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All Are Welcome Here!

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

In support of this mission, The FAC confirms that:

  • We want to be a community where people of all backgrounds and identities are offered the opportunity and feel welcomed to share and amplify their stories, art, cultures and experiences.
  • We acknowledge that pervasive cultural biases and historic and institutional racism – both conscious and unconscious, past and present — has benefited some communities while limiting opportunities and outcomes for communities of color;
  • We are all in some way the products of our environments and of America’s history, past and present. We did not choose this history, but we can shape the future.

The FAC exists to support community art. We do this by providing resources, workshops, events, and other opportunities in support of our belief that everyone is an artist, and that art makes our communities strong.   We recognize that this work depends on everyone feeling welcome and empowered to contribute. We believe that by actively reaching out to expand our community we can find the strength that comes from being as diverse and inclusive as possible. We affirm our commitment to look at our actions with kindness and a racial equity lens, so we can do our part to dismantle systemic racism in our community.

We affirm our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere for creating art and celebrations.

We invite artists and community members of all backgrounds and identities to join us in conversation around these issues. We are always open to feedback, thoughtful dialogue and ideas that will move this work forward.

We strive to keep our common spaces free from oppressive action, behavior and language.  We follow the following social expectations…

Agreements for Community Conversation and Conduct

  • All are Welcome Here!
  • We care about our impact
  • We are guided by compassion
  •  We are respectful
  • We value and communicate about Consent
  • We embrace a culture of appreciation and honesty
  • We take time to debrief and to express our gratitude

For more information:

See Also: FAC Commitment to Racial Equity and Inclusion

See Also: Agreements for Community Conversation and Conduct

{photo: G. Shaw, 2017}

Parade Afterglow! How was Your Parade?

Thank You! 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! We are so grateful for 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.  What splendid floats, costumes, and revelry!

Parade Afterglow Party  – Friday June 29, 7-12 pm

Join us for a party to celebrate YOU — the volunteers, ensembles, cheerleaders, true believers, and all humans that power the Fremont Solstice Parade and Celebration!! See you at the Ballard Oddfellows Hall, 1706 NW Market Street. We’ll provide DJ Music, food and libations. Bring parade photos, videos, and stories!  A side dish, appetizer or dessert to share would be welcome. The evening includes: time to mingle and share stories, danceable music, view parade video and photos, and a spontaneous ceremony to celebrate our creative community.

How was your Parade and Celebration?

Please take a moment to let us know  how your parade experience went. What went well for you?  How can we improve? Any questions or comments? Your suggestions will help make next year’s parade an even better experience for you and everyone else involved!  … Click here to let us know: How was YOUR Parade?

Get Involved!

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 …

Volunteer!

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 …

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 …

 

{photo J. Prouty, 2018}

Parade Line-up 2018

2018 Fremont Solstice Parade Line-up!

Cabiri.  The Cabiri has been part of the Fremont arts scene since 1998, bringing their colorful, mythology-based contemporary circus theater performances to life throughout the Pacific Northwest. Visit them at their new home – Arcadia – in the Frēlard neighborhood where you can take cultural, art, dance, and aerial classes.

Girasol.  Veteran Samba float!  A tradition in the Fremont Solstice Parade since 1994, dancing samba and embodying the joyful celebration of life that is the Brazilian Carnaval!

Green Hat.  Fill the Green Hat and support the Parade!  In celebration of the Fremont Solstice Parade turning 30, the Green Hat Ensemble is flashing back to when it all began…1989!  These folks put the “fun” in fundraising, and put their 80’s on!  Support from our friends makes it possible to keep the parade coming back.   Be sure to make a donation to help fill the Green Hat!

Boot Boogie Babes.  Seattle’s Line Dance Team enjoys spreading the love of dance and country music all over the Puget Sound through performance and fun line dance classes! Fremont Solstice Parade is one of our favorite events every year!

BF Day Sun Dragons.  B.F.Day Sun Dragons are students from B.F. Day Elementary school. Students range from Pre-K to 5th grade. They are walking with two amazing child controlled dragon puppets decorated with dragon scales designed by the almost 300 B.F. Day students.

Pink Zebra Cheerleaders.  Pink Zebra Cheerleaders are community cheerleaders dedicated to volunteering thier time to give back to our conmunities and cheer for local youth sports organizations.

Our Beginning.  Pre-schoolers!

Pastafarians.  Pastafarians celebrate the Spaghetti Monster creator of the universe.

Shamaniacs.  Theme: The ocean and emergence of life. The Shamaniacs playing original music on the float.

Belltown Dance Studio.  Dance Fitness

Superhuggers

350 Seattle: Cool Earth!   (McKay Award Winner) A flat dirty earth pulled by pasty corporate executives. Followed by our future beautiful, life-rich “Cool World” displaying elements of a socially just and sustainable planet; All surrounded by a costumed crew celebrating clean water, healthy salmon, an orca pod and sunflower dance team.

CascadiaNow.  CascadiaNow Contingent of Trees

Steamrats: Technological Terrors.  (McKay Award Winner) The Seattle Steamrats present our Giant Steamrat Robot Float as a whimsical caution against unbridled lust for technology. Unrestrained, our technology will turn against us- be it with global warming, bioengineered disease, or terrifyingly efficient weapons. Will we choose to use technology wisely, or will it destroy us all to gnaw on our bones? The robot rat symbolizes the runaway technology, followed by its high priestess and supplicants in blind veneration.

Juanita Revolucion and the Pollination Revolution.  (McKay Award winner).  Queen Bee Juanita and her bouquet of dancing wildflowers taking their message of the importance of weeds, flowers, and bees! While Juanita preaches her message of bee love and flower power, beautiful weeds in blooming costumes surround her for their pollination revolution and passing out packets of bee-friendly wildflowers to the crowd.

Cosplay for Philanthropy.  We have large ball gown princess costumes and will be representing the WA based, Seattle servicing non-profit Cosplay for Philanthropy

Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project: Tides of Change.  (McKay Award winner) The Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project is a multi generational multi cultural all women’s steel pan band dedicated to creating opportunities for women and girls to learn how to play music. Based out of the MLK Community Center and founded in 2013.

Ra Hoor Crewe/Horizon Lodge.  Ecstatic Thelemites marching for Love Under WIll

Paradisiax Parasol Project.  (McKay Award winner) A triple parasol on a tripod of steel poles powered by tricycles. Along with the “floating” giant parasols will be a marching band and pollinators such as bees, flowers and butterflies with personal parasols, pinwheels and pennants as the parasols parade by.

Maiden Flight.  Feel yourself floating into the sky on a balloon to discover a lucid dreamlike world.

The Great Port Townsend Kinetic Sculpture Race: Super Moi.  (McKay Award winner) Our team, the IPA(Intergalactic Pussy Alliance,) will be with us as Super Moi! Super Moi is a team theme to transition from the IPA to Super Hero’s by discovering and highlighting the super hero trait within. 7’6” tall Muppets that are ventriloquist driven, fully poseable and have roller blades wheels on feet will race and parade up and down the parade.

Free Speech.  Tribute to Colin Kaepernick – free speech is not just for white supremacists

Samba OlyWa.  Groovin’ Olympia Samba band

Tank Team Orange.  The vaunted military parade for our fearless peerless leader. Note the marmalade colored tank skins that bring to mind the delicate skin tones of the commander in chief. The tanks have wind up keys to make them ever so much easier to play with. ANd finally, in order to guarantee a successful mission time after time, each tank will be commanded by Donald Trump himself!

Guns R Us. This ensemble speaks about the absurd relationship America has with guns.

Rainbow City Band with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.  A big thank you to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for keeping the band hydrated and happy!

Rainbow City Band was founded in 1998 to promote acceptance and awareness of the LGBTQ community. We foster music education, community building, social service and friendships. With SpinOUT, our Color Guard, we perform in parades and festival all around the PNW. Our mission is to make music, make friends, and make a difference!

Stick Pony Brigade.  Horse maneuvers

VAM in Performance- VIPs.  VAM Studios – School of Dance is located across from the Fremont Library, they have classes in tap, ballet, contemporary, musical theater, and jazz. VAM has the largest adult tap dance program in Seattle! Welcome VAM’s youth performance group -VIP’s!

Solstice Bubble Fairies.  Solstice Bubble Fairies are here to spread bubble cheer to the young and young at heart!

Bloco Pacifico: Garden of Life.  (McKay Award winner) Through music, dance, and creative costumery, our band is hoping to inspire feelings of joy, celebration, and connection in the community (human, plant, and animal). Our drummers will represent a vibrant field of lavender, each flower adding to the music of the garden, while our dancers will transform into bees, pollinating the ranks of drummers and dancing their joyous bee-dances throughout the garden.  This year’s musical arrangement is being composed by a world-renowned Brazilian samba musician and teacher, Eduardo “Dudu” Fuentes. We’re lucky to have the chance to collaborate with Dudu, who plays with some of the most acclaimed samba schools in Rio de Janeiro—Unidos da Tijuca and Portela—as well as teaching around the world. With VamoLá’s input, Dudu has developed two pieces just for this parade.

JoiBoi Deva Puppets.  (McKay Award winner)  Two giant puppets that celebrate their joy with an interactive swirling dance. It’s all about play and having fun and being in amusement. The puppets draw form from imaginary devic creatures that aim to the delight children –fairies & unicorns are not foreign to these creatures. This is a fluid movement, these are Devas of the air and water. They dance and float above the street and above the crowd. It can be about release being as natural as water dropping from a cloud.

Cloudy with a Chance of Rainbows.  A sinister storm cloud and his gang try to rain on the parade but are foiled Sunshine and her rainbow warriors!

Marmalade.  FUNKY FUNK BAND

(follow us to Gasworks Park or more fun!)

 

{photo G. Shaw, 2017}