Cultivating Black Brilliance since 2016

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GENERAL

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JOBS AT LANGSTON

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FILM FESTIVAL

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OTHER PROGRAMMING

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BOARD

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THE PROCESS

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FUNDING

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[av_toggle title=’What is happening at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI)?’ tags=” av_uid=’av-4lsixu’]
The new nonprofit, LANGSTON, will provide programming in the LHPAI building. Other building partners include the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas.
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[av_toggle title=’Is LHPAI being closed?’ tags=” av_uid=’av-4d9ute’]
The LHPAI building remains open. Established programs and rental agreements continue uninterrupted.
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[av_toggle title=’Is a new organization taking over the building?’ tags=” av_uid=’av-46q1ma’]
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.
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[av_toggle title=’How is LANGSTON different from LHPAI or the Langston we’ve had until now?’ tags=” av_uid=’av-42bxhm’]
The LHPAI building and its programs were previously managed by the City of Seattle. Now, LANGSTON manages programming, working in partnership with the City which maintains ownership of the LHPAI building.
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[av_toggle title=’ What is the point of a new organization?’ tags=” av_uid=’av-3ttuyy’]
The primary point of creating LANGSTON is to have an entity that is independent of the City and autonomous. 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.
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When employment opportunities become available, they will be posted on the jobs page and distributed to our mailing list.

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Yes. LANGSTON still presents the annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival. Information about the festival can be found on the website.
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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 events held in the space. LHPAI does not have independent programs.
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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 langston.institute@seattle.gov or (206) 684-4758.
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If you have an idea you’d like to pitch to the program committee, email info@langstonseattle.org.
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If you are interested in partnering with LANGSTON to teach a class or workshop, please email info@langstonseattle.org.
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If you are interesting in simply renting space in the LHPAI building, please contact langston.institute@seattle.gov or (206) 684-4758.
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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.
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Three years.
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No.
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Email board@langstonseattle.org. Let them know you are interested. They will make you aware of the opportunity when spaces for Board Members open up.
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LHPAI was charged to become its own nonprofit based on a series of inquiries and reviews over a three year period.

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[av_toggle title=’How did that happen?’ tags=” av_uid=’av-q2vt6′]
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.
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Yes. Numerous members of the community were involved, from families and individuals, to organizations and businesses. Community members presented their questions, suggestions, and concerns 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, independent contractors, and the Seattle City Council. Every effort was made to make sure the community was informed and engaged in the process.
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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.
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[av_toggle title=’How is LANGSTON funded?’ tags=” av_uid=’av-tqc2a’]
LANGSTON will be initially supported using savings from three City staff positions 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.
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[av_toggle title=’Who decided to fund LANGSTON?’ tags=” av_uid=’av-90zi2′]
The Mayor of Seattle and Seattle City Council agreed to fund the nonprofit that developed from LHPAI, now LANGSTON, beginning in 2016.
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[av_toggle title=’Will LANGSTON still need funding?’ tags=” av_uid=’av-e6996′]
Yes. LANGSTON must become self-sustaining in the coming years. Fund development efforts will begin in 2018. If you have interest in this area, please call (206) 323-7067 or email info@langstonseattle.org.
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[av_toggle title=’How do I get LANGSTON to fund me?’ tags=” av_uid=’av-6xhwq’]
LANGSTON will not provide funding to individuals or programs, but will partner with and hire contractors in alignment with its programming.
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