One of the 50 CultureMakers of Seattle as listed in City Arts Magazine and founder of The Round, Nathan has been leading Abbey Arts programs since it’s start in 2005. Like many of the staff at the Abbey, he began as a volunteer who wanted to help change the city through community arts interaction.
Drawn to the vision of re-purposing an empty old building to vibrant community use, he jumped right in and got to work fixing up the space (along with the support of COTA & many community volunteers). Nathan founded The Round, a monthly music & arts experience, and brought it to the Abbey for it’s 6th edition in late 2005. The Round reached #100 in September 2013 with big events at Bumbershoot, Golden Gardens, and the Abbey. The Round has now been produced in at least 9 other cities around the US.
Before arriving in Seattle Nathan earned a degree in Business from Western Washington University while running his own landscaping company, booking bands, and producing indie concerts in unusual spaces.
In working to connect bands & audiences with nonprofit charities, Nathan later founded Bands Without Borders which operated benefit concerts and awareness programs supporting humanitarian groups in Haiti, Honduras, and Seattle. The “Backpacks Not Buckets” campaign sent school backpacks to kids in Honduras via partner Water 1st.
Nathan also managed the early careers of artists like The Lonely Forest (who signed to Billions Booking & Atlantic/Trans) and supported his younger brother Isaac Marion in his literary career (a published author in 13+ countries with a major movie, Warm Bodies).
Volunteer work: The Melodic Caring Project concerts streamed to children’s hospitals (Advisory Board, 2012-14), BF Day Elementary playground/park (Design Committee, 2012-13), Fremont Chamber of Commerce (Board Member 2009-11), Bands Without Borders (Founder/Board Member, 2006-09), Arts Aftercare (Advisory, 2010-14), Water 1st Intl, Clean Water for Haiti (Board Member, 2005-06), NW Benefit CD for Children’s Hospital (Board Member 2006-08), Green Bean Coffeehouse (nonprofit), more.
Enjoys: Paddleboarding, indie films, designing events, slow food, organic farms, horseback riding, volleyball, and running barefoot at Greenlake.
Music that helps my mood: Soley, Dustin O’Halloran, Sigur Ros, Abby Gundersen, The Album Leaf, Balmorhea, Bardot, more.
Lives: On the north edge of Fremont, in the “Greenlakeford” neighborhood
Other: Loves designing creative events around the US and helping nonprofits and community groups to revive “Lonely Buildings“.
Favorite website: Colossal
At 1pm on a Saturday: Outside on a ‘choose your own adventure’ with his niece & nephews, or paddleboarding at Golden Gardens
Why I work at Abbey Arts: I know how valuable support is to an emerging artist and am inspired by the opportunities new musicians, visual artists, dancers & nonprofits are given at Abbey Arts. I am so excited to be able to give back and support a vibrant arts community.
Music everyone should know about: Over the Rhine, Jamestown Revival, The Banner Days, Joseph, The Lumineers, Naomi Wachira, Noah Gundersen, Tyler Edwards, Glass Animals, Seafret, yesicant
More about me: After graduating from Western Washington, I moved to SW China for nine years and spent much of that time providing graphic design & photography services for amazing nonprofits overseas. I loved wandering around new cities with a camera, getting to know strangers along the way, and cooking up random adventures. I moved back to the US in 2013 and have been adventuring at the Abbey (and beyond) since.
Ask Me About: How to work your camera, where the best hot pot is, how to travel without loosing your sanity, how much coffee is too much, how to be the good cop, cool Chinese idioms, how many miles are on my old silver Volvo.
Why I work at Abbey Arts: Arts communities play a vital role in expanding thought and social progress. I’m excited to help provide creative spaces and to continue to expand connectivity through creative expression across our beautiful city!
Music that helps my mood: Blackalicious, My Morning Jacket, Wu-Tang Clan, Blind Melon, Kendrick Lamar, Brian Eno and David Byrne, Fela Kuti, Bjork, Gary Clark Jr., Shelby Earl, Junior Kimbrough, Barrington Levy, Blockhead, Prefuse 73, MF Doom.
More about me: I am a published author, teaching artist, and co-founder of the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program. Back in the day I appeared on several national poetry slam teams (Seattle) and was the Seattle Grand Slam Champion of 2008. I have taught creative writing all across Washington State as writer-in-residence with the The Skagit Valley Poetry Foundation and I am currently a senior writer-in-residence here in Seattle for Writers in The Schools. I have no pets.
Ask Me About: Men’s fashion (boots), ice hockey, dream language, urban adventuring, fly-fishing on the Yakima river, how the earth was named.
Why I work at Abbey Arts: I get to be involved in the creation, production, and promotion of music in Seattle!
Music everyone should know about: Sleeping At Last, James Blake, The National, Wolf Parade, Animal Collective, and Future Islands
More about me: I grew up in Orange County, California, went to high school in Spokane, Washington, and am now enrolled at Seattle Pacific University. I believe in the wonder of music and the power of any and all breakfast foods. The ocean is pretty neat, and pizza is even neater. Good movies > good popcorn – but not by much. I love my friends, and I admire people who can tolerate cats. I like making new things, and admiring old ones. I like Seattle, and I like you!
Ask Me About: What song will fit your mood RIGHT now, my favorite sneaker (per the given moment), the implementation of the augmented 6th chord, the many interpretations of the word “faith”, and the most wonderful time of the year (aka March Madness).
Why I work at Abbey Arts: I absolutely love music and Seattle. Being able to work in a space filled with creative and talented people to bring music and art to Seattle’s community is a truly magical thing that I’m happy to be a part of.
Music everyone should know about: Tennis, Shakey Graves, Jim Croce, Ian McFeron, Har Mar Superstar, Rooney, FIDLAR, Tacocat, The Strokes (and all the members’ side projects: Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, Albert Hammond Jr., Little Joy, Summer Moon).
More about me: I was born in Seattle and after moving around throughout my childhood, came back to study graphic design at Seattle Pacific University. I love tea, coffee, meeting new people, sweaters, going to concerts, rock climbing, and pizza. I hope to continue involving myself in the music and art and eventually go after opportunities all over the globe.
Ask Me About: My favorite concerts, the best coffee spots in Seattle, The Strokes, and Leadville, Colorado.
Why I work at Abbey Arts: to be a part of a tight knit community within the enormity that is the city of Seattle, and to help facilitate cool arts experiences.
Music everyone should know about: Garth Brooks, Go Radio, Sugarland, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Jesse & Joy, Dirks Bentley, Lee Brice, Immortal Technique
More about me: I grew up in a tiny farm town (think population 200) and moved to Seattle the day after I turned 18. Currently attending Seattle Pacific University double majoring in Business and Economics. As a way to get around taking art in high school (because drawing definitely isn’t my forte), I took floral design and advanced floral design, which led to me doing flowers for weddings/funerals, which led to me planning weddings, which led me to event support at the Abbey.
Ask Me About: What to do if you ever find yourself being chased by a bull or bear, how to get through life without coffee or tea, how to be a budgeting master.
Why I work at Abbey Arts: I work at the Abbey Arts, because Seattle is my home, and music has been an enormous part of my entire life. Whether I’ve been playing my piano, my violin, or randomly teaching myself the guitar and recorder, music has always been there for me, rooted in all that I know. It feels fulfilling to be able to be part of a place where music is created and shared with so many wonderful complete strangers and seeing how music connects every one of us.
Music everyone should know about: Modest Mouse, Franz and Ferdinand, Chvrches, Tegan and Sara, Phantogram, The Shins, Trifonic, The XX, XXYYXX, Arcade Fire, eDIT, The Cinematic Orchestra, Madcon, Soundgarden, The Verve, Sublime, The Pixies, Surfer Blood, Beck, Matchbox Twenty, The Cranberries, Incubus, Blue Foundation, Leagues, The Black Keys, Ms Mr, Krewella, The Smashing Pumpkins, Phoenix, Ratatat, Danzig, Young the Giant, Purity Ring, Fitz & The Tantrums, M.I.A., Anamanaguchi, Blackmill, The Fugees,Chevelle, Passion Pit, Alt-J, Little Dragon, Noosa, Pendulum, Lauryn Hill, John Legend, J Cole, Muse, Flume, Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Two Door Cinema Club, C2C, Marc E. Bassy, Disclosure, Halsey, Tame Impala.
More about me: I was born in New York, but with the universal changes we all face, I have lived in Minnesota, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and now Washington, always in multiple cities, learning to adapt to new environments and change, and thus causing my love and adornment for travel and seeing the world. I currently attend Seattle Pacific University, where I hope to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration, progressing toward my dreams and aspirations.
Ask me about: Music Theory, how to paint, how to travel on a college student’s budget, where to get the best tacos and/or prawns and chips, and how to cook Indian and Mediterranean food.
Why I work at Abbey Arts: I have found solace, comfort, strength in creativity and witnessed its capacity to heal, nourish the soul, the community. I believe in building inviting spaces so that the arts can be a part of all peoples lives in whatever ways, expected and unexpected. Supporting individual or collaborative expansion, Abbey Arts beholds the ability to bring people together through music, word, and experience.
Music everyone should know about: Cate Le Bon, Mulatu Astatke, Nina Simone, Taj Mahal, Lord Huron, Rolling Stones, Tracy Chapman, Angel Olson, Amadou & Miriam, Captain Beefheart, The Growlers, Mac DeMarco, Roots of Chicha…
More about me: When I’m not reading for my studies in Education, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Social Justice in Museology, I can be found repairing clothing with my 1935 Singer Featherweight, trying out a new ferment recipe, swimming in Green Lake, going on long walks and talking with my family in the Midwest. When traversing the city or adventuring, I adore public transportation, cycling & driving my ‘86 VW Diesel Golf (best yet: 62 mpg).
Ask Me About: being from the land of 10,000 lakes, making biodiesel/old diesel vehicles, finding good free food, “what is science,” watercoloring, acupuncture, canoeing, bike touring, traditional handcraft (basket weaving esp.), growing up in a family of historians/collectors & an auctioneer father, being in a circus
*Abbey Artists rehearse, teach, and create in the space and give back to the community by volunteering.