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The Anunnaki Project 

Description

The Anunnaki Project integrates aerial and modern dance, storytelling, and puppetry with movement and creative arts to capture the essence of "performative mythology." Through productions, workshops, written materials, and online resources, we draw stories from the timeless volumes of folklore and mythology to expand awareness, tolerance, and appreciation for cultural arts. We share our unique form of storytelling and dance theater to over 10,000 audience members each year in theaters, festivals, street fairs, parks, schools, and community centers. We present at least two large-scale theatrical dance productions annually. What makes the troupe unique is the how intimate this ancient storytelling becomes, using performance, spectacle and dance to create a mystical experience coined "Cabiria."

Mission Statement
The Anunnaki Project is a multidisciplinary nonprofit arts organization. Our mission is to educate the public about the mythology and folklore of cultures that have passed into antiquity.
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The Anunnaki Project
PO Box 21186 
Seattle 
WA
98111 
(206) 321-3393 

John S. Murphy 
Artistic Director 

Programs

The Anunnaki Project Programs

Public Performances
The Cabiri performance troupe was formed as theatrical emissaries of The Anunnaki Project. The troupe appears at festivals and events throughout the region, including: Burien Arts-A-Glow, Arts In Nature Festival, Burien Strawberry Festival, DaVinci Days Festival, Circus of Dreams, Kirkland Uncorked, and the Moisture Festival. Major self-produced events include: “Gods of the Night,” “Carpathian Dawn," "Tarhun: Legend of the Lightning God" and our annual "Ghost Game" Halloween dessert theater cabaret, now in its seventh year.

Performance Workshops
The Anunnaki Project sponsors multiple forms of education in performing arts, including workshops in mask-making, character development, physical theater, and aerial dance. We offer a regular series of four- to eight-week classes in Beginning Trapeze, Aerial Dance Improvisation, Aerial Sling, and Fire Dancing.

Apprentice Training Program
We offer an apprentice program for prospective troupe members, and provide formal training for up-and-coming aerialists and physical theater performers in the techniques we use to bring to life the unique characters in our productions.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

In 2012, over 1,000 people attended “Tarhun: Legend of the Lightning God” and “The Ghost Game: Beneath a Wing-Darkened Sky.” In spring 2009, we implemented a formal outreach program, visiting schools and neighborhood groups to connect with the community. Our workshops and classes are well attended by members of the community who want to take part in arts and cultural activities. In the last three years our attendance has grown from one class a week for 12 students to four classes a week with 12 to 16 students per class.      

In 2012, the Anunnaki Project was admitted to 501 Commons Springboard Program for arts organizations, and is in the process of finalizing and implementing its 3-year strategic plan.      In 2013, the Anunnaki Project presented its first repertory production, "Gods of the Night," and will also present the first installment of the much-anticipated T.E.A. Trilogy with "Tewaz" in August. Parts two and three of the trilogy will be presented in 2014 and 2015.      

Of particular note, since we became incorporated in 2000, the organization has never operated under a financial deficit, nor do we have any outstanding funds owed to independent contractors or vendors. In our 13-year history, we have experienced steady linear growth of 10-15% each year, and 2010 marked our first year exceeding $100,000 in total income (not including in-kind donations).

Evaluation


The Anunnaki Project is a small arts organization offering many events that are unique and free in partnership with neighborhoods, community centers and schools.

Collaboration
Festivals and arts organizations approach them with invitations to perform at their events. Their performances are well attended but the majority are free and do not generate revenue.

Sustainability
They are celebrating their 10-year anniversary. They are a small organization that has expanded their board and are working to diversify their funding sources. They rely heavily on volunteers.

They receive support from the city of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and 4Culture.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
9/10/2009 $3,000.00support general operating expenses.

Financials

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