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Hope Corps 2023 Exhibition at Cornish Playhouse

Hope Corps 2023 Exhibition Opening Reception posters; Photo by Elaine Ko.

Exhibition open through Feb 6, 2024 – 201 Mercer Street

Hope Corps 2023 Exhibition artists; Photo by Elaine Ikoma Ko.

Community gathered on December 7th at the Cornish Playhouse for the opening reception of the Hope Corps 2023 Exhibition, curated by Alexis L. Silva and featuring 15 Hope Corps artists: Joanne Cha, Alisa Cruz, Chris Daigre, Ashanti David, Grace Flott, Rebecca O’Neill, Shin Yu Pai, Daniel Pak, Julian Peña, Bennyroyce Royon, Ian Shearer, Miya Sukune, Vivid Matter Collective and Moses Sun, and Stewart Wong. Hope Corps Artists Christina Dietz (Briar) and Totem Star performed at the reception. 

A series of framed artworks by Stewart Wong.
Stewart Wong, Embracing My Heritage Through Kapa, 2023-8, 2023 – Ongoing Series

Curator Alexis L. Silva was MC for the evening and guests enjoyed performances by Christina Dietz (Briar) and band members, Totem Star, and opening remarks from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) Director Gülgün Kayim.

Due to our societal inequities, we know that many artists and creative workers never receive enough exposure, recognition, support, and frankly, dollars – during the pandemic especially. That we could provide living wages to artists who were not only critical to our local creative economy, but contribute immensely to our creative spirits, connections amongst us, and our healing – truly, there is no monetary value to be placed on this.

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Director, Gülgün Kayim

The goals of our ARTS 2023 Hope Corps Program are to support unemployed and underemployed creative workers and artists and reinvigorate our creative sector as we recover from the pandemic. We are proud to support all these artists and their work.

Come see what your community has been creating – through February 6th – and stay tuned for more information about the next iteration of the Hope Corps Program in 2024!

Update: February 6th Hope Corps 2023 Closing Reception

Join us for the closing reception of the Hope Corps 2023 Exhibition at the Cornish Playhouse on February 6, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy refreshments as we celebrate the amazing Hope Corps 2023 cohort. This event is free and open to the public.