community. Some of these amazing programs are the following:
- Have you heard of the amazing Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater? I am always astonished about the level of beauty and grace these dancers always demonstrate. STG and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater are launching AileyCamp this summer, which provides a free six week camp for youth ages 11-14 focusing on dance training, creative writing, personal development, and communication workshops.
- Another outreach program STG produces is More Music @ The Moore that provides young artists training and rehearsal time with professional musicians, sound, and lighting. They also have an opportunity to perform live at The Moore Theater. This year the music director was the world-class drummer and percussionist Sheila E!
- STG also has programs catering outside of the youth. There is Dance for PD that is a dance program for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers, with free classes offered across five sites (Seattle, Kirkland, DesMoines, Issaquah, Lynnwood). Each eight-week series of class uses dance, live music and community to develop artistry while addressing Parkinson disease specific concerns. This helps so many people to not feel so isolated in their disease.
These are just three out of the tons of fantastic community outreach programs that this fundraiser supports through the vision of STG. Brian and I were excited to participate and support art education in our community, which we think is truly important for all ages. I wished I participated in more creative extracurricular activities when I was growing up. It would have helped with my self-esteem, given me tools to express myself, and be an all around positive impact in my developmental years. I think there is so much value to art education and I am a big proponent!
The night started with cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. We bid on a couple of items like tickets to see Anthony Bourdain and Sasquatch Music Festival VIP package. We were served a delicious dinner catered by our local restaurateur, Tom Douglas. Then we were treated by so many exceptional musical acts. A saxophonist, a Korean traditional dance troupe, Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, The Roots joined by Sheila E. and some outrageously talented young singers from the More Music @ The Moore program. We were thoroughly entertained and shared a joyous evening with friends, clients, and strangers.
The event raised $750,000! We are so happy and proud to be a part of a night that will help so many people. I can not wait for next year!