18th & Union

    Invest in 18th & Union: an arts space

    Help 18th & Union invest in its staff and artists so we can continue to make amazing performance and community connections in Seattle's Central District.

     Seattle, WA, United States
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas

    WE DID IT! (Thanks to you, that is)

    Dear beloved 18th & Union donors,

    Thanks to your amazing generosity, we raised $6,355 to sustain our operations so we can continue bringing amazing art to Seattle. Because of you, we’ll be able to:

    • Increase our staff stipends by 50%
    • Withstand our 6% rent increase
    • Save a little for a rainy day (#fiscalresponsibility)

    We couldn’t do any of this without you, and we want to scream “THANK YOU!” from the rooftops.

    While we warm up our thank-you pipes, please email us to redeem your sweet perks like tickets and that tasty chicken dinner (you know who you are).

    We hope to see you around 18th & Union during our packed summer of amazing art so we can express our gratitude in-person.

    Love,
    Blair, David, and the 18th & Union staff and board 
    18th & Union, an arts and community space in Seattle’s Central District, needs your support!

    Since opening in September 2016, 18th & Union has co-presented over 60 different productions featuring both local and touring performing artists. We’ve hosted dozens of performance, audition, rehearsal and community rentals, and we’ve established ourselves as a vital part of Seattle’s arts scene. 

    And we’ve done this all while remaining in the black since day one. How did we do it? With your support. 18th & Union’s earned income from rents, ticket and concession sales covers our rent, utilities, and other day-to-day expenses, and we pay a significant amount to artists as their share of ticket sales. But there isn’t much left after that. Our hard-working staff manages the space, maintains the tech, and does everything in their power to support the artists. They receive a small monthly stipend, but are mostly volunteering their time. We did a crowdfunding campaign when we first opened in 2016 (and those wonderful donors’ names are emblazoned on our lobby wall in multi-colored chalk). We raised that initial money to support our start-up costs, and now we want to invest in our staff. Over 18 months later, it’s now time to ask for your support again.

    With your continued support, we’ll increase stipends paid to our staff. We’ll have the resources to temporarily increase staff for new projects. And, critically, we’ll be able to stash a bit in the bank for those unpredictable moments when we need to draw on reserves.

    $1,500: Covering operating cost increases (primarily the 6.15% rent increase)
    $3,000: Increasing staff stipends (to increase all by 50%)
    $1,000: For the piggy bank (building a reserve)

    18th & Union in 2017 by the numbers:

    Number of co-presentations: 37
    Number of guest rental productions: 7
    Number of other community events: dozens
    Number of artists who appeared on our stage: Over 100!
    Amounts paid in rent, utilities and insurance: $37,178
    Amounts paid to artists as their share of ticket sales: $20,774

    So far in 2018, we’ve co-presented over a dozen different shows and hosted 4 rental productions. This summer, we’ll be bringing back some of our favorite solo performers and hosting a world premiere of a set of short plays by local playwrights. And in the Fall, you can expect more shows, more music, and more community involvement.

    18th & Union is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of 18th & Union must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

    Rewards

    Friendly Neighbor

    Donate $18.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    A social media shout-out and a warm feeling of having supported a great community resource

    Compelling Performer

    Donate $72.00 or more

    Amount over $20.00 is tax-deductible.

    All of the above, plus a free ticket to any 18th & Union co-presentation

    Vibrant Artist

    Donate $180.00 or more

    Amount over $20.00 is tax-deductible.

    All of the above, plus your name in beautifully colored chalk on our lobby’s donor wall

    Angelic Presence

    Donate $360.00 or more

    Amount over $20.00 is tax-deductible.

    All of the above, plus your name on the lobby slide show before co-presented performances

    Your Name in Light

    Donate $720.00 or more

    Amount over $20.00 is tax-deductible.

    All of the above, plus your name inscribed in the Sharpie of your color choice on our new ETC Element lighting console

    WOW!

    Donate $1,800.00 or more

    Amount over $100.00 is tax-deductible.

    You’re a season sponsor! In addition to all of the above, we’ll mention your name in every preshow speech and our Director of Community Collaboration and amazing chef Jackie will cook a Dominican Turkey for you, along with some rice and beans *wink wink*.