The Diversity Committee has been collaborating on a community calendar of events and workshops highlighting the diversity of our city. We hope this is a helpful resource in connecting with our greater community in Seattle. Events below that are kid friendly are indicated with ALL AGES; for the other events we encourage you to research and see if it is appropriate for your entire family.
If you have events to contribute to a future calendar, please send in by the 20th of the month for inclusion in the next months calendar to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, FEBRUARY 8, 2018
The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559 at Seattle Children’s Theater
FEBRUARY 8–MARCH 4, Witness the story of 12-year-old Ben Uchida, a Japanese-American boy whose life is changed forever following the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor. When the U.S. government forces Japanese-American citizens into internment camps, Ben and his family must face difficult truths about the idea of home. One young person’s struggle to understand a society allowing mass discrimination against its citizens poses questions as urgent today as they were in the past. For ages 9+ with a content advisory. https://www.sct.org/Shows/2017-2018-Season/BenUchida
Saturday, Feb 10, 2018
Workshop on the Psychobiology of Systemic Oppression
10:00am – 1:00pm
Wing Luke Lunar New Year Celebration
11:00am – 5:00pm ALL AGES
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience719 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Celebrate Lunar New Year with a day full of activities for the whole family! A lion dance will bless The Wing with their vibrant and energetic spirit outside from 11-11:30am.
Then take a passport journey through the Museum, create crafts with local artists, learn about the Asian zodia with oru stuffed animal petting zoo, and win prizes and more!
Living Voices: The Right to Dream @ MOHAI
12+ . The struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America through the eyes of an African American student in Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s. Learn how the fight against prejudice has shaped our history.
Living Voices combines live theatrical performances with archival film, turning history into a moving personal journey. This performance will take place in the Joshua Green Foundation Theater on MOHAI’s second floor at 1 pm and 2 pm. Suitable for guests ages 12 and up. https://mohai.org/event/living-voices-the-right-to-dream/
POSTPONED TO FEB 17 – FIUTS CulturalFest Performance Show at Meany Hall
A Night of Black Women Magic & Multi-Genre Writing
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Third Place Books 5041 Wilson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
Four notable black women writers and poets will read at this night of many genres and big talents: Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Reneé, Dr. Bettina A. Judd of UW, Cave Canem fellow Natalie Graham, and author and Seattle Globalist contributor Reagan Jackson. Pick up copies of their books.
Through the Eyes of Art: Athletes and Activism
8:00pm – 10:00pm ALL AGES
$15 | General Admission $12 | MoPOP member $12 | Youth (5-17) $12
What if all star athletes were playing for good? Join us in celebrating Black History Month and hear from some of the most prized winners on how they expanded their vision for activism beyond their sport.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Dog
11:00am – 4:00pm ALL AGES
Everytime I Feel the Spirit: Black Voices in American Music
2:00pm – 4:00pm ALL AGES
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral 1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102, USA
Join us as we explore the development of Black music in America, from colonial times through the birth of 19th century popular song, the music of the Civil War, and the rise of Spirituals and Gospel music. Trace African,European, and American musical threads as they intertwined to create a distinctly American musical heritage. Soprano Catherine Webster and countertenor Reginald L. Mobley join an ensemble of period banjo, guitar, strings, and piano for this unique and unforgettable program. Tickets 45/35 adults, youth free with paying adult
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Unncovering the History of Seattle’s Black Community: Historians Mary Henry and Jacqueline E. A. Lawson at MOHAI
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Join historians Mary Henry and Jacqueline E.A. Lawson as they share their work documenting the history of Seattle’s Black communities. Learn about Seattle’s Central Area as it was in the mid-20th Century, as well as the significant African Americans who have shaped our region. This program is presented in partnership with the Black Heritage Society of Washington State (BHS).
Thursday, FebRUARY 15, 2018
Figuring History: Community Celebration at SAM
5:00pm – 9:00pm ALL AGES
Seattle Art Museum ENTIRE BUILDING 5 PM – 9 PM
We’re open late to celebrate the new exhibition, Figuring History: Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas with a free public celebration featuring music, performances, art making, and more.
FEATURING: Jazz legend Dr. Julian Priester performing with his band., In gallery dance performances by Nia-Amina Minor of No)one. Art House inspired by Figuring History, Personal histories and storytelling hosted by Benji Anderson, Art making with Kimisha Turner and Infinite Milam Free and open to the public. RSVP http://seattleartmuseum.org/visit/calendar/events?EventId=57853
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018
BLACK PANTHER THE MOVIE OPENS TODAY!
February 17, 2018
FIUTS CulturalFest Performance Show at Meany Hall
5:30pm – 10:00pm ALL AGES
FIUTS CulturalFest celebrates the diversity and talent of the international community on our campus and in our region. This annual FIUTS community event welcomes thousands of globally-minded visitors of all ages and backgrounds to the University of Washington for cultural exploration and learning. The CulturalFest Performance Showcase features performance art (music, dance, and more) from all over the world. These performers will take the Meany Hall stage representing the diverse UW community. Find the lineup at http://www.fiuts.org/blog/announcing-the-culturalfest-2018-performance-showcase-lineup
Buy Tickets at: http://bit.ly/2BcQFx9
Monday, February 19, 2018
Our History, Our Responsibility A Day of Remembrance event to honor Japanese Americans of World War II and stand in solidarity with American Muslims
2:00pm – 3:30pm ALL AGES
Fisher Pavilion, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
Our History, Our Responsibility A Day of Remembrance event to honor Japanese Americans of World War II and stand in solidarity with American Muslims today.
On February 19, we will recognize Japanese American service members, survivors, resisters, and upstanders of World War II. And we are honored to welcome guest speaker Khizr Khan whose new memoir, An American Family, is an intensely personal story about the nature of true patriotism and what its like to risk everything you know for the promises contained in the U.S. Constitution.
Musician Kishi Bashi will present a segment of his forthcoming documentary about Japanese American incarceration and will accompany it with a musical performance.
Feb 22 – 25, 2018
Seattle Asian American Film Festival at NW Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
See website for showings and programming
Gay City Arts Presents: Yes, Ms. White Lady by Imani Sims
Doors at 6:30pm | Show at 7 pm
General Admission $15-$20 / Students, Seniors, People with Disabilities $12
Yes, Ms. White Lady was born out of an experience the director took through a sound and digital exhibition Natasha Marin created for PUSH New Media Festival in August of 2012. During the installation, a Black Femme voice could be heard shouting “”Yes, Ms. White Lady”” as people milled through the exhibit. It occurred to the director that this was not an act of servitude but rather a way to “”dis[s]pel[l]”” the micro aggressive way whiteness demands role play from the Black Femme/non-binary identity.
This show will explore the generative performance and text journey of five Black Femme/Non-Binary identified folk. We will uncover issues of race, gender, and sexual empowerment through sound and movement. In the current social climate, it is imperative that the black voice serve as direct opposition. This show hopes to grant space and healing for the Black Femme/Non-Binary voice. As an audience member, your job is to simply witness.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Kijiji Night 6:00pm – 9:00pm ALL AGES
Seattle Art MuseumSAM and One Vibe Africa are proud to present Kijiji Night at Seattle Art Museum. Kijiji means village in Swahili. The third annual Kijiji Night is on Thursday, February 22nd from 6:00-9:00 pm. The evening will bring the spirit of an African village to SAM through live traditional musical performances, storytelling, poetry, and reading of excerpts from One Vibe Photo Book, We Will Lead Africa, and Unbounded by Boniface Mwangi.
Rsvp at https://kijijinight2018.splashthat.com/
Friday, FebRuary 23, 2018
Langston Hughes Family Traveling Museum
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute 104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144,
ALL AGES. We are honored to welcome to LANGSTON Marjol Rush-Collet, cousin of the late, great American poet Langston Hughes and director and curator of the Langston Hughes Family Museum.
The Langston Hughes Family Museum takes you on a journey through the life of a family that produced greatness. Each exhibition piece preserved in its original state, tells a story. The historical artifacts on display have been in the Hughes family for over 100 years and include items specific to Langston Hughes himself.
Artifacts on display:
Friday February 23rd, 12-7 PM
Saturday February 24th, 4-7 PM & 8-9PM (presentation included)
Saturday, February 24
Black history month gathering (Legacy project)
10:00am – 3:00pm
Mt Zion Baptist Church 1604 19th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122,
Let’s Talk Race Series – The Creation of Whiteness
1pm – 6pm
Fauntleroy Church UCC YMCA
9140 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136
We all know that racial identity is one of the most complex and continuously evolving facets of human existence, and that it has shaped much of the history of our country and our community. What is less well known is that Whiteness has an origin story. This half day workshop will explore the history of why white identity was intentionally created, how it has functioned to legitimize oppression, and what people of all racial identities can do to challenge the false ideal of whiteness in our culture. Participants will be asked to reflect on how whiteness plays a role in their lives through story telling and dialogue. There will also be an opportunity for race based caucusing. This event is an opportunity for connection, learning, healing, growth, and conversation. https://dnda.org/raceseries/
Search For Meaning Festival at Seattle University
Search for Meaning is Seattle University’s annual community festival dedicated to topics surrounding the human quest for meaning, and the characteristics of an ethical and well-lived life. Hosted on the university’s campus, Search for Meaning draws over 50 nationally and internationally acclaimed authors and artists for an interactive, introspective experience.
General Admission $15
African American Writer’s Alliance Reading
7:00pm – 8:00pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
For twenty-six years now, we have helped host this annual group reading program – wherever Elliott Bay has been – with Seattle’s African-American Writers’ Alliance. These group readings always feature a dynamic, wide variety of genres, voices, experiences, approaches – and much spirit and enthusiasm. For more on the African-American Writers’ Alliance, tonight’s reading, and other AAWA activities over the year, please contact Georgia McDade (206.722.0964).
Friday, March 9, 2018
How to be anti-racist and why it matters with Ibram Kendi
5:30pm – 7:30pm at Seattle University
National Book Award winner & author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. In the current social and political climate and with opened minds, people are actively trying to understand racism. In this talk, Kendi will share how he thinks about shifting the discussion from how not to be racist, to how to be an antiracist. He shares his own racist ideas and how he overcame them. He provides direction to people and institutions who want more than just band-aid programs, but actual antiracist action that builds an antiracist America. Thanks to our sustaining partners and our partnering sponsors for this event, the Raikes Foundation, Casey Family Programs and Elliott Bay Book Company. This is an inclusive event: members and nonprofit rate of $10 and non-member rate of $35. Free for Seattle University students.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Lenses of culture, Levels of change: Co-creating Educational Equity with White Educators by Fleur Larsen and Noah Prince
10:00am – 4:00pm
University Cooperative School 5601 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
This workshop is for white educators who want to examine their own whiteness and the white culture of their schools to better serve all students. People of color are welcome and encouraged to attend for free. This offering is to educate and support white educators and will center the impact of their whiteness, this is flawed and cannot fully bring the depth of that impact. We are inviting POC to attend to uphold the needed accountability, however we do not expect, nor will accept them being asked, to share their experience to appease white participants. POC participants are invited to contribute what will be healthy and important to them. As white educators ourselves, we do this work in accountability to our own colleagues of color and anti-racist organizations and communities.