Dear Friends and Community,


Deep racial lines have been sewn in the fabric of our country and its systems for far too long. Black people have lived in America, day to day, generation to generation under the shadow, and too often brutal reality, of racism and oppression. Many of us stand stunned, hearts broken, at simply trying to comprehend the suffering and injustice that is dealt daily to our communities of color. Our anger rises as we witness this broken system continue to feed itself on hate and division, frustration mounting at our continued complicity. While white folks (including the leadership group of this organization) may feel strongly right now, it is nothing compared to what people of color endure daily. The ongoing trauma to communities of color is devastating.


We say love, music, and art will see us through, but the simple truth is, we, as an organization, as artists, as a community, would not be here today if it weren’t for the forced migration of black folk from Africa to this country and that cultural spirit that continues to rise even in the face of lifetimes of oppression. From the drums of Africa to the drums deep in the southern forests of the U.S., the music, the heartbeat that weaves through us all in the community of the dance, has its roots in black culture.


So this is a call to action. FUCK RACISM. BLACK LIVES MATTER.


If you are white, and you feel at a loss, it’s past time to educate yourself, and don’t ask your one black friend to help you. DO THE WORK. There are a ton of resources out there, like this: Anti-Racism Resources. Make an effort to connect with more people of color. Examine the social spaces you occupy, and find ways to branch out. Ally yourself, and be in service. Let folks of color LEAD. Talk to your white friends, and de-center whiteness in your everyday behavior. Recognize your white privilege, and do the work to dismantle white supremacy. We know it’s hard to take, but this terrifying reality is a reflection of us as white folks and the lack of real progress we have made over the years undoing racism in our country.


For folks of color, we are here, we are listening. We are looking into ways to effectively share our resources and help facilitate a forum for expression and artistry in these challenging times. We are open to diversifying leadership; too much whiteness is definitely an issue in our organization. Reach out if you are interested. We resist prescribing solutions and are open to the work that emerges from our diverse community.


Here are other ways you can make a difference that embraces and activates a heart of compassion that can no longer stand for this, or check this: 11 Things to Do Besides Say “This Has to Stop” in the Wake of Police Brutality

  1. PROTEST. Join those who (like you) care, and march, chant and make your voice heard in solidarity!

  2. LISTEN. Reach out to your friends of color, ask them what they need, how they feel, then LISTEN. Make more friends of color.

  3. SUPPORT. Many non profit groups are working tirelessly to represent folks in these trying times. The NAACP, the ACLU, Black Lives Matter, and many other organizations literally operate on the financial support of individuals that believe in their cause. There is a list at the bottom of this post (with links) of organizations that need our support. Support black businesses in the community as well.

  4. CALL OUT INJUSTICE, RACISM, AND WHITE SUPREMACY CULTURE. On Social Media, at work, at school, at play, in our homes, everywhere.

  5. VOTE - Local, state, national elections matter. Get involved at the local level. Understand vehicles of public feedback into public policy. Check out how your local policing is governed.

  6. CENSUS - Complete the 2020 census. This comes around every 10 years and is the basis for decisions such as how many representatives are representing you in Congress as well as federal funding decisions such as funding for public schools.

As an organization, we are still learning, yet, we are trying and won’t stop, EVER in our work towards a just society where love, art, and music is everything. From our hearts to yours, we are sending out a huge hug to our community. We stand in solidarity. In the heartbeat. BLACK LIVES MATTER.


Humbly and with love and respect,


~Cascadia NW Arts & Music Festival



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Greetings, Friends and Family,


We trust that you are faring well in these challenging times and staying safe and healthy.

As you know, we have been monitoring the situation in hopes that somehow we would all be able to gather this summer. Clearly, as these past several weeks have passed, that hope has dissolved into the grim realization that it is simply not possible, leaving us with no option other than to announce that we are officially cancelling Cascadia NW Arts & Music Festival 2020.

Our hearts are so heavy, as we love nothing more than producing an unforgettable weekend in the forest with you celebrating creativity, nature and each other in our beautiful Cascadia bioregion.


Deep breath…




TICKET REFUNDS:


Please know that ALL GA tickets, parking passes, and early entry tickets that were purchased to this point will be 100% refunded through our ticketing partner, Eventbrite. We will be initiating the cancellation and refund process after this announcement goes out, so look for your refund in the near future.


TICKET DONATION:


We’ve had a few people already offer to donate their ticket money back to the festival, which is mind-bogglingly amazing. Our community is so special to us. Due to the arrangements with our ticketing partner, it’s not possible for us to keep partial sales with a cancellation of our event, yet donations to Cascadia NW Arts & Music Festival are welcome through paypal - send to starborneshows@gmail.com, and make note that you are donating, but please, only if you can swing it. Our expenses this year should be about $5,000, and we will track anything that comes in and report it back out to you. As an alternative (or complement), we would also like to encourage donations to the Nightlife Relief Fund, a non-profit started by one of our very own long-time staff members and performers to support Seattle nightlife workers that are out of work or have had debilitating injury (tax-deductible). If you are inclined and able, donations can be made to the Nightlife Relief Fund via PayPal here: paypal.me/nightliferelieffund.


STAY IN TOUCH:


In this time of pause, we encourage everyone to utilize our Community Support Network Group for vital information as well as a place to connect as we navigate the pandemic. https://www.facebook.com/groups/677768933001901/. We encourage each and everyone of you to stay connected and as creative as possible during this time, and feel free to utilize the Community Support Network Group and/or Village Communities to share art, music, festival memories and inspirations. Here are the links to the active Villages:


Technosis

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TechnosisCascadia/

Mythica

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MythicaCascadia/

Ecotopia

https://www.facebook.com/groups/EcotopiaCascadia/

Genesis

https://www.facebook.com/groups/GenesisCascadia


LOVE, MUSIC, ART & WILL SEE US THROUGH:


In times of challenge, it's our ability to stay connected, positive, and creative that gets us through, and as cliche as it is, we are all in this together. We are also brainstorming some ways to bring the creative community together remotely in the coming weeks and months as well. Feel free to give us your ideas via our Fb Groups and Page as well as IG.

We, the Producers, cast, and crew of Cascadia NW, send out a big beam of love to you, our community, and are here, already planning for the time when we will be able to gather once again. Until then, be well, and take care of each other!


With love,

Your friends at Cascadia NW Arts & Music Festival



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Updated: Mar 20



Greetings dear friends and family!


We wanted to reach out to send love and support during these challenging times. Please check in on each other and keep yourselves healthy and positive, and most certainly reach out if you are feeling distressed in any way. We’re all in this together, and there is light at the end of the tunnel!


Given the circumstances with the spread of the C-19 virus in the NW, we wanted to give an update on the festival. Currently, the producers and crew are in a self imposed “pause,” a hold and wait pattern, to see how things progress over the coming months as we approach summer. We are doing this with a positive outlook that the festival will happen as scheduled, while monitoring the situation closely in an effort to make sure that all of our people will be safe and sound to gather together in the forest in July. We will not move forward with planning unless we are confident of everyone’s safety.


As we wait, it is understood that some of you may be encountering financial difficulties and may need to refund your ticket to put those funds towards other needs. To ease any burdens, Cascadia NW Arts & Music Festival tickets are now 100% refundable for you if you feel the need to do so. To request a refund send an email to tickets@cascadianw.com and include the full name and email address that was used to purchase the ticket(s). If you purchased multiple tickets for a group you may request a refund for a partial number of tickets or the total number purchased. All refunds will be issued to the original payment method.

For now, we are holding on selling the car camping and RV spots. We will make an announcement about these at a later date.


We’ve also decided to extend our artists’ submission applications until the 22nd of March, so if you thought you missed the window, it’s still open to you!

Visit: https://www.cascadianw.com/submit


With isolation and uncertainty, this can be a very scary time for all of us, and we are here to share empathy and solidarity with you through this. We highly encourage following reputable news sources, avoiding conspiracy theories, following the instructions of social distancing, hand washing and in general, lessening the opportunity of spreading. Keep in mind that these measures are important to ensuring the safety of those with compromised immune systems and the elderly. Use this time to be creative, read books, call friends and family, or do yoga. For those of us who can, please help support those of us having trouble. Reach out and check in on each other often.


We are closely following developments, but for now, we are cautiously looking forward to a magical weekend with you all in July! Thank you all for your continued support and your amazing self! We love you, and look forward to dancing with you soon!


~Cascadia NW Arts and Music Festival Producers


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