Budget Matters 2014
It's the Super Bowl weekend for budget nerds when governor Jay Inslee rolls into town as keynote speaker for the 2014 Budget Matters conference.
Inslee's keynote is entitled, "A Discussion on the Intersection of Climate and Income Inequality" and is sure to include the joke, "How many environmentalists does it take to screw an eco-friendly lightbulb into an affordable housing unit?"
Other panels and discussions cover the topics of advancing racial equity, mental health care, job creation, and tax changes. This is the sort of event that is a good temperature check on the upcoming year. Registration ends today.
Budget Matters 2014, Fri, Dec 12, 9am, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Pl, $100
Following the deaths of both Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police officers—and the subsequent failure to indict either of the officers in question—citizens have taken to the streets across the nation to protest police brutality and systemic racism.
The marches continue this Saturday, with the rallying mantra (and helpful hashtag) #HandsUpCantBreathe. Organizers are committed to make this a peaceful demonstration, marching from the U District to Downtown Seattle in order to maintain public awareness of the injustice even as life seemingly moves on toward the holiday season.
#HandsUpCantBreathe March, Sat, Dec 13, 11am, UW Red Square, Free
Early Show at Ballard Homestead
If you're not planning on watching the Seahawks and 49ers, allow your kids to get all their weekend energy out by dancing to the tunes of Mikey Mike Gervais, Pepper Proud, and Jon Pontrello. Short sets, a little bit of live painting, and indoor activities make this a healthy sort of multimedia bonanza.
Childen under 10 get in free. Tweens and teens are $3. Everyone else has to cough up $7. Being an adult is hard.
Early Show, Sun, Dec 14, 4 pm, Ballard Homestead, 6541 Jones Ave NW, $3–$7
Youth Arts Grant Program Overview
The Youth Arts Grant Program is an annual fund that provides young artists assistance in developing training programs and workshops for kids and teens. From visual art, theater, dance, and film, these programs give young people an avenue through which they can develop in ways that can't be quantified by standardized tests.
In 2012–13, the fund gave $175,000 to local artists and organizations, serving around 5,000 young students. And only $75,000 of that went to funding completely off-the-wall but totally sincere experimental student films.
Come learn more about the Youth Arts Grant at their annual informational meeting.
Youth Arts Grant Program Overview, Mon, Dec 15, 5pm, Douglass-Truth Branch Library, 2300 E Yesler Way, Free