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Great News — End Of the Year recap!

Posted on December 19, 2017 by in Community, Press, Productions

Latino Theatre Projects is proud to share that 2017 was a very good year. Our productions of 26 Miles at West of Lenin and Ay, Carmela!, a co-production with Theatre Off Jackson, were smash hits. We are grateful to have assisted in the work of the Encanto program, helping to raise money for Latinx scholarships at Central and Eastern Washington Universities. Our spring event of incredible Latinx music, “José Iñiguez Unplugged” with special guest Deseo Carmin sold out West of Lenin and we packed the house at the Royal Room in June with “An Evening of Latin Rhythms.”

Additional great news for 2017 is that we received more than $30,000 in grants from several sources. Special thanks and recognition are due to the Raynier Foundation and Institute, 4Culture, and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture for their incredible support. And, as always, thank you to Shunpike for being our fiscal sponsor!

Those grants combined with our individual fundraising, special events, and box office proceeds put us close to the $50,000 mark for the year. Latino theatre is alive and booming in Seattle!

In November, our Producing Artistic Director Fernando Luna was honored to be included in the Latinx Theatre Commons Los Angeles Convening in conjunction with Encuentro de las Americas 2107, an international theatre festival with companies from all across the Western Hemisphere. It was a wonderful opportunity for him to see some phenomenal productions and to meet and share with so many great theatre-makers. Latino Theatre Projects now has many international friends.

Also, in November, Fernando was proud to be part of ACES (Artists of Color Expo and Symposium) at Seattle Center. Organized by our fiscal sponsor Shunpike (and other key organizations), this important event brought together hundreds of artists of color from every discipline for two days of sharing, presenting their work, creating connections, and building a vision for the future of the arts by artists of color.

Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

Finally, LTP now has an engaged Board of Advisors who are very well-known and respected in the community. Our Board now includes Tony-nominated costumer Constanza Romero, community leader and marketing star Linda Lowry, Teresa Jones from the Spanish-language TV station Univision Seattle, developer Sarah Schuyler who led the projects to restore the Paramount Theater to its former glory and to open 12th Avenue Arts, and Angie Kamel, formerly with ACT Theatre and now the Operations Manager at Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center. We are very fortunate to be working with such a brilliant team!

2018 promises to be even better! We have already secured $10,000 in grants with several more grants pending. We are planning multiple fundraising drives and events to support our work of bring Teatro Útil to local audiences.

And, just last night, we learned that we are going to be the recipient of a major sponsored gala event at one of Seattle’s most treasured venues. Check back here soon for more news about this upcoming evening of fun, glamor, and generosity!

Please join in supporting the important work of Latino Theatre Projects by making your end-of-the-year tax-deductible contribution by clicking here!

 

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