Skanska and Shunpike are offering a space at 2+U for artists who have had the most difficulty practicing under COVID-19 restrictions, musical and movement artists. It is an opportunity for musicians and dancers to be loud and expansive again, which has been difficult to accomplish when stuck at home with neighbors.
"Since the pandemic, I have only been able to dance in my living room apartment. As someone who is 6'1" and lives on the third floor, I was so thrilled to have been blessed with an opportunity to move freely and actually fall on a studio floor. I am grateful for the opportunity provided at 2+U."
- Randy Ford, Dancer, and participant in the Studio at 2+U pilot program
2+U is a 38-story high skyscraper office building located in Seattle’s Central Business District. It occupies most of the city block bounded by First and Second Avenue with spectacular views to the south, east, and west. At 2+U, you’re steps away from local restaurants, Pioneer Square, The Waterfront, and entertainment that makes Seattle unique, paired with 2+U’s Urban Village, 2+U is the best the city has to offer. Found below the lifted office tower, the Urban Village is Seattle’s newest outdoor, open-air, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood experience with flexible indoor/outdoor retail and events that celebrate the surrounding arts and creative community. The Studio is a dedicated space within the Urban Village for the local arts community to practice, perform, and exhibit their work. (Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, The Studio is being restricted to a practice space at this time).
The Studio is 1100 square feet with a maximum capacity of 49 people (when restrictions are lifted), has hardwood floors, a single restroom, and a Bluetooth-enabled sound system.
Selected musical and movement artists and groups will have the opportunity to use The Studio for one day a week for up to three months, free of charge. It is a space for artists to create, practice, gather, and reflect. Upon the completion of their time in the Studio, artists will be eligible to apply again in six months' time.
Guidelines and eligibility requirements will be reevaluated as Washington state moves into Phase 4 and beyond.
If you have any questions please contact Shunpike Program Manager Martin Tran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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