Honey (April 16, 2015): Attracting resources & support

Money. Time. Space. People. All resources that independent arts groups need to produce their work. This gathering of the Hive showcased the ways that some independent artists and groups attract the resources they need to sustain their projects and ventures. Reflecting on how they manage to find space, supporters, and money (from earned to donated), they share the challenges, tips and tricks they learned along the way.

Check out photos and videos of our speakers and the panel discussion below. Notes, including key takeaways from the Hive’s unrecorded discussion, can be found here.


Kenji Stoll is a self-employed artist and program administrator for the Tacoma-based youth organization Fab-5. After initially getting involved as a graffiti art student 10 years ago, he now works with a dedicated team to establish opportunities for young people to use their creative visions to build community. Kenji will share how Fab-5 secures the support it needs to address complex community needs through innovative grassroots solutions.

Seattle sound artist and composer Nat Evans creates site-specific events that fuse nature, community and subjectivity of experience, electro-acoustic works for interdisciplinary projects, as well as concert works for chamber ensembles. His work is regularly presented across the United States and has also been presented in Europe, South America, Australia and China. Evans has received numerous commissions including the Seattle Percussion Collective, the Harrison Center for the Arts, The Henry, Odeon Quartet, The City of Tomorrow, Portland Cello Project, ALL RISE, The Box Is Empty, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among others. His music has been featured on a number of radio stations in the United States, WNYC’s New Sounds with John Schaefer, as well as BBC3, and in the 2011 Music Issue of The Believer. He studied music at Butler University with Michael Schelle and Frank Felice. Nat will discuss his experience using social media across a few different platforms to successfully fundraise for large one-time projects as well as ongoing financial support.

Vanessa DeWolf is a post-disciplinary artist who works in many mediums as a poetic improviser. For more then 20 years her work has been seen in many venues in Seattle, including On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, Richard Hugo House, on the streets and in nooks and crannies of this city. She has been running or affiliated with spaces since 1994 and Studio Current is in its 11th year in the heart of the Pike/Pine corridor of Capitol Hill. She is committed to supporting artists in their creative process with an emphasis on body-based practices and embodiment for the artist. Vanessa will share how to create spaces that support the artist in their working process with as much rigor and seriousness as the product they eventually will make. In this talk, she offers alternative modes of thinking about space and the artist that support the creative processes.

Terrell Dorsey is founder of Unleash The Brilliance (UTB), an organization dedicated to changing the life trajectory of troubled teens, at-risk youth and young adults through arts and entertainment. Terrell was born in Baltimore, Maryland and was raised in Portland, Oregon. He attended Adams and Jefferson High School as well as Chemekata Community College and Lake Washington Technical Institute. He found his passion in arts and entertainment. He decided that he would use relatable arts and entertainment and positive persuasive messages to connect with and influence disadvantaged students and to help narrow or close the achievement gap. Terrell will talk about how he built relationships with a number of key foundations and supporters, and he will share his experience with the Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch competition, which he won for UTB in 2014.


Panel discussion moderated by Kira Burge, who brings over 10 years experience developing community and corporate arts programming and events that engage the public in exciting and thought provoking ways. She is Director of Interstitial, Seattle’s leading contemporary new media gallery, which is committed to presenting and working with emerging artists who are exploring ideas related to the creation and consumption of new media. She also coordinates the Seattle Art Fair, an annual event featuring approximately 40 leading modern and contemporary galleries from around the world along with site-responsive installations.