Last fall, Open Space for Arts and Community hosted a successful benefit for LGBTQ+ youth. After the event, Open Space for Arts and Community donated $1,000 of the proceeds to DOVE, and used additional funds to benefit Open Space’s new youth center, ORBIT. DOVE is a nonprofit on Vashon that works to prevent domestic violence and gender-based violence, increase awareness and support healthy relationships.
Last February, co-creators of the In and Out Exhibit at the Vashon Heritage Museum Stephen Sihla and Ellen Kritzman, along with Open Space co-founder David Godsey, conceived of a benefit concert for LGBTQ+ youth. David, Stephen, and Ellen chose DOVE to receive a portion of the proceeds because of its programs and services for LGBTQ+ youth.
The performers included Jami Sieber, innovative electric cellist and vocalist, Cris Williamson a prolific artist who created the first woman-owned, woman-focused record company, and Ferron, one of Canada’s most famous folk musicians and influential writer in women’s music.
The fundraiser was part of Open Space’s continued partnership with local organizations to support shared goals for the community.