The program is an expansion of the Symphony’s current partnerships serving those experiencing homelessness. The initiative was announced at Benaroya Hall in an event that included performances by Seattle Symphony musicians and community participants as well as remarks by Seattle Symphony President and CEO Simon Woods, Seattle Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, and representatives from local nonprofits that serve homeless individuals. The Symphony’s new program is a response to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine’s declaration of a state of emergency for the city and county’s homelessness crisis. The Seattle Symphony began working with those experiencing homelessness in 2013. “We have a unique opportunity to build on the work we already do in the community to create a sense of belonging, provide respite, give hope, and share the healing power of music with those in need,” said Woods. The orchestra will collaborate with 15 community organizations and will offer free ticketing programs, residencies by teaching artists, and artistic partnerships. Click here for more information.
Posted June 22, 2016
In photo: Participants in one of the Seattle Symphony’s community-service programs. Credit: Brandon Patoc