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Seattle Stars Unite for Youth, Equity and Access to the Arts

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Russell Wilson, Ciara and the Seattle Symphony team up for special benefit concert on May 10


February 07, 2018

By Lauren Domino, Philanthropic Advisor

What do an NFL quarterback, one of the world’s most popular rap duos, an R&B artist and the Seattle Symphony have in common? Superstars Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Russell Wilson and Ciara are coming together with the Seattle Symphony for an unprecedented concert to support greater equity and opportunities for youth and access to the arts.

The May 10, one-night-only event will be hosted by Seattle Seahawk Russell Wilson and feature individual and collaborative performances by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ciara and the Seattle Symphony. The program will also highlight youth performers from Seattle Symphony’s in-school programs and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s Residency Program with MoPOP that supports aspiring teen hip-hop artists and producers (as previously highlighted in Seattle Foundation’s Heart & Science magazine).

From the football field to sold-out stadium concerts, what brought these local superstars together is a deep commitment to supporting youth with a focus on equity. They believe in the importance of gathering the community to support vibrant programs that are centered on youth and equitable access to the arts.

About this special event and partnership, Macklemore said: “As our city grows and changes, it’s so important for us to be supporting and investing in young people. If we want this generation and the next generation to be healthy, fulfilled and to make progress, then we need to give young people the space and platform to express themselves.”

Seattle Foundation is proud to serve as a Community Partner for the May 10 event as it aligns with our commitment to creating a positive and inclusive community for all that includes equitable access to arts and cultural learning and experiences. Funds raised at the one-of-a-kind event will directly support initiatives of the Why Not You Foundation, The Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Equity Fund at Seattle Foundation, and the Seattle Symphony’s education programs.

Tickets start at $75 and go on sale February 9 at seattlesymphony.org.

 

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