Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is happening at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI)?
A new nonprofit is being developed to provide programming in the LHPAI building.
2. Is LHPAI being closed?
The LHPAI building remains open. Established programs and rental agreements have continued uninterrupted.
3. Is a new organization taking over the building?
No. The City of Seattle still owns the building and employs key staff to take care of daily building operations, rentals, technical support, and maintenance.
4. How is LANGSTON different from LHPAI or the Langston we’ve had until now?
LHPAI was historically owned and operated by the City of Seattle, and encompassed both building operations and programming. Now, LANGSTON will take care of programming and will work in partnership with the City which will continue to own and maintain the building.
5. What is the point of a new organization?
The primary point of creating LANGSTON is to have an entity that is independent of the City and self-determining. This means LANGSTON has the authority and accountability for programming, building partnerships, and securing private and foundational funding as an independent 501c3 non-profit organization.
1. Who is the Director at LANGSTON?
Currently, the executive director position is open. The LANGSTON Board has hired a search firm to help fill the position.
2. When will you have and ED?
The LANGSTON Board hopes to have an ED by January 1, 2017.
3. Are you hiring for other positions?
Yes, LANGSTON is hiring a Program Manager to carry forward their activities for the rest of 2016.
4. How can I apply for future positions?
Each job opportunity will be posted on our website and distributed to our email list. Please check our website regularly (www.langstonseattle.org). The Program Manager position is currently posted. Be sure to sign up for our email list as well.
1. Is the film festival still happening?
Yes. LANGSTON is currently negotiating to host a film festival in the fall of 2016.
2. How do I buy tickets?
Once the tickets go on sale, they will be available via our website (www.langstonseattle.org).
3. How do I submit my film to the Festival? When and how do I do that?
Information regarding film submissions, participation, and dates will be available on our website in early July.
1. Is the summer musical still happening?
Yes. The summer musical is being held in partnership with Seattle Office of Parks & Recreation, as has been the practice for the last three years.
2. When is the summer musical?
The dates for the teen summer musical are August 25th – 28th
Times: August 25th & 26th @ 12pm and 7pm; August 26th & 27th @ 1pm and 7pm
3. How do I buy tickets?
Tickets are not available at this time, but will be available on sale on July 6th at www.stgpresents.org.
1. Who’s in charge of programs?
No one person or entity is responsible for all programming that takes place at LHPAI. LANGSTON is responsible for its programs. LHPAI is responsible for supporting programs and rental event held in the space. LHPAI does not have independent programs.
2. How can I get LHPAI to partner with my organization?
LHPAI no longer partners with community organizations – those projects should be directed to the new nonprofit, LANGSTON. If you are interested in renting space at LHPAI, please contact Amanda Licorish at Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 684-4758
3. How can I get LANGSTON to partner with my organization?
If you have an idea you’d like to pitch to the program committee, email email@example.com .
4. I want to teach acting/dance/a program at LANGSTON. How can I do that?
If you are interesting in partnering with LANGSTON to teach a class or workshop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. How do I rent space at LHPAI?
If you are interesting in simply renting space in the LHPAI building, please contact Amanda Licorish at Amanda.email@example.com or (206) 684-4758.
1. How did you select the current board members?
Current board members are deeply invested participants who’ve been engaged since the beginning of the transition process. Particularly, they were the members of the final task force who volunteered to do the heavy lifting work of founding LANGSTON.
2. How long are board terms?
3. Are board members paid?
4. How do I become a board member?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let them know you are interested. They will make you aware of the opportunity when spaces for board members open up.
1. Why did this happen?
LHPAI was charged to become its own nonprofit based on a series of inquiries and reviews over the last three years.
2. How did that happen?
In 2012 Seattle City Council asked the Seattle Arts Commission to explore and make a recommendation on whether or not LHPAI should continue as it was or become its own nonprofit. They recommended a split between the operations and the programming of the building and began a three-year transition process that is culminating now.
3. Was the community involved?
Yes. Numerous members of the community were involved, from families and individuals to organizations and businesses, and presented their questions, suggestions, concerns and how they felt about the project and process. Extensive outreach was done to engage the community at every step of the process. It included Seattle Arts Commissioners, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Seattle Parks & Recreation, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Theatre Group, Spectrum Dance Theatre, Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, Northwest African American Museum, individual artists and practitioners, businesses owners and independent contractors, and Seattle City Council. Every effort was made to make sure the community was informed and engaged in the process.
4. Were there focus groups, task forces, or interviews that helped inform the decision-making process?
In order to remain efficient and effective, the focus groups, interviews, and the task force were composed to meet specific needs. We wanted to make sure community leaders and content experts were strategically engaged around specific questions. In addition, there were three community focus groups for people who expressed an interest, open to the public.
1. How is LANGSTON funded?
LANGSTON will be initially supported using savings from three City staff positons that were eliminated from LHPAI at the end of 2015. This funding is intended to catalyze and leverage additional resources as the new non-profit builds its capacity, and will be decreased over the course of several years.
2. Who decided to fund LANGSTON?
The Mayor of Seattle and Seattle City Council agreed to fund the nonprofit that developed from LHPAI, now LANGSTON, beginning in 2016.
3. Will LANGSTON still need funding?
Yes. LANGSTON must become self-sustaining in the coming years. Fund development efforts will begin as soon as an executive director is hired. If you have interest in this area, please call (206) 251-3486.
4. How do I get LANGSTON to fund me?
LANGSTON will not provide funding to individuals or programs, but will partner with and hire contractors in alignment with its programming.