Pat Graney Company Programs
Creation, Performance & Touring of Contemporary Dance and Installation Performance
Our recent creation House of Mind, returned to Seattle after a 9-month exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin. 'House of Mind' had over 50,000 viewers during its tenure at the Kohler Center. We are currently creating a new work 'girl gods' - which will be the basement of House of Mind, which we hope to open to Seattle audiences in 2015.
Keeping the Faith/The Prison Project
Now in its 15th year, Keeping the Faith hosts performances at Mission Creek Women's Prison. About 200 attendees from Seattle make the journey to the prison each year to witness performance in tandem with the 400 person inmate audience & participate in discussions following the performances.
Town of Mind
One of our new projects is to create a new housing community for ex-offenders that is arts-based. Called 'Town of Mind', this project is beginning in 2013 with the support of 4Culture and Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture Affairs. We hope to garner other Foundation support for this large-scale house-relocation project that will serve as an artist residency site using existing structures slated for demolition, relocating them to surplus city property and re-creating each house as an artist residency project. After each house is finished it will serve as housing for female ex-offenders, artists and other low income populations.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Sponsored by Seattle University, Keeping the Faith Transitions is in its second year of offering arts-based workshops to female ex-offenders on a weekly basis. KTF/Transitions is the first arts program to be offered at Seattle's only female work release facility, the Helen B Ratcliffe House. In 2009, Company Executive Director Pat Graney received both an Alpert Award as well as a US Artists Award in Dance. The Company was honored by an American Dance Masterpieces award to re-mount Faith/Sleep/Tattoo at On the Boards in October of 2010.
We really need operational support right now. In these difficult financial times, we see one organization after another folding, leaving a gap both in the cultural fabric of our community as well as the small amount of services available to female offenders, ex-offenders and their families.