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Feast of the Winter Solstice

Saturday December 22, 2018 

The ancient energy of the Winter Solstice is something people have celebrated for centuries, and we take up our place in carrying forth this experience.

We gather at this time, the same night each year regardless of when it falls, to celebrate the earth, it’s bounty, our own place in time, and community, to share a meal, to talk, sing, and dance en route to our ancient souls. We go there with much joy, exultation and appreciation.

Everyone contributes to this feast, it is a potluck feast. Bring something yummy to share, dress beautifully and be ready to celebrate! All ages are welcome.

  • More information: Feast of the Winter Solstice
  • Join the incredible community that makes celebration art events happen in Seattle.
  • To purchase a ticket for admittance go to our Feast Registration Page
  • Want to Help? Visit our Volunteer Signup! page.  (Volunteers will still need to purchase a ticket for admission)
  • {photo B. Smythe, 2015 and MFreedman, 2012)

    December News

    Feast of the Winter Solstice – Saturday December 22 6 pm

    The Feast of the Winter Solstice is a spectacular annual gathering for members of the Fremont Arts Council and their invited guests.  Together in the Great Hall we mark the season with shared dishes, lavish costumes and artful celebration. The Feast is created by the revelers themselves! Building out the site for the Feast is an awesome experience where you get to know the community in a deeper way. There is something magical about taking an empty hall/space, decorating it to high beauty, and adding in all the components to throw an amazing community gathering.   Event details ...

    This year’s Feast will be a more intimate event than in years past. We are feasting in a beautiful venue, with only half the capacity of past feasts. Volunteers that SignUp! will have the first opportunity to purchase a very limited number of tickets.  There will be no sales the day of the event. So get involved early!

    Want to ensure your chance to purchase a ticket to Feast? Sign up to Volunteer!  FAC members who sign up to volunteer for our Feast Workshops and for a shift the day of the Feast will be able to purchase tickets before tickets go on sale to the general membership.  Already signed up?  Please look again! We just added more shifts for day-of and other ways to help.  Team leads – please Signup! so we know when you will be around.

     

    Feast Call to Build Community Artwork

    The Fremont Arts Council invites volunteers to the Powerhouse to create art, decor, headdresses, costumes and other aspects of the Feast of the Winter Solstice as we come together to engage in reflection, artistic expression and community. This year, we have the venue beginning at 7:30 AM the morning of Feast. We only have 9 hours to load in/setup Feast. We will have less time to breakdown/load out/cleanup. Our art must be exquisite yet movable!!!   Details …

    There are lots of opportunities to get involved and help to make the feast magic happen?  Join us at the December COW meeting on Tuesday December 11, at the Powerhouse. Want to sign up for a workshop or crew? We’re using Sign Up Genius to make volunteering easy! Go here to sign up! We have open workshop times set up on the Sign Up. Dates and times are subject to change depending on the build and each group’s needs. We encourage you to contact your group’s Lead (if you know who they are) or contact events@fremontartscouncil.org  and we will connect you with the group you are interested in volunteering with.  Volunteer….

    Fall Membership Drive

    Is your FAC membership up to date? Besides an exclusive invitation to the Feast of the Winter Solstice, FAC members join a community of artists and collaborators ; and they keep the lights on, the rent paid, and art supplies flowing for a beloved community art-making and fun organization. …

    Want to be part of something big? Become a member of the Fremont Arts Council today and expand this diverse network of people who build community through the art-making process. Your membership dollars and volunteer time are essential fuel for the Fremont Solstice Parade and Celebration, Luminata, Trolloween, the Feast of the Winter Solstice, May Day, care and feeding of the Fremont Troll. Your membership helps to fuel the Powerhouse Art Studio where the magic is born.  Click here to join or renew.

    Call for Photos

    Do you have fabulous, professional quality photos of Luminata, Trolloween or other FAC events that you would like to share with us?  Perhaps they will show up on our website or social media sometime soon.  Details . . .

    All Are Welcome Here

    We  affirm our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere for people of all races and backgrounds to create art and celebrations. There is no place for racism, sexism or sexual harassment at our events or in in our community.  In support of this, the Fremont Arts Council affirms our Commitment to Racial Equity and Inclusion.  Details …

    Get Involved!

    Volunteers are Needed!

    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 scratch that creative itch.Volunteer …

    Committee of the Whole (COW) Meeting –  Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7-8:30 pm

    This month:  Feast of the Winter Solstice Plan and Create!   Please join us at our monthly COW meeting. This is where we come together as a community and dream up what’s next. Share ideas and one minute announcements of interest to our community. Meet and Greet and Eat snacks. Find out what the FAC is up to and how you can get involved.   Meet at the Powerhouse, 3940 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle at 7 pm.

    Join the “FAC List” our Online Collaboration Group

    The “FAC List” is a moderated discussion group for our inner circle of friends that want to stay in touch, learn about our current happenings, participate in event planning, share community art postings of interest, and help the FAC thrive. To subscribe:  Subscribe to our Mailing List – and check the “get more involved” option for  “FAC List – Subscribe Me”

    Support Community Art!

    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 …

    Join a Leadership Team

    Are you interested in using your time and skills to support community celebration art and events throughout the year?  This is your chance to meet a parade of new friends and grow in your knowledge about celebration art. It is a wonderful way to support the Fremont Solstice Parade and to help make community art happen and thrive. Details …

    Events Leadership Team Meeting  – Tuesday,December 4, 7-8:30 pm

    This team gathers the 1st Tuesday of the month to to plan and make possible these community celebration events, workshops, and more! Meet at the Powerhouse, 3940 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle.    Details …

    Communications, Outreach and Development leadership team meeting  – Third Tuesdays,  December meeting cancelled.   See you in January!

    This team plans and secures funding to sustain the FAC and its programs. We also organize the outreach so we can shout from the rooftops about the FAC’s artful celebrations. Meet at Works Progress, 115 N. 85th St. (enter around back from the alley).    Details …

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    Get Involved: Upcoming Meetings

    Join the “FAC List” our Online Discussion Group

    The “FAC List” is a moderated discussion group for our inner circle of friends that want to stay in touch, learn about our current happenings, share community art postings of interest, and help the FAC thrive. To subscribe:  Subscribe to our Mailing List – and check the “get more involved” option for  “FAC List – Subscribe Me”

    November Meetings:

    At a Glance (details below)

    • Tues December 4: Powerhouse and Events Leadership Team (Events Team) – meets at the Powerhouse (first Tuesdays)
    • Tues December 11:  Committee of the Whole (COW) – meets at the Powerhouse (second Tuesdays)
    • (December meeting cancelled) Tues January 15: Communications, Outreach and Development (Outreach Team) – meets at Works Progress (third Tuesdays)

    Committee of the Whole (COW)

    Please Join Us for the Committee of the Whole – Lovingly known as the COW!

    This is where we come together as a community and dream up what’s next. Meet and Greet and Eat snacks.

    • This month:  Help make the Feast happen!

    Tuesday December 11  
    Monthly on the Second Tuesdays  7 – 8:30pm at the Powerhouse. (3940 Fremont Ave N.)

    The monthly COW meetings include opportunities to:

    • Hear one minute announcements from our community
    • Share your creative adventures and engage others
    • Learn how to get involved in upcoming events and artful gatherings
    • Brainstorm!
    • Hear presentations from community members about cool projects and events
    • Find out what the FAC Leadership Teams are up to, and how to get involved.

    Leadership Teams:

    Did you know that the Feast is created by volunteers? Come on down to the planning meetings this month and be part of the mayhem that makes this happen! Your ideas and participation are needed.

    Time: Gather at 7 pm. Meetings will start promptly at 7:10 and adjourn by 9 pm.

    Tuesday December 4:  Events Team  (Powerhouse and Events Leadership Team)

    This team meets 1st Tuesdays at: the Powerhouse (3940 Fremont Ave. N.)

    We are in the thick of planning the Feast!. Please join us at our monthly events leadership team meeting to plan and make possible these community celebration events – and much more.

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    Tuesday January 15: Outreach Team (Communications, Outreach & Development Leadership Team)

    (December meeting cancelled).  This team meets 3rd Tuesdays at: Works Progress Co-work Space: 115 N. 85th St. #202 (Across 85th from Bartells. Enter around back from the alley off 1st Ave NW).

    This team plans and secures funding to sustain the FAC and its programs. We also organize the outreach so we can shout from the rooftops about the FAC’s artful celebrations. Agenda includes planning for upcoming fundraising campaigns.

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    The Fremont Arts Council (FAC) engages community to cultivate the spirit of celebration where everyone is an artist.

    — The FAC is powered by volunteers.

    {photo Joe Tymczyszyn 2017}