Summer in the South End: Artistic Events in August

by Amanda Ong

The South End is teeming with creative talent, art exhibitions and performances, and opportunities for artists to get involved. Looking to connect with the art scene but don’t know where to start? Good news! The emerald did the heavy lifting compiling some of the best of them so you don’t have to.

Whether you’re an artist looking for opportunities or just looking to support local creatives, we’ve got some amazing art opportunities to dip your toes into this month. Check them out!

For more information on live music and South End Block Parties, stay tuned for an upcoming guide. Do you know of an artistic event that should be on our calendar? Let us know at [email protected]

Grant programs

Working Washington Grants: Round 5 and Convention Center Grant Programs

The Washington State Department of Commerce and the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) will open applications on August 17 for the Working Washington Grants: Round 5 and Convention Center grant programs. These grants are for for-profit and non-profit small businesses, including tribal. member-owned businesses operating on a reservation with a license issued by a federally recognized tribe in Washington State. Grant amounts may vary and are subject to review.

See Washington Work Grants Frequently Asked Questions, Washington Work Grants Round 5: Eligibility and Program Guidelines, Convention Center Grants Frequently Asked Questions, and Convention Center Grants: Eligibility and Program Guidelines for more information. Find more information and links to the application portal to post on the Washington State Department of Commerce website. Applications are due September 9.

2022 Grants for the Progress of Artists (GAP)

Artist Trust offers an exciting opportunity for BIPOC artists and artists residing outside of King County to receive funding to support their work! The 2022 Grants for Artists’ Progress (GAP) Fellowships are $1,500 unrestricted, project-based grants for artists working in all disciplines in Washington State.

The GAP awards have been redesigned to begin to reverse historic inequities in Artist Trust funding programs. Application for the awards opens August 15 and has 15 grants available for artists living in King County and 10 grants available for artists living in Island, Kitsap, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties . Applications are due September 26; see the 2022 Grants for Artists’ Progress (GAP) Awards dossier for more information.

Parties and events

Photo courtesy of Seattle Design Festival.

Seattle Design FestivalI

August 20 to 26

The Seattle Design Festival is the Pacific Northwest’s largest design event. Now in its 12th year, the citywide event’s theme is ‘Connection’, highlighting ideas for sharing to create a better world. This year, several “community spotlight” events feature design activities taking place in specific neighborhoods, including an afternoon centered around the city of Columbia on August 24. Events include creative activities such as a blindfolded walking and rolling tour with Code Unlimited that highlights accessible neighborhood design.

Block Party Opening Weekend is a free outdoor street festival in Lake Union Park with over 40 interactive art installations and activities. Check the Seattle Design Festival website for more activities throughout the week!

Photo depicting a black and white photo of Felicia Loud on a green treasure map background.
Photo courtesy of Arts West.

Here there are dragons

July 28–August. 14
Arts West, 4711 California Avenue SW

“Here There Be Dragons” is a dynamic one-woman hip-hop storytelling show about a child with big dreams, a love of art, and a willingness to shed conventional expectations. The story follows them through life and music, mixing hip-hop, soul, cabaret and storytelling.

Felicia Loud of renowned Seattle performance group Black Stax collaborated with ArtsWest Artistic Director Mathew Wright to create this original show. Joined on stage by musicians Cydney Johnson and Greg Fields, with a special appearance by Jace Ecaj of Black Stax, Felicia Loud creates a whole new kind of show. Buy your tickets on the Arts West website.

Photo depicting floor tiles with colorful patterns in one of Carlos Brache's works.
Carlos Brache. “piso”, 2020. Acrylic on vinyl. 4 x 9 feet

pan con timba – Carlos Brache

August 4 to 26
Gallery 4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Pl. S

From August 4 to 25, Gallery 4Culture welcomes pan con timba, by Cuban-American artist Carlos Brache. Through a mix of figurative and abstract techniques, Brache uses relics and memories like floor tile patterns from her grandparents’ car dealership to tell a story of loss and generational distance. pan con timba refers to a simple sandwich of the Cuban diaspora, invites us to discover the colors, patterns, images and objects of Brache’s family past that overlap and connect as Brache reflects on generational difficulties and romantic relationships in his search for belonging and becoming.

Brache received both a BFA and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. His work has been exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle and is part of several private collections.

Seattle Theater Group presents An Evening with Amanda Seales

August 12, 7 p.m.
The Moore Theater, 1932 2nd Ave.

Comedian, actress, writer and producer Amanda Seales will visit the Moore Theater on August 12. Amanda Seales is a comedian and actress who holds a master’s degree in African American Studies from Columbia University. She is best known for her role as HBO’s “Tiffany DuBois.” Insecureher first stand-up special, “I Be Knowin”, as a former co-host of a daytime talk show The truthNBC host bring the funnyand the host/author of the 2020 BET Awards Breakthroughs. She also hosts a weekly podcast, Small doses, and wrote a book of the same name. Centering community development in her comedy, she is also the creator/host of the touring variety game show, Smart Funny & Dark and of Smart funny and black radio on Kevin Hart’s LOL Network on SiriusXM. As an advocate for black voices, Seales has a knack for tackling serious issues with wit and humor. You can purchase your tickets to see Seales in person on August 12 on the Seattle Theater Group website.

Increase Seattle 2022

August 12 to 28
9th and Thomas, Westlake Park

Augment Seattle is a mixed reality showcase for immersive outdoor installations powered by Spark AR and mixed reality food and drink. The event invites the community to experience meaningful stories through digital storytelling. Featuring local, national and international creative artists and technologists, the International Showcase will run from August 9-28 and feature a range of local and international artists.

A preview of Marjan Modhaddan’s #GLITCHGODDESS is also shown daily at Westlake Park, a three-part large-scale inflatable female form, adjoining AR-enabled structure and AR digital animation commenting on the art world’s depiction of the form feminine in a singular way, while shifting from thin, heavy, young, old, pregnant, glitchy, stylized to artistically abstract, set to a voiceover of women complaining about inequality in the art world.

Flyer advertising the upcoming comedy show Men Ain't Funny.  The flyer includes an illustration of a cat on a stage standing in front of a crowd of silhouetted cats.


August 19, 9 p.m.
The Royal Hall, 5000 Rainier Avenue S

Living under the patriarchy isn’t fun, but these women and kids are! MEN AREN’T FUNNY is a monthly comedy show featuring women and non-binary comedians, every third Friday at the Royal Room. Each month features a new lineup of comedians.

Buy tickets on the Stranger Tickets website.

Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Film Tour 2022

August 17 to 26
Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.

The 2022 Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Film Tour is a 91-minute theatrical program comprised of six short films directed by Indigenous filmmakers. The tour features titles from the 2022 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Program and alumni of the Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program. With a range of narrative and documentary films, the shorts celebrate Indigenous perseverance and creativity. The range includes the headhunter’s daughter, Kicking the Clouds, Long Line of Ladies, Maidenhood, The Original Shareholder Experience, and ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (Udeyonv) (What they learned). Purchase tickets to any of the screenings available on the Brown Paper Tickets website.

Amanda Ong (she) is a Chinese-American writer from California. She is currently a master’s candidate in the University of Washington’s Museology program and graduated from Columbia University in 2020 with degrees in Creative Writing and Ethnic and Racial Studies.

📸 The featured image: Seattle Design Fest is a hands-on way to explore how urban design shapes everyday life. Check out the Community Spotlights in Columbia City on Wednesday, August 24, plus other free interactive events throughout Seattle August 20-26. Pictured is an installation from a previous Design Fest. (Photo: Trevor Dykstra)

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