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Arts leaders for the next generation

In this year-long series, The Seattle Times and KUOW connect you with 13 people poised to shape the future of the arts in the Northwest.

  • Holly Arsenault, center, executive director of Teen Tix, is shown with some active Teen Tix members. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

    Arts administrator Holly Arsenault

    DECEMBER 2013

    Teen Tix director Holly Arsenault's mission is to excite teens about the arts, by offering inexpensive tickets to cultural events. This year, participants have purchased 10,000 tickets through the program.

  • Megan Griffiths in Rob Roy, a Belltown bar where many scenes from "Lucky Them" were filmed. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

    Filmmaker Megan Griffiths

    NOVEMBER 2013

    Megan Griffiths has built a varied screen career as a director, camera operator, writer and film editor. Her most recent feature, “Lucky Them,” starring Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church, scored a hit at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

  • Eli Hastings new book is titled "Clearly Now, the Rain." (Photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

    Writer Eli Hastings

    OCTOBER 2013

    With the publication of his memoir, "Clearly Now, the Rain," Seattle author Eli Hastings crafts narrative therapy from the trauma of life and shares his wisdom by working with troubled teens.

  • Rose Cano, artistic director of eSe Teatro, in Pioneer Square. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

    Actor, director and writer Rose Cano

    SEPTEMBER 2013

    Rose Cano is all about serving communities within Seattle. When she isn't working with the new Latino theater troupe she co-founded, eSe Teatro, she's a Spanish-language interpreter at Harborview Medical Center.

  • Susan Robb, seen in her Seattle studio, plans to hike the Pacific Crest Trail next year as an art project engaging artists, performers, activists and environmental policy makers. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

    Artist Susan Robb

    AUGUST 2013

    A profile of Seattle artist Susan Robb, who fosters connectedness among individuals, and between people and the wilderness, with her “long walks.” She’ll embark on a very long walk next summer — nearly 3,000 miles. And we’re all invited to watch.

  • Tonya Lockyer, director of Velocity Dance Center, is a key figure in Seattle's contemporary-dance scene. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

    Dance Artist Tonya Lockyer

    JULY 2013

    When Velocity Dance Center hired Tonya Lockyer as artistic director in 2011, the organization was in debt and in crisis. Two years later it's operating in the black and thriving.

  • Megan Jasper, executive vice president of Sub Pop Records, sits surrounded by posters of the numerous bands signed with the label. (Photo by Genevieve Alvarez / The Seattle Times)

    Record executive Megan Jasper

    JUNE 2013

    One of the country's most influential music executives, Megan Jasper steers the indie powerhouse Sub Pop into its 25th anniversary year.

  • Composer-conductor Eric Banks is shown warming up with his choral group, the Esoterics, before a recent performance at Holy Rosary Church in West Seattle. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

    Composer Eric Banks

    MAY 2013

    Seattle composer-conductor Eric Banks leads the choral group The Esoterics, which has garnered national honors and local distinction for its promotion of new works, works in other languages, and works that are just plain different.

  • Among his many roles, poet/slam artist Daemond Arrindell is "slam master" of the Seattle Poetry Slam, held weekly at Re-bar. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

    Poet Daemond Arrindell

    April 2013

    Arrindell is a Seattle poet, teacher and spoken-word performer who engages everyone from inmates to high-school students to "reveal themselves out loud."

  • Eyvind Kang's insatiable appetite for musical knowledge has taken him around the globe. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

    Musician and composer Eyvind Kang

    March 2013

    Kang, who has toured with Laurie Anderson, Beck and Bill Frisell, has an ambitious project: The redefinition of music itself.

  • Andy Fife and Randy Engstrom and are described as “instigators” in the Seattle arts scene. (Photos by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

    Arts administrators Andy Fife and Randy Engstrom

    February 2013

    This pair of entrepreneurs want art to do more than beautify and entertain — they want it to foster social change, lure kids away from gang involvement, and, perhaps most radically, figure out how to pay its own way.

  • Freelance visual-arts curator Yoko Ott helped assemble the Frye Art Museum's influential show, "Mw [Moment Magnitude]." (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

    Curator Yoko Ott

    January 2013

    Raised outside the arts establishment, Ott aims to make museum shows ­– like the Frye’s buzzworthy "Mw [Moment Magnitude]" -- more experimental, dynamic and socially interactive. Her starting point: The notion that art isn’t "just a painting on a wall."

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