Bread and Roses

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At the grand opening of 12th Avenue Arts, Rep. Frank Chopp quoted from the poem Bread and Roses, inspiring us to celebrate this landmark project and all that it will provide the community – from affordable housing to space for the arts.

Bread and Roses
By James Oppenheim

As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”

As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women’s children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!

As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for—but we fight for roses, too!

As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler—ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

Grand Opening Celebration

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
12th Avenue Arts | 1620 12th Avenue
4pm: Remarks | 5pm: Marquee lighting and building tours
Join Capitol Hill Housing and celebrate the grand opening of this extraordinary new building. Over 15 years in the making, 12th Avenue Arts is now an affordable home to more than 100 individuals and families, three community organizations, three theatre companies, locally owned businesses and secure parking for the Seattle Police Department.

Thanks to unprecedented support from the community, Capitol Hill Housing has raised the roof on 12th Avenue Arts!

  • Refreshments from local restaurants
  • Performances curated by Washington Ensemble Theatre
Presenting sponsors
KeyBank | National Development Council
Roof raisers

SMR Architects | Walsh Construction
Community builders

Seattle Academy | Seattle University | MBI / Herman Miller | Foster Pepper
Sprague Israel Giles | Squire Patton Boggs
Event produced by the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation

Office closure Friday, October 17

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Capitol Hill Housing’s main office will be closed on Friday, October 17 for moving to the new location at 12th Avenue Arts.

We will be open regular hours at the new location starting at 9:00am the morning of Monday, October 20.

The new office will be on the second floor of 12th Avenue Arts:
1620 12th Avenue, Suite 205
Seattle, WA 98122

Thank you for your patience as we relocate.

We are moving!

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future office space

12th Avenue Arts is in the final stages of construction and we will be moving into our new office space there on October 18, 2014.

The new address will be:
1620 12th Avenue, Suite 205
Seattle, WA 98122

The grand opening of the building will be in November – look for details soon!

What do you want the Capitol Hill Arts District to accomplish?

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At our community forum on May 20th, the conversation about launching a Capitol Hill Arts District focused on affordability and preserving arts spaces – and there was consensus that a formalized arts district is needed.

People texted answers to the question “What do you want the Capitol Hill Arts District to accomplish?” If you couldn’t make it to the forum, click here to add your answer to the online poll, through June 11.

Over the next few months, we will be working closely with the city, arts organizations and individual artists to help make the arts district a reality.