By Chris Ruel
The Seattle Symphony has announced five local artists will receive grants from the Community Stages Fund (CSF). The CSF helps artists from a wide range of backgrounds and gives the Symphony a chance to highlight those who shape and grow Seattle’s rich artistic and cultural scene.
The Rhapsody Project, Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle, Puckduction, Sharon Nyree Williams, and Key to Change are this year’s award recipients selected by a panel of community leaders and Seattle Symphony staff.
The grantees represent many facets of Seattle’s distinctive creative community, including underserved youth of South King County, Afro-Latino performers, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ creators, and Black artists working to establish racial and cultural equity.
Since its inception in 2021, the CSF’s reputation has steadily grown, and last fall, more than twice as many people applied for the second round of funding. This year, CSF grants will bring to Benaroya Hall a wide range of music, dance, poetry, culture, and storytelling.
Key to Change gives underserved youth world-class music lessons and enables them to become self-aware leaders.
Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle (MS) brings attention to the cultural and historical contributions of Latino and African artists.
Puckduction helps BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ creators, emphasizing neo-burlesque, cabaret, and film.
Sharon Nyree Williams is an Emmy-winning voice-over artist, storyteller, producer, presenter, and teacher.
The Rhapsody Project builds a community that examines and celebrates music and heritage through an antiracist