The Project Room asked two Big Questions during its existence:

Why Do We Make Things?

How Are We Remembered?

Explore both questions by browsing our past events!

Photograph by Daniel Laninga  

Photograph by Daniel Laninga




Wed. January 7: Podcast Episode 9 on iTunes!  Inside the Dream Palace with Author Sherill Tippins

Wed. February 4: Podcast Episode 10 on iTunes!  Dance Came from the People with Alvin Ailey Dancer and Choreographer, Matthew Rushing.

Thurs. February 5, 7pm:  Unseen Monuments: Author Michelle Peñaloza launches The Project Room's new topic, Monument, with a discussion about the unseen Seattle monuments she uncovered while writing her forthcoming book landscape/heartbreak. 

Sat. February 28, 1-2pm: Legacy Assignment Series 1:  10,000 Year Warning System.  A free public workshop with Artist Robert Rhee.

Wed. March 4: Podcast Episode 11 live on iTunes!  Paradox and Choice with Visual Artist Jennifer Dalton.

Sun. March 22, 1-3pm: Em(Bodied): A free workshop with Writer Anastacia Tolbert.  TPR has been following Anastacia in the making of her upcoming One-Woman show, 9 Ounces, which debuts this coming July.  Join us for this cross-genre workshop in which Anastacia will share aspects of her creative process.

Wed. April 1: Podcast Episode 12 live on iTunes!  Monuments, Durian, and Portable Toilets with Multimedia Artist Jenifer Wofford.

Sat. April 11, 1-2pm:  Who's Musing Who?: An intimate dialog with Interdisciplinary Artist Tameka Norris discussing intellectual property, authorship, and socioeconomic status as it relates to personal legacy in a digital era.

Mon. April 27, 7-8pm: Legacy Assignment Series II: If a Handful of Matches is Thrown to the Floor.  Performance Artist and Poet Sierra Nelson questions the roles divination, science, and artistic practice play in our understanding of the past and our choices for the future. She’ll be joined by her longtime collaborator Rachel Kessler to bookend the conversation with some live experiments.

Mon. May 4, 6-7pm: Breathing the Water: Short Films about Denise Levertov.  Author Rebecca Brown, Poet Jan Wallace, and TPR host this evening remembering the great American poet, activist, and teacher Denise Levertov.  This event is part of a city-wide celebration of Levertov culminating on May 16th, Seattle's Denise Levertov Day. 

Tues. May 5: GIVE BIG!  Donate to support The Project Room. 

Wed. May 13: Podcast Episode 13 live on iTunes!  From Masquerades to Motherhood with Poet, Performance Artist, & Social Activist Natasha Marin. 

Thur. May 14, 7-8:30pm: A Toast to 9 Ounces! @ 10 DegreesThis is a ticketed ($25) fundraiser for 9 Ounces: A One-Woman Show and will be held @ 10 Degrees in Capitol Hill!  Writer and Performer Anastacia Tolbert will give a special behind-the-scenes sneak peak into the three characters of her forthcoming production, 9 Ounces.  Come meet Alice, Luna, and Saraphina as they are interviewed by TPR Editor, Tessa Hulls. 

Tues. June 2: Podcast 14 live on iTunes! Getting Good with Interdisciplinary Artist Tameka Norris.

Wed. July 1: Podcast 15 live on iTunes! Talking with Underscore with Sound Artist Daniel Neumann.

Wed. August 5: Podcast 16 live on iTunes! Building the Impossible City: Non-Profit Arts Collective Sawhorse Revolution with Sarah Smith and Micah Stanovsky.

Thur. September 3: Podcast 17 live on iTunes! Was Here with Visual Artist Ellie Dicola.

9 OUNCES: A ONE-WOMAN SHOW @ The Project Room!

Since October 2014, The Project Room followed Anastacia Tolbert in the making of this monumental work. 9 Ounces stars Alice, Luna & Saraphina. Using the audience as mirror, epiphany and diary, three narratives crochet themselves around evolving frames. This unkempt, de-ribbon-ed braid dangling crooked parts is not to be missed.  All performances will be held at The Project Room.  General admission performances are FREE.  Required tickets available 5/14/14; click on the dates below to link to Stranger Ticket Sales.

VIP DEBUT Performances: $25
Thurs. July 30 & September 10
, 6:30-9pm
Special Q & A with the artist after the performance. 
Wine and hors d'oeurvres will be served!
$25 VIP tickets required via Stranger Tickets; available on 5/14/15.
Doors open at 6:30pm, performance at 7pm.  Seating is limited.

General Admission Performances: FREE
Fri. July 31 & Sat. August 1,
FREE tickets required via Stranger Tickets; available on 5/14/15.
Seating is limited.

Fri. September 11 Sat. September 127-8:30pm
FREE tickets required via Stranger Tickets; available on 7/30/15.
Seating is limited.

Tues. October 6: Podcast 18 live on iTunes! A Symbol of Pride with Rainbow Flag Designer Gilbert Baker.

OCTOBER 22, 6-6:45PM: It's a Bitch to Remember- Lit Crawl seattle poetry reading, featuring Steven Barker, Jason Schmidt and Allison Ellis.

Thurs. November 5: Podcast 19 live on iTunes! The New Art Marketplace with Digital Artist Kevin McCoy.

Wed. December 2: Podcast 20 live on iTunes! Learning Outside The Classroom with Electronic Artist Michna.

Mon. January 11, 2016: Podcast 21, our final podcast, live on iTunes! Displacement with Visual Artist Veit Stratmann.


February 6, 6pm: Authors Kim Fu and Rebecca Brown in conversation about Fu’s new novel, For Today I am a Boy. Read more here

February 27, 6pm: Transforming Text: Behind the Scenes of a Poem
A Poetry-in-Process presentation with Hannah Stephenson and friends in conjunction with the Annual AWP Conference. Read more here

February 28, 6pm: Difficult Fruit
Poet Lauren K. Alleyne presentation and book release for her new poetry collection, Difficult Fruit. Featuring guest writers Patricia Smith, David Mura, Mary Swander, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Dawn Lonsinger and Anastasia Tolbert. In conjunction with the Annual AWP Conference. Read more here.

March 1, 6pm: Confession and Transformation: Gina Frangello, Pam Houston and Melinda Moustakis
A reading and discussion around legacy and privacy, featuring the work of three writers whose work overlaps in interesting ways. In conjunction with the Annual AWP Conference.

April 1: Furious Cool, Podcast Episode 1 with authors Joe and David Henry on iTunes. 

May 7: Ade: A Love Story, Podcast Episode 2 with author Rebecca Walker on iTunes!

May 14, 6-9pm: Collaboration Workshop with Anne Carson and Robert Currie. Note: This is a Seattle Arts & Lectures program and tickets are now sold out. Please note that tickets are still available for Carson's presentation at Town Hall on May 13th- tickets available via this link

May 20, 7pm: Performance Artist Scotch Wichmann presents his new book TWO PERFORMANCE ARTISTS KIDNAP THEIR BOSS AND DO THINGS WITH HIM. It's funny, smart, and highly unusual! Pick up your copy of the book at Elliott Bay Book Company!

May 24, 11am-2pm: BE A HERO! A hands-on art workshop for kids and adults! Stop by and join the fun!

May 29th, 6pm: Transforming into Film: A conversation with filmmakers Jane Charles and Shawn Telford in conjunction with the Seattle International Film Festival

June 1: Bound, Podcast Episode 3 with Actress, Writer, Filmmaker Peres Owino on iTunes!

June 25, 6pm: Selfie Surveillance: A Conversation About Privacy, with writer, critic, and curator Alicia Eler, plus a hands-on selfie experiment using old-school equipment!

July 2: Heroes and Hometowns Podcast Episode 4 with author Jesmyn Ward on iTunes!

July 10, 5-8pm: A Rube Goldberg Confessional in preparation for The Failure Variety Show; stop by to test our preparations and contribute your stories of failure as we get ourselves ready for TPR's first Bumbershoot appearance.

July 23, 7-8:30pm: Living Liner Notesa celebration and conversation with musicians featured on the new release Wheedle's Groove II, with CityArts Magazine Editor Jonathan Zwickel 

August 6: Empathy, Equity, and Change, Podcast Episode 5 with musician and visual artist Paul Rucker

August 31, 1:45-2:45pm: The Failure Variety Show at Bumbershoot! The Charlotte Martin Theatre, Seattle Center (at the Seattle Children's Theatre). Entry to the show requires a Bumbershoot festival ticket, which can be purchased here

September 3: Tradition & Innovation, Podcast Episode 6 with Noh Theatre Actor Munenori Takeda & Composer Garrett Fisher

September 11, 6-7pm: Women, Relationship & the Internet, A roundtable discussion with Angela B. Ginorio from the University of Washington Women’s Studies Department, and Alina Hua, Mozilla’s Manager of data governance and privacy policy. This program is in conjunction with the making of Siren. Join the conversation!

September 22, 7:30 - 8:45pm at TOWN HALLJoshua Wolf Shenk with Jess Van Nostrand: How Collaboration Fuels Creativity. Tickets $5. And join our workshop the next evening (see below)! Note the location!

September 23, 7-8:30pm: Creative Partnership Workshop with Joshua Wolf Shenk. Join Shenk, author of POWERS OF TWO, and special guest duos in a discussion and workshop around collaborating in pairs. 

September 30, 6:30 - 9:30pm: Art & Technology Series: Speed Dating 2.0 at 10 degrees (different location!): 1312 E Union St. (three blocks from The Project Room). Registration required!

October 1: Archivist/Activist, Podcast Episode 7 with Visual Artist Juan Pablo Macias

October 23, 7PM & 8PM: Lit Crawl Seattle! Featuring two back-to-back literary events in response to our "Transformation" topic.

October 26, 12pm at The Beacon/Massive Monkees Studio: Opposing Forces featuring choreographer Amy O'Neal and Marc Bamuthi Joseph of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

November 5: Collecting & Making, Podcast Episode 8 with Visual Artist Hrafnhildur Arnardottir aka Shoplifter

November 21 & 22, 1:00pm - 7:00pm: Donum, A Design Sale and Fundraiser for TPR!

December 15, 7:30pmA conversation with musician/performer/comedian Ahamefule J. Oluo. Join us to discuss Oluo’s new genre spanning pop-opera, Now I’m Fine, a creative exploration of how we navigate moments of hopelessness. 




Join The Project Room from February 15 – March 15, 2013 from Tuesdays – Saturdays 11am-3pm , for a month-long event series and on-site installation about THESE STREETS.  View oral history interviews featuring women from Seattle’s 1990s music community, play your favorite records from that time, and look at lots of posters and personal photos shared by those who were there.

THESE STREETS Thursdays! Join us for pre-show conversations featuring musicians who inspired this project:

Thursday February 14, 6-8pm: DJ Scott Vanderpool (KCMU DJ, followed by KXRX, KISW and most currently KZOK; also drummer in numerous Seattle bands then and now) spins his favorite 1990s music for a lively reception in celebration of THESE STREETS. [Note that THESE STREETS does not open at ACT until the following week.]

Wednesday, February 20, 6pm:  A special Wednesday event featuring vocalist and 1990s rocker Carrie Akre marks our final “Failure” event: Read more here

Thursday February 21, 6-7pm: A conversation with music promoters and record company figures Barbara Dollarhide-Pritchard (C/Z Records) and Sally Johnson (OK Hotel, KEXP, Seattle Weekly). THESE STREETS opens at ACT this night- buy tickets here!

Thursday February 28, 6-7pm: A live performance with Stephanie Wicker Emery (formerly of Seattle band Algae) and her husband Brian Emery, both current members of Seattle band Like Lightning

Thursday March 7, 6-7pm: A roundtable discussion with THESE STREETS creators Sarah Rudinoff, Gretta Harley and Elizabeth Kenny around the topic of legacy and the making of THESE STREETS

Saturday March 23, 6-7pm: A Conversation Inspired by the LA Rebellion Film Movement
Moderated by Author Pat Thomas with special guests Founding Member of the Seattle Black Panther Party Ron Johnson and Seattle University Assistant Professor of Sociology Gary Perry. Read more here.

Saturday May 1812-5pm: Printmaker Charles Spitzack’s Open Studio
Read more about this project that follows our current “question” through 2013.

Sunday June 2, 10am: Remembering Allen Ginsberg’s LGBT Poetics and Activism. Part of the 12th Annual Allen Ginsberg Marathon

June 24, 25, 26: 5-7pm (drop by anytime!) Open Rehearsals of Swimming the List by Susie J Lee Ensemble
Saturday June 29, 6-7:30pm: Preview Performance and Discussion
Read more about this unique performance piece that features dance, music, and digital technology as it undergoes preparation for the Beijing International Fringe Festival. Note: This event coincides with Seattle Pride Weekend, so leave yourself extra time to get here and avoid driving if you can!

Saturday July 6, 12-5pm: Printmaker Charles Spitzack’s Open Studio. Read more about this project

Friday, July 12, 7-8pm: Peter Steinbrueck, Architect and 2013 Seattle mayoral candidate kicks off TPR’s new discussion series, “How is Seattle Remembered?”

Saturday July 27, 12-5pm: Printmaker Charles Spitzack’s Open Studio
Read more about this project

Friday, August 9, 6pm: Pastor Patrinell Wright, Founder of the Total Experience Gospel Choir
Part II of the  ”How is Seattle Remembered?” series

Friday, September 6, 6pm: Megan JasperExecutive Vice President of Sub Pop Records
Part III of our continuing conversation series, “How is Seattle Remembered?”

Tuesday, September 10 at Town Hall Seattle 7:30-9pm Tickets: $5 Inside Art Program Series, Conversation #1 of 4. Read more here

Saturday September 21, 12-5pm: Printmaker Charles Spitzack’s Open Studio

Read more about this project

Wednesday October 2, 6pm: Paul Marioni, Glass Artist
@7:15pm: Paul Marioni Film Screening at Northwest Film Forum (directly after the 6pm event)
Join us for a very special evening of art and film as glass legend Paul Marioni shares some of his memorable stories and presents a film screening of HOLE (1972), his experimental film that won acclaim but has rarely been seen by audiences since then. This is Part IV of our continuing conversation series, “How is Seattle Remembered?” Please note that reserved seating is not available and space is limited for the 6pm conversation- seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, everyone will be accommodated at the Northwest Film Forum for the film screening at 7:15pm. 

Friday October 11, 6-7pmPaul Rucker, Interdisciplinary artist: How Do You Create Empathy? A public conversation and workshop featuring Rucker’s work-in-progress, Recapitulation. Read more here and submit your stories for anonymous inclusion in the project.

Saturday October 12, 12-5pm: Printmaker Charles Spitzack’s Open Studio
Read more about this project

Tuesday October 15 at Town Hall Seattle 7:30-9pm
Inside Art Program Series, Conversation #2 of 4. Tickets: $5 Read more here

Thursday October 24, 8-8:45pm: Lit Crawl Seattle presents “Hauntings” by Wendy Call, Anastacia Tolbert and Storme Webber. Read more here

Thursday November 7, 6-7pm: John Gilbreath, Earshot Jazz Executive Director continues the conversation for our ongoing series, How is Seattle Remembered?
And join us afterwords for a live Earshot Jazz Festival performance featuring Kneebody at Poncho Concert Hall at 8pm! (The presentation at TPR is free; tickets for the 8pm show are available online here)

Thursday November 14, 6-9pm: Charles Spitzack’s Final Print Party!
Drop by for a celebration and special presentation of the completed 12-print series that Spitzak created in response to our themes and topics. Images and more info is here

Tuesday, November 19 at Town Hall Seattle: 7:30-9pm
Night #3 of the Inside Art Series, featuring Barbara Earl Thomas, Stephanie Hargrave, and Alan Lau, moderated by writer Brangien Davis. Read more here.

Tuesday December 10 at Town Hall Seattle: 7:30-9pm
FINAL Night of Town Hall’s Inside Art series, featuring visual artists Diem ChauAlfredo Arreguin and Ronald Hall. Moderated by TPR Founder Jess Van Nostrand. Tickets: $5.  Read more here

Wednesday December 18, 6-7:15pm: Writer and Cultural Worker Philip H. Red Eagle continues the conversation during our How is Seattle Remembered? series.


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