And the Nominees are…
Nominations Are Announced for the 16th Annual
5th Avenue Awards: Honoring High School Musical Theater
June 11, 2018 at The 5th Avenue Theatre
Proudly sponsored by Wells Fargo with additional support from Alaska Airlines
The 5th Avenue Theatre is thrilled to announce the nominees for the 16th annual 5th Avenue Awards: Honoring High School Musical Theater, the highly anticipated award show proudly sponsored by Wells Fargo with additional support from Alaska Airlines.
The 5th Avenue Awards allow musical theater students from across Washington State to meet, celebrate and honor the exceptional musical theater productions presented during the 2017/18 school year. This Tony Awards®-style annual ceremony was created by 5th Avenue Theatre Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry in 2003 to offer theater students the kind of support and recognition that accomplished high school athletes have received for decades.
Each year, high schools from across Washington State submit their musicals for consideration by The 5th Avenue Awards Committee. A panel of acclaimed theater professionals selected by the committee visits high school productions across the state from urban districts to rural communities as far away as Spokane, Sequim, Clarkston and Vancouver. Evaluators return in May to deliberate the nominations before the live award ceremony on June 11, 2018.
In 16 years, the program has grown in size and scope from 24 productions and 3,100 students to 119 productions at 95 schools this year, with more than 10,000 participating students. This eagerly awaited event features performances from the most talented students in the region. Celebrity guests and business leaders from the Seattle arts community will present awards to recipients throughout the evening. This year, an estimated 2,000 high school students are expected to attend the ceremony, with nominated students and schools performing excerpts from their shows. These talented students will truly get a taste of what it’s like to perform in front of a packed house.
For the 2017/18 high school musical theater season, 165 nominations and 169 honorable mentions were given in various categories. The 21 categories include awards for “Outstanding Actor” and “Outstanding Actress” and a variety of creative, design and offstage awards. This year, 29 special honors awards will be given for extraordinary student achievements and schools whose productions create an educational impact beyond the stage. The 5th also continues the tradition of honoring outstanding educators with special recognition. And as in years past, the recipients of the award for “Outstanding Actor” and “Outstanding Actress” will go on to represent Washington State at the national level for the National High School Musical Theater Awards (known as the “Jimmy” Awards) in New York City.
The 5th Avenue Awards celebrates the work, talent and commitment that students, parents and faculty devote to their high school’s annual musical productions. Over the years, multiple schools have reported back to The 5th that their involvement in this awards program has significantly helped their individual efforts to secure funding, improve curriculum and increase student participation.
The 5th could not maintain and continue a program as extensive as this one without the generous support of Wells Fargo, the long-standing sponsor of The 5th Avenue Awards for the past 14 years. In 2017, Wells Fargo invested $3.6 million in hundreds of nonprofits and schools across Washington. In addition, Washington team members personally donated $808,000 and volunteered 36,000 hours of community service. Wells Fargo has 3,500 team members in Washington who serve customers through a network of 220 banking, mortgage and investment offices, and 246 ATMs, in 80 communities across the state. See how Wells Fargo is caring for our Washington communities.
The 5th would also like to thank Alaska Airlines, whose support makes it possible to send the recipients of the “Outstanding Actor” and “Outstanding Actress” awards to New York to participate in the National High School Musical Theater Awards following the awards ceremony at The 5th Avenue Theatre.
“Supporting our youth in our hometown is truly a delight and honor for us to engage in,” said Ann Ardizzone, VP of Supply Chain Management at Alaska Airlines and 5th Avenue Theatre Board Member. “We wish them the very best of luck in New York and know they will do great.”
Alaska Airlines, together with its regional partners, flies 40 million customers a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, and Costa Rica. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, customers can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines recently received the J.D. Power award for customer satisfaction for the 10th consecutive year. In 2017, the airline donated $15 million to nonprofits and community organizations.
For a full list of our nominees, visit The 5th Avenue Theatre blog.
The 5th Avenue Awards Ceremony will be broadcast in its entirety as a live webcast on Facebook. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/5thave/ on June 11 to watch. A pre-show live stream will begin at 6 PM. The live stream of the ceremony will begin at 7 PM.
Seattle Parks and Recreation strengthens commitment to Teen Summer Musical
Auditions to 2018 program to be held May 5,6
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is proud to continue its unwavering support of the annual Teen Summer Musical (TSM) and looks forward to strengthening this invaluable program in 2018 and for years to come.
Early in 2018, SPR decided that the 2018 musical would include only youth aged 13-18. However, the department is pleased to announce that this year’s production will now include 10 younger children, aged 8-12. To accommodate this change, SPR will add a staff member to the TSM program, which will allow the department to meet its standard supervisory ratio for young children of 1 adult to 10 kids. This will provide enough adult supervision to keep the younger children safe, engaged, interested, and having a good time.
“We remain committed to the Teen Summer Musical, which has become a Seattle summer tradition,” says Christopher Williams, Interim Superintendent, Seattle Parks and Recreation. “We understand there has been some misinformation that the program would be cancelled or that it lacked the support of the department. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The Teen Summer Musical is here to stay – and it will be stronger than ever.”
The Teen Summer Musical (TSM) provides opportunities for local youth to build self-confidence, new friendships, and new talents through theater arts. This 9-week long summer program involves dozens of teens of color, and each year, the program features a musical production that celebrates African American culture. After a whole summer of rehearsal and mentorship, TSM performers share their talents and hard work with the community in several spectacular performances.
This year, TSM auditions will occur at Rainier Beach Community Center on May 5 from 12 to 3 p.m. and on May 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. 2018 TSM performances will take place on August 24, 25, and 26. The venue for performances is yet to be determined as SPR continues to search for a high-quality location that suits the needs of the production. We are also exploring sponsorship and partnership opportunities to defer venue cost. For more information on how to participate in the 2018 TSM, contact Keisha Cannon at (206) 233-1508 or Kiesha.Cannon@seattle.gov.
Moving forward, SPR wants to have a conversation with the community about the future of the Teen Summer Musical and looks forward to providing opportunities for public input.
As the former Chair of the African American Community Advisory Council and a graduate of the Community Police Academy, I am excited to take on the role of Program Manager for Community Outreach!
I am a passionate believer in what community outreach programs can achieve.
My role is to support and expand these programs and to be a resource for you.
I encourage you to contact me with any ideas or questions.
The Community Police Commission (CPC), Mayor Jenny Durkan, and City Council are seeking additional members for the CPC.
CPC Background The 2010 shooting death of First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams by a Seattle police officer, and a series of other serious incidents involving police and people of color, crystallized public concern about bias and the use of excessive force in the Seattle Police Department (SPD). In response to a broad-based community request, and after a federal investigation, the City of Seattle signed a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to reform SPD’s practices. Initially established as a requirement of the Consent Decree, the City of Seattle established the Community Police Commission (CPC) to make policy recommendations during reform and to serve as a conduit between SPD, the City, and the community.
In 2017 the City made the CPC permanent, increased the number of Commissioners who may be appointed from 15 to 21, and broadened the CPC’s scope and responsibilities. In 2018, the federal judge who oversees the Consent Decree found the City to be in full and effective compliance with court-ordered reforms, and the City entered into a two-year review period during which it must continue to demonstrate its compliance with the Consent Decree. Per the sweeping police accountability legislation enacted in 2017, the CPC is charged with engaging the community to develop recommendations on the police accountability system and to provide a community-based perspective on law-enforcement related policies, practices, and services affecting public trust. In the effort to be responsive to the community, the CPC also works with partners across the City’s police accountability system to advocate for changes in policing policies and practices.
CPC Vision & Mission The CPC envisions Seattle’s communities and Seattle’s police aligned in shared goals of safety, respect, and accountability. Its mission is to listen to, amplify, and build common ground among communities affected by policing in Seattle. The CPC champion policing practices centered in justice and equity. CPC Commissioner Responsibilities Appointed commissioners are expected to:
- Attend regularly scheduled meetings (first and third Wednesdays of every month from 9-12 pm)
- Act as liaisons between the CPC and the community, including District representation
- Attend and participate in community meetings, forums, and other events across the city
- Serve on at least one standing committee or ad-hoc workgroups
- Respond in a timely manner to CPC communications through city provided channels
- Review materials in preparation for meetings
- Work with CPC staff to achieve the goals and mission of the CPC
- There is a stipend available for those in need, or for whom unpaid time off from work presents a significant barrier. Our aim is to ensure that economic constraints do not prohibit participation from members of our community.
CPC Commissioner Selection Criteria* The following criteria will be considered when assessing applicants. Although no single candidate might possess all of these qualities, the goal is to ensure that the Commission, as a whole, adequately represents and possess each of these qualities. Required Qualifications
- Represents or demonstrates knowledge of the experiences of limited-English speakers, homeless people, and/or people living with mental illness and/or substance use disorders
- Represents one or more of the following communities: Indigenous and First Nation, African-American, immigrant, refugee, LGBTQ, youth, faith, business, and other communities reflecting the overall demographics of Seattle residents
- Demonstrates expertise in law enforcement; law enforcement oversight; police accountability; human resources; community engagement and/or organizing; organizational change; constitution, criminal or labor law; social justice; training; and/or other disciplines important to the CPC’s work
- Demonstrates experience working effectively with diverse populations
- Demonstrates the ability to develop consensus and create positive change in organizations
- Demonstrates knowledge of policing policies and procedures, including those related to searches and seizures, collection and release of information, use of force, and professional accountability
- Demonstrates experience in dealing with different aspects of the criminal justice system, whether from a policing, criminal prosecution or defense, victim, or defendant perspective
- Demonstrates experience in creating–and the ability to articulate–firm ideas for creating a culture of policing that is community-based, effective, and constitutional
- Understands local government and how City departments function in relation to one another
- Understands how labor negotiations impact policing, from a legal, management or employee’s perspective
- Articulates the vision and role of the Commission and describes how its work might positively impact all of Seattle’s residents
- Demonstrates program evaluation and outcomes measurement experience
- Demonstrates leadership in community *Individuals who have been arrested, or convicted, of a crime and have demonstrated successful rehabilitation would add meaningful perspective and insight to the Commission’s work and are strongly encouraged to apply.
(To download a PDF version of the application process, click here.)
Please submit the following to be considered for an appointment:
- A resume or bio
- A cover letter describing your interest and relevant experience, particularly in relation to the criteria described above
- A statement of commitment to attendance and full participation in the work of the commission
Timeline and Next Steps
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For consideration of appointments by all appointing entities by June 30, please submit your application by April 12, 2018 at OCPC@seattle.gov.
If you’d like to submit your application to a specific appointing entity, please submit your application to:
- Community Police Commission: Fe.Lopez@seattle.gov
- City Council: Thao.Madsen@seattle.gov
- Office of Mayor Jenny Durkan: Evan.Philip@seattle.gov
If you have questions please contact Fe.Lopez@seattle.gov .
Officials are investigating an incident where a reportedly misbehaving student was taken to the hospital after being slammed onto the ground by a security guard at a Seattle middle school.
Seattle Public Schools says it’s investigating “whether proper procedures were followed” in the February 16 clash.The boy was taken to the emergency room after complaining of back pain.
He suffered soreness but had no serious injuries.
The 12-year-old boy’s mother says she’s upset by the use of force.
Diana Lightner obtained the Washington Middle School surveillance video showing the 7th-grader acting out and then resisting when he was confronted by the man.
Lightner says the unidentified security guard reported that her son, who has behavioral issues, was swinging at him.
The student has since transferred to a different school.
The Child Health Advocate Award is given to state or local government officials for contributions to children’s health. During the 2017 legislative session, Senn, along with co-award recipient Rep. Tom Dent (R-Moses Lake), worked to pass two key pieces of children’s mental health legislation.
“By working to obtain funding for adolescent depression screening, postpartum depression screening, additional child psychiatry residency positions, the use of telemedicine to increase access to mental health services, and integrating behavioral health into schools and primary care settings, [Senn and Dent] are ensuring that all of Washington’s children have the opportunity to reach their full potential,” said Dr. Fernando Stein, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, in a letter of congratulations and referring to Senn’s legislation,
Children’s mental health has been a long-standing legislative priority for Senn and she co-chairs the legislative Children’s Mental Health Workgroup. In addition to HB 1713, Senn has championed policies to expand social-emotional learning in public schools, fund school counselors, and increase loan forgiveness for mental health care providers in underserved communities.
“When speaking with educators, I repeatedly heard that kids’ mental health was one of their biggest concerns,” said Senn. “By making it easier to access services, we not only help the next generation develop a strong foundation for health and well-being, but also reduce longer-term needs and make a difference in the overall mental health picture for Washington.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics is a national organization “committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.”
Come Join and Celebrate with True Vine Community COGIC Bishop and First Lady Brown 42nd Pastoral Appreciation .
October 5th , 6th, & 8th
at True Vine Community Church if God in Christ 5715 N. 33rd St. Tacoma WA
Bishop Leo C. Brown , Jr. is a genuine man after God’s heart. He is the founder and Senior Pastor of the True Vine Community Church of God in Christ. Bishop Brown was born and reared in Washington D.C., along with three other siblings. He was educated in the Washington D.C. school system where he received his high school diploma. In 1961 he came to Washington State with his family while serving in the military. Although he grew up in a christian home, he fell away from the church. Later he was reclaimed at a Holy Ghost Revival at the former Emmanuel Temple Church of God in Christ under the leadership of the late Bishop R. E. Althemier. He served faithfully in the capacities as a lay person, a deacon, a Minister, and an Elder. After a series of life changing events and while driving in the mountains of Montana he was lead by the Holy Ghost to start a church. At that time The Lord gave him his mission and the name True Vine. He has faithfully served for over 40 years. Since then he has experience many trials and tribulations, but God has seen him through them all. Bishop Brown has served as District Superintendent and Administrative Assistant in the local Jurisdiction. He has also served in many national capacities in the Church of God in Christ. He was selected by our Presiding Prelate, Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. and elevated to the office of Jurisdictional Bishop and just recently Regional Bishop to 7 states. He is a preachers preacher, many individuals travel to gain insight and wisdom from this great man. He has proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ for over 5o years. Many churches have been birthed from his ministry, to date well over 20 throughout the United States. Not only has Bishop Brown served the church he has been very active in the local community and state government.
Bishop Brown has earned B.A. in Public Administration from Evergreen College in Washington State and been bestowed upon a honorary Doctorates Degree in Theology.
He is known is known for being an avid fisherman in his spare time.
Bishop Brown is a family man, a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is married to the lovely, Dr. Patricia J. Brown.
Following President Trump’s announcement ending the DACA program, a large coalition of undocumented immigrants, elected officials, and community, faith, business and labor leaders joined in solidarity to respond and demand a solution for millions of American families that leaves no one behind.
UPDATE In light of the new Trump Administration, here’s what you need to know about DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA):
- Initial DACA Applicants – It is unclear whether the Trump Administration will keep DACA and what it would do with the information collected through the program. If a community member still wants to pursue an initial DACA application, we will continue to assist with the initial application.
- Renewal DACA Applicants – For those who need a DACA renewal (as in their DACA is expiring before the end of 2017), we continue to support in the application process and fees, while funding lasts.
- Please note DACA is discretionary, and thus this program may be discontinued under the Trump Administration at any time. Individuals with DACA may lose work authorization or may not be allowed to renew their work authorization. If this happens, we will work with students to brainstorm creative strategies with regards to both legal status and work authorization.
- Do not apply for an initial or DACA renewal if you have a recent criminal history, as this may make you a priority for removal and provide the government with the information it needs to place you in removal proceedings. Consult with the USP attorney in such cases as we may be able to get post-conviction relief in your case.
Celebrate Women’s Rights Day and mark the golden jubilee of a multi-racial revolutionary feminist group that’s as kickass now as when formed in 1967.
Photos of local rabble-rousers from Decharlene Williams, Central Area Chamber of Commerce,
Elmer Dixon co-founder of Seattle Black Panther Party, Ramona Bennett, Puyallap Tribe,
For more info: 206-722-6057 • RWseattle@mindspring.com •