Partnerships between Black-led organizations have never been more important than they are today. With the ongoing struggle for social justice and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Black community, collaboration is essential for ensuring that Black-led organizations have the resources and support they need to make a meaningful impact. By working together, Black-led organizations can leverage their strengths, expertise, and resources to create new opportunities, strengthen existing programs, and provide critical services to the Black community members they support.
BUILD and Acts on Stage are excited to formally announce their partnership to benefit arts and culture programming for the Black Community in South Seattle and King County. Acts on Stage has long supported BUILD’s events and activities, serving as a central location for our BUILD Mothers and Father’s Day events and, most recently, our BUILD Black Wealth Incubator Program celebrations. In addition, BUILD has been a long-term supporter of Acts on Stage and their arts & culture programming through our equipment rental program, marketing, volunteering, and more. Our formal partnership will only continue to provide greater access to the arts for all, creating more opportunities for both organizations to collaborate on new and exciting programming for the community.
Acts On Stage is a product of the collective imaginations and efforts of its founders, Michelle Lang-Raymond and Isiah Anderson, Jr. Combined, they have dedicated 40+ years to serving various artistic communities in the Pacific Northwest while remaining laser-focused on increasing access and opportunity to artists of color and activists of faith. Through their steadfast work, multiple programs like Seattle’s Teen Summer Musical, the Slingshot Youth Conference, and the Art of Tough Talks have been recognized, honored, and awarded in the region and nationwide. As a non-profit organization, they have dedicated their mission to changing lives dramatically by producing performances that elevate. Their vision is to be a driving force behind a new era of renaissance in which creativity creates change!
COVID-19 had a devastating impact on the arts community, with many organizations struggling to make ends meet. However, this partnership is an encouraging sign that, as Black-led organizations, our collaboration allows us to find innovative solutions to the challenges many face. By collaborating, BUILD and Acts on Stage demonstrate that creating new opportunities for Black arts is possible, even in the face of adversity. The partnership between BUILD and Acts on Stage is a positive step for the Black community in South Seattle and King County.
Together, our organizations will be working to develop new programming that highlights the Black community's experiences and promotes local artists' work. Additionally, this partnership will provide new opportunities for future Black arts and culture events for the community. By working together, BUILD and Acts on Stage, two Black-led nonprofit organizations, seek to access new funding sources and expand programming and access for the Black community in South Seattle and King County.
Learn more about Acts on Stage by visiting their website, following them on Facebook or Instagram, or attending an upcoming performance at their theater, located at 10806 12th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98146