The Arts and Social Change Symposium is October 12th & 13th

ECHOES AFROPERUANOS by DE CAJóN Project, Photo: © Blanca Santandern 2011
ECHOES AFROPERUANOS by DE CAJóN Project, Photo: © Blanca Santandern 2011

 Register for one or both days – visit the Exhibition Hall

There are three weeks to go until the Arts and Social Change Symposium on October 12 and 13th, at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. The Arts and Social Change Symposium seeks to provide inspiration, participation in dialogue, learning, and community building.

The lectures, panels, and workshops have been finalized. The symposium will be headlined by three keynote speakers:

Friday Afternoon:

Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC, will speak on Friday at noon on “Making Art, Making Change: Demographic Trends and Transformative Possibilities in Uncertain Times.” Dr. Pastor Speaks frequently on the issues of demographic change, economic inequality, and community empowerment and has contributed opinion pieces to the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Huffington Post, among others.

Friday Evening Showcase:

The Friday evening showcase is “American Me,” from Tou Ger Xiong (TOO-JUR-SHONG), a Hmong artist and activist, labeled “one of the most influential Hmong in America today.” Professionals refer to him as the first Hmong comedian, bilingual storyteller, and consultant on multicultural issues.

Saturday Afternoon:

The Saturday afternoon plenary session is conducted by Donna Walker-Kuhne. Acknowledged as the nation’s foremost expert on audience diversification, Ms. Walker-Kuhne is an accomplished arts administrator and adult educator, devoting her career to increasing the accessibility and connection to the arts by our Nation’s rapidly growing multicultural population.

Other Workshops and Panels:

Beyond the three headliners, there are a host of other lectures and panels from experts in the field available at the symposium. For more information about the headliners, the other panels and lectures, or to register for the conference, please visit

Gallery Exhibition:

Running alongside the Symposium will be the free gallery in the Exhibition Hall. This juried gallery features works discussing the topic of social change and will be open to the public without registration for the other events.


The Arts and Social Change Symposium is a collaboration between Arts WA, 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, the Association of American Cultures, and Seattle Center.