2016 Ampersand Live: Artist John Grade
John Grade reimagines an ancient tree through sculpture and community involvement
John Grade shares how his search for an “ordinary” tree develops into a community art project at Town Hall for Forterra’s Ampersand Live on 11/10/2016
Related Perspectives — Ampersand Live
Ampersand Magazine goes from page to stage at the Moore Theatre for Ampersand LIVE! Join us for an engaging evening of storytelling about people and place.
An eclectic mix of artists, journalists and activists celebrated people and place at Town Hall in Seattle on Nov 6, 2014. Armchair travel through the Pacific Northwest during two hours of thoughtful, edgy, funny, political, corny, scientific and emotional storytelling at this unrehearsed event.
Two days after the presidential election showed us how divided we are as a country, more than 700 people came together for an evening of stories, spoken word, photography, parkour and song.
Bob and Sue Mecklenburg were so moved by our stage show, they wrote about it to their friends and family. Read their words here.
Forterra’s second Ampersand Live showcased a diverse group of storytellers joyfully celebrating what we love about the Pacific Northwest.
Gabriel Campanario uses his sketchpad to immortalize historic buildings the city has lost to development, to capture moments in time and to learn from the experiences of those he meets along the way. From angry turkeys and goats to kayaks, urban sketching turns even the mundane into an adventure.
Ampersand LIVE was an incredible evening. From Jehan’s incredulous retelling of the time she ran from lightning towards the jaws of a Grizzly bear, to Paul’s intimate war portraits of iconic creatures threatened by climate change, to Jade’s heartrending dance, to Okanomode’s high notes, to Bill’s recipe for “goo,” there were so many unforgettable and thought-provoking moments—all punctuated by gorgeous harmonies from The Westerlies. It was a night filled with gratitude, amazement, love and hope for our Pacific Northwest.