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Northwest Folklife 

Description

Northwest Folklife is a year-round organization that creates opportunities for all to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest, most notably through the Northwest Folklife Festival held annually at Seattle Center.

Folklife serves all in the Pacific Northwest region. The Festival alone includes more than 235,000 participants, 5,000 artists, dancers, musicians, crafts people and thousands of volunteers. We work with more than 80 different communities of practice, ethnicity, region or work discipline, and encourage those communities to share aspects of their culture, thus creating opportunities to dissolve misunderstandings, break down stereotypes and increase respect for one another.

Mission Statement
Northwest Folklife creates opportunities for all to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest.

Vision Statement
Strengthening our communities through arts & culture.
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Northwest Folklife
305 Harrison Street 
Seattle 
WA
98109 
(206) 684-7300 

Robert Townsend 
Executive Director 

Programs

Northwest Folklife Programs

Northwest Folklife Festival
Each year, on Memorial Day Weekend, we present the Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center. The Festival has grown to be the largest free community arts celebration in the United States and a signature event in the Pacific Northwest. It presents the talents of more than 5,000 musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople from the region and engages audiences in an array of participatory activities, creating a multicultural celebration that enriches, educates, and inspires.

Folklife Presents 
A concert series that allows Folklife to provide additional performance opportunities for Northwest artists.  Northwest Folklife programming staff works to pair artists from diverse musical genres in new ways, expanding the definition of “folk” for its audiences.  

Crossroads Cultural Dance Series 
A Participatory Dance series that showcases diverse cultural dance styles from around the Northwest region. The Crossroads series offers people of all ages and abilities the chance to learn a new dance step and meet their neighbors.

Seattle Children's Festival
Our organization is planning our first-ever Seattle Children's Festival, a one-day, multicultural participatory event to be held in October, 2014 at Seattle Center.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

The 42nd Annual Northwest Folklife Festival in 2013 was a huge success with over 235,000 attendees. More than 5000 performers entertained enthusiastic crowds in 22 venues with 65 different genres of music, dance, crafts and an expansive variety of traditional arts. 

This year, Northwest Folklife has continued our strategic goal of reaching beyond Memorial Day Weekend to further our mission and our service to the community. We are excited to present our Cultural Focus: India and its People, which is supported in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Cultural Focus will showcase India’s ancient history, unique heritage which is steeped in traditional arts, and its people, many of whom now call the Pacific Northwest home. 

Folklife is in the midst of our second series of free community cultural dance events at Crossroads Mall in Bellevue, offering direct access to participatory dance and live music to all. Our organization is also planning our first-ever Seattle Children's Festival, a one-day, multicultural participatory event to be held in October, 2014 at Seattle Center.

We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to create, share, and experience the incredible arts and culture of the people living in this region, and that by sharing we dissolve misunderstandings, break down stereotypes and increase respect for one another. Folklife deeply appreciates the public support it receives as a means to forward our mission and enrich our community.

Evaluation

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
12/14/2006 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.

Financials

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