Update on Edmonds

Arts & Heritage Day in Olympia – February 8, 2017

Arts Day 2017 in OlympiaIn spite of snow flurries, heavy rain, and gusty winds, dozens of constituents from many districts in the state gathered in Olympia to advocate for issues in arts, culture and heritage.  Among those meeting with legislators was an Edmonds/Snohomish County contingent visiting representatives of both the 21st and 1st districts:  Joe McIalwain, Executive Director of Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA); Frances Chapin, Arts Manager for the City; Mike Popke, Edmonds Public Facilities District Board; Angela Neubauer, ECA Development; Keith Gehrig, Snohomish County Arts Commissioner (formerly with Driftwood Players); and Kristin Sullivan, ArtsWA, attended meetings with Senator Liias, Representatives Peterson and Ortiz-Self from the 21st, and Representative Kloba and others from the 1st. A key issue this year include support for the full Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC) budget (not the one with a 25% cut in the Governor’s proposed budget).  WSAC) provides grants that benefit organizations throughout the state, including several organizations in Edmonds. Other issues include passing legislation to enable creation of certified Creative Districts; renewing the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program, which generates an estimate $10 of economic activity statewide for every $1 invested; extension of the Public Facilities District legislation; and support for Building for the Arts and Heritage Capital Projects.  Building for the Arts provided $1 million in support for the ECA construction in 2005. Edmonds is fortunate to have legislators who understand the value of arts for our community and the state.

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Music at the Library continues in March and April
Bluegrass jam

Local musicians were invited to jam with members of Bluegrass Band “Old Growth” on February 4th,  after their informal preview of the upcoming Wintergrass Festival

instrument petting zoo

 Adults and children alike visited the instrument “petting zoo” during the February 4th Music at the Library event to learn how various instruments are played

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Edmonds Sno-Isle Library, Edmonds Arts Commission and the Friends of the Edmonds Library partnered on a new performing art series, held in the Edmonds Plaza room, last October. The  inaugural series continues March 16, 6:30pm, with KUOW’s Amanda Wilde’s (The Swing Years and Beyond) lecture regarding the groundbreaking musical eras of the 1930s, 60s and 90s, highlighting the influence of Washingtonian musicians Bing Crosby, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain on technology and the music business. The series wraps up April 26, 6:30pm, with a musical trip through song and dance with Caribbean steel drum musician Ian Dobson.

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