Community Connections – The Program

“Your Community Connections program provides ongoing access to otherwise out of reach arts performances and in turn, inspires successful transition to independent living and lives regained.” – Aloha Inn

The Community Connection program aims to provide nonprofit organizations across the Puget Sound region with equitable access to high quality cultural experiences. We build bridges with diverse communities throughout the region through access to free tickets to concerts, music-making and special projects.

WHO DOES COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS SERVE?

Community Connections serves nonprofits or charitable (501c3) organizations that work in the areas of:

  • Youth
  • Active military and veterans
  • Senior citizens
  • Cultural organizations
  • Health services
  • Social services

View all of our Community Connections partners.

CONCERT TICKETS

Every Community Connections partner is eligible to receive free tickets to Seattle Symphony performances. These tickets can go to the people served by our partners and their families, employees or volunteers, or just whoever needs the tickets the most. Prior to the concert, partners will receive a tailored packet of materials designed to make the participant’s experience as joyful as possible.

RESIDENCIES

Seattle Symphony teaching artists collaborate with partner staff to design multi-week workshops that meet the goals of the organization. Residencies culminate in a participant-led performance or demonstration of their art-making.

Learn more about past residencies.

COMMUNITY COMPOSITIONS

These special artistic projects aim to bring the voices and stories of our community on to the concert stage. Participants have the opportunity to work with guest artists, teaching artists and Seattle Symphony musicians as we partner with your organization to create a new work of art that will premiere at a Seattle Symphony performance.

Learn more about past projects.

SIMPLE GIFTS

Seattle Symphony’s focus is on the power of music and the impact it can make on people who are experiencing stress, isolation and challenges in their lives. The Seattle Symphony began working with community partners serving individuals experiencing homelessness in 2013 through the Lullaby Project.

The Simple Gifts initiative aims to empower individuals experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity to connect with their creativity; develop deeper roots in the community through service, advocacy and collaboration; spark joy and inspire hope in individuals and communities that face disproportionate amounts of hardship; and raise awareness of the homelessness crisis that is occurring in King County.

The Shaker tune “Simple Gifts” was written in 1848 by Joseph Brackett and made famous by American composer Aaron Copland, who included it in his 1944 ballet, Appalachian Spring. In popular culture, this well-loved tune has come to symbolize simplicity, joy and freedom.

Learn more about the Simple Gifts initiative.

BECOME A PARTNER

Are you ready to apply to become a Community Connections partner? Click on the “apply now” button to request to become a partner.

Requests are reviewed on a rolling basis and you should expect to hear back about your application within 10 business days.

If you are interested in requesting auction tickets, please email auctions@seattlesymphony.org.

CONTACT US

For general questions and other inquiries about community programs, please contact us at 206.336.6613 or community.connections@seattlesymphony.org.