Help Wanted: Save funding for Hugo House, submit to a worthy new comics anthology, and contribute your Spanish-speaking skills to an exciting new play

More vital arts funding is in jeopardy here in Washington State and we need your help. Hugo House was recommended for a grant of over $1M through Washington State's Building for the Arts program. We recently learned that the Senate capital budget did not include funding for all of the groups recommended for support—Hugo House was right below the cutoff line. This funding is critical toward securing our new home.

Full funding in the House capital budget is now even more critical.

Please call your State legislators to add your voice in support of FULL FUNDING for Building for the Arts. A script is provided [on Hugo House's Facebook page], and your own words are just as important.

  • Grab Back Comics is an amazing new website collecting comics about sexual assault and consent. The site's founder and editor, Erma Blood, is looking for submissions for an upcoming print anthology. You can find all the information about how to submit on their site, but here's the basic pitch:
Your story matters!! Through May 21, 2017, Grab Back Comics is accepting submissions of original comics on the topics of sexual assault, harassment, rape culture, or advocacy. Submissions will be posted on the Grab Back Comics website and included in a printed anthology that will be presented at the Comics & Medicine conference in Seattle in mid June. I will also mail each contributor 3 free copies of the printed comic.
  • Addendum: we'll have much more to say about Grab Back Comics soon. It's a really great project that's worth your time and, if you're a creator, it's also worth your energy.

  • Poet and Seattle Atlas Obscura branch head Shin Yu Pai has a request for two Spanish-speaking women volunteers:

My dear friend Rupert Reyes, who is a tremendous playwright and director from Austin, will be visiting Seattle during the week of April 23. Rupert founded the legendary Teatro Vivo, a tour de force in bilingual theater. I am working on setting up a table reading of one of Rupert's new works in progress and we are in need of 2 readers for a 1.5-hour play. The characters are in their 20s, but the readers do not need to reflect this casting. We need 2 female readers who are fairly proficient in Spanish. No prep necessary - this will be a cold reading. We hope to organize an event for the evening of Monday, April 24. Email if interested.