Our ArtWarriors Share their Stories

November 4th, 2014

Jeff Michaelson & Bob Kessinger, as well as Edie Neeson, sat down with us to share their ArtWarrior stories: why they are subscribers, donors, and volunteers for ArtsWest. View their story here.

How are you an ArtWarrior for ArtsWest?  We’d love to hear your story, and invite you to comment below!

Also, check out more of our ArtWarriors on our photo showcase page.

6 Responses to “Our ArtWarriors Share their Stories”

  1. Jim Loder
    November 7, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Great Video. I want to add my voice. And full disclosure – I am an ArtWarrior. I am currently serving on the Board at ArtsWest PlayHouse and Gallery. I was on the board in 1999-2003 and returned to the board in 2013.

    I work in the insurance field these days, although some who read this may remember I worked in the Arts in Seatle for about 15 years. What inspires me to get involved, give of my time and resources? I see the impact of the Arts, theatre in particular, on young people. The theatre is place to challenge beliefs, try on new ideas, and let down your defenses in a safe enviroment. Kids who experience the arts find thier voice and learn to accept the differences in other more readily – you learn teamwork and empathy for others, Much like sports, the theatre creates life long support for those who get involved. The tools of creativity and willingness to try, fail, and try again are invaluable skills. over the years I have drawn upon my experience to enhance my career, communicate new ideas, and to take chances I would otherwise have passed up.

    I am a board member, and a donor, and a community activist for ideas. How proud I am that West Seattle values and supports Artswest Playhouse and Gallery. I challenge those who live on this side of the bridge to fiercely protect this asset. Help ArtsWest grow. Invest. Your time, your ideas, your opinions, your money. The Arts are good for the community. they bring business to our area, they inspire people to engage and come out of their homes. The arts are critical to young people on the journey to independence and success. We musn’t assume that someone else will ensure the theatre is still here. We must protect it, nurtured it, Arstwest belongs to us. And it is our responsibility to ensure it’s success.

  2. Katie Koch
    November 19, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I am an ArtWarrior!
    I came to ArtsWest when I was hired as the pianist for the education program’s production of SideShow several years ago. I was impressed by the dedication and work done by the kids in the program, but what sold me on ArtsWest was watching these teens of various ages who didn’t know each other, come together to support and encourage each other without judgment and emerge as stronger more confident individuals. I joined the Board and discovered the quality of the mainstage productions and the exhibitions in the gallery. I’ve since worked in the office, on stage and as a board member over the past four years and my enthusiasm for ArtsWest has only grown. We are fortunate to have access to live theater and visual arts of such a high caliber in West Seattle. I encourage anyone who values theater, visual arts, education or community to buy a ticket, see a gallery show or write a check. You won’t be sorry!

  3. Deborah Williams
    November 19, 2014 at 11:53 am

    So just what is an ArtWarrior? If it’s someone who enjoys exploring new ideas and expanding their viewpoint, then I’m an ArtWarrior. I support ArtsWest because I appreciate the opportunity to see acting and art that makes me think in new ways. Whatever the medium, I always learn something new and that’s important to me. Seems to me like an ArtWarrior should always be stretching and discovering new ideas. ArtsWest offers that to me and to the local community. Thanks, ArtsWest, happy to help you out by being on the board, donating and advocating for art.

  4. Judy P
    November 20, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I’m an Art Warrior for ArtsWest because:
    • Artists voices must be heard and supported – by all of us, in whatever ways we can!
    • Conversations that are started here, by experiencing interesting points of view through different types of art, need to be held
    • I find myself crying and laughing — and thinking a lot about why and when
    • Communities are strengthened when there is art being made and shown
    • I’ve learned so much by seeing shows through from tech rehearsals to closing nights
    • With stage, gallery and education, ArtsWest is part of a vibrant and engaged world
    • ArtsWest is fun and full of magic (see the photos)
    • Board work has been rewarding and I now know a lot about how a strong art organization works
    • It’s just wonderful to be part of the creative fabric of the communities of Seattle

  5. Bruce McLaughlin
    December 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I am an ArtWarrior! Both a volunteer and donor since before ArtsWest came into being. Started with Totem Theatre when Edie Neeson was chair of the Board of Directors and stayed with it after ArtsWest was formed. I have worked in the office, done some building repairs and serve on the Facilities Committee. But what I like best is helping build sets! Put in 61.5 hours helping in November alone. The building part is fun but seeing how each set is a part of each production is very rewarding. Working with the staff and crew to provide entertaining, thought provoking productions is the icing on the cake.

  6. January 4, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Love your stories! Keep them coming! Thank you

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