The Campaign For KEXP's New Home

Breaking New Ground Together

Hundreds of new artists like Macklemore were heard first on KEXP. More people will discover more music in KEXP’s New Home.

New Home design wins at 2016 INawards

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016

Congratulations to our colleagues at SkB Architects. Their work on KEXP’s New Home was one of nine winners at the 2016 INawards, presented by the International Interior Design Association’s Northern Pacific chapter. This year fifty-six projects were nominated by interior designers, architects and industrial designers from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Idaho. Thanks to SkB Architects and all the donors who helped transform KEXP’s New Home from a dream into a...

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Building Update: Food vendor

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016

With Grand Opening just two weeks away, here’s an update on the status of the food vendor for the Gathering Space of KEXP’s New Home: KEXP is currently in discussions with several potential food vendors, including local musician Grace Love. We’re still doing our due diligence with all these prospective vendors, and our potential vendors each have more due diligence to do to make sure KEXP’s New Home is a good fit for them. We plan to make our decision by the end of the second quarter of 2016. At this time, the only confirmed vendor for the Gathering Space is the La Marzocco café & showroom, which will be open for business by Grand...

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Building Update: New Mural

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016

Have you noticed the very long and colorful art installation along Republican Street, between Warren and 1st Avenue North, at the site of KEXP’s New Home? It’s still a work in progress, and this weekend you have an opportunity help complete it while showcasing your love of music. On Saturday, March 19 from 2-5 p.m., mural artist Aramis Hamer will host a community information and engagement session at The Vera Project, just north of Key Arena on the Seattle Center campus. She invites anyone interested to bring their old CDs, LPs, and cassette tapes (just a couple per person, please), which she will use as sculptural elements in the mural. Hamer’s vibrant mural, which includes acrylic paint and found objects, will celebrate Seattle’s diverse communities and reflect the history and evolution of the music industry. It will take viewers from KEXP’s library to the entrance of Seattle Center. The mural is intended to engage the imagination as a fitting tribute the KEXP’s New Home. According to Hamer, “Music is definitely one of my main inspirations. Songs are like stories and while listening to the lyrics, an image forms in my mind inspiring the next piece.” Hamer moved to Seattle from Chicago, IL. Her work is heavily influenced by street art, hip hop, and urban landscapes. Hamer has created a number of paintings for private commissions and public exhibition, and collaborated with community members of the Central Area to create an interactive chalkboard mural at 23rd and Union in the summer of 2015. She completed the Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Boot Camp in 2015. Funding provided by Seattle Center 1% for Art and Seattle Center funds. Learn more about the installation and event here.              ...

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Building Update: Quality Craftsmanship

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016

  Throughout the campaign to build KEXP’s New Home, we’ve sought to bring the same originality, care, and curatorial excellence that you expect from KEXP programming to the construction of our new facility at Seattle Center. That aesthetic extends to some very special furnishings created by listeners. While more and more of the music you hear on KEXP now resides in the digital library and playback system developed for us by Dalet, we still have an enormous collection of compact discs and vinyl records. To help organize the latter, San Francisco designer Kate Koeppel made KEXP a handcrafted set of typographic wooden record dividers. Although Kate listened to KEXP while attending the University of Washington, her appreciation grew exponentially after she moved to the Bay Area in 2009. Seven years later, “music that matters” continues to play an essential role in her aesthetic. “If I hadn’t found so much music that I love through KEXP, I probably wouldn’t have built my career around music and music collectors,” says Kate. Visitors to the Gathering Space in KEXP’s New Home should delight in a unique piece of furniture contributed by Seattle artist Jeff Skierka. Jeff spent over a hundred hours building our new Mixtape Table, a 12:1 scale replica of a cassette tape, made from high-grade Baltic birch plywood with maple veneer, solid walnut “tape,” and a hand-rubbed oil finish. “I decided to donate the Mixtape Table to KEXP because I listen to the station every day and without it the table might not even exist,” says Jeff. “When I heard about the New Home, I thought there really could be no better place for this table to be than around a ton of real music lovers.” For more information about these amazing artists and music lovers, please visit Kate Koeppel Design and Jeff Skierka Designs. Thank you to Kate and Jeff for their very special donations to KEXP’s New...

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