Announcement from the FAR-West Board

The FAR-West Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Reese Tanimura to our Board, effective immediately, to fill an open term that expires in 2022.

In addition to being a musician, Reese is the Managing Director of Northwest Folklife, a Seattle-based cultural arts and heritage organization, whose mission is: “To create opportunities for all to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest.” Since 2008, Reese has led the Rain City Jazz Orchestra, an ensemble uplifting the musical contributions of womxn and non-binary individuals in jazz. She is a founding member of the urban folkgrass group, Lavender Lucy, and co-hosts the long-running Womanotes program on community radio station, KBCS. Currently, Reese serves as the Chair of the Seattle Music Commission, with a deep commitment to building a thriving, local creative economy and ecosystem.

In Reese’s words: “I am interested in serving on the board of FAR-West because I believe that the mission and goals of the organization strongly align with my passion and work around the creative ecosystem, particularly as it relates to cultural heritage, roots and community. The geography that makes up FAR-West is also very much matched with the regions and communities that Northwest Folklife serves, and I would be excited to both broaden our networks, as well as share the regional and global work that Folk Alliance constituents are engaged in with some of our more local communities and partners.”

Reese will be an incredible asset to the community of FAR-West as we continue to strive toward our farwestconnects mission and goals.

Here is a list of our current FAR-West Board members to which Reese has now been added : https://far-west.org/about/board/ 

Congratulations and welcome Reese!

Jeanette Lundgren, FAR-West Secretary

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