Fremont Arts Council writes: “It’s that time again! The Fremont Summer Solstice Parade is rapidly approaching and we are looking for Volunteers to help us with day-of parade jobs! The Parade completely runs on the support of YOU, our volunteers. This is really an event for the community, by the community and we encourage you to donate your time and join our band of Parade Monitors, Green Hatters, Gas Works Crew, and all the small roles it takes to make this event a complete success! We also have plenty of opportunities for groups to get involved, get creative, and volunteer in the actual parade. To sign-up please visit our Volunteer sign-up HERE and email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. SPREAD THE GOOD WORD TO EVERYONE AND ANYONE! ALL ARE WELCOME!”Fremont Arts Council is also offering workshops:
“Our parade workshops are up and running at the Powerhouse (3940 Fremont Ave N). Check them out and come create with us! You can just show up or sign up HERE .
Parade Performance w/ Steffon Moody Thursday June 4th, 11th, and 18th, 6-9PM All classes FREE
Need ideas for how to engage the crowd and create Ensemble Movement & Improvisation Scores that support your parade
Steffon Moody will be available for three sessions to listen to your ideas and help you craft a simple performance approach that will make them come to life! Character movement/interaction, choreographing the procession, pacing, Giant Puppeteering, and unifying all the elements are some of the aspects that can be considered. 3 sessions will be available for interested ensembles.
COLLABORATE! w/ Carl Smool Thursdays, 6-9PM, Saturdays, 12-6PM All classes FREE
Imagine working with people on a project that is larger than the sum of its parts. Let’s create a multi-ensemble. A moving theatrical “patchwork” of issues, ideas, and concerns about the environmental, economic, social, and political health of our fragile world. This project welcomes ensembles and artists that want to team up with other artists, weaving together our presentations. Everyone is invited regardless of experience or skill. Experienced public artist Carl Smool will lead the collaboration.
Learn to Walk on Stilts w/ Allie Kerr June 4th, 8th, 11th, 15th, and 19th $10 per class or $40 for 5 classes
Bring your own stilts or borrow equipment from the Arts Council, and learn to walk on stilts in time for the parade. Work on balance and flexibility, core strength, and confidence. You’ll also learn some basic tricks, and practice walking in an ensemble. Recommended for ages 13 and up; children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult, and receive prior instructor approval.
Building Towards a Brilliant Future: Building Your Inner Warrior w/ Hanoko O’Leary Fridays, 6-9PM and Saturdays, 12-3PM All classes FREE
Hanako O’Leary will lead workshops focused around the theme of our brilliant future on this planet. In order to reconnect w/ our inner warriors, we will seek energy from the skies that watch over all of us. Ideas will be themed around the Sun and the Moon and other celestial themes. Create your own giant Warrior puppet! This series of workshops has bee designed to teach you how to build a giant puppet for the Solstice Parade, demonstrations, or other such events.
The Fremont Arts Council, a 501(c)3, believes art helps build stronger communities and it creates a sense of place. Fremont is a state of mind, not a zip code. The FAC produces the Fremont Solstice Parade, creates and cares for public art like the Fremont Troll, and engages everyone year-round in workshops and events including May Day, the Fremont Solstice Parade & Celebration, Luminata, Troll-o-ween, and Winter Feast. Fremont Arts Council (206) 547-7440 Power House: 3940 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 www.fremontartscouncil.org
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From the parade organizers:
It is way more fun to be in the parade!
Joining an ensemble is a great way to meet new people, learn new art skills, and have a great time celebrating the Summer Solstice.
There are many Solstice Parade ensembles that are seeking participation from you and your family and friends. Below are ensembles that you can join.
Each ensemble is lead by individuals from the community around the Fremont Arts Council. They are not hired parade staff. These outstanding and talented people donate their time to create this brilliant parade.
Ensemble leaders are not always vetted by the FAC, and will vary in their approach to handling volunteers in their ensembles. We highly recommend you contact the leaders for the ensembles you find interesting, and find a good match for you!
PARADE ENSEMBLES LOOKING FOR BODIES
Gira Sol: Carry a Cameron Mason design and batiked banner that fluttered at Burning Man. Lead the parade, then place your banner at Gas Works. email@example.com
Re*Form, Trans*Form, Collaborate! w/ Carl Smool: composed of community groups that present a social, ecological message about the threats to our health and well-being and visions of a more beautiful positive culture..Carl’s focal point will be Corporate Gargoyles float, Carl needs paper mache-ers for hands etc, float pushers, drone carriers, hope bringers, Spotters during the parade. firstname.lastname@example.org
Joining Carl’s multi-ensemble will be:
Buster Simpson’s Remediation Black Flag. This art was most recently shown at Greg Kuceras Gallery. The black flag represents a form of remediation of the social, economical and ecological environment, and presents an agitprop, with connotations that invert negative associations into a positive response. Buster needs flag bearers to carry and ritualistically fold the large flag. email@example.com
Cascadia Now! All cascadians hook in with our dancing seagulls and sea turtles, under our bioregional flags, escorted by a giant Sasquatch, and of course the endangered Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus as we festively make our way to Gasworks park. Brandon Letsinger: firstname.lastname@example.org
Salmon Enchantment: School of migrating salmon batik windsocks. Contact email@example.com. Joining Denise will be Kim Fitzharris and Our Beginnings School of tots; making a giant orca whale puppet!
Steffon Moody’s Human Soup: Steffon is looking for 2 Giant puppeteers, two pusher slaves, one Giant baby head wearer, and two stewing people. firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all tasty pastries and sweet treats! Cakewalk is an extravaganza of toys & baby dolls from bygone eras (symbolizing our idyllic youth) are trying to frolic with tasty pastries (our imagination) while chefs (corporations & mass media) try to thwart them & devour the pastries themselves.. The tasty pastries emerge from a giant Easy Bake Oven and are chased & adored by the toys of yesteryear, while the chefs chase them with oversized kitchen utensils, & butter. Solsticecakewalk@gmail.com
Green Hat: Join the Money Bunny fun, and help pay for the parade by passing the Green Hat through the crowd. More mad-hatters needed! Environmental Encroachment, great Chicago inspired carnival marching band to play for the ensemble. email@example.com
Beautiful Birds, costumed peacocks: Participants may walk or dance along in our group. No practice required. firstname.lastname@example.org
Superhuggers: Costumed in red and silver with red capes, this band of superheroes and heroines brings positive love and hugs to the audience. Shawn McDonald email@example.com
Loco Cubismo: Do you like Brazilian Music? And Cubist Art? Then this is the place for you! Maque Davis will lead the Fremont Players and local band Choro Loco down the streets of Fremont. Email Maque at Maque@drizzle.com
The Fremont Arts Council, a 501(c)3, believes art helps build stronger communities and it creates a sense of place. Fremont is a state of mind, not a zip code. The FAC produces the Fremont Solstice Parade, creates and cares for public art like the Fremont Troll, and engages everyone year-round in workshops and events including May Day, the Fremont Solstice Parade & Celebration, Luminata, Troll-o-ween, and Winter Feast.
Fremont Arts Council
Power House: 3940 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Yahoo Group email list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fremontartscouncil/
Jessica at the Fremont Chamber is eager to get your comments about the Fair and Parade…email her your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.