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Meet the Co-Hosts!

This year’s theme is Past, Present, and Future!

 

Past: Barbara Luecke & Peter Toms (co-founders of the Fremont Solstice Parade)

Bio: Barbara Luecke has been spending her disposable time in Fremont for over 30 years. In 1989, Barb and pal and colleague Peter Toms founded the Fremont Solstice Parade, with the intent that the community produced celebration of life and art would help people feel more alive. Since then, Luecke has been involved in several hundred public art events and projects throughout the region which includes serving as Project Coordinator for The Fremont Troll. All the projects she is involved with are based on the belief that art helps build stronger neighborhoods through shared purpose and pride of place. After working with 4Culture as a Public Art Project Coordinator for many years, Barb has led Sound Transit’s art program for over a decade, creating artist-made landmarks for dozens of train stations.

Barbara Luecke’s Solid Ground Tribute, and history of the Fremont Solstice Parade: https://youtu.be/8H8LIjhfAlc

Bio: Peter Toms is a Seattle artist and musician who played a leading role in the Fremont Arts Council from 1989 to 2015. In 1989, he co-founded the Fremont Solstice Parade, and also the Winter Solstice Feast. In 1991, he co-founded the May Day Spring Dance with his mentor Dave McKay. He secured, along with Barbara Luecke, the building known as the FAC Powerhouse in 1993, and led the renovation project for the building in 1994. He founded the Luminata Lantern Parade in 2000. He served as a FAC board member from 1995 and as board president from 2012 to 2015.

Today he continues to participate with the FAC as an artist, parade float builder, and Solstice Parade MC. He believes that everyone can make art, and that making art together builds community. Many hands make small work – it’s a lot more fun to work together.

Present: Susan Harper

Bio: Harper has been an active artist in FAC since 1992 and has been in most of the Solstice Parades since the beginning. In fact, when she first moved to Seattle, the Parade was her first quintessential Seattle experience and she was hooked. She was on the board for 4 years and served two years as President (2016/2017). For the past five years, she and her partner David Roman have been MCing the Stoneway Stage during the FSP. The Harper Conspiracy, her band, and has performed for countless FAC events including the Parade. Her love of community is at the heart of her music and art.

Creativity fuels her life.

Future: Scarlet Parke

Bio: Equal parts singer, songwriter, business owner, and boss, Scarlet Parke is a lighthouse for dreamers. Driven by an inexorable force to create, persevere, and grow through her trauma, Scarlet’s music will make you feel every feeling. She leaves no topic unturned and brings you into her world as a best friend and secret keeper. Outside of music, Scarlet is a rampant advocate for local artists and empowering their success via her company, Parke Ave. Parke Ave is a networking app that focuses on curating opportunities for local/unsigned artists via events, playlists, and local business partnerships.

To learn more about Scarlet, please visit www.scarletparke.com | To learn more about Parke Ave, please visit www.parkeave.com

 

Virtual Fremont Solstice Parade Submission Guidelines!

Submit Content!

You can submit newly created performances; a past film of your participation in the Fremont Solstice Parade; an interview/story / “what the Fremont Solstice Parade means to You” that you film; a film of you juggling, dancing in flowers, in a green hat, laughing with your cats, etc…

Submission Guidelines

  • Content submissions should be no more than 3 minutes. 
  • Content will only be accepted through the Submission form (linked above)
  • Due Date Extended!! June 9th by 12am is the deadline for content submission. However, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND submitting as early as possible. Submissions will be selected and edited as we receive them. While we will try our best to get to all submissions, it may not be possible. So submit your entry EARLY!
  • Have content on Youtube or Vimeo? Email links to paradeteam@fremontartscouncil.org

Video submission requirements

  • Video format: MP4
  • If submitting audio separately: MP3 or WAV
  • Minimum 720p (1280×720)
  • Maximum 1080p (1920×1080)
  • Shot Horizontal (16:9)
  • Natural audio encouraged
  • Cellphone footage acceptable IF:
    • Full quality video uploaded (not texted or downsized over email)
    • If you’d like, establish a direction that every video must move like left to right so that the parade all flows the same way

Suggestions and considerations

  • The more polished your submission is, the less work it will be for FAC to edit. EVERYTHING MATTERS! An extra 30 seconds of attention to Light, sound and stability can save 30 minutes in post.
  • If your segment has ANYONE speaking in it, don’t use copyrighted music, as it can render the clip useless. 
  • Don’t add music on top of an original clip, audio selection will be handled by FAC
  • Use a tripod whenever possible, hold with two hands when a tripod not handy
  • In general, the more takes- the better, but only submit your best 2-3 attempts.

Consider the following questions when preparing a submission:

  • Light: Can I see my performers adequately? Is there a large area of the screen too bright or too dark? Reframe or change shooting location
  • Audio: if there’s a vocal element, consider natural surroundings. Are you on a road where a loud truck might drive by unexpectedly? 
  • Audio: If I need to hear someone speaking, get them and the mic close together so we primarily hear the speaker (PRO TIP: Record your video on one device, and record a voice memo on a cell phone close to presenter for better vocal audio)
  • Stable shot: If my camera can stay in the same place for the entire duration, can we mount/rest it on something stationary? Drastically improves quality.
  • Leveled shot: is your shot level? It matters!
  • Focus: are your performers in focus? Is your camera set to auto focus? It might focus on the background if your performers are moving around

Disclaimer:

  • Any nudity will be blurred and may not make it into the final parade stream
  • FAC is not obligated to use your clip if it is inappropriate, offensive, or otherwise harmful. 
  • FAC may not be able to use your submission for a number of reasons.

 

STREAMING DETAILS for the day of the event

DETAILS: Streaming Live on Saturday, June 20th at 1 pm.

WHERE?: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FremontArtsCouncil/)

Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwHKpwGXzPGtpeBuZFV-Gug)

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Videos and pictures of the PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE of the Fremont Arts Council including our beloved Green Hat Presenters.

 

Virtual Fremont Solstice Parade: Volunteer and Art Submission Details!

Have you heard the good news? The Fremont Solstice Parade has gone virtual! And just like the parade, we need your help to make it happen!

In our effort to provide even a small fraction of our historical parade, Fremont Arts Council in Partnership with TPN and NASH (Northwest Arts Streaming Hub) are producing a virtual version of the FSP 2020. The program will be released on FAC Facebook and YouTube June 20 at 1pm (Pacific Time). The FSP Virtual Event will be a compilation of prerecorded historical archives, art, ensemble, personal testimonies, and Green Hat Go-Getters content. This year’s theme will be Past, Present & Future.

Cheer Seattle and friends, will lead the green hat ensemble. Our very own FSP co-founder Peter Toms will be co-hosting the historical (Past) portion of our program, Harper will co-host (Present) portion along with the newest addition, Scarlet Parke; a Seattle resident, musician, influencer and frequent parade participant (Future).

  • Volunteer: You can help with marketing, sponsorships, submission review or making fun Green Hat videos
  • Submit Content: You can submit newly created performances, a past film of your participation in the Fremont Solstice Parade, an interview, story, or “what the Fremont Solstice Parade means to You” that you film 

 

STREAMING DETAILS for the day of the event

DETAILS: Streaming Live on Saturday, June 20th at 1 pm.

WHERE?: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FremontArtsCouncil/)

Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwHKpwGXzPGtpeBuZFV-Gug)

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Videos and pictures of the PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE of the Fremont Arts Council including our beloved Green Hat Presenters.