I belong to an amazing social club. This social club is conveniently located in a cozy, half-hidden storefront on Capitol Hill. It is full of artists and creative folks who make fantastic things happen all over the city. We have social hours on Friday night wherein we get pleasantly intoxicated and shoot the breeze (I’ve found out a lot about the art world this way). On Mondays we have coworking, where I can work on my boring projects in the company of nice people with much more interesting projects, which I can then distract myself with by asking about them.
This is Canoe Social Club. And Canoe Social Club is taking applications for new members. You should join. Details below.
What is Canoe?
Canoe is a Washington State non-profit (operating like a 501(c)7) member-based social club in Seattle. I am a member and you can be too! We have a clubhouse which is used to promote the mutual and social benefit of our members. This is what makes us a social club. We are about member benefit and not public benefit. Our mission statement: Canoe Social Club is a member-based social club in Seattle, Washington that exists to foster an environment wherein its members are challenged and supported in creation of art, community and creative solutions.
Essentially, Canoe is a group of about 90 people (mostly Seattle residents) who have created a community loosely centered around art, and who enjoy getting together for conversation, socializing, networking, and idea sharing. Also, we have a clubhouse.
- Networking – Canoe is a great place to share, network, and garner resources/support for your work, projects and self. From weekly social hours, to involvement in the annual Smoke Farm lo-fi festival, to art supply trades, clothing swaps and access to an interdisciplinary, intergenerational email list and facebook group of Seattle artists and supporters – Canoe is a great way to get stuff/connections and support your life and work.
- Events – We like to have fun and support local art. In addition to weekly Friday night social hours, we host every-other-week live/nude figure drawing (members pay only $5 for a 3 hour session), free monthly/bi-monthly art events like Secret Cinema or Storytelling, we also regularly co-host SAM Remix, and more.
- Workspace – New this fall we’ve started having coworking Mondays for members, weekly at the wi-fi enabled clubhouse (417 E Loretta Place |98102)
- Creative Space – Canoe’s events are planned by members for member benefit and can occur regularly or as one-offs: from gallery shows, to Sunday Blues Brunches, song writing nights, Book clubs, individual artist/company fundraisers, open mics, as a member you can plan events for/with membership to support the club and your practice.
- Projector – so we can watch movies and presentations
- Gallery space – has been quiet lately but we’re looking to up the ante with programming this space in the coming months.
- BYOB – as a member organization we are able to host social hours and bring our own beer/liquor to consume on premises. This saves some members a bunch of dough since they can meet/hang w/out paying bar prices. And allows those who don’t drink a place to bring in whatever concoction you want and not have to pay $4 for ice water!
- Wifi – for working at the club
- Lockers – to keep all your figure drawing supplies, favorite drink cozies, and unicorn masks.
How to Join
You can pick up an application for membership at the Canoe Clubhouse, 417 E Loretta Place (Capitol Hill, right off Olive & around the corner from Pretty Parlor). The best times to come by are Mondays from 10am to 4pm (coworking!) or Friday evenings from 8pm to midnight (social hours!).