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Consent Academy needs you!

Consent is a huge thing that’s being talked about right now, and it’s not even close to big enough. Talking about it is not enough and we’re setting out to do more. This is your chance to be a part of that.

The FSPC is organizing the Consent Academy. This will be a group put together to teach about Consent for individuals, schools, and organizations. We are also working to expand the amount and caliber of Consent Education being provided. We are starting here in Seattle and plan to move out from here.

We are looking for a group of eight dedicated volunteers to get this program up and running as quickly as possible. Our goal is to have a working group creating new curriculum and taking contracts by November of this year. If you are someone, or if you know someone, who would like to participate details on how to apply are listed below.

blessingPositions we are looking to fill:

  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Internet Presence/Social Media Coordinator
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Consent Curriculum Creators
  • Consent Educators

What we expect from applicants:

  • A minimum of 12 hours of work in roll per month (probably more for a few months)
  • An ability to attend monthly group meetings (preferably in person)
  • A dedication to understanding consent and its complexity
  • A dedication to modeling consent and consensual behavior
  • A willingness to work in a collaborative environment
  • Flexibility in roll and duties

If you are interested please send a letter of intent stating why consent work is important to you, how you believe you would fit into our organization, and your willingness to commit to this crusade. Include a current resume and how you would like us to contact you. Applications can be emailed to [email protected]. We expect to be doing interviews the first week of October.

If you have any further questions, let us know. Also, we are working to put together a list of organizations that need, want, or would benefit from Consent Education. If you know of any such places, please let us know that as well.

Best Regards,

Sar Surmick
[email protected]

A Letter From The Executive Director


As the Executive Director for the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture, I am proud of the incredible journey the Foundation has embarked on. I’ve been part of creating the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, one of the largest and most successful festivals of it’s kind in the country, an extensive and ever changing education program, and The Pacific Northwest Library for Sex Positive Culture. I am honored to have been part of the establishment of these and other, smaller projects over the last eight years.

I am thrilled to announce, as of January 1, 2015, I will be passing the torch to a new Executive Director, Sophia Iannicelli. Sophia has been involved with the Foundation for many years on the Seattle Erotic Art Festival team and two years ago took on the lead role in expanding our education program two and a half years ago. I couldn’t think of a better person to take the Foundation into its next phase as Sophia with her drive, and passion, to further sex positive culture. Thank you, Sophia, for being willing to take on this job.

And while I may be stepping down from leadership, I will not be going away. My heart wouldn’t allow it. I will be staying on, for the time being, as a board member so I can continue to be part of this wonderful organization.

I am also the Executive Director of our sister organization, The Center for Sex Positive Culture. I will be stepping down from that position, as well, at Allena-Gabosch-FSPCthe first of the year when they hire their new Managing Director and staying on as their Development Director.

Semi-retirement is where I’m headed and I’m very excited. I look forward to working on the Foundation Board and as I’ll have a bit more time on my hands, I hope to publish the first of my books before too long.

Thank you all for the opportunity to lead such an amazing organization.

Allena Gabosch

Year End Retrospective and Giving Campaign

The Foundation for Sex Positive Culture promotes the many ways sex is beneficial through education, outreach, the arts, advocacy, and research programs that serve the public.

14376520636_e76527bbd1_bA major goal of the Foundation for 2014 has been to evaluate and assure alignment of all our programs with our mission. We are pleased to report that each program and event that the Foundation presents to the public now fully supports the mission’s sentiment that accepting our sexual identities and selves is a necessity to living life as a healthy and whole individual. An example of this realignment is the successful Seduction 2014, where we expanded the dance party into an event that showcases and celebrates erotic performance art.

We started the year with opening the Pacific Northwest Library for Sex Positive Culture to the general public. This was a huge change in our operations, as we have never had a daily presence with open hours. We extend our deepest gratitude to Lisa and Chloe, the amazing volunteer co-directors, and their staff that spearheaded the Library renovation and open hours program.

Our Education program reached 1700+ individuals through 105 educational opportunities over the year. Respecting the spectrum from asexual to omnisexual, the Education Program supported people in exploring and nurturing the type and amount of sex, sensual pleasure, and intimacy that is right for them though a variety of workshops and lectures. Examples of this year’s offerings: Holiday Survival Kit – Being Out and Coming Out; Bondage 101; Increasing Intimacy; Conscious Self-Pleasuring; and Legal Options for Non-Traditional Relationships.

The Foundation allows and encourages local sexual health researchers and educators to access our extensive Library and provides space to interview and meet with those that they serve. The Evergreen AIDS Foundation offers weekly free HIV testing and counseling on site. We frequently support the University of Washington Virology Clinic search for subjects for specific clinical trials.

SophiaLeilaThe Seattle Erotic Art Festival (SEAF) celebrated it’s 12th anniversary with incredible art from all over the world, performances that mesmerized, and interactive installations that titillated and confronted. We are very proud to have maintained our average of 25% of exhibition art sold, continuing our legacy of supporting living artists by selling more art than any other comparable event. Every year, thousands of people bravely consent to have their concepts of what is erotic broadened.

Creating these opportunities takes a tremendous amount of resources and we rely heavily on our volunteers and donors, in addition to our programs’ income. As you consider your year-end giving, please add the Foundation to the list of organizations that you enjoy supporting. We are a 501(c) 3 nonprofit which means that not only are donations tax-deductible, many employers will match all or part of your donation.

December 2nd is Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. This is our first year as a participating organization. If you choose to donate on December 2nd, we will give you a commemorative wine glass for every hundred dollars you donate. Donations can be made via the Amazon Donation button on our website, a credit card over the phone, or mailing a check.

Of course, you do not need to wait until December 2 to donate. You can donate today, tomorrow, or any day between now and the end of the year for your donation to be tax deductible for 2014. Please go to our website for more information about making a donation.

Thank you so much for supporting the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture. We look forward to creating an amazing 2015 with you!

eroticWordPlayYours in gratitude,
Allena Gabosch, Executive Director
Sophia Iannicelli, Festival Director


PS: All donation are applied to our general fund, unless indicated otherwise. If you would like your donation to directly benefit The Pacific Northwest Library for Sex Positive Culture, the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, or the Education Program, please email us.