January e-news

January 11, 2024
January e-news

Sharing our stories. Strengthening our communities.

What's New?

Kickoff Creativity Salon with Mariella Luz

Do you wish your creative process wasn't isolated from other artists and ideas? Do you feel unsupported, uninspired, or artistically unmotivated, especially since the pandemic? Come join!

Tuesday, January 9th, 2024 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Liberation Collective

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Our kickoff salon will feature Mariella Luz, "an artist, sometimes teacher & community activist." Mariella will speak on their own creative process for the first part of our two hour salon time. Then, we'll host a space to support community members engaging in creativity in a community setting. Bring a storytelling project in your chosen medium that you want to work on - memoir-writing, poetry, script-writing, composing, painting, audio editing, collaging, cross-stitch, or something else. We’ll ground ourselves in six fundamental questions of artistic expression:

  • EVIDENCE - What do you know and how do you know it?
  • PERSPECTIVE – Whose viewpoint is being presented or represented?
  • CONNECTIONS – How does this connect to anything else?
  • SUPPOSITION – What if things were different?
  • RELEVANCE – Why is this important?
  • TRANSITION – What’s next?

Where and When
The series is on the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at YWCA Friendship Hall, 220 Union Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501, the building next to the YWCA. Friendship Hall is a space stewarded by our partner for the series, The Liberation Collective.

Why this? Why now?
Our goal is to support our community's capacity to tell our own stories. We are all knowledge-holders. When we create opportunities to cultivate collective wisdom through intergenerational conversations and peer-to-peer sharing, we can more readily tackle the challenges of today and imagine the possibilities of tomorrow.

This series is free and by donation because we believe being able to participate in arts and humanities programming is a human right. We encourage community members to become a "subscriber" to our Friends of Community Storytelling Program by committing to a recurring donation for as little as $5 monthly. Together, we can support and sustain our access-for-all community programming into the future.

Show us your interest by becoming a Friend of Community Storytelling today!

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Playback Theatre Improv Workshop for Young Adults

Sunday, January 21, 2024 | noon to 3 p.m
ASHHO Cultural Community Center

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Come join Brave Practice for this young adult workshop. Whether you are looking to practice courage on-stage or off, we're excited to listen deeply, share true stories, lean into community wisdom, and take some brave risks with you!

No previous theatre experience is necessary to participate! This opportunity is open to community members who can actively participate and benefit from this experience in a community setting. Email us if you have questions about if this workshop is a good fit for you.

This workshop is supported by an Arts in Education grant from ArtsWA, with the goal of enriching local arts offerings and accessible community programming. Community donations are gladly accepted to support the continuation of this program. We encourage those who are able to make a contribution to support our ability to make this offering accessible to all.

Please register ahead of time so that we can determine how much food is needed.

Questions? Accommodation requests? Email meg@windowseatmedia.org.

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Save the Date!

Community Roots Oral History Project Exhibit Opening

Thursday, February 8, 2024 | 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Olympia Timberland Library

Food for Thought
stories, projects, events, and works we love

The YWCA of Olympia announced their Let's Talk workshop series for 2024! Window Seat staff and creative collaborators are thrilled to have this local accessible opportunity to participate in these special group learning opportunities to explore subjects such as racial justice, class, gender and collective liberation. Learn more about the Let's Talk Series.

​Window Seat Media is a community nonprofit whose mission is to use storytelling and oral history to spark conversation, connection, and social change within our local community. We weave the stories that often go unshared into the fabric of our public life. We do this because we believe we write our future with the stories we narrate, and we are committed to co-creating a more inclusive, connected, and just world. Window Seat Media is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.Our tax ID# is 81-1200465. Your donation is tax-deductible.