Letter from the Festival Director
2012 has been an epic year, celebrating our 10th anniversary with our biggest and best year yet.
Never before have we offered so much. I hope you’ve had an amazing year with us, and that you look forward to all that’s ahead for 2013.
Above all, I hope you will join us in making the 2013 Festival better than ever.
You always ask for more, and we are listening.
Ten Days of Seattle Erotic Art Festival
We Gave You Ten Days of Seattle Erotic Art Festival — We expanded from being a one-weekend event to something so much bigger, with two weekends at Fremont Studios and a week of special off-site events in between. We welcomed you and over 8,000 other people from across the nation and world to celebrate art and sexuality….
All efforts to give you more time to experience more art, and for more people to join us.
More Art (of all kinds!)
We Gave You More Art (of all kinds!) — We unveiled the Masters of Erotic Art exhibit, and invited showcases from Detroit’s notorious Dirty Show and Florida’s esteemed Nude Nite; we expanded our erotic short film exhibition to include three unique film programs curated with Three Dollar Bill Cinema; we featured the largest and most impressive interactive installations we’ve ever presented, including the stunning Spiderweb; and so much more…
All efforts to give you more art, higher quality art, and different types of art, while supporting and showcasing more artists.
More Support of Artists
We Gave Artists More Support -- We continued to award grants for installation art and to sell about 25% of the art featured in our gallery; we maintained low submission fees and competitive commission rates; we offered a variety of free events for artists (see below); we gave both accepted and declined artists free entry to the Festival and various other special rewards; we promoted artists by name on our website and in our professional Festival catalog; we displayed accepted art for longer and to more patrons than ever before…
All efforts to support a vibrant creative community in as many ways as we can.
We Gave You More Parties — We presented our third annual Launch Party, this year at Neumo’s and with more people than ever before; the Festival itself offered three vibrant after-parties for those who wanted to celebrate all night with us, including one during our opening weekend; and to top things off, we produced our second annual Seduction, Seattle’s sexiest Halloween party, with over 1,600 attendees…
All efforts to meet your demand for more opportunities to dance and celebrate.
More Free Events
We Gave You More Free Events — We continued our tradition of offering an “open house” suggested donation day at the Festival, as well as offering discounted tickets for certain days and times, so everyone is able to attend; we hosted workshops for artists, offered free to those accepted into the Festival and at low cost for anyone else; we threw a lavish artist reception and invited all participating artists to attend for free; we created three pay-what-you-can events for Seattle’s community-driven Arts Crush which were well-attended and loved…
All efforts to provide events that are accessible to everyone.
More Upscale Events
We Gave You More Upscale Events — We produced the elegant Black Tie Affair fundraiser, marking the launch of our prestigious new membership program, the Art Activist Society; we created indulgent VIP options for the Festival and Seduction, to pamper our special guests; and we co-produced Sexuality 2012, a gourmet dinner and panel with The Kinsey Institute…
All efforts to serve our more affluent supporters, and raise funds to better serve everyone.
Donate to the Festival and help us continue offering these events and services. We depend upon your support.
Join Us for 2013
For 2013, we plan to present you with even more, and need your support to make all of this possible.
Your donations to the Festival are tax deductible and make an enormous impact.
There are many ways for you to support us: learn more and donate today.
We greatly appreciate your generosity.
The Festival is the flagship program of the 501c3 nonprofit Foundation for Sex Positive Culture — donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Your employer may also match donations, making your contribution go twice as far.
Large featured photo of Seduction 2012 by Robert Fisher.