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Diversity Committee Community Calendar – March 2018

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:  fosbdiversity@gmail.com


Someday We Will All Be Free – Art Exhibit at SPL
Exhibit dates: March 2- May 2  
Opening Friday 3/2 4-6pm  ALL AGES
SOMEDAY WE’LL ALL BE FREE is a multi-arts exhibit by the Youth Leadership Board of Creative Justice, an arts-based program that builds community with young people who are most impacted by mass incarceration. By exploring community-based alternatives to juvenile detention using social justice values, Creative Justice is redefining what justice is and what it can be. The paintings and photos in this exhibit give voice to youth in our communities who want to have a public dialog about mass incarceration and abolition. Their creativity seeks answers to the questions: How can we create a society healthy enough that we do not need prisons? What does it mean to be free?
Along with original art from Creative Justice mentor artists and youth, this exhibit is complemented by community portraits from Naomi Ishisaka and infographics about the impact of mass incarceration. Additionally, some pieces incorporate work from members of the Black Prisoner’s Caucus at the Washington State Reformatory at Monroe.



FolkForward: The Center for WA Cultural Traditions Launch Party
1:00pm – 3:00pm    ALL AGES
Impact Hub Seattle  220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
The Center is launching after more than a year of research, community meetings, and staff visits to fairs, festivals, museums, and even private homes and workshops across the state. A program of nonprofit Humanities Washington presented in partnership with ArtsWA/the Washington State Arts Commission, the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions will survey, study, and support cultural traditions, tradition bearers, and traditional communities throughout Washington State. Though not a physical place, this virtual center will be a statewide, go-to source for learning about Washington’s rich, diverse cultural heritage.
Highlights at #FolkForward include performances by:
– Kurdish Iranian percussionist and culture bearer Ahmad Yousefbeigi
– Mexican-born vocalist and musician Abel Rocha, who is versed in a range of traditional Latin American instruments
– Vela Luka’s Nicholas Petrish, who will play traditional Croatian music and will lead Croatian dance instruction
– Tibetan musician and culture bearer Lharik Dhakpa
We’re also excited to feature:
– An engaging talk on tribal canoe journeys by Nisqually Tribal Council-member Hanford McCloud, and displays of Nisqually cedar art
– Indigenous Mexican (Nahuas) amate art displays and demonstration by Maria Casey
– Maritime traditions by the Kitsap Maritime Heritage Foundational
– Sumi-e and Japanese calligraphy demonstrations by the Puget Sound Sumi Artists association, featuring founder Fumiko Kimura
– Classical Indian dance, and a flower mandalas demonstration
– Madhubani painting display and instruction
– Traditional Polish crafts and a display on Polish culture
– An interactive zine-making station
– Kid-friendly crafts…and more!
For more information contact the Center’s Director, Kristin Sullivan, at kristin@humanities.org or 206-682-1770 ext. 107.



Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank
Exhibit dates: 3/4/2018 – 5/20/18  ALL AGES
Holocaust Center for Humanity 2045 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
Adults: $10 suggested admission
Students and Seniors: $5 suggested admission
We invite you to tour the new Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, a museum and educational center dedicated to connecting the lessons of the Holocaust to our world today. Through stories and artifacts of local Holocaust survivors, the museum’s core exhibit engages visitors in the history of the Holocaust and challenges them to consider how each person’s actions make a difference. The Holocaust Center is proud to be only the third location in the country to showcase personal objects from the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Due to limited capacity and security concerns, advance reservations are required. Call 206-582-3000 or visit HolocaustCenterSeattle.org for more information.
Anti-Semitism Workshop with Sam and David from Treyf Podcast
3pm- 6:30pm
Hillman City Collaboratory 5623 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98118
Join us for a free workshop on Anti-Semitism facilitated by Sam Bick and David Zinman of the Treyf Podcast! Please pre-register via the ticketing link.  Sam and David will lead us in a discussion on today’s dominant framework for understanding Anti-Semitism in North America. Together we will discuss the failures of this framework and how to work toward better understandings of the ways anti-Jewish marginalization intersects and interacts with other systems of oppression.   
The workshop will address 3 main questions:
— What is the dominant framework for understanding Anti-Semitism?
— How does this framework fail us and our allies?
— How can we bring a more intersectional understanding of Anti-Semitism into our political work?
Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIKVVduUQvlePQ8QImIRgcQAynSWNsZpH7PukQRsY2Uu1Hzw/viewform



AFRICAN AMERICAN ODYSSEY: An Evening of Dance, Music, and Spoken Word
MORAL MONDAYS at SU, the #BlackLivesMatter Initiative at Seattle University, is proud to present Northwest Tap Connection in African American Odyssey, an evening of dance, music, and spoken word.
African American Odyssey, is a touring performance inclusive of spoken word, dance, and music that expresses the history and struggles of African Americans from a place of pride. Odyssey, explores the common threads of culture, inclusive of dance, music, food, art, and traditions of African Americans and people of African Diaspora. Odyssey 1 was presented at Seattle Theater Group’s 2015 production “Dance This – the Brazilian Connection.”
Northwest Tap Connection, founded by Melba Ayco, is a distinctive urban dance studio specializing in Rhythm Tap. The studio’s philosophy is that dance enriches the lives of the students, while developing self-discipline, instilling self-confidence, and encouraging achievement and goal setting.
The goal of MORAL MONDAYS at SU, the #BlackLivesMatter initiative at Seattle University, is threefold:

  • Advocating for Seattle University as a place and space for the national conversation on race, police violence and the #BlackLivesMatter movement
  • Focusing on the Black presence – past, present, and future – at Seattle University
  • Highlighting the ways in which Seattle University directly or indirectly contributes to the problems and / or solutions facing Black communities




Navigating Microaggressions with Rosetta Lee
6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Meridian School  4649 Sunnyside Ave N # 242, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
This event is free and open to the public
How do you navigate microaggressions – those words and actions that offend or hurt, even though they may be unintended? Learn some of the obstacles of authentic conversations, as well as practical strategies for what to do or say when you are the target of, witness to, and agent of microaggressions.  Childcare and pizza provided for children (K-5)
Rosetta Lee is a highly-regarded local and national expert in the fields of diversity, inclusion, equity, and others.  She serves as an Outreach Specialist   at Seattle Girls School in Seattle.
For event information contact Yaneth Vrentas at yvrentas@meridianschool.edu
Signup here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMmMXHQ2S2ZHUoVn_x_cgE174pw5YC_nu6g0VaXWz2QWjSHw/viewform
Sense of Place: Through the Lens of Al Smith
6:00pm – 7:30pm
University Branch – The Seattle Public Library  Meeting Room
5009 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
Legendary photographer Al Smith is being celebrated in an exhibition at the MOHAI. In this first of a library series, we’ll see a selection from more than 4,000 images not included in the museum exhibit.
Presenters Stephanie Johnson-Toliver, Carol Peoples-Procter, and Quin’Nita Cobbins will lead an open discussion and share stories around the history of how the black community and individuals contributed to the vitality of Seattle and the Northwest. We’ll also talk about what the Black Heritage Society of Washington State does to preserve and inform the public about this important local history.
Denny Lecture: Makah Voices & the Sea with Dr. Joshua Reid
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
MOHAI’s annual Denny Lecture presents the very best in regional historical scholarship. This year, Dr. Joshua Reid discusses the historical context around modern Makah whaling and articulates a traditional future for their people.
In 1999, the Makah Tribal Nation successfully hunted a gray whale. This action drew the ire of animal rights activists who often rooted their criticism in racism and stereotypes of Indigenous authenticity. Drawing from the tribal nation’s long history of their relationship with the sea, this talk will focus on Makah statements and actions from the eighteenth century on that illustrate how they have made and continue to maintain the surrounding marine waters as theirs.
A member of the Snohomish Indian Nation, Dr. Reid is associate professor of History and American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and author of The Sea is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs (Yale University Press), recipient of four major book awards.
Cost: $10 for MOHAI members / $15 general public


FRIDAY, March 9, 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.
Holi Festival of Colors
1-3pm ALL AGES
Phinney Neighborhood Center
Holi is a Hindu festival celebrating spring, color, and the triumph of good over evil.
We will be celebrating March 10th from 1-3 in the lower parking lot of the Phinney Center. Come join in this raucous celebration, where people will chase each other around, throwing handfuls of colored powders. Neighbors from all religions and ages are welcome.
With each ticket you get two color packets, with the opportunity to buy more on site. Food will be available for purchase through food trucks.  Tickets available: https://holifestival.brownpapertickets.com/



Dolores Free preview screening with director Peter Bratt
Doors 5:45 PM / Screening 6:30 PM, followed by a discussion with director Peter Bratt and Phyllis Guitierrez Kenney, moderated by Enrique Cerna.
Centilia Cultural Center (located in El Centro de la Raza), 2524 16th Ave. S, Seattle WA 98144
Join KCTS 9 for a free preview screening of the first 60 minutes* of the new PBS documentary DOLORES, followed by a discussion with the film’s director Peter Bratt and founding member of The Latino Association and the Yakima Valley Farmworkers health centers, Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney. Panel to be moderated by Enrique Cerna.
This event is free and open to the public but you must RSVP in order to secure your seat! All RSVPs will be honored before any walk ups will be seated. About the Film: With intimate and unprecedented access, Peter Bratt’s Dolores tells the story of Dolores Huerta, among the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century.



Film Screening: Ebb and Flow
1:30-3:30pm ALL AGES
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience
Jerry (Eiichi) Yamashita and members of his family retrace their family history and the important role the Yamashita family has played in modern Washington State history and the Pacific Northwest shellfish farming industry. (2016, Documentary, 77 mins)



LECTURE – “The Pinoy Image: Frank Mancao’s Filipino America from Camera to Community Archive.”
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
The Manongs—early Filipino migrant workers in the American West, mostly young men from Northern Luzon—are a familiar image for Filipino American community history. Their photographs in fields or in suits adorn the pages of commemoration in Seattle, Stockton, San Francisco, and elsewhere on the West Coast. Many of their most well-known photographs were taken by Frank Mancao, a Bisaya (Central Philippine) multilingual entrepreneur and studio photographer from Reedley, California. This talk profiles the work of this influential—yet largely unacknowledged—photographer in the context of his migratory life, his mission to portray the Filipino as a respectable citizen, and the afterlives of his images today.
Adrian De Leon is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Toronto, and is conducting research at the Filipino American National Historical Society on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Flor de Toloache, Edna Vazquez

8:00pm – 10:00pm   ALL AGES!!!!
The Vera Project 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
Latin Grammy® winning all female ensemble and beloved press darlings, Flor de Toloache continue to win the hearts of music fans both mainstream and traditional mariachi music fans alike through their distinct artistic vision and sophisticated enlightened interpretation of traditional mariachi instruments. The female quartet’s diverse ethnicities and musical backgrounds have also transcended are transcending culture and gender by forging new paths for mariachi music. With the synergy of the aforementioned, married with soaring vocals and physical elegance, like the legendary Toloache flower used in Mexico today as a love potion, the ladies of Flor de Toloache cast a spell over their audiences with soaring vocals and physical elegance. Like the legendary Toloache flower still being used in Mexico today, as a love potion. The New York City based all female quartet, is led by co-band directors Mireya I. Ramos, on violin and Shae Fiol on vihuela. They have graced international stages from India, Asia to Europe and have extensively toured the U.S., as supporting act of Dan Auerbach of “The Black Keys” new project, side project, “The Arcs”, Cafe Tacvba, La Santa Cecilia, and Natalia Lafouracade.



Junot Diaz signing his new book “Islandborn”
7-8pm ALL AGES
Third Place Books 17171 Bothell Way NE, Seattle, WA 98155
FREE event; signing line ticket available with PAID pre-order of ISLANDBORN. Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us–to our families, to our past and to ourselves.



Hing Hay Park Celebration
1-3pm   ALL AGES
Hing Hay Park 423 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Join us in celebrating the newly expanded Hing Hay Park on Saturday March 24, from 1pm to 3pm.  There will be lion dance performances Northwest Kung Fu & Fitness and a performance by the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team, and food, entertainment, and games!   The event is FREE and open to all.



Town Hall: “Things that Make White People Uncomfortable: Michael Bennett and Dave Zirin” 
Monday, April 9
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Connolly Center at Seattle University, 550 14th Ave, Seattle, Washington, 98112, United States
Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end—as well as a fearless activist, a feminist, a grassroots philanthropist, an organizer, and a change-maker. He’s also been called one of the most scathingly humorous athletes on the planet, a trait that shines as he joins us to share excerpts from his book Things That Make White People Uncomfortable. He’s joined by award-winning sportswriter and co-author Dave Zirin, and together they provide a deep examination of turbulent times in America and their effect on the relationships of Black athletes with powerful institutions like the NCAA and the NFL. Bennett and Zirin take Town Hall’s stage to add their unmistakable voices to discussions of racism and police violence, the role of protest in history, and the responsibilities of athletes as role models to speak out against injustice. Join Bennett and Zirin for an evening equal parts memoir and manifesto, humorous and urgent—athlete and activist.



Storytelling Strategies for Dismantling Racism
9:30am – 4:30pm
Centilia Cultural Center 1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle, WA 98144, USA
Facilitators: Nikkita Oliver, Natasha Marin, Elvin Nathan Jones, Fleur Larsen, and Bert Hopkins.
Storytelling is an ancient human technology meant to encapsulate information and build connections. We are all capable of sharing our stories and more importantly, to witnessing and hearing each other with openness and compassion.
Many of us set out with the very best of intentions but are not always able to discern how best to implement our ideals. This course will allow participants hands-on practice using the fundamentals of storytelling: intentions vs. impact, inciting action, deep listening, facing challenges, and resolution; to bring about measurable and meaningful change in their lives and at their organizations. How can we strategically explore and dismantle problematic racial structures in our organizations using our own personal stories?
During this training, facilitators will guide participants in the following:
+ Exploring institutional narratives and the structures.
+ Practicing deep listening, especially with regards to the language of power & privilege.
+ Role-play for navigating difficult conversations.
Join us in this training to explore how storytelling can be used to develop concrete strategies to help individuals and organizations actively engaged in anti-racist work.
Register: https://ssdr-apr.paperform.co/



Northwest African American Museum:  http://www.naamnw.org/exhibits/
Seattle Art Museum:
Figuring History: http://figuringhistory.site.seattleartmuseum.org/
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience: