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Experience "A Taste of Home"

Experience “A Taste of Home”

The Chinatown-International District has played a central role in the story of Seattle’s Asian-American community for more than 120 years. Walking through the neighborhood today, you pass ornamental arches, historic placards and numerous small shops. But more than anything else, you are enveloped by food. Rows of hanging whole roasted ducks, glass jars stuffed with licorice plums, the beany aroma of a tofu factory....
Celebrate 100 years of Japanese-American Newspapers

Celebrate 100 years of Japanese-American Newspapers

The North American Times, later called the North American Post, was founded right here in Seattle’s International District in 1902. Today it remains the largest and oldest Japanese-language newspaper in the Pacific Northwest. After three and a half years of collaborative effort the Hokubei Hochi foundation has created a digital archive containing over 100 years of newspapers,...
A Local Odyssey of Epic Proportions

A Local Odyssey of Epic Proportions

The Seattle Times Literacy Fund, Newspapers In Education program partnered with Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project to develop The World War II Odyssey of King County’s Japanese Americans, an eight-page full color educational supplement originally published in The Seattle Times on Sunday, April 12, 2015. The supplement tells the story of Japanese Americans’ involuntary...
It's Official: May is Arts Education Month in King County!

It’s Official: May is Arts Education Month in King County!

Thank you to our King County Council for issuing a formal proclamation on May 4 designating May 2015 as Arts Education Month. The Council joins Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, and the 4Culture Board in recognizing the arts as a fundamental component of a complete education for...
Free Resource for Artists: Lynda.com

Free Resource for Artists: Lynda.com

Tory Franklin , artist, teacher and collaborator, is currently working with sister Eroyn Franklin on a public artwork for Harborview in the form of digital designs for vinyl window graphics. 4Culture asked Tory to share information about a new (free) resource  available through the King County and Seattle Library systems. Artists today use technology extensively....
Artists Up: Celebration & Networking Event

Artists Up: Celebration & Networking Event

Artists Up is pleased to invite artists who have participated in our past events, as well as artists interested in learning more about our goals and networking with other artists in the region – to a celebration and networking event. Light refreshments will be served. June 8th 6-8:30 PM ArtXchange Gallery, 512 1st Avenue South,...
Of Small Means: Vertical Plank Dwellings in the PNW

Of Small Means: Vertical Plank Dwellings in the PNW

Of Small Means is a presentation by local architecture historian and preservation consultant Kate Krafft, detailing her research findings about a construction method called Vertical plank construction (VPC). This method is distinct from the other methods commonly associated with Washington’s settlement era, such as full log, hewn log or balloon-frame, and is more prevalent in our region than had...
Poetry on Buses Roadshow, next stop: Bellevue

Poetry on Buses Roadshow, next stop: Bellevue

Let’s interrogate, complicate and celebrate “home” – with poetry, and at the library. Saturday, May 9 1.00 – 2.30 pm Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave NE “For many folks, ‘Where Are You From?’ is often a loaded question because the experience of answering can be complicated, invalidating and exhausting,” says poet Michelle Peñaloza a recent Blog4Culture post. Join Michelle...
Poetry Saturday in South County

Poetry Saturday in South County

Let’s interrogate, complicate and celebrate “home.”  With poetry – at the library and on the bus. Saturday, April 25 2.00 – 3.30 pm Covington Library, 2711 – 164th Ave SE “For many folks, ‘Where Are You From?’ is often a loaded question because the experience of answering can be complicated, invalidating and exhausting,” says poet Michelle Peñaloza a recent Blog4Culture...
Cultural Congress is Almost Here

Cultural Congress is Almost Here

Our region is home to a thriving, innovative tech community. While many have talked about its economic, demographic and structural impacts, we rarely have the opportunity to consider how tech both informs and transforms arts & culture. The 2015 Cultural Congress will explore some of those intersections through the theme of art and tech. The conference kicks off on Tuesday, April 28 with a day of fantastic sessions. One...
We’ve Only Just Begun…

We’ve Only Just Begun…

Creative Justice is 4Culture’s new arts-based alternative to incarceration for King County youth. Writer, musician, actor, and teaching artist, Shontina Vernon is leading the inaugural project session and working with 12 participants to tell their stories through interdisciplinary performance, new media, and poetic narrative. One by one they trickle in. Some days joyful and engaged,...
The Public Arena: Public Art and Its Role in Community

The Public Arena: Public Art and Its Role in Community

North Seattle College Art Gallery opens an exhibition on Tuesday, April 7 featuring eleven artists/artist teams that have created artwork for the public realm. The Public Arena: Public Art and Its Role in Community features proposals, plans, maquettes, working drawings, material samples, finished prototypes and parts that reveal the artistic development and evolution behind some...