Give to Folklife and Receive a Tax Deduction for 2010!

Posted December 30, 2010 by Tara
Categories: Community News


It’s not too late to have your donation to Northwest Folklife count towards your tax deductions for 2010. Donate online (click here) by 11:59 pm on Friday, December 31st or send a check to Northwest Folklife at 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, Washington 98109.  Please date your check for December 31, 2010 or before, and ensure the carrier envelope is postmarked in 2010.  We will send you a gift receipt for your records the first week of January.

 Northwest Folklife can also accept your gift of stock or securities.  The information for direct transfer is: Charles Schwab DTC #0164 Code 40, Northwest Folklife Account #4158-7442.  Transactions must be completed by December 31st in order to qualify for a tax deduction in 2010.

 Even if you don’t itemize, there are many reasons to support Folklife!  Your support makes it possible for our small non-profit organization to produce the largest celebration of community arts and culture in the United States and offer it at no cost to the Pacific Northwest community.  We’ll be revealing more information about our 40th Festival in the coming months, and we hope you are as excited as we are.  For more information about all the ways you can support Folklife, please click here.

From all of us here at Northwest Folklife, Happy New Year!

Meet the Folklife Family

Posted December 29, 2010 by Tara
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Since the New Year is just around the corner, we wanted to introduce you to one of our lovely ladies, who helps Folklife tick. Please welcome Christina Halverson, the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator! In her own words, here’s what she has to say about Northwest Folklife:

This spring, I’m absolutely thrilled to join the Northwest Folklife staff as the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator.  I grew up in Seattle and the Northwest Folklife Festival has been a part of my life since before I can remember. I’ve always had an interest in event planning, and started volunteering in the office a few years ago by helping out with administrative tasks in preparation for the Festival.

I’ve volunteered for Folklife because I believe exposure to other cultures, arts and traditions are vital to understanding one another and crucial in allowing us to live in such a diverse world.  After volunteering at Folklife for the Festival, I knew immediately I wanted to be more involved with the organization because they do just that: bring communities together.  Therefore, this past October I applied for the Fall Events Intern and started working with the Marketing and Development staff for A Night For Folklife events– a series of fall fundraisers that raise essential funds for the organization.

Now that my work as an intern is waning down, I’m already excited to join the staff in February to help produce the 40th Festival. Folklife has provided me with a plethora of knowledge and experience; I can’t wait to see what these next few months bring!

See you at the Festival,


Dance Your Way into 2011

Posted December 27, 2010 by Molly
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Tango2011 is the year of the rabbit in Chinese calendars and the international year of forests and chemistry according to the United Nations (yes, this is true). But around the Northwest this is the “Year of Folklife. As many of you already know, we will be celebrating our 40th Festival this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30). Back in 1972, some folks gathered at Seattle Center and the tradition grew into the largest free community arts festival in the country!

We have several fun events planned for the new year and we will tell you all about them right here on the blog and at as well. The first on the list is a swing and waltz benefit at Sonny Newman’s Dance Hall in Greenwood. Jodi Fleischman of Left Foot Boogie will DJ the event along with Zachariah Cassady of Waltz etcetera. Proceeds from this event will help us celebrate local arts and traditions and produce the annual Northwest Folklife Festival. We can’t think of a better way to kick off our 40th Festival year than by kicking up our heels at this dance benefit. We hope to see you there!

Check out the Left Foot Boogie website as the date approaches for more information. Special thanks to Sonny Newman for generously donating the use of the dance hall for this event.

Celebrate the Season with Black Nativity

Posted December 21, 2010 by Molly
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Black Nativity Hailed as one of Seattle’s can’t-miss holiday events, Black Nativity celebrates its twelfth season in 2010 with a brand new location, The Moore Theatre. This dramatic retelling of the story of Christmas features Folklife performer and local legend, Pastor Patrinell Wright along with an ensemble cast that will bring Langston Hughes’ 1961 vision to life on the stage.

The show runs through Sunday, December 26th and has a history of sold out shows. If you want to attend, buy tickets in advance. Despite moving to a larger venue, shows are still expected to sell out.

Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect:

Help us Celebrate Culture and Tradition: Donate!

Posted December 17, 2010 by Molly
Categories: Festival

Young Dancer

Photo by John S. Lewis

At Northwest Folklife, we believe that when people share their culture, music and heritage, opportunities are created to dissolve misunderstandings, break down stereotypes and increase respect for our region’s diverse communities.   We also believe that great cultural and educational experiences should be available to every member of our community, regardless of ability to pay.

As we celebrate our 40th year of bringing the community together, we want to thank you for the pivotal part you play in our history, and our future.  Did you know that donations from individuals make up 40% of our annual budget? Your support allows us to continue to offer North America’s largest celebration of arts and culture – the Northwest Folklife Festival – at no cost to the community.  Despite our successes and good news, we continue to face challenges caused by the economy and lower donations collected during last May’s rainy Festival.  If you believe in the work that we do, please consider making a gift to Folklife this holiday season.  Click here to donate online. Northwest Folklife can also accept your gift of stock or securities, or be included in your estate plans. For more information, click here or email    

As we continue our important work in this uneasy time, we are secure in knowing that we have an incredibly dedicated and loyal family of supporters who believe in our mission.  Together, we can make a difference.  Thank you for your support, and all the best to you this holiday season.

Tis’ the Season for It’s A Wonderful Life

Posted December 14, 2010 by Tara
Categories: Event


Looking for something special to rekindle your Holiday spirit?

Nothing lights that merry mood like watching Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life.  Don’t miss the FREE feature tonight at The Grand Illusion Cinema, at 8PM.

 The Grand Illusion Cinema has changed names, owners, and décor over the past 40 years, but one special thing has endured: an annual, holiday run of this heartwarming masterpiece. This year, Grand Illusion is proud to present the film in glorious 35mm for the 40th consecutive year!

Seating is limited so arrive early. If you can’t make tonight’s showing, still support our friends at Grand Illusion anytime between now and December 30, 2010 by catching one of the daily shows of It’s A Wonderful Life at 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

So go on, take a breath outside of  the holiday hubbub and remind yourself that “no man is a failure who has friends.”

This Sunday: Seattle Folk Festival

Posted December 6, 2010 by Molly
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This Sunday, December 12 from noon to 6pm with an evening show at 7:30, treat yourself to some good ol’ fashioned folk music at the Seattle Folk Festival at Town Hall.

Alela Diane

Alela Diane

This new event is the brainchild of Town Hall and Hearth Music (founded by our good friend and former Assistant Director of Programming, Devon Léger). Starting at noon, you can see some of the best in acoustic roots music all day long. Be sure to stick around for the evening show with Québécois trio, De Temps Antan and local rising star, Alela Diane & Wild Divine.

Tickets are $12 for the evening show ($15 at the door) or $22 for the whole day ($25 at the door). OR if you’re one of two lucky comment0rs, you can win yourself a pair! Just comment on this post by 2pm on Wednesday, December 8th and we will choose two people at random (and by random, I don’t mean that you should comment as many times as possible to try and stack the deck).

Comment and win, right here on the Northwest Folklife blog. Take it away, De Temps Antan: