SALT Power Lunch: Legal Basics for Artists with Benjamin Kerr, Esq., Founding Partner, Kerr Law Firm

Friday, April 21, 2017, 12 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch and Learn
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Please RSVP here by Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Join the Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT) at our next Power Lunch. This lunch hour will explore the most common law questions artists should know with Benjamin Kerr of Kerr Law Firm. Kerr will discuss the basic principles of what artists should be aware of and provide, and an overview of contract law, negotiations, fundamental terms, and enforcement with an emphasis on practical applications for artists in the real world.

SALT Power Lunches are designed to give artists and arts administrators professional development over their lunch hour.

Benjamin David Kerr, founder of Kerr Law Firm, has extensive experience advising clients in a wide variety of practice areas including contract drafting, negotiation and review; entertainment law; business formation; intellectual property; real estate; landlord/tenant law; corporations and partnerships; and wills and estates. He has represented individuals, small businesses, and corporate entities in state and federal courts and arbitrations on a wide variety of commercial and civil litigation matters.

About Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT)

The Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT) is a flexible and creative professional development program for artists and arts administrators. SALT combines the need for on-going professional development with the creativity of the sector by bringing interesting, challenging and thought provoking workshops, networking and training to the Seattle’s arts ecology.

SALT Book Club: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Wednesday May 17, 2017 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Victrola Café on 15th
411 15th Ave East Seattle, WA 98112

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Join SALT for a discussion of James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time as we create a dialogue about racial equity in the arts by grounding ourselves in the reading of this timely and timeless book that centers the lens of blackness.

About The Fire Next Time

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the United States and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two “letters,” written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as “sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle…all presented in searing, brilliant prose,” The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of American literature.

About Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT)

The Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT) is a flexible and creative professional development program for artists and arts administrators. SALT combines the need for on-going professional development with the creativity of the sector by bringing interesting, challenging and thought provoking workshops, networking and training to the Seattle’s arts ecology.

It was a night to remember: SALT Mentor Night

On Monday, January 25th, 80 people braved the rain and came to the first ever SALT Mentor Night. There were over 10 seasoned arts professionals who gamely answered questions and doled out advice to a wide range of individuals looking to increase or make their mark in Seattle’s artistic scene.

Questions ranged from “How did you get into this field” to “What’s the best advice you ever received” and each mentor was able to share their own unique advice and insights on how to navigate the professional artistic world. The mood and dialogues at the tables were electric and exciting.

There is also a Facebook community page to foster connections and continue conversations at https://www.facebook.com/SALT206

We want to hear from you, please take a minute to answer a few questions on our SALT SURVEY; we want to make SALT work for YOU.

Upcoming SALT events:

SALT Bookclub
Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6 p.m.
Café Presse
1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

SALT Power Lunch with Ariel Glassman
Friday, March 4, 2016, 12 – 1 p.m.
12th Avenue Arts
1620 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

Check out the gallery below to see what went down.


















 

 

SALT: Shaking Up the Arts Community

On Monday, July 27, 80 artists, arts administrators, and arts admirers found refuge from the heat in the Frye Art Museum for the kick-off mixer of a new group – the Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT). I walked into the Frye café and joined the group of people circling around guest speakers Nancy Chang, director of Reel Grrls, and Lara Davis, Arts Education Manager at the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

The program featured a series of stories from local arts leaders. Elisheba Johnson took us back to a time when she owned a small art gallery, years before she had considered herself an arts administrator. She spoke to the importance and power that lies in the hands of artists, and our opportunity to become change agents in our community – specifically in regards to social justice. Nancy’s words were a sigh of relief – quirky and full of female empowerment; they were a reminder to young artists that we are powerful, we are strange, and that we deserve to be heard. Lara’s audio piece featured several young children, one of whom really stuck with me – a young boy, maybe five years old, who talked about his experiences flying in his dreams. As his voice spilled through the room, I could feel that lightness in my stomach, and suddenly I wasn’t an arts administrator. I was a five year old girl wearing my favorite black wig and black tights – a silly feeling of childhood déjà vu that reminded me of my creative freedom. The nods that trickled around the circle, and the brightness and attention of the group, vividly captured the community and the resource that SALT can become.

After the program, folks divided up into three groups based on years of experience: 0-5, 5-10, and 10+. I joined the newbies, where about 30 of us began introductions by stating our names, organizations, and the flavor of ice cream that best describes us as people (the biggest challenge of my week). Green tea, salted caramel and cookies and cream began to tell stories about the personality of each arts leader in the room. For me, the “name game” usually triggers immediate and uncontrollable memory loss, but I wanted to listen to these people, and I wanted to know them. Writers, painters, musicians, art students; people working at small nonprofits, small arts orgs, large arts orgs– there was such an interesting pool of people I wanted to engage. Honestly, I felt intimidated, but as soon as the group dispersed, three people immediately rushed over to me to ask more about my position, and how they could collaborate with me in my work.

In the café, large sheets of paper were spread on the tables, and folks were encouraged to write their current art projects in need of support or volunteers. Projects like Girl Gods, Seattle Turkish Short Film Festival, Voices of the Aquarium, and Espacio de Arte were spread all over, and each had a spattering of blue and pink sticky notes of support. By the end of the mixer, every project had at least one volunteer (and some had 10+). I left the event feeling empowered and excited to join such a talented network of people within the Seattle arts community.

The mixer was the first of many SALT events this year. All emerging arts leaders are encouraged to join us Monday, September 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Frye Art Museum for the first program in the SALT speaker series. The book club will meet on October 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. We will be discussing “What We Made” by Tom Finkelpearl. RSVP for the book club here. For more information, visit the SALT website: SaltSeattle.org.

 

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Photos by Sunita Martini