Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas Programs
Our performing arts series focuses on Black local and national artists presenting high quality contemporary work that is seldom seen in Seattle. The work we present showcases artists who are emerging or under-recognized, who create innovative and distinctive work in contemporary and multidisciplinary genres (theater, dance, music, film), and who represent the extraordinary breadth of Black culture.
Our CREATION Project is a new works and professional development program for Black performing artists in King County. Each participant, selected by a panel of arts leaders, receives a stipend to cover production costs and takes part in professional development seminars and peer discussions over a 12-month period. The program culminates in the CREATION Project Showcase, a ground-breaking presentation of innovation and excellence in local contemporary performing arts. CD Forum conducts this intensive program every two to three years.
We strive to utilize the humanities in the service of social change in our community. Telling stories of history, of courage, of struggle, of inspiration, of triumph, and even of failure inspires and empowers each new generation to better the conditions of their lives and those of their neighbors. Through lectures, author readings, film screenings, and panel discussions, we hope to give members of the general public, especially members of the Black and other underserved communities, a comfortable yet intellectually challenging forum to engage with public scholars in conversations about the impacts of history.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
A significant artistic accomplishment was producing and presenting Uncensored: Black Strings, an all-out jam session featuring local and beloved house band Big World Breaks and dynamic, Black string artists Evan Flory-Barnes, Cristina Orbe, and Paul Rucker.
One of CD Forum’s current needs is for funding to support our next iteration of The CREATION Project, which will happen in 2013. Two to three new emerging performing artists will be selected to embark on an exciting period of artistic exploration, mentorship with experienced professional artists and arts administrators, and refinement and public production of their original works. Financial support from individual donors and family foundations helps to make Seattle a fertile home for artistic risk-taking and the cultivation of new artistic voices.