#1: THE MURAL PROJECT
Hired 21 Artists and Craftspeople to create 45 panels
45 panels created
Inspired by large public murals and the AIDS quilt, Open Space commissioned 21 artists who created 45 individual panels based on the theme "Backyard Universe." View this collaboration on display at Open Space for Arts and Community.
MURAL PROJECT ARTISTS
Bob Horsley, Carolina Silva, Cyra Jane, Donna J Caulton, Hope Black, Jackie Merrill, Kate Shinn, Kathleen Webster, Kristen Reitz-Green, Lenard Yen, Lori Walters, Madeleine Schroeder, Odin Lonning, Paulina Barry, Pearl Berry, Pedro Alvarez, Robert Passig, Rowan Schroeder, Sharon Shaver, Vera Schöpe, Julia Montagnet
Thank you to our partners at Vashon Island Visual Artists (VIVA).
Photo by Jack Berthiaume
#2: DISTANCE DANCE
17 pop up appearances
27 artists plus a team of videographers, photographers, and techs
1,060 estimated drive-by "audience"
The Distance Dance project highlighted dance and awe-inspiring physical performance through the summer and fall of 2020. Choreographers worked with dancers to put on a series of physically distant and safe pop-up appearances around the island this summer.
Allison Trundle, Esther Edelman, Martha Enson, Lynelle Sjoberg, Leah Mann, Lelavision, Karen Nelson, Kristen Tsiatios, Mik Kuhlman
DISTANCE DANCE PERFORMANCES
2,165 tests performed
1,900 people tested
20% of the Island population tested at Open Space
Open Space for Arts and Community is proud to be a COVID-19 testing facility on the Island in partnership with VashonBePrepared, Vashon Medical Reserve Corps with the assistance of the Citizens Emergency Response team, and the EOC logistics team.
“From the moment I first encountered this fantastic organization in 2012, I’ve been struck by its creative energy, collaborative ethos, and catalyzing presence. Open Space knows how to make things happen, and its enchanting tentacles extend into so many different artistic disciplines and beyond.”
Photo by Dave Haskell
ReNEWal Year’s Eve
2019-2020 marked the fourth year of ReNEWal Year’s Eve at Open Space. It turned out to be our biggest yet! Partygoers split their time between revelry and rejuvenation, including live music, massage, tea and cacao tasting, dancing, sound immersion, childcare, and more!
Photos by Michelle Bates
14/48 - VASHON EDITION 2020
40 artists participated
14/48 Vashon Edition brought 40 island and off-island artists together to team up and test their skills! Participants chose a theme by completing this sentence: “Theater would be a lot more interesting if there were seven ten-minute plays about _____.” By the end of the weekend, participants created and performed 14 unique plays in 48 hours.
Photos by Michelle Bates
Internationally renowned singer-sophisticate Rizo returned to Vashon with her distinct and luscious performance style for one special evening on Friday, January 31st. Rizo — who released Indigo, her second album, in 2017 — has collaborated with Moby, Reggie Watts, and Yo-Yo Ma on his Songs of Joy & Peace album, which won a Grammy Award.
“Open Space for Arts and Community’s mission resonates deeply for me, my family and our island. O Space provides myriad opportunities to experience art of all kinds while simultaneously building and supporting community. That committed, vital, holistic artistic vision and innovative work is what keeps me coming back for - and giving - more.”
— Cathy Sarkowsky
Photo by Dawn Steif
UMO Ensemble and UMO School
Housed at Open Space, the UMO School of Physical Arts seeks to inspire creative possibility and recognize students’ creative force by giving them a safe place to learn and a variety of tools based on UMO’s dynamic physical theatre.
Vashon Tool Library and Maker Space
The Vashon-Maury Tool Library is a community resource designed to support and promote shared use of tools on Vashon and Maury Islands. All tools and furnishings have been donated by islanders to benefit the community, and staffing is entirely done by volunteers. Authorized members can borrow any tool from our collection to use in their own projects.
Open Space for Arts and Community and Vashon Theatre teamed up to bring the drive-in movies to Vashon this summer. Located on the great lawn at Open Space, the Night Light Drive In was an affordable and physically distant way for Vashon to gather.
Immigrant/Refugee Rights Group of Indivisible Vashon
Indivisible Vashon is a grassroots group focused on progressive legislative action, support of progressive candidates for office, and protection of immigrants & refugees.
Vashon Center for the Arts
For the fourth year in a row, Open Space for Arts and Community and Vashon Center for the Arts joined forces to bring you 14/48 - Vashon Edition. In 2020, rehearsals were conducted at VCA, and performances at Open Space.
"We give to Open Space because it serves such a breadth of needs. From supporting the arts in the lives of adults and youth to opening up their facility to the community for COVID testing, Open Space is there to provide Vashon residents ways to express joy and community and to protect our health and safety. It is a wonderful organization, run by the very best people."
— Lanora & Charley Rosenberry
Painting by Sharon Shaver, Photo by Michelle Bates
Your support and participation in 2020 made our programming possible.
49% increase in donations over 2019
56% of donors were first-time donors
76% increase in pledges over 2019
ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF REVENUE
Over 4x increase in grants over 2019
4Culture • ArtsWA • Washington State Department of Commerce • King County Local Services • Royal Little Family Foundation • Beardsley Family Foundation
GiveBig & Giving Tuesday
Up 290% from 2019, beating our goal!
The Big O Fundraiser
YOU make it all happen!
Thank you for giving generously!
All photos of the Mural Project and Covid-19 testing site by Michelle Bates, unless otherwise noted.
Distance Dance photos by Dawn Steif and Jeff Dunicliff