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Never before have I been so relieved to slam the door on a year than I am saying goodbye to 2016. (Cue the ceremonial expletives.)

There are plenty of reasons for concern about where 2017 might take us—but there are reasons for hope, too. Among them are the brilliant, buoyant folks on this year’s Future List, 10 inspiring artists who are courageous, vocal leaders full of insight and nerve. Through their progressive, innovative work in a broad array of creative disciplines, these artists are sculpting our evolving culture and influencing the way we see ourselves and each other. Theirs is the future I want to believe in. I encourage you to let their optimism and determination seep into your bones.

The Future List was born in January 2012 as a way for City Arts to celebrate artists who are either emerging as powerful creative forces in our community or ascending to peak form. This approach naturally lends itself to spotlighting fresh perspectives and introducing you to people you’ve never encountered before. Seattle may sometimes seem like a small pond where everyone knows everyone; the Future List is my favorite way to remind myself that this city is bigger than we realize.

Leah Baltus
Editor in Chief
leahb@cityartsmagazine.com

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