ART IS. ART WAS. ART WILL BE.

Art is our path to empathy.

Art is our opportunity to walk in another’s shoes, to see through another’s eyes, to hear with another’s ears.

Art is our chance to do away with an other.

Art urges us to come together when we could stand apart.

Art sparks conversations that make a stronger community.

Art fuels us to move forward in the face of everything that would set us back.

Art insists we rise to the challenge.

Art is the best of us.

ALL OF US

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Seattle Theatre Group is more than passionate employees, historic venues, and the hundreds of performances we present.

STG is a member of the local community. And we believe that community is strongest when it’s welcoming.

For STG’s Nights at the Neptune series, we don’t just open doors—we open stages. The free program at the historic Neptune Theatre invites community members to take the spotlight for performances.

But Nights at the Neptune is more than a talent show. It’s an opportunity for neighbors, friends, and residents to use their art to explore the critical issues in our neighborhoods and nation. Issues that are difficult, like race and social justice.

The Common Ground Music Project recently brought its ¡Solidaridad! show to the Nights at the Neptune stage. The goal: nothing short of uniting Seattleites and Cubans to explore through art new relations between the United States and Cuba.

STG brings visual artists into the mix with Re:definition, which transforms the lobby bar of The Paramount Theatre into a gallery showcasing the work of local artists from marginalized communities. The shows are free and open to the public, and artists retain 100 percent of the sales of their work.

"Art is one of the most honest and direct ways to understand different perspectives on social issues," says Ari Glass, a Seattle-born-and-raised painter whose work was featured in the Re:definition show, Illuminating Black Art in Seattle.

“Artists can speak about community issues directly from their hearts,” he says. “You can get an exact view from the community the artist represents.”

STG'S EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS SERVED

41,695 people

THROUGH 154 PROGRAMS, INCLUDING:

AileyCamp

Beyond the Curtain

Broadway at the Paramount

Dance for Parkinson’s

DANCE This

Dance with Life

Disney Musicals in Schools

More Music @ the Moore

Nights at the Neptune

Re:definition

Silent Film Series

Songwriters Lab

Starbucks + STG Up Next

COMMITTED PARTNERS

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Of course, we don’t do anything alone, whether preserving historic theatres or presenting engaging performances.

Now, as much as at any time in recent memory, it’s imperative that we partner with each other—as individuals, as organizations—to emphasize that art truly is the best of us.

Erin Maude is a program manager for marketing, partnerships, and community affairs at Delta Airlines, which is a key sponsor of AileyCamp. Presented with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, AileyCamp is a free, month-long dance and art, and growth experience for kids 11 to 14.

“The decision to drive creativity is a value, and that value is threatened right now,” Maude says. “STG is keeping it alive here in Seattle.”

STG’s partners include other performing arts organizations. After Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, STG convened members of Seattle’s arts community for a conversation on how cultural organizations could help our city process the grief and anger sparked by police shootings around the country.

Together with Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle’s historic Central District, STG presented Rodney King, the acclaimed one-man stage show by Roger Guenveur Smith.

“To do racial equity work well, our city has to have partners in the community that are committed,” says Randy Engstrom, director of the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture. “And it’s not enough to talk. We have to follow up with action. It was great that STG came to the table to produce this show and bring it into the community most impacted by these issues.

“That’s the best we can hope for from partners working together.”

STG IN THE COMMUNITY:

921 events

took place at off-site locations, including universities, public schools, festivals, museums, studios, and other nonprofits.

THE COMMUNITY AT STG:

1,576 people

participated in dance and music workshops, soundchecks, demonstrations, master classes, and other programs, in conjunction with STG's artist residencies.

FROM THE HEART

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Art is the best of us because it reflects real people. It’s a window into others’ lives, and into our own.

It’s a reason to dance, and it’s fuel to persist when we don’t feel like dancing.

But we have to listen to artists, says Tariqa Waters, a visual artist and educator who curated the first Re:definition show.

STG gives us access to voices we might otherwise miss.

“People who know the city,” she says. “People who know the deal about real people’s lives. Those are the people who can highlight the nuances that we might not know. Those are the artists.”

Do arts organizations have a civic responsibility? Not exactly, says Glass.

It’s something deeper.

“It’s a moral responsibility,” he says. “What’s in your heart? Are you gonna do what’s right?”

STG THEATRE ACCESS PROGRAM DONATED

3,102 tickets

FOR ARTS AND CULTURE EVENTS TO 61 LOCAL NONPROFITS, INCLUDING:

Boys & Girls Club

City Year

Empowering Youth and Families Outreach

Seattle Area Support Group

Union Gospel Mission

Welcome Home Society

YMCA, Auburn Valley

2015-2016 YEAR IN REVIEW

Attendance

2015

771,778

2016

693,209

Revenue

2015 2016
Admissions

$35,108,139

Admissions

$31,329,201

Ancillary theatre revenue

$6,385,916

Ancillary theatre revenue

$6,187,074

Contributions

$3,083,206

Contributions

$3,904,443

 

 

Proceeds on sale of
Transferrable Development Rights

$997,887

Total

$44,577,261

Total

$42,418,605

Expenses

2015 2016
Theatre Operations

$27,561,076

Theatre Operations

$25,962,421 

Management and General

$11,325,828

Management and General

$12,274,265

Facilities

$2,868,519

Facilities

$3,348,627 

Total

$41,755,423

Total

$41,585,313

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