Artists Lend Support To KEXP Seattle Center Proposal
August 11, 2010 at 7:24 AM (PT)
A proposal to build a new studio facility for UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON noncommercial Alternative KEXP/SEATTLE at SEATTLE CENTER has gained support from several artists as the plan battles other proposals for the site of the former "Fun Forest."
The SEATTLE TIMES reports that DAVE MATTHEWS, ANN and NANCY WILSON of HEART, DUFF MCKAGAN, and PEARL JAM have signed a letter to support the move, and MATTHEWS sent a second letter as an individual touting the plan to move to the park in central SEATTLE, which includes the SPACE NEEDLE and KEY ARENA. NPR President/CEO VIVIAN SCHILLER, SUB POP RECORDS co-founder JONATHAN PONEMAN, and other figures in the local and national cultural community have also lent their support to the KEXP proposal.
The KEXP plan, which includes an artists' lounge, busking program, and public green space as well as a studio for the station, is competing with a proposal for a DALE CHIHULY glass art exhibit supported by private money from the SPACE NEEDLE CORP., a Native American cultural center, a new facility for the MUSEUM OF THE MYSTERIES, and two outdoor-space plans.