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December 2012 SmArt Venture Awardees

SmART ventures is a Seattle-based, flexible small awards program that aims to encourage innovative ideas, create community impact, and provide new access for individuals and groups not served by our other programs.  Planting small seeds can yield big outcomes. SmART ventures seek to widen arts and culture participation, particularly of diverse or underserved communities. Listed below are the SmArt Venture awardees for December 2012.

Mourning Market

Mourning Market is Seattle’s premiere dark themed market, artist’s collective, featuring the Pacific Northwest’s spookiest artists, crafters and vendors. In partnership with El Corazon, Seattle’s premier dark-themed exhibitionist will present their day-long market. Mourning Market features over forty emerging gothic artists. Hosted at El Corazon, Mourning Market is not your average show.  It is an experience that encourages artists and support of its unique culture and dark romanticism.




Date: December 9, 2012

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: El Corazon


Ballard House Duet by Custom Made Play Project

The Custom Made Play Project, created by local actress Rebecca Olson, developed in response to Seattle’s “locally grown play” movement. Unlike other script development projects, the Custom Made Play Project begins with a blank page. The actors are the basis for the play and work directly with the script from conception through performance.

In Ballard House Duet, two estranged sisters reconnect at a house in Ballard to rescue their Great Aunt from a premature death at the hands of her own compulsive hoarding. As they wade through a lifetime of accumulated possessions, and personal grudges, they must decide: What has value and what are they better off just throwing away?

Dates: December 6, 2012-December 17, 2012

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Washington Ensemble Theater

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Contact: Washington Ensemble Theater

String : A Dance & Object Theatre Show for Young Audiences featuring Mary Margaret Moore

 In String, collaborators Isabelle Kessler and Mary Margaret Moore create a journey of discovery through movement and simple objects. The set is a metaphor of a blank page, and upon it, a brilliant red rope leads to a huge canvas bundle.  When the show begins, Key, the character waits, playing cat’s cradle. She discovers the red winding rope. Following the rope, Key finds the large bundle and unpacks seven brown paper bags. Each bag holds a new emotion.

This gentle presentation of object theater, performed by movement artist Mary Margaret Moore, takes very young children on a simple and magical journey of discovery. String aims to stimulate children’s imagination and stretch their capacity to decipher emotions. These free presentations of String are made possible through partnership with ROCKiT Community Arts in Beacon Hill as well as funding from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Performances of “String,” a show of dance and object theatre for young children ages 2-6 at the Beacon Hill Garden House, in partnership with Beacon Hill community arts organization ROCKiT.

Dates: December 27, 2012 and December 31, 2012

Time: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Location: Beacon Hill Garden House

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