Fifty years to the day after the 1962 World’s Fair opened, The Next Fifty, the community-wide commemoration, will kick off a six-month golden anniversary observance with daylong activities at Seattle Center on Saturday, April 21. Over the past two years, Heritage 4Culture has played a significant role in planning The Next Fifty, through staff participation on the celebration’s History and Steering Committees, and by providing funding and/or in-kind support for key Century 21 projects.
In partnership with 4Culture’s Site Specific, the Heritage program has supported development and touring of The Future Remembered, a historical performance based on the book by Paula Becker, Alan Stein, and the HistoryLink staff, and adapted and directed by Book-It Repertory Theatre’s Annie Lareau. Through its Cultural Facilities program, Heritage provided funding to the Seattle Center Foundation for acquisition of audio/visual equipment to enhance The Future Remembered performances.
Production of a new curriculum for Washington State history students, Imagine: Looking Forward by Looking Back, a collaboration of KCTS 9, HistoryLink, The Seattle Times Newspapers In Education, Jack Straw Productions, National Archives and Records Administration, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle Architectural Foundation, Bellevue Public Schools, Seattle Public Schools, and Edmonds School District, garnered support from Heritage and Arts Education programs.
In 2011, Heritage Special Projects awarded funding to Seattle World’s Fair Audio Tours generated by Jack Straw Productions; Welcome to the Future: Century 21and Living Modern, a lecture series presentation by Docomomo WEWA and Historic Seattle; Century 21 Radio Series, four 5-7 minute radio documentaries to be posted online and aired on KUOW; and Revisiting the Century 21 World’s Fair, a Newspapers in Education series published in The Seattle Times.
Additionally, The Fair: An Educational Experience, audio stories based on Denny School social studies student research and oral histories, in partnership with Jack Straw Productions, received funding through Heritage Cultural Education.
From the CD Meet Me at the Fair produced by Jack Straw and Denny Middle School:
Visitor Stories: Jane Morton
Visitor Stories: Anita Morales
The Heritage Collections Care program helped the Museum of History and Industry with Century 21 In Motion: Preserving Priceless Films of the Seattle World’s Fair. And finally, as an official event of The Next Fifty, the 2012 Washington Museum Association Conference, The Next 50: Innovation, Inspiration, and Sustained Futures for Museums, has received in-kind support from 4Culture.
This post was updated 3/30/2012.