Town Hall Seattle Announces New Artist-In-Residence and Scholar-In-Residence Program

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  2. September 13, 2012 10:10 pm

Town Hall Seattle announces a new cross-disciplinary residency program launching September 2012. One carefully chosen artist and scholar will each inhabit Town Hall for three months: attending events, communicating with audiences, and creating a new work that resonates with the chorus of voices, ideas, instruments, and conversations heard at Town Hall.

Program Director Bob Redmond describes the Artist/Scholar-In-Residence program as “an inversion of Town Hall’s usual nature of programming, in which artists or speakers present and audiences attend.” Forging powerful connections across Town Hall’s diverse content through public contemplation and audience dialogue, Residents will self-select events at Town Hall outside of their normal fields of interest to attend and invite audience members to share in that experience with them through facilitated discussions through a variety of platforms both online and direct.

Inaugural Residents Ahamefule Oluo (Artist-In-Residence) and Lesley Hazelton (Scholar-In-Residence) will literally and figuratively be given the keys to Town Hall for the duration of their residency and invite a cohort of self-selecting audience members to join in a process of discovery, experimentation, and creation, culminating in a final work presented on the Town Hall stage at the end of their three month residency.

It all begins on September 23rd, Downstairs at Town Hall with the first in a regular series of Scratch Nights. These ongoing programs are a salon on creativity and process, a safe place for experimentation and discovery, with the understanding that things said in that room do not leave that room. Audience members will be asked to respect the intimate nature of these events by pledging to continue the process to completion and not discussing works-in-progress outside of the safety of the creative circle.

Scratch Night: Confessions
September 23, 2012 at 7:30pm
Downstairs at Town Hall, $5
Town Hall kicks off the inaugural Fall 2013 In-Residence program with the first in an ongoing series of Scratch Nights. Originating in the UK, a Scratch Night is a free-form, anything goes space where artists of all stripes have freedom to experiment in front of a live audience. Afterwards, the action moves online, to a bar, or another open place of conversation where the audience talks back and the performer listens.

Led by Town Hall Artist-In-Residence Ahamefule J. Oluo, prominent Seattle performers and artists dig deep to confess a story that they have never told publicly. Audience members in turn explore the assumption that art is about communication and from that assumption the hypothesis that the more honest and vulnerable the communication is, the more it connects with people in a deep and personal level. As with all confessions, audience members are expected to respect the privacy of the storyteller and the first rule of Scratch Night: “What happens at Scratch Night stays at Scratch Night.”

Tickets are $5 at or 888/377-4510 and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm.
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. More info at
Ahamefule J. Oluo (Town Hall Artist-In-Residence)
Sean Nelson
Derek Sheen
Lindy West
Scratch Night: Crowdsourcing Fiction with Nassim Assefi and Scholar-In-Residence Lesley Hazleton
October 28, 2012 at 7:30pm
Downstairs at Town Hall, $5
What happens when readers and an author meet around a table to collaborate on a new piece of fiction? The second in a series of regular Scratch Nights (free-form, anything goes events where artists of all stripes have freedom to experiment in front of a live audience), is the brainchild of Town Hall Scholar-In-Residence Lesley Hazleton. The goal: to edit a new piece of fiction using
crowdsourcing and direct engagement between readers and an author. Inspired by the TEDGlobal 2012 conference on Radical Openness, Nassim Assefi will attempt to harness the wisdom of the masses to improve her novel during National Novel Writing Month in November 2012. Making transparent the opaque process of writing using wiki-like technology, Assefi will beta-test her rowdsourced novel-revising experiment with an intimate audience at Town Hall on October 28, questioning what it means to write a book in the digital age, blurring the lines between writer and reader, editor and audience.

Tickets are $5 at or 888/377-4510 and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm.
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. More info at

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