August News: Luminata planning, Parade after-glow and More

Hot on the heels of our wonderful Fremont Solstice Parade® and Celebration, we are already dreaming up what’s next. Summer is a great time to come play in the sandbox with us! Here’s what’s happening:

The 29th Annual Fremont Solstice® Parade 2017
Thanks to the inspired artists, hard-working volunteers, and the cheering crowds on the street, the Fremont Solstice® Parade brought the community together for a dazzling summer celebration! Thanks also to our generous sponsors for helping to make it possible for over 40 community-based, people-powered ensembles to strut down the streets of Fremont, wending their way to Gasworks for a rockin’ after-party. Next year is number 30! What splendid floats, costumes, and revelry will you create?

Luminata – Let’s Make Plans! Tuesday, Aug 1, 7-8:30 pm
The Autumn Equinox is less than 2 months away, so it’s time to begin dreaming up our fall lantern festival, Luminata. Everyone is welcome to join in the planning! We have a myriad of ways for you to get involved. Meet with us at the Powerhouse at 3940 Fremont Avenue N., Seattle. Questions? Email Also, be sure to mark your calendar for Luminata on Thursday September 21 at 7pm at Green Lake.

Luminata – Call for Artists and Performance — and Art Grants Available
Attention artists and aspiring artists: Make some spectacular, illuminated art for the opening performance, community procession, or installations to make the park glow. We are offering Art Grants ranging from $100 – $500. Application deadlines is August 18, 2017 (for funding) or Sept. 12 (if not requesting funding). Click here for details.

Committee of the Whole (COW) Meeting Tuesday, Aug 8, 7-8:30 pm
Please join us at our monthly COW meeting. This is where we come together as a community and dream up what’s next. Agenda includes a parade de-brief. Meet at the Powerhouse, 3940 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle.

Parade Afterglow Party – Sunday, August 20th 4-8 p.m.
Join us for a BBQ to celebrate YOU — the volunteers, ensembles, cheerleaders, true believers, and all humans that power the Fremont Solstice Parade!! See you at 41 Dravus Street, Seattle. Bring yourself and a side dish, appetizer or dessert to share, and parade photos, videos, stories and musical instruments! We’ll provide burgers & dogs (with vegetarian options) & the fixings, as well as beer & sangria. The evening includes: time to mingle and share stories, live music, view parade video and photos, and a spontaneous ceremony to celebrate our creative community. Plus, receive a SWAG bag of FAC gratitude. RSVP is appreciated to help us plan for you:

Float Storage (we found it!)
The Fremont Arts Council (FAC) is thrilled to report that we’ve found float storage! We are so grateful to Seattle City Light, council members Lisa Herbold and Mike O’Brien and many others at the City for their leadership in securing this space for years to come. “The Fremont Solstice Parade is part of the history and fabric of our community. It’s one of only five City-wide events officially designated by the City of Seattle. We are pleased to help them find a great space to preserve an important part of Seattle’s culture,” said Seattle City Light General Manager and CEO Larry Weis.

Our Commitment to Social Justice and Inclusiveness
During these historic times, we want to affirm our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere for creating art and celebrations. We are actively reaching out to expand our community so that we find the strength that comes from being as diverse and inclusive as possible.

Get Involved
Have you been hankering to get more involved with FAC? We need you and your talents! Let us know who you are and what you’re interested in, and we promise to find a fun way to involve you. Click here to volunteer

Want to keep the Fremont Arts Council in glitter and goo-gahs? We could not create our events and community art workshops without the support of our community. Donate or become a member here

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