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Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City

Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City

In March, the University of Washington published Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City by local natural history writer David B. Williams, author of Too High and Too Steep: Resphaping Seattle’s Topography. Williams’ new book contains 17 walks, which weave together the history, natural history, and architecture of Seattle to paint a complex,...
Guest Post: Social Justice and Community Collaboration at the Renton History Museum

Guest Post: Social Justice and Community Collaboration at the Renton History Museum

All museum exhibitions require extensive planning, but especially so when the exhibit deals with complex topics like race and representation. In this guest post, Renton History Museum staffers Elizabeth P. Stewart, Director, Sarah Samson, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, and Kim Owens, Public Engagement Coordinator give us some insight into their preparations for Sorting Out Race,...
Guest Post: Kent Arts Commission launches Kent Creates

Guest Post: Kent Arts Commission launches Kent Creates

4Culture is opening up shop in Kent, with Hello 4Culture, and we thought it was a good time to check in with Ronda Billerbeck, the Cultural Programs Manager for the City of Kent and Director of the Kent Arts Commission, to see what she’s working on these days. We were excited to learn about one of...
Guest Post: the Wing Looks Back to Move Forward

Guest Post: the Wing Looks Back to Move Forward

As we approach the 75th anniversary of the year thousands of Americans of Japanese descent were ordered by the U.S. government to leave their homes and forced into incarceration, we asked Cassie Chin, Deputy Executive Director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience to share how the museum is commemorating this complex...
Guest Post: Celebrating Filipino-American Elders

Guest Post: Celebrating Filipino-American Elders

Michelle Peñaloza is the author of two chapbooks, and has had her poetry and essays featured in several publications. She received a 2015 Art Projects grant supporting her work on a collection of in-progress poetry. This Friday, she’ll read from her manuscript alongside other Filipino-American writiers at a location that deepens and enriches our understanding of...
Guest Post: Seeds

Guest Post: Seeds

Olisa Enrico-Johnson is a Mentor Artist in our Creative Justice program, an arts-based alternative to youth incarceration in King County. After leading a group of court-involved youth through three months of creating and dialogue, she shares her insights: The first day of our 12 week session. Chairs set in a circle. A black journal on...
Remembering Jazz Legend Ernestine Anderson

Remembering Jazz Legend Ernestine Anderson

We are proud to share this very special post, featuring two legendary figures of Seattle’s Jazz community. Grammy-nominated jazz singer Ernestine Anderson passed away in March, leaving behind the legacy of an incredible career that began in Seattle’s Central District. Her friend and Garfield High School classmate Grace Holden—daughter of Seattle Jazz’s “royal family”—generously shared...
Guest Post: Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?

Guest Post: Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?

Eunice Kim is an internationally recognized printmaker living and working in Ravensdale, Southeast King County. She received a 2015 Tech Specific grant for her project Nontoxic Printmaking at Cedar River Watershed. Here, she tells us a little bit about the upcoming program. Do you know where your water comes from? Join us and find out!...
Guest Post: Highline Historical Society Expands its Reach

Guest Post: Highline Historical Society Expands its Reach

Nancy Salguero McKay is the Curator of Collections and Exhibits at the Highline Historical Society, soon to be the Highline Heritage Museum. As the organization grows and changes, Nancy shares some insight into how she approaches her work, and into how she and her colleagues work to reflect and engage their communities: We tell the stories of...
Guest Post: Greg Ruby Rediscovers a Jazz Pioneer

Guest Post: Greg Ruby Rediscovers a Jazz Pioneer

In 2015, I received funding from both 4Culture Heritage Projects and 4Culture Arts Projects to preserve, interpret, and promote musical compositions created by Seattle jazz pioneer Frank D. Waldron, one of the most important figures in early Seattle jazz. Born in 1890, Waldron settled in Seattle in 1907, and by 1912 was performing throughout the...
Stephanie Guerra: Stories Unlocked

Stephanie Guerra: Stories Unlocked

Rob Ellis, 1/365 I think I’ve got too much time on my hands?, Digital Photograph. (cc) 2011   Stephanie Guerra was awarded an Art Projects grant for her project, Stories Unlocked, an ongoing publication of writing by students incarcerated in King County Juvenile Detention Center and at-risk teens in our region. Here Stephanie shares why she does this work and why these...
People of the Central Area Series

People of the Central Area Series

The Honorable Richard A. Jones grew up a block from Garfield High School, attended Seattle University and the University of Washington, and served his state as a lawyer, prosecutor, and King County and Federal Judge. As part of the digital project People of the Central Area, he shared his experience growing up in the Central District, and how...