Puppets and Floats what more could you ask for?

The Fremont Arts Council is excited to present our
Artist in Residence for the 2016 Fremont Solstice Parade!

Brian Kooser
Giant Puppet & Float Parade Ensemble Workshops for
“Return of the Dark”
Thursdays & Fridays, May 12 – June 17
1pm – 9pm
Powerhouse Art Studio
3940 Fremont Ave N 98103
(206) 546-7440

The Ensemble will include giant puppets on a float, one inflatable, and costumed performers. The imagery will be designed to give hope to people who may be fatigued by images of war and destruction. While there is no flinching from the destruction itself, the darkness, or fear, is exposed for it’s propaganda purposes. Throughout all of the activity, the Sun moves unafraid through the rubble offering his light and warmth to those who long to rebuild.

A Fremont Arts Council Member since 1994, Brian Kooser has taught parade art workshops and produced numerous original spectacular large scale Parade float and giant puppet ensembles for the Fremont Solstice Parade. He has served on the FAC Board and as Parade Workshop Lead.

Brian has extensive professional experience producing contemporary adult puppet theatre, lecturing, exhibiting and teaching parade spectacle design, giant puppet building and performance workshops. MFA Sculpture & Theater, Central WA Univ.

As this year’s Artist in Residence, Brian will teach 12 workshops to create a major Parade ensemble piece with Volunteers.
To sign up, contact: Norma Baum (206) 498-3139

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Parade Open House & Art Brainstorm May 21-22

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McKay Grants Available for Parade Artists

McKay Art Grant Opportunity Design and creation funds for art projects in the Fremont Solstice Parade, which transform the street into theater with social commentary and the unexpected. Typical awards for 2016 will be in the $500 range.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, May 18th, 2016

See McKay Grants for Artists page for full details and application.

In an age of mass culture, a special kind of courage is needed to bring creative self-expression into the public arena.  Dave McKay embodied this courage.  He was a celebration artist who brought his master costume-design skills, thoughtful intention, and deep attention to detail and craftsmanship to all his art, especially in his work with the Fremont Solstice Parade and Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration. He believed art and art making should be a part of everyone’s life.  The primary goal of the Dave McKay Parade Art Grant Fund is to support artists in their efforts to bring engaging art to the streets of Fremont, and to enhance community creativity and collaboration.

2016 Fremont Solstice Parade & Celebration is Saturday, June 18, 2016

The FAC most often funds proposals from artists for the development of parade ensembles.  Parade ensembles are groups of five or more people, working within a common theme, performing in procession.  Proposals for parade-related art installations (Gas Works Park, gateways, etc.,) and other crazy ideas that elevate the artistic quality of the event are also accepted for funding consideration.

Applicants:  Any artist or artist group who has a vision for something awesome they want to bring to life in front of thousands of people should send us their idea.  All grantees must be members of the Fremont Arts Council.  To join, please visit; for a $50 annual fee, membership in this vivid cultural oddity is it’s own reward.

The Fremont Arts Council (FAC) is a community-based celebration arts organization. We value volunteer-ism; community participation; artistic expression; and the sharing of arts skills. The Fremont Solstice Parade is the primary event of the FAC.  We celebrate the longest day of the year through profound street theater, public spectacle, and a kaleidoscope of joyous human expressions.  We welcome the participation of everyone regardless of who they are, or what they think or believe. The FAC, however, reserves the right to control the content presented in the Fremont Solstice
Parade.   The rules of the Fremont Solstice Parade, which make this event distinct from other types of parades, are:
· No written or printed words or logos
· No animals (except service animals)
· No motorized vehicles (except wheelchairs)
· No real weapons or fire.

The Fremont Arts Council’s Solstice Parade and Celebration is one of Seattle’s freakiest and most fun events. We celebrate the longest day of the year through street theater; public spectacle; and a kaleidoscope of joyous human expression! Express yourself this year in Fremont.

The Fremont Arts Council, a 501(c)3, believes art helps build stronger communities and it creates a sense of place. Fremont is a state of mind, not a zip code. The FAC produces the Fremont Solstice Parade, creates and cares for public art like the Fremont Troll, and engages everyone year-round in workshops and events including May Day, the Fremont Solstice Parade & Celebration, Luminata, Troll-o-ween, and Winter Feast. For more information, see