This year's Arts in Nature Festival features works from 40+ artists in the fields of music, sculpture & installation, film, dance, poetry & spoken word, relational aesthetics, and traditional arts & crafts. Seven rustic cabins will be artfully transformed to create interactive installations that combine sound, visual art, performance, and storytelling.
Following the theme of Convergence - the act of moving toward union or uniformity, meeting at a common point - artists and attendees of this innovative festival are encouraged to interact with each other, with other art disciplines, and with the natural 68-acre landscape of Camp Long in West Seattle.
Camp Long is located at 5200 35th Ave SW. https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/centers/camp-long (206) 684-7434. Camp Long is within walking distance of the Metro RapidRide C Line.
The Arts in Nature Festival is proudly supported by some of Seattle's most beloved cultural institutions including Seattle Public Library, Northwest Film Forum, Folklife, and more!
o 40+ artists over 2 days
o 7 rustic cabins - 10 vibrant voices - 7 cutting-edge works
o Food, beer, and handcrafted merchandise
o BIG summertime play-in-the-park fun!
We believe in a socially just world built on sustainable practices, and this ethos permeates the Festival and its programming. Experience poetry in nature, featuring the heart, mind and soul of Nikkita Oliver and her poetry - as well as Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia Renée, J Mase III, Seth Zuckerman, and more.
On August 25 the Arts in Nature Festival is particularly excited to feature music by Reverend Pat Wright's Total Experience Gospel Choir, as Pat Wright is about to retire after 45 years with the Choir. Other musical artists include Naomi Wachira, De Cajón, Gamelan Pacifica, Tim Bertsch, and more.
Featuring several kid-friendly performances and projects with Sarah Storey, Lori Whaley, Caroline Rockey, and Harmonica Pocket. Create your own art in nature with workshops hosted by Capoeira Malês, Zambuko Marimba, DogPound Breakdance Crew, J Mase III, and more.
Select Festival Projects:
Degenerate Art Ensemble
Skeleton Flower Seed Ceremony - Both days - Cabin #1 & nearby open space
Degenerate Art Ensemble will host a 2-day ceremony honoring your commitment to move through the challenges you are facing, the challenges you will face in the future, or the challenge to grapple with events of the past. You may also bring stories that your ancestors may not have had the chance to come to terms with in their lifetimes, which is now affecting you personally. The artists ask for your story and they will create a space to hold it for you. We hope that sharing these stories together will bring power and courage to each other, and to those who are facing their adversity alone.
Celeste Cooning & Collective
The Portal - Both days - Cabin #8
An interactive installation that allows viewers to conjure imagery by simply looking. The Portal is constructed of hand cut paper, digital projections, and programming to evolve and adapt to the viewer's presence. In collaboration with digital media artist Jackie Battice & technology wiz Shawn Rider.
Paul Kikuchi - Robotic Ensemble - Both days - Cabin #7 (with tea service from Sat 3-5pm / Sun 2-4pm)
An interactive sound installation in collaboration with his younger brother, Joel Kikuchi. Visitors can play traditional Japanese instruments remotely using low-fi robotic hands, the sounds of which will blend with pre-recorded soundscapes. Kikuchi will be serving tea and dialoguing with visitors at specific times during the installation period. This piece continues his research into Japanese-American history in the Pacific Northwest and continues his tradition of serving and sharing tea with the general public for two hours each afternoon. Robotic installation components are based-off of Microsoft's STEM Education Program.
Aaron Haba - Sol - Both days - the Pond
Live sculpture installation. A 15 ft. diameter bowl made of hundreds of potted flowers; the piece will be constructed live during the Festival on Saturday. Deconstructed during the Festival on Sunday, potted flowers will then be offered to Festival attendees.
Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia Renée - Rooted & Writing - Sun 2-2:45pm - the Compass
The sky, the wind, the trees and the body! In this outdoor creative workshop we will combine multi-genre writing, body movement and lively eco-justice discussion to create memorable and foundational pieces of creative writing.
Northwest Film Forum - A Selection of Video-Poetry Shorts - Sat 2:45-3:45pm / Sun 3:45-4:45pm - the Lodge
Northwest Film Forum, Seattle's home for independent, grassroots filmmaking, will curate a session of video poetry by Pacific Northwest artists at the Arts in Nature Festival. Video poetry is the synthesis of two types of imagination - where verse meets visuals in motion to create meaning that would not exist if the text was without image, the image without text.
Including works by: Barrett White, Ben-Alex Dupris + Alex Goetz, Deborah Poe + Hassen Saker, Eliot Michl, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Kamari Bright, Nisha Burton, Rebecca Starkey, Shin Yu Pai + Michael Barakat, Sierra Nelson + Rachel Kessler, Troy Osaki.
Angelina Villalobos / 179 - Live Painting - Sun 12:30-5pm - the Field?Live mural painting intended to connect art with activism. Villalobos will draw inspiration from Camp Long, Longfellow Creek and the people who visit.
Shin Yu Pai & Michael Barakat - trout creek little water - Both days - Cabin #3
trout creek little water is an interactive art installation by Shin Yu Pai and Michael Barakat. The artists will take over Cabin 3 with an immersive installation that evokes the scouting history of Camp Long. The central focus of their installation will be a low-fi animation viewable on a ViewMaster that reflects upon the history and landscape of Longfellow Creek. Audio field recordings produced by sound engineer Tom Stiles will offer an additional soundscape.
Information on the Arts In Nature Festival and Ticket Prices
Schedule: Sat August 25 from 12pm to 9pm and Sun August 26 from 12pm to 6pm.
One-day tickets: Adult/Individual: $10 advance / $12 day-of. Students/Seniors: $8 advance / $10 day-of. Kids aged 10-17: $5 advance / $6 day-of. Kids under 10: Free.
Full weekend pass: Friend of the Festival: $50. Your ticket includes a sponsorship for a low-income youth to experience the festival who would not be able to attend otherwise. You will receive a Full Weekend Pass, 'Friend of the Festival' button, a special gift, and an exclusive invitation to our VIP Lodge Lounge event on Saturday, August 25.
Full weekend pass: Adult/Individual: $16 advance / $20 day-of. Students/Seniors: $12 advance / $16 day-of. Kids aged 10-17: $8 advance / $10 day-of. Kids under 10: Free.
Scholarships available: Please call 206-923-0917 for more information.
Location: Camp Long 5200 35th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126 Phone: 206-684-7434
Location URL: https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/centers/camp-long
Festival URL: dnda.org/festival Direct Ticket Link: http://strangertickets.com/events/54225492/2018- arts-in-nature-festival
About Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association
Integrating Art, Nature, and Neighborhood to build and sustain a dynamic Delridge.
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) is a non-profit organization devoted to social, racial and environment justice. Since 1996, DNDA has brought together neighbors, other non- profits, the business community, and local government to build community, preserve affordable housing, design and build a trail along Longfellow Creek, bring a new library to the community, create the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in the revitalized Historic Cooper School, and assist dozens of groups with their community projects. Our programs for affordable housing and wetlands restoration have become models for other communities. In 2016, DNDA merged with Nature Consortium and now runs their innovative programming, including the Arts In Nature Festival. DNDA relies on donor support to help fund the programs that create and sustain a dynamic Delridge community. For information, visit us at www.dnda.org.
Courtesy of Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association
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