The Capitol Hill Arts District, in partnership with with Sea Level Properties and Sensebellum, launched a new public art installation: UNION, projected on the Woodworth Apartment building (953 E. Union Street). Beginning each night at dusk all year long, neighbors and visitors in the Capitol Hill neighborhood will witness a 60’ tall projected art show from rotating guest curators and artists. For the inaugural exhibition, the Capitol Hill Arts District selected LeLeita McKILL to display her photographs of essential workers in the neighborhood taken during 2020, commissioned by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
Resources for Resilience during COVID-19
For artists struggling due to the pandemic, here are a collection of resources:
The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture commissioned 25 artists to document essential city services in the time of CoVID-19, which mandated restrictions on physical movement and gatherings. Arts Districts were given the opportunity to nominate one photographer to document and represent their communities through this project. The Capitol Hill Arts District selected LeiLita McKILL.
From April 29 to May 3, 2020, the Capitol Hill Arts District presented a virtual festival, co-hosted with the Northwest Film Forum, to celebrate the creativity of Capitol Hill and offer community members a connection to interdisciplinary art while the Stay Home, Stay Healthy COVID-19 order was in effect.
Footage of the festival stream is archived here:
Opening Night: April 29
Northwest Film Forum (6:30–7:30pm)
Photographic Center Northwest (7:30–8:30pm)
Community Programs (8:30–8:40pm)
Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (8:40–9:45pm)
Day 2: April 30
Community Programs (7:30–8:30pm)
SubKulture Cabaret (8:30–9:30pm)
Day 3: May 1
Crybaby Studios (7:00–8:30pm)
Day 4: May 2
The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway (4:30–5:45pm)
Community Programs (5:45–6:00pm)
Hugo House (6:00–7:30pm)
Capitol Hill Block Party (7:30–9:00pm)
Kame House (9:00pm–dance o’clock)
Closing Day: May 3
Kame House x Toe Jam (12:00pm-10:00pm)
MIPoPS – Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound x NWFF (4:30–5:30pm)
Longhouse Media (5:30–7:00pm)
Vanishing Seattle (7:00–7:30pm)
Velocity Dance Center (7:30–8:30pm)
In March 2016, the Capitol Hill Arts District opened V2 in a recently vacated Pike-Pine auto row building. Previously the home of Value Village and the original home of REI, this activation brought 30,000 square feet of temporary arts space to the neighborhood. Managed by Velocity Dance Center, V2 created opportunities for many arts organizations to rehearse, hold events and meetings, and host the monthly Second Thursday Capitol Hill Art Walk.
With financial support from the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture, V2 housed the theater lights and seating for Hugo House while their new home was under construction as well as furniture donated by PEMCO Insurance. Seattle Center donated a portable dance floor. During its life, V2 housed Velocity’s creative residencies, producing programs, and international summer festival. One Reel relocated its offices to the top floor, and Hugo House held readings and lectures in the space.
View photos of V2 coming soon.
12th Avenue Arts Opening
Not long after the formation of the Capitol Hill Arts District, Community Roots Housing (formerly Capitol Hill Housing) opened 12th Avenue Arts. The building is home to two theaters, multiple restaurants, 88 affordable apartments, and Community Roots Housing headquarters.