The Levee Breaking

Mission: The Levee Breaking's mission is to strengthen and unify creative arts communities through collaborative, community inspired projects and resource sharing.

The Levee Breaking is a support-the-arts nonprofit headquartered in Seattle. Drawing inspiration from the Slow Food Movement, they produce creative projects that are locally and regionally focused, intensely collaborative, and geared towards engaging emerging artists and their communities.

The ideal projects succeed by engaging emerging artists and showcasing their work, directly involving and contributing to the larger community, and resulting in increasingly connected and self-aware arts communities.

The Levee Breaking is an Associated Program of Shunpike.

Category: Arts, Culture & Humanities


Ways to Get Involved:

Annual and ongoing arts projects and community programming take place throughout the calendar year.

In August they produce the Gigantic Bicycle Festival, a three day outdoor music and arts festival, with independent film, local and regional bands, performing artists, large and interactive art and installation, bicycle quidditch matches, road bike rides, cyclocross, bike builders, and camping. Some 100-120 volunteers support the festival weekend. Most help for a single day and stay to camp the rest of the weekend.

During the Spring, they host gallery and film events at spaces in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area. Volunteers help with installations and set up, introducing guests to interactive artworks, and with film and music presentation.

In the late Fall they release a compilation album called Love No Love, with an event at the Triple Door and sales of the album benefiting New Beginnings. During September they get volunteers together for a weekend to work at assembling the album and album packaging.

During April through October, they host Levee Breaking Soccer at Gasworks Park, inviting musicians, radio & label staff, studio engineers, venue bookers and festival producers to spend second Saturday of Month afternoons chasing around a soccer ball. Volunteers help with setting up sidelines (water coolers, gatorade, orange slices, Theo Chocolate), and join in as players or occasionally referees.