MEDIA ALERT/PHOTO OP: Centennial Gala at Paramount

Seattle, WA -- Cornish College of the Arts celebrates 100 years in Seattle, WA, on Friday, November 14, 2014, with Centennial Gala at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. Founder Nellie Cornish started her school exactly 100 years to the day on November 14, 1914, on Capitol Hill. Today the college’s campus includes facilities on Capitol Hill, in South Lake Union neighborhood, and the Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center.

The November 14 black-tie event is sold-out. Entertainment features recent Cornish alumnus Mary Lambert, multimedia artist Miwa Matreyek, and several student performances. Seattle actor and Cornish faculty member Timothy McCuen Piggee will serve as the host for the evening, introducing Cornish College of the Arts President Nancy Uscher and her special guests.

In honor of this Centennial, Mayor Ed Murray has proclaimed November 14, 2014, as Cornish College of the Arts Day in Seattle. A similar announcement has been made by Governor Jay Inslee in recognition of Cornish’s contributions to Washington State.

The best time to film guests arriving for the event would be between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm at the Paramount Theatre. A special red carpet area has been set up inside the lobby and filming may take place there.

More about Cornish College of the Arts

Begun in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Performance Production and Theater, a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Early Music. Since its beginning, the College’s founder Nellie Cornish, and the many teaching artists who followed her, believed in education through exposure to all the arts. This approach continues to inform the College’s curriculum and community involvement today. The College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. 

The College’s main campus is located at South Lake Union, where it is currently adding a 20-story residence hall that will open in August 2015. The Art, Design, Film+Media Department, the Theater Department, and the Performance Production Department are located there. The Cornish also owns the historic Kerry Hall on Capitol Hill, where it has taught dance and music since the 1920s. This building also houses the PONCHO Concert Hall and the administrative offices of the Dance and Music Departments.

At the Seattle Center, Cornish operates the Cornish Playhouse, originally the home of the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Intiman Theatre. Today the Cornish Playhouse and the Cornish Playhouse Studio serve as the home for many student productions as well as serving more than 30 nonprofits annually.

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