attend the opening is a new mail art project by Seattle-based writer, performer, and interdisciplinary artist Kristen Kosmas. On the Boards (WA) and The Chocolate Factory Theater (NY) have co-commissioned Kosmas to expand her ongoing mail art project, attend the opening, in which she mails handmade collage works, unprompted, to her extended community. These works form a tactile accumulation of personal connections and a record of the shifting narrative of the global pandemic.
"These places of possibility within ourselves are dark because they are ancient and hidden; they have survived and grown strong through darkness. Within these deep places, each one of us holds an incredible reserve of creativity and power, of unexamined and unrecorded emotion and feeling. The woman's place of power within each of us is neither white nor surface; it is dark, it is ancient, and it is deep." - Audre Lorde Poetry is not a Luxury (1985)
Lately I've been reflecting on the meaning - or I should say, anti-meaning - of the words "norm" and "normal", as in: the "new normal", the "return to normal", the "erosion of norms" (e.g. Trump) etc - words that have been stacked and sliced into such a dizzying array of incongruities that everything they touch is rendered, by the mere fact of association, supremely empty.
A new position within the organization, the Development Manager will have the opportunity to build development strategies and systems as we work to expand our individual giving and foundation portfolios and launch a capital campaign.
Normally around this time, we’d be launching a “season” filled with “performances” for “human beings” gathering in “spaces”. Embracing the unknown unknowns* of the present (and unprecedented) moment, we’ve decided instead to simply announce the cohort of artists whose work we will support within the next 12 months.
While The Chocolate Factory Theater remains closed to the public, our primary task is to support the work and livelihoods of our community as this (constantly shifting) reality unfolds. At this very critical juncture, we think it's important to remind ourselves that small local businesses are the life blood of this city.