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November2023
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yəhaw̓
Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Salmon Orca Project
Tulalip Bay, WA

The R.U.N. in Unity Convening is an assembly of Northwest partners and allies to connect and unify voices, and develop and implement best practices for the protection and preservation of water, orca, and salmon in the Northwest. This two-day event will focus on prioritizing education, cultural awareness and the exchange of ideas to address the current needs of water, orca, and salmon through the formulation of solutions and strategies to build a stronger, smarter and more resilient Northwest. The event will explore the opportunities, possibilities and benefits of this work for all participating stakeholders.The event will be open to the public and will focus on providing clear, precise, and factual information.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Explore the second run of this past exhibit with stories sourced from the local Burmese / Myanmar community. With the original exhibit run cut short due to our closure during the pandemic, we’ve taken the opportunity to update the exhibit to include new content covering the military coup that happened in February 2021.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Maude Kerns Art Center
Eugene, OR

The Maude Kerns Art Center celebrates the 30th annual Día de los Muertos Exhibit in 2023 with artwork, community altars, and a special Day of the Dead Gift Shop. The exhibit opens October 13th and runs through November 3rd.

The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration acknowledges the link between the communities of the living and the dead. The holiday blends the ancient harvest rituals of the Aztec god of death and the Roman Catholic holidays of All Souls and All Saints days. On November 1 and 2, the dead are thought to return to partake in the activities of the living. Holiday activities include the creation of altars that welcome deceased loved ones.

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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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Hi Everyone! We’re excited to share a series of events this upcoming Día de Los Muertos! UW faculty and staff are working hard to put forth great opportunities for everyone to engage! We hope that you can come and join us as we get ready to celebrate this event! Feel free to email us with any questions you might have at undocu@uw.edu
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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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This exhibit features the work of Skokomish artists Denise Emerson and Hailey Brown. Inspired by their shared background as Skokomish tribal members, the exhibit is an exploration and conversation across generations and mediums. The artworks represent the hearts and minds of their makers and the endurance and transformation of what it means to be Skokomish.

In community with arnaq, hana’ack, smɁem, Creation Story celebrates indigenous women and their stories. With this exhibit, Columbia City Gallery continues the growing movement to support the art and culture of Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest. Curated by Lena Ishel Rodriguez, proud Mexican of Nahua descent in her solo curatorial debut. Previously Lena contributed to Cosmic Beings in Mesoamerican and Andean Art at Seattle Art Museum, and Inside the Mask at the Hammer Museum.

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I paint from historical photographs of people; the majority of them had no name, no bio, no story left. Nothing. I feel they are kind of lost souls, spirit-ghosts. My painting is a memorial site for them.
—Hung Liu

Groundbreaking Chinese American artist Hung Liu (1948–2021) made highly narrative images that foregrounded workers, immigrants, refugees, women, children, and soldiers in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Liu was born in Changchun, China, and her childhood and youth coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. After her arrival in San Diego, California, in 1984, Liu became one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States. Decades later, she would be justly celebrated for establishing novel frameworks for understanding visual art’s relationship to history by focusing on communities misrepresented and marginalized by official narratives.

Liu experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields in her early twenties. After studying art in Beijing, she left China to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. There, the experimental tendencies of the students and faculty, most notably those of performance artist Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and art historian Moira Roth (1933–2021), helped cultivate her conceptual approach to portraiture.

Featuring highly experimental painting, printing, and weaving techniques, Liu’s challenging yet accessible oeuvre has been aptly characterized by her husband, the art critic Jeff Kelley, as a species of “weeping realism.” Titled A Question of Hu, after China scholar Jonathan Spence’s 1988 book The Question of Hu, the exhibition reintroduces Liu’s remarkable art to the Pacific Northwest, while demonstrating—as few artistic oeuvres can—an expanded view of citizenship in an era of seismic change that is also fundamentally marked by evolving ideas of artistic solidarity and collaboration.

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El Programa Hispano Católico (EPHC)
, OR

Our annual Día de Muertos Celebration: A Celebration of Life, is an event open to the community to join us in our celebration of the lives and legacies of our dearly departed with the traditional altares, food, warm beverages, and performances.

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An anchor event for Converge 45’s citywide 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art As Global Citizenship, the exhibition WE ARE THE REVOLUTION plumbs the depth of commitment of Jordan Schnitzer to the art of his time, while tapping into a living history of social expression through art in diverse media—from monumental paintings to free-standing sculpture to works on paper. Designed in part to explore ways in which the art of the past meets and affects the art of the present, the exhibition gives voice to art as both aesthetic experimentation and social commentary from the 1960s to today. Driven by the conviction that history is constructed through both continuity and discontinuity, the exhibition strives to establish unexpected juxtapositions and revealing connections among historical and contemporary artists and artworks.

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ACT A Contemporary Theatre
Seattle, WA

Guitars tuned. Mic checked. Get ready to rock! This darkly funny, electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in thirty years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia’s most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past. Lauren Yee brings us an intimate rock epic about family secrets set against a dark chapter of Cambodian history.

Children under 5, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.

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Earshot Jazz Society of Seattle
Seattle , WA

The Earshot Jazz Festival returns this year with performances from both resident and world renowned artists at venues all around Seattle!
Earshot Jazz Festival is back with “Seattle’s most important annual jazz event” (DownBeat), once again presenting today’s brilliant jazz artists over the course of 30 fall days in venues all around the city. In programming across four weeks, they’ve created a series that embodies the history, evolution, and spirit of jazz as it exists around the world as well as right here at home. Noted as, “a festival of adventurous au courant jazz” (JazzTimes), the festival kicks off on October 6 and winds down on November 5. In between are concerts and events by established legends and exciting emerging artists, truly representing today’s most dynamic and diffuse art form.

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s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
Olympia, WA

This show is dedicated to Veterans, past and present and will be held at the Evergreen Gallery from October 16 – December 30, 2023. There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday, October 19 from 3 – 6 pm.

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Northwest Folklife
Seattle, WA

Join the Unbroken Circle​! Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore heritage through the personal, local, and cultural history of the people in the group. Students will showcase what they’ve learned at the Rhapsody Showcase during the NW Folklife Festival.

Who: ​For ages 11 and up

When: October 4 – December 6, 2023, Wednesdays at 4 pm

How much: sliding scale $0-$300

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Portland Mercado
Portland, OR
Dia de los Muertos is back and better than ever!
On November 1st and 2nd at the Portland Mercado (7238 SE Foster Road) join us for a free immersive experience of Mexican culture honoring those who have passed.
Dia de Muertos is a time for us to recognize and connect with passed loved ones by offering flowers, treats, and gifts that allow us to call them back from the spirit realm. During this time, it is believed the veil is thinnest to facilitate this connection.
Come and be part of an incredible event celebrating Mexican heritage, featuring a community altar, vendors, live music, and activities!
Dia de los Muertos is supported by Hacienda CDC.
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¡Día de los Muertos está de vuelta y mejor que nunca!
El 1 y 2 de noviembre en el Mercado de Portland (7238 SE Foster Road) únete a nosotros para una experiencia de inmersión libre de la cultura mexicana en honor a los que han fallecido.
El Día de Muertos es un momento para reconocer y conectar con los seres queridos que han fallecido ofreciéndoles flores, golosinas y regalos que nos permiten llamarlos desde el reino de los espíritus. Durante este tiempo, se cree que el velo es más delgado para facilitar esta conexión.
Ven y forma parte de un evento increíble que celebra la herencia mexicana, con un altar comunitario, vendedores, música y actividades.
El evento de Día de los Muertos es apoyado por Hacienda CDC.
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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

Join us at the Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery for the opening reception of our 4th Annual Dia de los Muertos Art Show.
Opening Reception October 7th 5pm-7pm
Exhibition dates October 7th-November 5th
Gallery Hours Thursday-Sunday 12pm-6pm

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Native Action Network
Seattle, WA

Native Action Network is proud to present the exhibition One With the Waters featuring artwork by Sarah Folden. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Sarah creates contemporary Coast Salish art inspired by her connection to place. Her work celebrates the vitality of Cowlitz people, their bold and colorful spirits, ancestral waters, animal relatives and all connected in nature. Cowlitz people are water-going people who refused to sign treaties with the federal government. This has created a diverse population. Over time many have traveled from their ancestral waters, some even across oceans, but much like our salmon relatives, there is an instinctive drive that calls Native people home. Sarah Folden’s artwork is created in honor of those still here, those who have made that voyage and those who are awakening to their internal calling to return.

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Portland Latin American Film Festival
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr

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Pork Filled Productions
Seattle, WA

Under the watchful moon, Farrah and her brother, Bosley, return to the Philippines to spread their father’s ashes. But an encounter with an aswang – a Filipino witch – awakens something in Farrah…a power that is ancient and terrifying and innate. Will she embrace her new-found power? Or let it destroy herself and her brother?

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Portland, OR

Every fall, the dead are commemorated in Portland’s longest-running Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. This year, Milagro observes their 28th Día de Muertos with an original production, Las Adelitas. Las Adelitas will be infused with folkloric dance and music, accompanied by theatrical elements that celebrate the ancestors through the building of altars and the sharing of cultural traditions. Workshops will share altar building crafts such as sugar skulls and paper flowers for decorating home altars.

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yəhaw̓
Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Salmon Orca Project
Tulalip Bay, WA

The R.U.N. in Unity Convening is an assembly of Northwest partners and allies to connect and unify voices, and develop and implement best practices for the protection and preservation of water, orca, and salmon in the Northwest. This two-day event will focus on prioritizing education, cultural awareness and the exchange of ideas to address the current needs of water, orca, and salmon through the formulation of solutions and strategies to build a stronger, smarter and more resilient Northwest. The event will explore the opportunities, possibilities and benefits of this work for all participating stakeholders.The event will be open to the public and will focus on providing clear, precise, and factual information.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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Jack's Urban Meeting Place (JUMP) Boise
Boise, ID
Acompañanos a celebrar el Día de Muertos en JUMP
JUMP está muy emocionado de ser nuevamente el anfitrion de la celebración del Día de Muertos, el Jueves 2 de Noviembre comenzando a las 5:00 PM. Se servirá el tradicional Pan de Muerto y Chocolate caliente. Durante el Día de Muertos se honra la vida de amigos y familiars que han fallecido colocando un altar u ofrenda con fotos, comida, bebidas, veladoras, fiestas, que el fallecido disfrutó en vida. Esta fiesta se celebra con una explosión de color y alegría que afirma la vida, ya que aquellos que han fallecido se mantienen vivos en la memoria y el espíritu. Esta antigua tradición se basa en la unidad de la vida y la muerte, y en la creencia de que los muertos serían insultados por la tristeza. La pieza central del Día de Muertos es el Altar, que da la bienvenida a los espíritus con ofrendas que incluyen fotografías, comida, flores de cempazuchitl y velas. Los altares creados por familias y organizaciones locales estarán en exhibición en todo el vestíbulo. El entretenimiento se llevará a cabo en el escenario Pioneer Room y contará con artistas de todas las edades con coloridos trajes y caras pintadas.
Migración de Mariposas Monarcas, Cuentacuentos Culturales y Talleres
Para aprender mas acerca del significado del Día de Muertos, acompañanos en los talleres gratuitos el Sabado 28 de Octubre a las 10:00 AM.
Join us for Dia de Muertos Celebration at JUMP
Jump is excited to once again host Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead Thursday, November 2nd beginning at 5:00pm! Dia de Muertos honors the lives of friends and family who have died. The centerpiece of Dia de Muertos is the Altar, which welcomes spirits with offerings that include photographs, food, marigold flowers, drinks, and candles. This holiday is celebrated with a burst of color and life-affirming joy as those who have passed are kept alive in memory and spirit. This ancient tradition is based on the unity of life and death, and the belief that the dead would be insulted by sadness. Altars created by local families and organizations will be on display throughout the lobby. Entertainment will be held on the Pioneer Room stage and will feature entertainers of all ages in colorful costumes and painted faces. Pan de Muertos and Mexican cocoa will be served.
Monarch Migration, Cultural Storytelling & Workshops
To learn the meaning of Día de Muertos, join us for FREE workshops on Saturday, October 28th at 10am.
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Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Explore the second run of this past exhibit with stories sourced from the local Burmese / Myanmar community. With the original exhibit run cut short due to our closure during the pandemic, we’ve taken the opportunity to update the exhibit to include new content covering the military coup that happened in February 2021.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Maude Kerns Art Center
Eugene, OR

The Maude Kerns Art Center celebrates the 30th annual Día de los Muertos Exhibit in 2023 with artwork, community altars, and a special Day of the Dead Gift Shop. The exhibit opens October 13th and runs through November 3rd.

The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration acknowledges the link between the communities of the living and the dead. The holiday blends the ancient harvest rituals of the Aztec god of death and the Roman Catholic holidays of All Souls and All Saints days. On November 1 and 2, the dead are thought to return to partake in the activities of the living. Holiday activities include the creation of altars that welcome deceased loved ones.

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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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Hi Everyone! We’re excited to share a series of events this upcoming Día de Los Muertos! UW faculty and staff are working hard to put forth great opportunities for everyone to engage! We hope that you can come and join us as we get ready to celebrate this event! Feel free to email us with any questions you might have at undocu@uw.edu
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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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This exhibit features the work of Skokomish artists Denise Emerson and Hailey Brown. Inspired by their shared background as Skokomish tribal members, the exhibit is an exploration and conversation across generations and mediums. The artworks represent the hearts and minds of their makers and the endurance and transformation of what it means to be Skokomish.

In community with arnaq, hana’ack, smɁem, Creation Story celebrates indigenous women and their stories. With this exhibit, Columbia City Gallery continues the growing movement to support the art and culture of Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest. Curated by Lena Ishel Rodriguez, proud Mexican of Nahua descent in her solo curatorial debut. Previously Lena contributed to Cosmic Beings in Mesoamerican and Andean Art at Seattle Art Museum, and Inside the Mask at the Hammer Museum.

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I paint from historical photographs of people; the majority of them had no name, no bio, no story left. Nothing. I feel they are kind of lost souls, spirit-ghosts. My painting is a memorial site for them.
—Hung Liu

Groundbreaking Chinese American artist Hung Liu (1948–2021) made highly narrative images that foregrounded workers, immigrants, refugees, women, children, and soldiers in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Liu was born in Changchun, China, and her childhood and youth coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. After her arrival in San Diego, California, in 1984, Liu became one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States. Decades later, she would be justly celebrated for establishing novel frameworks for understanding visual art’s relationship to history by focusing on communities misrepresented and marginalized by official narratives.

Liu experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields in her early twenties. After studying art in Beijing, she left China to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. There, the experimental tendencies of the students and faculty, most notably those of performance artist Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and art historian Moira Roth (1933–2021), helped cultivate her conceptual approach to portraiture.

Featuring highly experimental painting, printing, and weaving techniques, Liu’s challenging yet accessible oeuvre has been aptly characterized by her husband, the art critic Jeff Kelley, as a species of “weeping realism.” Titled A Question of Hu, after China scholar Jonathan Spence’s 1988 book The Question of Hu, the exhibition reintroduces Liu’s remarkable art to the Pacific Northwest, while demonstrating—as few artistic oeuvres can—an expanded view of citizenship in an era of seismic change that is also fundamentally marked by evolving ideas of artistic solidarity and collaboration.

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the City of Shoreline and the Spartan Recreation Center to host the Arte de la Raza exhibition running Nov.2nd-Jan. 24th and featuring:
Che Lopez
Iris Sanchez
Jake Prendez
Rolando Avila
Teresa Martinez
Yessica Marquez
The exhibition opens Nov. 2nd which is also the same day as their Dia de los Muertos Festival!!

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An anchor event for Converge 45’s citywide 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art As Global Citizenship, the exhibition WE ARE THE REVOLUTION plumbs the depth of commitment of Jordan Schnitzer to the art of his time, while tapping into a living history of social expression through art in diverse media—from monumental paintings to free-standing sculpture to works on paper. Designed in part to explore ways in which the art of the past meets and affects the art of the present, the exhibition gives voice to art as both aesthetic experimentation and social commentary from the 1960s to today. Driven by the conviction that history is constructed through both continuity and discontinuity, the exhibition strives to establish unexpected juxtapositions and revealing connections among historical and contemporary artists and artworks.

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ACT A Contemporary Theatre
Seattle, WA

Guitars tuned. Mic checked. Get ready to rock! This darkly funny, electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in thirty years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia’s most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past. Lauren Yee brings us an intimate rock epic about family secrets set against a dark chapter of Cambodian history.

Children under 5, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.

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Earshot Jazz Society of Seattle
Seattle , WA

The Earshot Jazz Festival returns this year with performances from both resident and world renowned artists at venues all around Seattle!
Earshot Jazz Festival is back with “Seattle’s most important annual jazz event” (DownBeat), once again presenting today’s brilliant jazz artists over the course of 30 fall days in venues all around the city. In programming across four weeks, they’ve created a series that embodies the history, evolution, and spirit of jazz as it exists around the world as well as right here at home. Noted as, “a festival of adventurous au courant jazz” (JazzTimes), the festival kicks off on October 6 and winds down on November 5. In between are concerts and events by established legends and exciting emerging artists, truly representing today’s most dynamic and diffuse art form.

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Uprise Collective
Hybrid

We are thrilled to announce our sixth annual Selah Storytelling Series! This year we will have amazing storytellers share stories of Creation, Resistance, and Healing in a hybrid space both in person and on zoom!
Stay tuned to learn about our storytellers, the location, and this years Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thankstaking celebration!
Access:
In person: ADA space with ADA bathrooms. Masks required. More details to come on parking and seating.
On-line: ASL and CART provided.
Details:
In its sixth year, the Selah Series provides a BIPOC-centered storytelling space for community members to share the fruits of their ancestors’ wisdom, resistance, and survivance, and an opportunity for all of us to build community that is reflective of our collective strength.
Creation Stories
November 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will be sharing stories of the creation of the Earth and the universe that come from indigenous cultural histories. From the Turtle Continent to the Popol Vuh to Mawu the Moon Being, this event is about reclaiming how the world was made.
Resistance Stories
November 9, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will share stories of protest, organizing, collective bargaining, and community care. What can we learn from those that came before us? What tactics are we using now to reimagine systems? The road map to social uplift has been written, and written well.
Healing Stories:
November 16, 2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm PST
How do we practice care in our communities outside of Western, capitalist, white supremacist models? The focus of this event will be on the holistic, indigenous, decolonized wellness that targeted communities use to engage in healing. From naturopathy to indigenous herbalism to healing tones, the focus of the event is to honor ancestral knowledge and our special knack for survival.
We also have a culminating meal-share event on Saturday, November 25th, Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thanks-taking. We’ll eat, build community, and BIPOC performers will share their gifts.

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Seattle Catrina Festival
Seattle, WA

Every day of the Seattle Catrinas Festival:

*During the family annual Catrinas Festival the public is invited to bring pictures, flowers, candles, and mementos of loved ones to place on the giant altar decorated with flowers, folk art and “ofrendas”.

*Street market full of local entrepreneurs offering a large number of traditional food, face painting, handcrafted, art and many items more plus Día de los Muertos ambiance music by DJ Oscar Cortes.

*Permanent giant altar by our cultural and art department.

*Permanent altar dedicated to Jews killed during the holocaust by our cultural and art department.

*The museum of The Unforgettable.

*Directly from Mexico, “Día de Muertos” handmade art exposition by Sofia Castellanos Art.

*Directly from Mexico, over 200 Catrinas, all handmade by Mexican families in Mexico.

*Directly from Mexico, world renowned sculpture and artist Mr. Hermes Arroyo will be putting together a beautiful and spectacular exposition of giant skulls, handmade and painted, called Seagiantskulls.

*Living statues by artists Monserrat Diaz and Ramon Solano, directly from Mexico City.

*Photo gallery exposition from Seattle Catrinas Festival 2022 edition by our photographers’ members.

*Photo booth with live Catrinas and Catrines.

*Photo booth with our famous “Mojigangas” Frida and Pepe.

*Kids’ workshops with Memo Plastilina.

*Mexican bingo, called “Loteria” by Memo Plastilina.

*Danza Azteca by Nahui Ollin Tezcatlipocatl.

*International show called “Unforgettable”, this is a two and a half hours unique cultural and artistic show by:

Seattle Catrinas Festival production department and includes:

The famous live Catrinas Procession.

Ballet Folklorico Fuego Nuevo from San Jose, CA.

Female and male Mariachi Estrella de Mexico directly from Guadalajara, Jalisco.

This show will be starting at 630 PM every day.

*A Magic Night, every night of the festival at 900 PM, we will be closing festival activities with a show called Magic Night.
General tickets are $30.00 and includes all activities. No in and out privileges.
VIP tickets are available for $40.00 and included all activities, VIP bracelet with in and out privileges, no waiting line to enter the venue, no waiting line to enter to the museum of the Unforgettable, better seating area (close to the stage) and the opportunity to be part of our famous Procession (very limited, first to call first to serve bases).
Kids 3 years old and under are free.

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s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
Olympia, WA

This show is dedicated to Veterans, past and present and will be held at the Evergreen Gallery from October 16 – December 30, 2023. There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday, October 19 from 3 – 6 pm.

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Northwest Folklife
Seattle, WA

Join the Unbroken Circle​! Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore heritage through the personal, local, and cultural history of the people in the group. Students will showcase what they’ve learned at the Rhapsody Showcase during the NW Folklife Festival.

Who: ​For ages 11 and up

When: October 4 – December 6, 2023, Wednesdays at 4 pm

How much: sliding scale $0-$300

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Portland Mercado
Portland, OR
Dia de los Muertos is back and better than ever!
On November 1st and 2nd at the Portland Mercado (7238 SE Foster Road) join us for a free immersive experience of Mexican culture honoring those who have passed.
Dia de Muertos is a time for us to recognize and connect with passed loved ones by offering flowers, treats, and gifts that allow us to call them back from the spirit realm. During this time, it is believed the veil is thinnest to facilitate this connection.
Come and be part of an incredible event celebrating Mexican heritage, featuring a community altar, vendors, live music, and activities!
Dia de los Muertos is supported by Hacienda CDC.
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¡Día de los Muertos está de vuelta y mejor que nunca!
El 1 y 2 de noviembre en el Mercado de Portland (7238 SE Foster Road) únete a nosotros para una experiencia de inmersión libre de la cultura mexicana en honor a los que han fallecido.
El Día de Muertos es un momento para reconocer y conectar con los seres queridos que han fallecido ofreciéndoles flores, golosinas y regalos que nos permiten llamarlos desde el reino de los espíritus. Durante este tiempo, se cree que el velo es más delgado para facilitar esta conexión.
Ven y forma parte de un evento increíble que celebra la herencia mexicana, con un altar comunitario, vendedores, música y actividades.
El evento de Día de los Muertos es apoyado por Hacienda CDC.
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Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC)
Corvallis, OR

Join us at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center to honor departed loved ones with our community altar, traditional foods, and calaveritas. Enjoy sugar skull-themed crafts, traditional foods, and the joy of being together.

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

Join us at the Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery for the opening reception of our 4th Annual Dia de los Muertos Art Show.
Opening Reception October 7th 5pm-7pm
Exhibition dates October 7th-November 5th
Gallery Hours Thursday-Sunday 12pm-6pm

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Shoreline, WA

Un evento familiar que celebra ricas tradiciones con música, arte, comida y comunidad.


A family event celebrating rich traditions with music, art, food, and community.

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Portland, OR

Join Portland Center Stage for November First Thursday, featuring a special live musical performance titled ROSAS DEL MUERTO by members of the PSU Mariachi Rosas Del Sol ensemble to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos. There will also be vendor tables by artist Cositas PDX, Trans Wardrobe Project, Mercado Lula, Candy Girl Piñatas, art exhibits by Alejandro IV Barragan and Maria TD Inocencio, with complimentary select beer provided by Deschutes Brewery.
PSU Mariachi Rosas del Sol’s ROSAS DEL MUERTO features a colectivo of musicians who are all a part of PSU’s Mariachi, but have formed this special ensemble to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos at Portland Center Stage. They will play a mix of mariachi songs and improvisational numbers spanning many genres of music.
This event is FREE and open to the public.

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Native Action Network
Seattle, WA

Native Action Network is proud to present the exhibition One With the Waters featuring artwork by Sarah Folden. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Sarah creates contemporary Coast Salish art inspired by her connection to place. Her work celebrates the vitality of Cowlitz people, their bold and colorful spirits, ancestral waters, animal relatives and all connected in nature. Cowlitz people are water-going people who refused to sign treaties with the federal government. This has created a diverse population. Over time many have traveled from their ancestral waters, some even across oceans, but much like our salmon relatives, there is an instinctive drive that calls Native people home. Sarah Folden’s artwork is created in honor of those still here, those who have made that voyage and those who are awakening to their internal calling to return.

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Join us for an interactive celebration of the traditional Mexican holiday to honor ancestors and loved ones who have passed on.

Events sponsored by the University of Idaho Office of Multicultural Affairs and Latinx Heritage Month Committee.

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All are welcome to the 19th annual Día de Muertos celebration and events at Out North in downtown Anchorage, Alaska on Nov. 2
6:00 PM – Celebration to Welcome the Souls
6:20 PM – Community Welcome, altar exhibit and visit with community, family, and individual altars.
6:30 & 7:30: Serenata Para Altares (Serande for the Altars) Denali Romero will play and sing music honoring ancestors and visitors.
Free Pan de Muerto (Day of the Dead Bread) and hot chocolate will be available throughout the evening.
​Free & Open to the Public
All ages welcome!

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Join Paula Madrigal and the Ballard Civic Orchestra for Orquesta Northwest’s annual Dia de Muertos Concierto on Thursday, November 2nd at the National Nordic Museum in Ballard.
Featuring music by special guests Trio Guadalevin and soprano Viviana Garza, dance performances by Bailadores de Bronce and Joyas Mestizas, and artwork by Maria G. Casey, Dia de Muertos is an opportunity to honor our ancestors and loved ones with the community. Bring photos of those who have passed, and place them on the Altar de Muertos that will be present in the concert hall during the event.

Dia de Muertos:
The Day of the Dead is a deeply rooted Mexican cultural tradition that honors the deceased and celebrates the lives of those who have passed away. The beliefs and practices related to the Day of the Dead have their roots in pre-Columbian indigenous cultures, such as the Aztecs, and have been mixed with Catholic influences after the arrival of the Spanish.

Some prominent elements of the celebration include:

  • Ofrendas (Offerings): Families create decorative altars in their homes or in cemeteries to remember their departed loved ones. These altars are adorned with flowers (especially marigolds, known as “flower of the dead”), candles, photographs of the deceased, personal items, and food and drinks they used to enjoy.
  • Sugar Skulls and Pan de Muerto: Sugar skulls and pan de muerto, a special bread with skull or bone-shaped decorations, are made and placed on the altars and shared during family gatherings.
  • Cemetery Visits: Families visit cemeteries to clean and decorate the graves of their loved ones, often spending the night there to remember and honor the departed.
  • Parades and Artistic Representations: In some regions of Mexico, there are parades and theatrical performances involving skulls and skeletons, including the famous “La Catrina,” created by artist José Guadalupe Posada.
  • Music and Dance: Traditional music and dance also play a significant role in the festivities, with mariachis and other musical groups playing specific Day of the Dead songs.
  • Catholicism and Indigenous Beliefs: The celebration combines Catholic elements, such as the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, with indigenous beliefs and practices related to life and death.

The Day of the Dead is a celebration that varies in form and style throughout Mexico, with different regions and communities having their own traditions and specific approaches. It is a vibrant, symbolic, and meaningful holiday that celebrates the relationship between the living and the dead, remembering those who have passed in an atmosphere of respect and joy.

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Northwest African American Museum (NAAM)
Seattle, WA

As part of NAAM’s growing First Thursdays: Late Nites and Bites, join them for the book launch of The Unsettled by New York Times Best Selling author, Ayana Mathis. The story is set in the 1980s in racially and politically turbulent Philadelphia and in the tiny town of Bonaparte, Alabama. The Unsettled follows the journey of a mother fighting for her sanity and survival. The conversation will be moderated by Anastacia-Renee Tolbert, award-winning writer and educator who wrote Side Notes from the Archivist, Forget It (Black Radish) and Here In The (Middle) of Nowhere forthcoming from HarperCollins/Amistad March 2024.

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Portland Latin American Film Festival
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr

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Pork Filled Productions
Seattle, WA

Under the watchful moon, Farrah and her brother, Bosley, return to the Philippines to spread their father’s ashes. But an encounter with an aswang – a Filipino witch – awakens something in Farrah…a power that is ancient and terrifying and innate. Will she embrace her new-found power? Or let it destroy herself and her brother?

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Portland, OR

Every fall, the dead are commemorated in Portland’s longest-running Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. This year, Milagro observes their 28th Día de Muertos with an original production, Las Adelitas. Las Adelitas will be infused with folkloric dance and music, accompanied by theatrical elements that celebrate the ancestors through the building of altars and the sharing of cultural traditions. Workshops will share altar building crafts such as sugar skulls and paper flowers for decorating home altars.

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yəhaw̓
Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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Squaxin Island Tribe Museum
Shelton, WA
Join us for our annual Squaxin Museum Holiday Bazaar!
Find great holiday gifts for your checklist!
The Mud Bay Indian Shaker Church will offer Indian Tacos, and fried bread for sale.
Participate in our Museum raffle benefit table.
The Squaxin Elders building will be open to offer even MORE Vendors! Making TWO buildings of vendor space!
Please note cash may be required by vendors & that we don’t have an ATM on our campus.
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Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Explore the second run of this past exhibit with stories sourced from the local Burmese / Myanmar community. With the original exhibit run cut short due to our closure during the pandemic, we’ve taken the opportunity to update the exhibit to include new content covering the military coup that happened in February 2021.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Maude Kerns Art Center
Eugene, OR

The Maude Kerns Art Center celebrates the 30th annual Día de los Muertos Exhibit in 2023 with artwork, community altars, and a special Day of the Dead Gift Shop. The exhibit opens October 13th and runs through November 3rd.

The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration acknowledges the link between the communities of the living and the dead. The holiday blends the ancient harvest rituals of the Aztec god of death and the Roman Catholic holidays of All Souls and All Saints days. On November 1 and 2, the dead are thought to return to partake in the activities of the living. Holiday activities include the creation of altars that welcome deceased loved ones.

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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, OR

We’re celebrating the beauty and cultural significance of chrysanthemums throughout November, in perfect harmony with the traditional Chinese Double Ninth Festival. These exquisite flowers hold a rich and storied history in Chinese culture, symbolizing traits such as longevity, nobility, and endurance.

Join us for a series of horticultural programs centered around chrysanthemums, paying tribute to their illustrious heritage. This includes the return of our enchanting nighttime floral designer showcase, “Nights of the Golden Flower.” You can also partake in enlightening plant walks and witness insightful cultivation demonstrations, all designed to deepen your appreciation for this cherished bloom and its profound role in Chinese heritage.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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This exhibit features the work of Skokomish artists Denise Emerson and Hailey Brown. Inspired by their shared background as Skokomish tribal members, the exhibit is an exploration and conversation across generations and mediums. The artworks represent the hearts and minds of their makers and the endurance and transformation of what it means to be Skokomish.

In community with arnaq, hana’ack, smɁem, Creation Story celebrates indigenous women and their stories. With this exhibit, Columbia City Gallery continues the growing movement to support the art and culture of Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest. Curated by Lena Ishel Rodriguez, proud Mexican of Nahua descent in her solo curatorial debut. Previously Lena contributed to Cosmic Beings in Mesoamerican and Andean Art at Seattle Art Museum, and Inside the Mask at the Hammer Museum.

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I paint from historical photographs of people; the majority of them had no name, no bio, no story left. Nothing. I feel they are kind of lost souls, spirit-ghosts. My painting is a memorial site for them.
—Hung Liu

Groundbreaking Chinese American artist Hung Liu (1948–2021) made highly narrative images that foregrounded workers, immigrants, refugees, women, children, and soldiers in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Liu was born in Changchun, China, and her childhood and youth coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. After her arrival in San Diego, California, in 1984, Liu became one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States. Decades later, she would be justly celebrated for establishing novel frameworks for understanding visual art’s relationship to history by focusing on communities misrepresented and marginalized by official narratives.

Liu experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields in her early twenties. After studying art in Beijing, she left China to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. There, the experimental tendencies of the students and faculty, most notably those of performance artist Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and art historian Moira Roth (1933–2021), helped cultivate her conceptual approach to portraiture.

Featuring highly experimental painting, printing, and weaving techniques, Liu’s challenging yet accessible oeuvre has been aptly characterized by her husband, the art critic Jeff Kelley, as a species of “weeping realism.” Titled A Question of Hu, after China scholar Jonathan Spence’s 1988 book The Question of Hu, the exhibition reintroduces Liu’s remarkable art to the Pacific Northwest, while demonstrating—as few artistic oeuvres can—an expanded view of citizenship in an era of seismic change that is also fundamentally marked by evolving ideas of artistic solidarity and collaboration.

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the City of Shoreline and the Spartan Recreation Center to host the Arte de la Raza exhibition running Nov.2nd-Jan. 24th and featuring:
Che Lopez
Iris Sanchez
Jake Prendez
Rolando Avila
Teresa Martinez
Yessica Marquez
The exhibition opens Nov. 2nd which is also the same day as their Dia de los Muertos Festival!!

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An anchor event for Converge 45’s citywide 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art As Global Citizenship, the exhibition WE ARE THE REVOLUTION plumbs the depth of commitment of Jordan Schnitzer to the art of his time, while tapping into a living history of social expression through art in diverse media—from monumental paintings to free-standing sculpture to works on paper. Designed in part to explore ways in which the art of the past meets and affects the art of the present, the exhibition gives voice to art as both aesthetic experimentation and social commentary from the 1960s to today. Driven by the conviction that history is constructed through both continuity and discontinuity, the exhibition strives to establish unexpected juxtapositions and revealing connections among historical and contemporary artists and artworks.

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Black ‘n’ Advocacy covers the process for navigating legislative advocacy at Surge Reproductive Justice, with a focus on Washington state. This training was born out of the lived experience and political analysis of Black anti-racist organizers and legislative advocates attempting to work within “the system” and quickly identifying the pitfalls of that system and what working around it looks like in service of our communities. This online training is highly interactive, and approximately 3 hours long. We welcome people from all backgrounds to attend!

Surge Reproductive Justice believes in the power of political education and collective analysis building, they offer leadership development trainings every trimester. It’s that time! These trainings are opportunities to deepen your understanding and commitment to anti-racism, reproductive justice, and legislative advocacy through a Black feminist lens. They are also a great way to build community with like-spirited people from around the country in an accessible and fun way.

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ACT A Contemporary Theatre
Seattle, WA

Guitars tuned. Mic checked. Get ready to rock! This darkly funny, electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in thirty years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia’s most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past. Lauren Yee brings us an intimate rock epic about family secrets set against a dark chapter of Cambodian history.

Children under 5, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.

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Earshot Jazz Society of Seattle
Seattle , WA

The Earshot Jazz Festival returns this year with performances from both resident and world renowned artists at venues all around Seattle!
Earshot Jazz Festival is back with “Seattle’s most important annual jazz event” (DownBeat), once again presenting today’s brilliant jazz artists over the course of 30 fall days in venues all around the city. In programming across four weeks, they’ve created a series that embodies the history, evolution, and spirit of jazz as it exists around the world as well as right here at home. Noted as, “a festival of adventurous au courant jazz” (JazzTimes), the festival kicks off on October 6 and winds down on November 5. In between are concerts and events by established legends and exciting emerging artists, truly representing today’s most dynamic and diffuse art form.

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Uprise Collective
Hybrid

We are thrilled to announce our sixth annual Selah Storytelling Series! This year we will have amazing storytellers share stories of Creation, Resistance, and Healing in a hybrid space both in person and on zoom!
Stay tuned to learn about our storytellers, the location, and this years Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thankstaking celebration!
Access:
In person: ADA space with ADA bathrooms. Masks required. More details to come on parking and seating.
On-line: ASL and CART provided.
Details:
In its sixth year, the Selah Series provides a BIPOC-centered storytelling space for community members to share the fruits of their ancestors’ wisdom, resistance, and survivance, and an opportunity for all of us to build community that is reflective of our collective strength.
Creation Stories
November 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will be sharing stories of the creation of the Earth and the universe that come from indigenous cultural histories. From the Turtle Continent to the Popol Vuh to Mawu the Moon Being, this event is about reclaiming how the world was made.
Resistance Stories
November 9, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will share stories of protest, organizing, collective bargaining, and community care. What can we learn from those that came before us? What tactics are we using now to reimagine systems? The road map to social uplift has been written, and written well.
Healing Stories:
November 16, 2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm PST
How do we practice care in our communities outside of Western, capitalist, white supremacist models? The focus of this event will be on the holistic, indigenous, decolonized wellness that targeted communities use to engage in healing. From naturopathy to indigenous herbalism to healing tones, the focus of the event is to honor ancestral knowledge and our special knack for survival.
We also have a culminating meal-share event on Saturday, November 25th, Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thanks-taking. We’ll eat, build community, and BIPOC performers will share their gifts.

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Seattle Catrina Festival
Seattle, WA

Every day of the Seattle Catrinas Festival:

*During the family annual Catrinas Festival the public is invited to bring pictures, flowers, candles, and mementos of loved ones to place on the giant altar decorated with flowers, folk art and “ofrendas”.

*Street market full of local entrepreneurs offering a large number of traditional food, face painting, handcrafted, art and many items more plus Día de los Muertos ambiance music by DJ Oscar Cortes.

*Permanent giant altar by our cultural and art department.

*Permanent altar dedicated to Jews killed during the holocaust by our cultural and art department.

*The museum of The Unforgettable.

*Directly from Mexico, “Día de Muertos” handmade art exposition by Sofia Castellanos Art.

*Directly from Mexico, over 200 Catrinas, all handmade by Mexican families in Mexico.

*Directly from Mexico, world renowned sculpture and artist Mr. Hermes Arroyo will be putting together a beautiful and spectacular exposition of giant skulls, handmade and painted, called Seagiantskulls.

*Living statues by artists Monserrat Diaz and Ramon Solano, directly from Mexico City.

*Photo gallery exposition from Seattle Catrinas Festival 2022 edition by our photographers’ members.

*Photo booth with live Catrinas and Catrines.

*Photo booth with our famous “Mojigangas” Frida and Pepe.

*Kids’ workshops with Memo Plastilina.

*Mexican bingo, called “Loteria” by Memo Plastilina.

*Danza Azteca by Nahui Ollin Tezcatlipocatl.

*International show called “Unforgettable”, this is a two and a half hours unique cultural and artistic show by:

Seattle Catrinas Festival production department and includes:

The famous live Catrinas Procession.

Ballet Folklorico Fuego Nuevo from San Jose, CA.

Female and male Mariachi Estrella de Mexico directly from Guadalajara, Jalisco.

This show will be starting at 630 PM every day.

*A Magic Night, every night of the festival at 900 PM, we will be closing festival activities with a show called Magic Night.
General tickets are $30.00 and includes all activities. No in and out privileges.
VIP tickets are available for $40.00 and included all activities, VIP bracelet with in and out privileges, no waiting line to enter the venue, no waiting line to enter to the museum of the Unforgettable, better seating area (close to the stage) and the opportunity to be part of our famous Procession (very limited, first to call first to serve bases).
Kids 3 years old and under are free.

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s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
Olympia, WA

This show is dedicated to Veterans, past and present and will be held at the Evergreen Gallery from October 16 – December 30, 2023. There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday, October 19 from 3 – 6 pm.

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Northwest Folklife
Seattle, WA

Join the Unbroken Circle​! Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore heritage through the personal, local, and cultural history of the people in the group. Students will showcase what they’ve learned at the Rhapsody Showcase during the NW Folklife Festival.

Who: ​For ages 11 and up

When: October 4 – December 6, 2023, Wednesdays at 4 pm

How much: sliding scale $0-$300

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

Join us at the Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery for the opening reception of our 4th Annual Dia de los Muertos Art Show.
Opening Reception October 7th 5pm-7pm
Exhibition dates October 7th-November 5th
Gallery Hours Thursday-Sunday 12pm-6pm

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Nuestras Raíces Centro Comunitario
Spokane, WA

We are pleased to invite the entire community to our 9th annual event for the traditional celebration of ‘Day of the Dead’/ ‘Día de los Muertos,’ which this year will take place for three days, from November 3rd to 5th, in Nuestras Raíces/ Our Roots Community Center in Spokane.

Schedule:

🔸Friday, November 3 (5 pm – 8 pm): Come see the altars!

🔸Saturday, November 4 (2 pm – 7 pm): Festivities, children’s activities and performances.

🔸Sunday, November 5 (11 a.m.): Come to el recalentado! (“the reheated one”)

Stay tuned for more information and details that we will share with you all soon!

If you have any questions, please call our center at (509) 557-0566

 

We hope you can join us!

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wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House
Seattle, WA

Join us for the Autumn Coastal Jam on November 3rd from 5-9 PM! We look forward to seeing everyone show up to share culture with students!

Dinner served.
Visit the UW Transportation Services site for parking info.

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Native Action Network
Seattle, WA

Native Action Network is proud to present the exhibition One With the Waters featuring artwork by Sarah Folden. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Sarah creates contemporary Coast Salish art inspired by her connection to place. Her work celebrates the vitality of Cowlitz people, their bold and colorful spirits, ancestral waters, animal relatives and all connected in nature. Cowlitz people are water-going people who refused to sign treaties with the federal government. This has created a diverse population. Over time many have traveled from their ancestral waters, some even across oceans, but much like our salmon relatives, there is an instinctive drive that calls Native people home. Sarah Folden’s artwork is created in honor of those still here, those who have made that voyage and those who are awakening to their internal calling to return.

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Help us celebrate the tradition of honoring and remembering our ancestors and families. Altars/Ofrendas, arts and crafts, traditional music and dance, food, stories and more!
Ven a celebrar la tradición de honrar y recordar a nuestros ancestros y familia. Habrá altares y ofrendas, artesanías, música tradicional, baile, comida, historias y mucho más!
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Pacific Northwest Black Pride
Seattle, WA

Looking for something to do in Seattle? Whether you’re a local or new in town, come check us out.

The Gathering don’t miss out on it as we celebrate you all year!

4Play & Pacific Northwest Black Pride presents: The Gathering (Happy Hour)

Friday, November 3, 2023
Come join us at CC’s!!
1701 E Olive Wy Seattle
From 6:00-8:30pm.

CC’s is a causal gay bar pouring good drinks and snacks provided.

This is a great way to end your day and week, enjoy time with old and new friends, and be a part of this community.
A dedicated space is reserved for us!!👍🏾🏳️‍🌈🎉
Invite & bring others to socialize!

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Portland Latin American Film Festival
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr

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Pork Filled Productions
Seattle, WA

Under the watchful moon, Farrah and her brother, Bosley, return to the Philippines to spread their father’s ashes. But an encounter with an aswang – a Filipino witch – awakens something in Farrah…a power that is ancient and terrifying and innate. Will she embrace her new-found power? Or let it destroy herself and her brother?

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Portland, OR

Every fall, the dead are commemorated in Portland’s longest-running Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. This year, Milagro observes their 28th Día de Muertos with an original production, Las Adelitas. Las Adelitas will be infused with folkloric dance and music, accompanied by theatrical elements that celebrate the ancestors through the building of altars and the sharing of cultural traditions. Workshops will share altar building crafts such as sugar skulls and paper flowers for decorating home altars.

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yəhaw̓
Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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Squaxin Island Tribe Museum
Shelton, WA
Join us for our annual Squaxin Museum Holiday Bazaar!
Find great holiday gifts for your checklist!
The Mud Bay Indian Shaker Church will offer Indian Tacos, and fried bread for sale.
Participate in our Museum raffle benefit table.
The Squaxin Elders building will be open to offer even MORE Vendors! Making TWO buildings of vendor space!
Please note cash may be required by vendors & that we don’t have an ATM on our campus.
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Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
Sequim, WA

Featuring the original work of more than 40 Native and Non-Native Vendors, a bake sale and raffles of vendors’ work, to benefit Tribal Programs

Parking located in the lot south of Casino. Shuttles will be availbale to the hotel from entrance.

Help us fill our Tribal Food Bank for the cold winter months! There will be a collection bin located in the lobby for contributions of stable foods and personal hygiene products.

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Native Youth Olympic (NYO) Games
Anchorage, AK

Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Explore the second run of this past exhibit with stories sourced from the local Burmese / Myanmar community. With the original exhibit run cut short due to our closure during the pandemic, we’ve taken the opportunity to update the exhibit to include new content covering the military coup that happened in February 2021.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Hmong Association of Washington
Seattle, WA
Seattle Hmong New Year is a FREE cultural festival hosted by the Hmong Association of Washington, its volunteers, and local community supporters.
Contact hmong.of.washington@gmail.com for sponsorship opportunities.
For vendor inquiries, please email your questions to seattlehmongnewyearhaw@gmail.com.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, OR

We’re celebrating the beauty and cultural significance of chrysanthemums throughout November, in perfect harmony with the traditional Chinese Double Ninth Festival. These exquisite flowers hold a rich and storied history in Chinese culture, symbolizing traits such as longevity, nobility, and endurance.

Join us for a series of horticultural programs centered around chrysanthemums, paying tribute to their illustrious heritage. This includes the return of our enchanting nighttime floral designer showcase, “Nights of the Golden Flower.” You can also partake in enlightening plant walks and witness insightful cultivation demonstrations, all designed to deepen your appreciation for this cherished bloom and its profound role in Chinese heritage.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement (STALM)
, WA
The Tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources Team has been hard at work planning some fantastic upcoming restoration projects on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands that you can contribute to! What better way to help redefine recreation by building reciprocity with the lands – while also enjoying all the benefits of being outside in community (both human and ecological)? Here’s the link to more from the ENR team about each event and the RSVP links! https://enr.snoqualmietribe.us/events/
Can’t make it? Stay tuned for additional opportunities!
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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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Suquamish Museum
Suquamish, WA

Join the Suquamish Museum for this moderate level cedar workshop with Suquamish tribal member, Lisa Jackson. Create your own Reindeer Ornament, all supplies provided. Class size is 20 students max, registration is required. Cost is $60 and due day of class, payment will be made directly to teacher. Cash & card accepted, no checks. To register contact Jennifer Reynolds: (360) 394-7105 or jreynolds@suquamish.nsn.us

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El Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is a time for remembering the lives of those who have passed. We honor those who are no longer with us, including our social justice heroes, victims of racially-motivated police brutality, victims of hate crimes and gun violence, those who lost their lives too soon, and those who have made a postive impact in our community. El Centro de la Raza is 50 years old and counting. We honor those who, over the last 50+ years, have fought for human rights, social services, and political and environmental justice to shape a better future for the children.

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This exhibit features the work of Skokomish artists Denise Emerson and Hailey Brown. Inspired by their shared background as Skokomish tribal members, the exhibit is an exploration and conversation across generations and mediums. The artworks represent the hearts and minds of their makers and the endurance and transformation of what it means to be Skokomish.

In community with arnaq, hana’ack, smɁem, Creation Story celebrates indigenous women and their stories. With this exhibit, Columbia City Gallery continues the growing movement to support the art and culture of Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest. Curated by Lena Ishel Rodriguez, proud Mexican of Nahua descent in her solo curatorial debut. Previously Lena contributed to Cosmic Beings in Mesoamerican and Andean Art at Seattle Art Museum, and Inside the Mask at the Hammer Museum.

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Hibulb Cultural Center
Marysville, WA
Theme: “tubtubšədəʔ (warriors)”
Save the date for the 11th annual HCC Film Festival! If you would like to submit a film, please visit www.filmfreeway.com/HCC2023 before the October 21st submission deadline.
Event location: HCC Longhouse Room
This event is included in the price of admission.
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Join us Saturday Nov. 4th for Nepantla’s 2nd annual Dia de los Muertos Festival at Evergreen HS. This is a Free family friendly event with Food, Art activities, face painting, vendors, Arte y mas. Make sure to mark your calendars and invite all your friends!!

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Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington
Seattle, WA

Bunka no Hi (Japanese Culture Day) is a holiday in Japan celebrating Japanese culture. At the JCCCW, Bunka no Hi is a free-to-attend cultural festival dedicated to celebrating, commemorating, and educating the public about Japanese and Japanese American culture in the Seattle area.

The theme of this year’s Bunka no Hi festival will be “Explore Cultural Art through Japanese Language!” Discover Japan’s unique forms of art and expression with activities like haiku poetry and calligraphy, as well as live performances of kamishibai and recorded performances of rakugo storytelling. Look forward to presentations of other cultural arts as well, including karate, taiko drumming, classical dance, and much more! We have a special guest this year — Lori Matsukawa, Emmy-award winning journalist and founding member of the Nikkei Heritage Association of Washington (NHAW). Matsukawa will have a reading and signing event for her new children’s book, ‘Brave, Mrs. Sato’. The Hosekibako Japanese Resale Shop located on-site will also be open during the event.

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I paint from historical photographs of people; the majority of them had no name, no bio, no story left. Nothing. I feel they are kind of lost souls, spirit-ghosts. My painting is a memorial site for them.
—Hung Liu

Groundbreaking Chinese American artist Hung Liu (1948–2021) made highly narrative images that foregrounded workers, immigrants, refugees, women, children, and soldiers in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Liu was born in Changchun, China, and her childhood and youth coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. After her arrival in San Diego, California, in 1984, Liu became one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States. Decades later, she would be justly celebrated for establishing novel frameworks for understanding visual art’s relationship to history by focusing on communities misrepresented and marginalized by official narratives.

Liu experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields in her early twenties. After studying art in Beijing, she left China to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. There, the experimental tendencies of the students and faculty, most notably those of performance artist Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and art historian Moira Roth (1933–2021), helped cultivate her conceptual approach to portraiture.

Featuring highly experimental painting, printing, and weaving techniques, Liu’s challenging yet accessible oeuvre has been aptly characterized by her husband, the art critic Jeff Kelley, as a species of “weeping realism.” Titled A Question of Hu, after China scholar Jonathan Spence’s 1988 book The Question of Hu, the exhibition reintroduces Liu’s remarkable art to the Pacific Northwest, while demonstrating—as few artistic oeuvres can—an expanded view of citizenship in an era of seismic change that is also fundamentally marked by evolving ideas of artistic solidarity and collaboration.

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National Nordic Museum
Seattle, WA

Join us for Film & Fika, a new series where we learn together over coffee, tea, and sweet treats! Together we’ll screen Historjá(Opens an external site in a new window) (featuring Arctic Highways(Opens in a new window) artist Britta Marakatt-Labba), followed by a scholar-guided conversation alongside refreshments.

About the Film:
Artist Britta Marakatt-Labba has for decades depicted the indigenous Samí people’s mythology, relation to nature, and political struggle. Now she is facing one last fight: the battle for her culture against the threats of climate change.

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Polish Home Association
Seattle, WA

The Polish Fall Bazaar is coming! Saturday, November 4, from 12 pm to 5 pm. Join us and celebrate together our tradition over 50 years old! Enjoy a delicious Polish dinner and traditional Polish pastries. Upstairs features an excellent selection of amber, crafts, Bolesławiec pottery, and more! And of course, Raffle tickets with great baskets of Polish goods to win! Free admission

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the City of Shoreline and the Spartan Recreation Center to host the Arte de la Raza exhibition running Nov.2nd-Jan. 24th and featuring:
Che Lopez
Iris Sanchez
Jake Prendez
Rolando Avila
Teresa Martinez
Yessica Marquez
The exhibition opens Nov. 2nd which is also the same day as their Dia de los Muertos Festival!!

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An anchor event for Converge 45’s citywide 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art As Global Citizenship, the exhibition WE ARE THE REVOLUTION plumbs the depth of commitment of Jordan Schnitzer to the art of his time, while tapping into a living history of social expression through art in diverse media—from monumental paintings to free-standing sculpture to works on paper. Designed in part to explore ways in which the art of the past meets and affects the art of the present, the exhibition gives voice to art as both aesthetic experimentation and social commentary from the 1960s to today. Driven by the conviction that history is constructed through both continuity and discontinuity, the exhibition strives to establish unexpected juxtapositions and revealing connections among historical and contemporary artists and artworks.

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Casa de la Cultura Tlanese
Salem, OR

¡Casa de la Cultura Tlanese se complace en invitarlos a su celebración del Día de Muertos 2023, un evento completamente familiar, lleno de mucha cultura y tradición en honor a los seres queridos!


Casa de la Cultura Tlanese is pleased to invite you to their Day of the Dead celebration 2023, a family event, full of culture and traditions in honor of loved ones!

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Phinney Neighborhood Association
Seattle, WA

Join Us for Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead Celebration!

Save the date: November 4th, 2023, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Phinney Center Blue Building.

Celebrate with us, honor loved ones, and enjoy cultural performances, crafts, and delicious food.

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Saludos Lectores,
La Biblioteca Pública de Springfield tiene el honor de dar la bienvenida a la autora del libro “Los orígenes hispanos de Oregón”, Olga Gutiérrez Rodríguez, a nuestra Grupo de Lectura.
*Se puede participar en la biblioteca EN PERSONA o por Zoom–es un evento hibrido*.
Puede registrarse y obtener información sobre copias del libro disponibles o para recibir una invitación a Zoom envíe un correo electrónico a ckinsey@springfieldor.gov.



Greetings Readers,
Springfield Public Library is honored to welcome the author of the book “The Hispanic Origins of Oregon”, Olga Gutiérrez Rodríguez, to our Reading Group.
*You can participate in the library IN PERSON or by Zoom–it is a hybrid event*.
You can register and get information about available copies of the book or to receive an invitation to Zoom send an email to ckinsey@springfieldor.gov

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ACT A Contemporary Theatre
Seattle, WA

Guitars tuned. Mic checked. Get ready to rock! This darkly funny, electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in thirty years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia’s most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past. Lauren Yee brings us an intimate rock epic about family secrets set against a dark chapter of Cambodian history.

Children under 5, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.

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Earshot Jazz Society of Seattle
Seattle , WA

The Earshot Jazz Festival returns this year with performances from both resident and world renowned artists at venues all around Seattle!
Earshot Jazz Festival is back with “Seattle’s most important annual jazz event” (DownBeat), once again presenting today’s brilliant jazz artists over the course of 30 fall days in venues all around the city. In programming across four weeks, they’ve created a series that embodies the history, evolution, and spirit of jazz as it exists around the world as well as right here at home. Noted as, “a festival of adventurous au courant jazz” (JazzTimes), the festival kicks off on October 6 and winds down on November 5. In between are concerts and events by established legends and exciting emerging artists, truly representing today’s most dynamic and diffuse art form.

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Uprise Collective
Hybrid

We are thrilled to announce our sixth annual Selah Storytelling Series! This year we will have amazing storytellers share stories of Creation, Resistance, and Healing in a hybrid space both in person and on zoom!
Stay tuned to learn about our storytellers, the location, and this years Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thankstaking celebration!
Access:
In person: ADA space with ADA bathrooms. Masks required. More details to come on parking and seating.
On-line: ASL and CART provided.
Details:
In its sixth year, the Selah Series provides a BIPOC-centered storytelling space for community members to share the fruits of their ancestors’ wisdom, resistance, and survivance, and an opportunity for all of us to build community that is reflective of our collective strength.
Creation Stories
November 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will be sharing stories of the creation of the Earth and the universe that come from indigenous cultural histories. From the Turtle Continent to the Popol Vuh to Mawu the Moon Being, this event is about reclaiming how the world was made.
Resistance Stories
November 9, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will share stories of protest, organizing, collective bargaining, and community care. What can we learn from those that came before us? What tactics are we using now to reimagine systems? The road map to social uplift has been written, and written well.
Healing Stories:
November 16, 2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm PST
How do we practice care in our communities outside of Western, capitalist, white supremacist models? The focus of this event will be on the holistic, indigenous, decolonized wellness that targeted communities use to engage in healing. From naturopathy to indigenous herbalism to healing tones, the focus of the event is to honor ancestral knowledge and our special knack for survival.
We also have a culminating meal-share event on Saturday, November 25th, Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thanks-taking. We’ll eat, build community, and BIPOC performers will share their gifts.

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Seattle Catrina Festival
Seattle, WA

Every day of the Seattle Catrinas Festival:

*During the family annual Catrinas Festival the public is invited to bring pictures, flowers, candles, and mementos of loved ones to place on the giant altar decorated with flowers, folk art and “ofrendas”.

*Street market full of local entrepreneurs offering a large number of traditional food, face painting, handcrafted, art and many items more plus Día de los Muertos ambiance music by DJ Oscar Cortes.

*Permanent giant altar by our cultural and art department.

*Permanent altar dedicated to Jews killed during the holocaust by our cultural and art department.

*The museum of The Unforgettable.

*Directly from Mexico, “Día de Muertos” handmade art exposition by Sofia Castellanos Art.

*Directly from Mexico, over 200 Catrinas, all handmade by Mexican families in Mexico.

*Directly from Mexico, world renowned sculpture and artist Mr. Hermes Arroyo will be putting together a beautiful and spectacular exposition of giant skulls, handmade and painted, called Seagiantskulls.

*Living statues by artists Monserrat Diaz and Ramon Solano, directly from Mexico City.

*Photo gallery exposition from Seattle Catrinas Festival 2022 edition by our photographers’ members.

*Photo booth with live Catrinas and Catrines.

*Photo booth with our famous “Mojigangas” Frida and Pepe.

*Kids’ workshops with Memo Plastilina.

*Mexican bingo, called “Loteria” by Memo Plastilina.

*Danza Azteca by Nahui Ollin Tezcatlipocatl.

*International show called “Unforgettable”, this is a two and a half hours unique cultural and artistic show by:

Seattle Catrinas Festival production department and includes:

The famous live Catrinas Procession.

Ballet Folklorico Fuego Nuevo from San Jose, CA.

Female and male Mariachi Estrella de Mexico directly from Guadalajara, Jalisco.

This show will be starting at 630 PM every day.

*A Magic Night, every night of the festival at 900 PM, we will be closing festival activities with a show called Magic Night.
General tickets are $30.00 and includes all activities. No in and out privileges.
VIP tickets are available for $40.00 and included all activities, VIP bracelet with in and out privileges, no waiting line to enter the venue, no waiting line to enter to the museum of the Unforgettable, better seating area (close to the stage) and the opportunity to be part of our famous Procession (very limited, first to call first to serve bases).
Kids 3 years old and under are free.

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s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
Olympia, WA

This show is dedicated to Veterans, past and present and will be held at the Evergreen Gallery from October 16 – December 30, 2023. There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday, October 19 from 3 – 6 pm.

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Northwest Folklife
Seattle, WA

Join the Unbroken Circle​! Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore heritage through the personal, local, and cultural history of the people in the group. Students will showcase what they’ve learned at the Rhapsody Showcase during the NW Folklife Festival.

Who: ​For ages 11 and up

When: October 4 – December 6, 2023, Wednesdays at 4 pm

How much: sliding scale $0-$300

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The Japanese American Museum of Oregon, The Soul Restoration Center, and Vanport Mosaic invite you to an evening of film screening, poetry, and storytelling:

BEHIND THESE BARS is an opportunity to intersect our communities sharing Japanese American history through poetry, film and cultural stories. This event honors and celebrates cultural connectedness with communities of color in Oregon. Minoru Yasui Day is recognized every March 28th in the State of Oregon. He is the only Oregonian in the state who was awarded the highest civilian Medal of Freedom by President Obama. And yet this date and individual are still not widely known. Japanese American history is often omitted in our education and yet its inclusion is necessary to understand racism, cultural erasure, loss of community wealth and land rights in America.

On November 4, we will gather together to create a “community altar” in remembrance of our legacies, ancestors and our connections to each other. Zachary Stocks from the Oregon Black Pioneers, Dr. Renee Mitchell from the Soul Restoration Center, and Juliana Posada will share people we should all know, but will meet together. Heath Hyun has portrayed Yasui in Portland, Seattle, and New Mexico and poet Juanito Cervantes will share his work along with a translated poem that Chisao Hata wrote as a tribute to Holly Yasui, Minoru’s daughter who passed from Covid on Dia De Los Muertos in Mexico, where she lived for two decades.

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American Romanian Cultural Society - ARCS Project
Seattle , WA

The Romanian Film Festival Seattle is excited to celebrate its 10th anniversary edition this year. Running Nov. 4-12, the festival will mark the return to SIFF Uptown Cinema Nov. 4-5 (its home until 2019), and will continue the following weekend at Northwest Film Forum. Not in Seattle? We’ll have a great selection of films online as well!

Started in 2014 with the scope of bringing Romanian cinema to audiences in Seattle, the festival has adapted and blossomed over the years. It soldiered through the pandemic, thanks to a loyal audience that followed it as it transformed to a virtual program. This year it continues to enjoy a hybrid format, with an online selection available in the continental US and in-person screenings at SIFF Cinema Uptown and Northwest Film Forum.

Through the years, each edition has brought thought-provoking and award-winning productions from Romania and Eastern Europe, giving a platform to upcoming and established directors alike.

This year’s theme “One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying” is a nod to its first edition in 2014 – the duality of the Romanian spirit that propels it forward in spite of constant hardships. The first year saw an overwhelming success following a grassroots effort to mobilize the Romanian community in the greater Seattle area.

This year’s nuanced edition celebrates the rich cultural fabric of Romania, while exploring current topics with the unflinchingly honest perspectives that fans of the festival have come to expect from Romanian cinema. The program will comprise of critically-acclaimed films and newly released films, and featuring special guests from Romania.

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

Join us at the Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery for the opening reception of our 4th Annual Dia de los Muertos Art Show.
Opening Reception October 7th 5pm-7pm
Exhibition dates October 7th-November 5th
Gallery Hours Thursday-Sunday 12pm-6pm

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Nuestras Raíces Centro Comunitario
Spokane, WA

We are pleased to invite the entire community to our 9th annual event for the traditional celebration of ‘Day of the Dead’/ ‘Día de los Muertos,’ which this year will take place for three days, from November 3rd to 5th, in Nuestras Raíces/ Our Roots Community Center in Spokane.

Schedule:

🔸Friday, November 3 (5 pm – 8 pm): Come see the altars!

🔸Saturday, November 4 (2 pm – 7 pm): Festivities, children’s activities and performances.

🔸Sunday, November 5 (11 a.m.): Come to el recalentado! (“the reheated one”)

Stay tuned for more information and details that we will share with you all soon!

If you have any questions, please call our center at (509) 557-0566

 

We hope you can join us!

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Tibetan Association of Washington
Mountlake Terrace, WA

Tibetan Association of Washington is thrilled to announce their annual benefit dinner supporting the Tibetan Language and Culture School.

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Wa Na Wari
Seattle, WA

CACE21 invites you to bring in the fall season with us and reflect on the past year. We began these community meetings 1-year ago to offer a space where Black homeowners can dine together and engage in peer-to-peer discussions on the state of Black homeownership in the Central District & South Seattle. Saturday, Nov. 4th we want to celebrate the work we’ve accomplished together in partnership with Seattle’s Office of Planning & Community Development.

Please join us for an evening of food and discussion of land trust conservancies, land-use zoning & the origins of Wa Na Wari’s CACE21 project.

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206 Universal / 206 Zulu
Seattle, WA

Tickets for the fourth annual Seattle Hip Hop Film Festival are now on sale!
November 4, 2023 at Washington Hall | Doors at 5:30pm, Program at 6:00pm
SHHFF is presented by 206 Zulu & Propadata Films.
Our 2023 program will include short films from local filmmakers & beyond + a curated selection from our 2023 featured artist and filmmaker Konee Rok (Chicago Tribe). Following the film will feature a conversation and Q&A with Konee Rok.
2023 Films Selections:
Get Away
Directed by AKOfilm
Los Angeles, CA
Ric Flair Flo
Directed by Salima Stanley-Bhanji
Calgary, Canada
Who Am I
Directed by Christine Lakin
Sherman Oaks, CA
Freshest Professor
Directed by Xavier Luciano
Philadelphia, PA
Starlights in the Ruin
Directed by Huan-Wen Lin
Taichung City, Taiwan
Loud
Directed by Louis L Halley, Jason Long
New York, NY
Hello World!
Directed by Alec J Gessert
Wilmington, NC
99% is not 100%
EM Morrow feat. Cuti
Directed by Antonio “Cuti” Moreno Cutillas
Almeria, Spain
Rell Be Free “Woodz”
Directed by Brooke Montgomery
Seattle, WA

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Performances by:
KLACA, students showcasing dances they’ve learned through the years.
Performances by local artists.

Food:
All you can eat

Open Dance Floor:
Social dancing after performances

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Native Action Network
Seattle, WA

Native Action Network is proud to present the exhibition One With the Waters featuring artwork by Sarah Folden. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Sarah creates contemporary Coast Salish art inspired by her connection to place. Her work celebrates the vitality of Cowlitz people, their bold and colorful spirits, ancestral waters, animal relatives and all connected in nature. Cowlitz people are water-going people who refused to sign treaties with the federal government. This has created a diverse population. Over time many have traveled from their ancestral waters, some even across oceans, but much like our salmon relatives, there is an instinctive drive that calls Native people home. Sarah Folden’s artwork is created in honor of those still here, those who have made that voyage and those who are awakening to their internal calling to return.

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Wa Na Wari
Seattle, WA

We are very excited to announce that the first graduating cohort of our Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute is ready to share their work with the world. They have spent the last year creating art from the oral histories they recorded, and the upcoming exhibit at Wa Na Wari is the culmination of that work. We invite you to join us for the opening of this exhibit:
“Honored to Tell”: An exhibit of art and oral histories created by the first cohort to graduate from the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute
Featured artists: Brenetta Ward, Akoiya Harris, Ariel Paine, Sierra Parsons, Ricky Reyes, Nia Amina Minor, Brea Wilson, Eboni Wyatt
Art Opening & Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 6-8pm
6:30pm Hear from the artists
7:00pm Dance performance by Akoiya Harris and Nia Amina Minor
At Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave. in Seattle’s historic Central District
Refreshments provided
Listen to the stories of Black waterfront workers, Black educators, Black barbers and beauticians, and Black dancers; stories that the artists have incorporated into textile art, dance, film, zines, listening stations, and more.
The exhibit will be on view until January 20, 2024.
More info at https://www.wanawari.org/sbshi_show

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Wa Na Wari
Seattle, WA

We are very excited to announce that the first graduating cohort of our Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute is ready to share their work with the world. They have spent the last year creating art from the oral histories they recorded, and the upcoming exhibit at Wa Na Wari is the culmination of that work. We invite you to join us for the opening of this exhibit:
“Honored to Tell”: An exhibit of art and oral histories created by the first cohort to graduate from the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute
Featured artists: Brenetta Ward, Akoiya Harris, Ariel Paine, Sierra Parsons, Ricky Reyes, Nia Amina Minor, Brea Wilson, Eboni Wyatt
Art Opening & Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 6-8pm
6:30pm Hear from the artists
7:00pm Dance performance by Akoiya Harris and Nia Amina Minor
At Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave. in Seattle’s historic Central District
Refreshments provided
Listen to the stories of Black waterfront workers, Black educators, Black barbers and beauticians, and Black dancers; stories that the artists have incorporated into textile art, dance, film, zines, listening stations, and more.
The exhibit will be on view until January 20, 2024.
More info at https://www.wanawari.org/sbshi_show

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Portland, OR

Celebrities of Lucha Libre from Mexico and United States will perform for the Día de Muertos closing event in SE Portland.
Día de Muertos it is one of the most important celebrations in Mexican culture. This tradition has evolved organically however, the essence and heart of the celebration remain untouched.
Día de Muertos: a Celebration of Life will close the festival with a Lucha Libre event and film art exhibition. This event includes a selection of short films from ULTRACINEMA (the International Festival of Experimental Mexican Film and Found Footage). The mobile gallery and some of the Día de Muertos skeletons will be part of this magnificent ofrenda of Día de Muertos. Celebrities such as Ave Rexx, Halcon de Plata, and others will participate in this amazing event full of Mexican culture and tradition. You won’t want to miss it!

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Join OMSI for their second annual Native American Community Science Night! This family friendly event welcomes visitors of all ages for a night of museum exploring, science demos, lectures, and cultural entertainment. All are welcome!
Featuring music, science demonstrations, planetarium shows, access to our featured exhibits, Orcas: Our Shared Future, Staying Alive: Defenses of the Animal Kingdom, and more.

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Nepal Seattle Hiking Community (NSHC) is the first and only non-profit in the United States led by local Nepali community leaders that is invested in nurturing the next generation of outdoors
leaders and conservation stewards of Himalayan descent.
Our mission is to connect people with nature through hiking and stewardship to enrich physical, mental and spiritual well being. We achieve that through centering our community’s needs and culture, organizing and leading impactful programs and collaborating with local and state partners.
Four core values that guide our mission are:
Community, Inclusion, Wellbeing and Stewardship.

Some highlights of the event includes:
1. Keynote Speaker, aka “The Best Sirdar in the Khumbu”, Mr. Lakpa Rita Sherpa
2. Authentic Nepali hospitality experience: Delicious, family style taste of Nepal made with love, and served to you on the table
3. Symphony of cultural performances to celebrate diverse cultures of Nepal
4. Exclusive Silent Auction on beautiful Nepali handicrafts and artwork
5. Open DJ Dance floor
6. Networking opportunities with fellow nature enthusiasts and like-minded supporters.

**Tickets are on first-come, first-served basis. So come join the fun by reserving your spot!

Please be advised that this event is exclusively intended for individuals aged 21 and above.

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Portland Latin American Film Festival
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr

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Pork Filled Productions
Seattle, WA

Under the watchful moon, Farrah and her brother, Bosley, return to the Philippines to spread their father’s ashes. But an encounter with an aswang – a Filipino witch – awakens something in Farrah…a power that is ancient and terrifying and innate. Will she embrace her new-found power? Or let it destroy herself and her brother?

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Portland, OR

Every fall, the dead are commemorated in Portland’s longest-running Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. This year, Milagro observes their 28th Día de Muertos with an original production, Las Adelitas. Las Adelitas will be infused with folkloric dance and music, accompanied by theatrical elements that celebrate the ancestors through the building of altars and the sharing of cultural traditions. Workshops will share altar building crafts such as sugar skulls and paper flowers for decorating home altars.

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yəhaw̓
Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Explore the second run of this past exhibit with stories sourced from the local Burmese / Myanmar community. With the original exhibit run cut short due to our closure during the pandemic, we’ve taken the opportunity to update the exhibit to include new content covering the military coup that happened in February 2021.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Celebrate the 19th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival with community altars in the museum. Free and open to the public!

This year’s commemoration of the Day of the Dead will be celebrated on Sunday, November 5, 2023.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Known in English as Day of the Dead, this life-affirming celebration of the eternal cycle of life has been observed for centuries. Day of the Dead combines ancient and colonial traditions, folk customs, and spiritual beliefs. Celebrated in Mexican and Latin American communities on November 1 and 2, Dia de los Muertos is a powerful, symbolic way to honor relatives and friends who have died.

Traditionally, families assemble altars or ofrendas, in their homes laden with offerings of food and drink to nourish the spirits on their long journey back home. Flowers, candles, clay figurines, sugar skeletons with the names of the deceased, and personal messages to the spirits are placed on the altars.

Tacoma Art Museum’s annual Dia de los Muertos Festival has grown over the years, bringing together community organizations, schools, families, and individuals to create altars, celebrate, and share.


Conocida en inglés como Day of the Dead, esta celebración del eterno ciclo de la vida se ha llevado a cabo durante siglos. El Día de los Muertos combina tradiciones antiguas y coloniales, costumbres populares y creencias espirituales. El Día de los Muertos, que se celebra en las comunidades mexicanas y latinoamericanas los días 1 y 2 de noviembre, es una forma poderosa y simbólica de honrar a los parientes y amigos que han fallecido.

Tradicionalmente, las familias montan altares repletos de ofrendas de comida y bebida en sus hogares para nutrir a los espíritus en su largo viaje de regreso a casa. En los altares se colocan flores, velas, estatuillas de arcilla, calaveritas de azúcar con los nombres de los difuntos y mensajes personales para los espíritus.

El Festival Anual del Día de los Muertos del Museo de Arte de Tacoma ha crecido a lo largo de los años, congregando a organizaciones, escuelas, familias e individuos de la comunidad para crear altares, celebrar y compartir.

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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, OR

We’re celebrating the beauty and cultural significance of chrysanthemums throughout November, in perfect harmony with the traditional Chinese Double Ninth Festival. These exquisite flowers hold a rich and storied history in Chinese culture, symbolizing traits such as longevity, nobility, and endurance.

Join us for a series of horticultural programs centered around chrysanthemums, paying tribute to their illustrious heritage. This includes the return of our enchanting nighttime floral designer showcase, “Nights of the Golden Flower.” You can also partake in enlightening plant walks and witness insightful cultivation demonstrations, all designed to deepen your appreciation for this cherished bloom and its profound role in Chinese heritage.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement (STALM)
, WA
The Tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources Team has been hard at work planning some fantastic upcoming restoration projects on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands that you can contribute to! What better way to help redefine recreation by building reciprocity with the lands – while also enjoying all the benefits of being outside in community (both human and ecological)? Here’s the link to more from the ENR team about each event and the RSVP links! https://enr.snoqualmietribe.us/events/
Can’t make it? Stay tuned for additional opportunities!
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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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This exhibit features the work of Skokomish artists Denise Emerson and Hailey Brown. Inspired by their shared background as Skokomish tribal members, the exhibit is an exploration and conversation across generations and mediums. The artworks represent the hearts and minds of their makers and the endurance and transformation of what it means to be Skokomish.

In community with arnaq, hana’ack, smɁem, Creation Story celebrates indigenous women and their stories. With this exhibit, Columbia City Gallery continues the growing movement to support the art and culture of Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest. Curated by Lena Ishel Rodriguez, proud Mexican of Nahua descent in her solo curatorial debut. Previously Lena contributed to Cosmic Beings in Mesoamerican and Andean Art at Seattle Art Museum, and Inside the Mask at the Hammer Museum.

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I paint from historical photographs of people; the majority of them had no name, no bio, no story left. Nothing. I feel they are kind of lost souls, spirit-ghosts. My painting is a memorial site for them.
—Hung Liu

Groundbreaking Chinese American artist Hung Liu (1948–2021) made highly narrative images that foregrounded workers, immigrants, refugees, women, children, and soldiers in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Liu was born in Changchun, China, and her childhood and youth coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. After her arrival in San Diego, California, in 1984, Liu became one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States. Decades later, she would be justly celebrated for establishing novel frameworks for understanding visual art’s relationship to history by focusing on communities misrepresented and marginalized by official narratives.

Liu experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields in her early twenties. After studying art in Beijing, she left China to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. There, the experimental tendencies of the students and faculty, most notably those of performance artist Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and art historian Moira Roth (1933–2021), helped cultivate her conceptual approach to portraiture.

Featuring highly experimental painting, printing, and weaving techniques, Liu’s challenging yet accessible oeuvre has been aptly characterized by her husband, the art critic Jeff Kelley, as a species of “weeping realism.” Titled A Question of Hu, after China scholar Jonathan Spence’s 1988 book The Question of Hu, the exhibition reintroduces Liu’s remarkable art to the Pacific Northwest, while demonstrating—as few artistic oeuvres can—an expanded view of citizenship in an era of seismic change that is also fundamentally marked by evolving ideas of artistic solidarity and collaboration.

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Lopez Island Family Resource Center (LIFRC)
Lopez Island, WA

Join Lopez Island Latinx leaders for the 2nd annual Day of the Dead Celebration!

Come learn about and share in the rich traditions of Day of the Dead. Dress like Katrina and compete for a prize, create a personal altar, purchase traditional foods and artifacts, and so much more!

It will be a fun filled day for the whole family.

This event is FREE and open to the entire community.

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the City of Shoreline and the Spartan Recreation Center to host the Arte de la Raza exhibition running Nov.2nd-Jan. 24th and featuring:
Che Lopez
Iris Sanchez
Jake Prendez
Rolando Avila
Teresa Martinez
Yessica Marquez
The exhibition opens Nov. 2nd which is also the same day as their Dia de los Muertos Festival!!

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An anchor event for Converge 45’s citywide 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art As Global Citizenship, the exhibition WE ARE THE REVOLUTION plumbs the depth of commitment of Jordan Schnitzer to the art of his time, while tapping into a living history of social expression through art in diverse media—from monumental paintings to free-standing sculpture to works on paper. Designed in part to explore ways in which the art of the past meets and affects the art of the present, the exhibition gives voice to art as both aesthetic experimentation and social commentary from the 1960s to today. Driven by the conviction that history is constructed through both continuity and discontinuity, the exhibition strives to establish unexpected juxtapositions and revealing connections among historical and contemporary artists and artworks.

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ACT A Contemporary Theatre
Seattle, WA

Guitars tuned. Mic checked. Get ready to rock! This darkly funny, electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in thirty years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia’s most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past. Lauren Yee brings us an intimate rock epic about family secrets set against a dark chapter of Cambodian history.

Children under 5, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.

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Earshot Jazz Society of Seattle
Seattle , WA

The Earshot Jazz Festival returns this year with performances from both resident and world renowned artists at venues all around Seattle!
Earshot Jazz Festival is back with “Seattle’s most important annual jazz event” (DownBeat), once again presenting today’s brilliant jazz artists over the course of 30 fall days in venues all around the city. In programming across four weeks, they’ve created a series that embodies the history, evolution, and spirit of jazz as it exists around the world as well as right here at home. Noted as, “a festival of adventurous au courant jazz” (JazzTimes), the festival kicks off on October 6 and winds down on November 5. In between are concerts and events by established legends and exciting emerging artists, truly representing today’s most dynamic and diffuse art form.

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Uprise Collective
Hybrid

We are thrilled to announce our sixth annual Selah Storytelling Series! This year we will have amazing storytellers share stories of Creation, Resistance, and Healing in a hybrid space both in person and on zoom!
Stay tuned to learn about our storytellers, the location, and this years Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thankstaking celebration!
Access:
In person: ADA space with ADA bathrooms. Masks required. More details to come on parking and seating.
On-line: ASL and CART provided.
Details:
In its sixth year, the Selah Series provides a BIPOC-centered storytelling space for community members to share the fruits of their ancestors’ wisdom, resistance, and survivance, and an opportunity for all of us to build community that is reflective of our collective strength.
Creation Stories
November 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will be sharing stories of the creation of the Earth and the universe that come from indigenous cultural histories. From the Turtle Continent to the Popol Vuh to Mawu the Moon Being, this event is about reclaiming how the world was made.
Resistance Stories
November 9, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will share stories of protest, organizing, collective bargaining, and community care. What can we learn from those that came before us? What tactics are we using now to reimagine systems? The road map to social uplift has been written, and written well.
Healing Stories:
November 16, 2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm PST
How do we practice care in our communities outside of Western, capitalist, white supremacist models? The focus of this event will be on the holistic, indigenous, decolonized wellness that targeted communities use to engage in healing. From naturopathy to indigenous herbalism to healing tones, the focus of the event is to honor ancestral knowledge and our special knack for survival.
We also have a culminating meal-share event on Saturday, November 25th, Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thanks-taking. We’ll eat, build community, and BIPOC performers will share their gifts.

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Seattle Catrina Festival
Seattle, WA

Every day of the Seattle Catrinas Festival:

*During the family annual Catrinas Festival the public is invited to bring pictures, flowers, candles, and mementos of loved ones to place on the giant altar decorated with flowers, folk art and “ofrendas”.

*Street market full of local entrepreneurs offering a large number of traditional food, face painting, handcrafted, art and many items more plus Día de los Muertos ambiance music by DJ Oscar Cortes.

*Permanent giant altar by our cultural and art department.

*Permanent altar dedicated to Jews killed during the holocaust by our cultural and art department.

*The museum of The Unforgettable.

*Directly from Mexico, “Día de Muertos” handmade art exposition by Sofia Castellanos Art.

*Directly from Mexico, over 200 Catrinas, all handmade by Mexican families in Mexico.

*Directly from Mexico, world renowned sculpture and artist Mr. Hermes Arroyo will be putting together a beautiful and spectacular exposition of giant skulls, handmade and painted, called Seagiantskulls.

*Living statues by artists Monserrat Diaz and Ramon Solano, directly from Mexico City.

*Photo gallery exposition from Seattle Catrinas Festival 2022 edition by our photographers’ members.

*Photo booth with live Catrinas and Catrines.

*Photo booth with our famous “Mojigangas” Frida and Pepe.

*Kids’ workshops with Memo Plastilina.

*Mexican bingo, called “Loteria” by Memo Plastilina.

*Danza Azteca by Nahui Ollin Tezcatlipocatl.

*International show called “Unforgettable”, this is a two and a half hours unique cultural and artistic show by:

Seattle Catrinas Festival production department and includes:

The famous live Catrinas Procession.

Ballet Folklorico Fuego Nuevo from San Jose, CA.

Female and male Mariachi Estrella de Mexico directly from Guadalajara, Jalisco.

This show will be starting at 630 PM every day.

*A Magic Night, every night of the festival at 900 PM, we will be closing festival activities with a show called Magic Night.
General tickets are $30.00 and includes all activities. No in and out privileges.
VIP tickets are available for $40.00 and included all activities, VIP bracelet with in and out privileges, no waiting line to enter the venue, no waiting line to enter to the museum of the Unforgettable, better seating area (close to the stage) and the opportunity to be part of our famous Procession (very limited, first to call first to serve bases).
Kids 3 years old and under are free.

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s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
Olympia, WA

This show is dedicated to Veterans, past and present and will be held at the Evergreen Gallery from October 16 – December 30, 2023. There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday, October 19 from 3 – 6 pm.

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Northwest Folklife
Seattle, WA

Join the Unbroken Circle​! Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore heritage through the personal, local, and cultural history of the people in the group. Students will showcase what they’ve learned at the Rhapsody Showcase during the NW Folklife Festival.

Who: ​For ages 11 and up

When: October 4 – December 6, 2023, Wednesdays at 4 pm

How much: sliding scale $0-$300

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American Romanian Cultural Society - ARCS Project
Seattle , WA

The Romanian Film Festival Seattle is excited to celebrate its 10th anniversary edition this year. Running Nov. 4-12, the festival will mark the return to SIFF Uptown Cinema Nov. 4-5 (its home until 2019), and will continue the following weekend at Northwest Film Forum. Not in Seattle? We’ll have a great selection of films online as well!

Started in 2014 with the scope of bringing Romanian cinema to audiences in Seattle, the festival has adapted and blossomed over the years. It soldiered through the pandemic, thanks to a loyal audience that followed it as it transformed to a virtual program. This year it continues to enjoy a hybrid format, with an online selection available in the continental US and in-person screenings at SIFF Cinema Uptown and Northwest Film Forum.

Through the years, each edition has brought thought-provoking and award-winning productions from Romania and Eastern Europe, giving a platform to upcoming and established directors alike.

This year’s theme “One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying” is a nod to its first edition in 2014 – the duality of the Romanian spirit that propels it forward in spite of constant hardships. The first year saw an overwhelming success following a grassroots effort to mobilize the Romanian community in the greater Seattle area.

This year’s nuanced edition celebrates the rich cultural fabric of Romania, while exploring current topics with the unflinchingly honest perspectives that fans of the festival have come to expect from Romanian cinema. The program will comprise of critically-acclaimed films and newly released films, and featuring special guests from Romania.

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Nuestras Raíces Centro Comunitario
Spokane, WA

We are pleased to invite the entire community to our 9th annual event for the traditional celebration of ‘Day of the Dead’/ ‘Día de los Muertos,’ which this year will take place for three days, from November 3rd to 5th, in Nuestras Raíces/ Our Roots Community Center in Spokane.

Schedule:

🔸Friday, November 3 (5 pm – 8 pm): Come see the altars!

🔸Saturday, November 4 (2 pm – 7 pm): Festivities, children’s activities and performances.

🔸Sunday, November 5 (11 a.m.): Come to el recalentado! (“the reheated one”)

Stay tuned for more information and details that we will share with you all soon!

If you have any questions, please call our center at (509) 557-0566

 

We hope you can join us!

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Native Action Network
Seattle, WA

Native Action Network is proud to present the exhibition One With the Waters featuring artwork by Sarah Folden. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Sarah creates contemporary Coast Salish art inspired by her connection to place. Her work celebrates the vitality of Cowlitz people, their bold and colorful spirits, ancestral waters, animal relatives and all connected in nature. Cowlitz people are water-going people who refused to sign treaties with the federal government. This has created a diverse population. Over time many have traveled from their ancestral waters, some even across oceans, but much like our salmon relatives, there is an instinctive drive that calls Native people home. Sarah Folden’s artwork is created in honor of those still here, those who have made that voyage and those who are awakening to their internal calling to return.

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Wa Na Wari
Seattle, WA

We are very excited to announce that the first graduating cohort of our Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute is ready to share their work with the world. They have spent the last year creating art from the oral histories they recorded, and the upcoming exhibit at Wa Na Wari is the culmination of that work. We invite you to join us for the opening of this exhibit:
“Honored to Tell”: An exhibit of art and oral histories created by the first cohort to graduate from the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute
Featured artists: Brenetta Ward, Akoiya Harris, Ariel Paine, Sierra Parsons, Ricky Reyes, Nia Amina Minor, Brea Wilson, Eboni Wyatt
Art Opening & Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 6-8pm
6:30pm Hear from the artists
7:00pm Dance performance by Akoiya Harris and Nia Amina Minor
At Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave. in Seattle’s historic Central District
Refreshments provided
Listen to the stories of Black waterfront workers, Black educators, Black barbers and beauticians, and Black dancers; stories that the artists have incorporated into textile art, dance, film, zines, listening stations, and more.
The exhibit will be on view until January 20, 2024.
More info at https://www.wanawari.org/sbshi_show

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Portland Latin American Film Festival
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr

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Portland, OR

Every fall, the dead are commemorated in Portland’s longest-running Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. This year, Milagro observes their 28th Día de Muertos with an original production, Las Adelitas. Las Adelitas will be infused with folkloric dance and music, accompanied by theatrical elements that celebrate the ancestors through the building of altars and the sharing of cultural traditions. Workshops will share altar building crafts such as sugar skulls and paper flowers for decorating home altars.

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yəhaw̓
Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Explore the second run of this past exhibit with stories sourced from the local Burmese / Myanmar community. With the original exhibit run cut short due to our closure during the pandemic, we’ve taken the opportunity to update the exhibit to include new content covering the military coup that happened in February 2021.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, OR

We’re celebrating the beauty and cultural significance of chrysanthemums throughout November, in perfect harmony with the traditional Chinese Double Ninth Festival. These exquisite flowers hold a rich and storied history in Chinese culture, symbolizing traits such as longevity, nobility, and endurance.

Join us for a series of horticultural programs centered around chrysanthemums, paying tribute to their illustrious heritage. This includes the return of our enchanting nighttime floral designer showcase, “Nights of the Golden Flower.” You can also partake in enlightening plant walks and witness insightful cultivation demonstrations, all designed to deepen your appreciation for this cherished bloom and its profound role in Chinese heritage.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement (STALM)
, WA
The Tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources Team has been hard at work planning some fantastic upcoming restoration projects on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands that you can contribute to! What better way to help redefine recreation by building reciprocity with the lands – while also enjoying all the benefits of being outside in community (both human and ecological)? Here’s the link to more from the ENR team about each event and the RSVP links! https://enr.snoqualmietribe.us/events/
Can’t make it? Stay tuned for additional opportunities!
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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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This exhibit features the work of Skokomish artists Denise Emerson and Hailey Brown. Inspired by their shared background as Skokomish tribal members, the exhibit is an exploration and conversation across generations and mediums. The artworks represent the hearts and minds of their makers and the endurance and transformation of what it means to be Skokomish.

In community with arnaq, hana’ack, smɁem, Creation Story celebrates indigenous women and their stories. With this exhibit, Columbia City Gallery continues the growing movement to support the art and culture of Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest. Curated by Lena Ishel Rodriguez, proud Mexican of Nahua descent in her solo curatorial debut. Previously Lena contributed to Cosmic Beings in Mesoamerican and Andean Art at Seattle Art Museum, and Inside the Mask at the Hammer Museum.

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I paint from historical photographs of people; the majority of them had no name, no bio, no story left. Nothing. I feel they are kind of lost souls, spirit-ghosts. My painting is a memorial site for them.
—Hung Liu

Groundbreaking Chinese American artist Hung Liu (1948–2021) made highly narrative images that foregrounded workers, immigrants, refugees, women, children, and soldiers in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Liu was born in Changchun, China, and her childhood and youth coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. After her arrival in San Diego, California, in 1984, Liu became one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States. Decades later, she would be justly celebrated for establishing novel frameworks for understanding visual art’s relationship to history by focusing on communities misrepresented and marginalized by official narratives.

Liu experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields in her early twenties. After studying art in Beijing, she left China to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. There, the experimental tendencies of the students and faculty, most notably those of performance artist Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and art historian Moira Roth (1933–2021), helped cultivate her conceptual approach to portraiture.

Featuring highly experimental painting, printing, and weaving techniques, Liu’s challenging yet accessible oeuvre has been aptly characterized by her husband, the art critic Jeff Kelley, as a species of “weeping realism.” Titled A Question of Hu, after China scholar Jonathan Spence’s 1988 book The Question of Hu, the exhibition reintroduces Liu’s remarkable art to the Pacific Northwest, while demonstrating—as few artistic oeuvres can—an expanded view of citizenship in an era of seismic change that is also fundamentally marked by evolving ideas of artistic solidarity and collaboration.

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the City of Shoreline and the Spartan Recreation Center to host the Arte de la Raza exhibition running Nov.2nd-Jan. 24th and featuring:
Che Lopez
Iris Sanchez
Jake Prendez
Rolando Avila
Teresa Martinez
Yessica Marquez
The exhibition opens Nov. 2nd which is also the same day as their Dia de los Muertos Festival!!

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An anchor event for Converge 45’s citywide 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art As Global Citizenship, the exhibition WE ARE THE REVOLUTION plumbs the depth of commitment of Jordan Schnitzer to the art of his time, while tapping into a living history of social expression through art in diverse media—from monumental paintings to free-standing sculpture to works on paper. Designed in part to explore ways in which the art of the past meets and affects the art of the present, the exhibition gives voice to art as both aesthetic experimentation and social commentary from the 1960s to today. Driven by the conviction that history is constructed through both continuity and discontinuity, the exhibition strives to establish unexpected juxtapositions and revealing connections among historical and contemporary artists and artworks.

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Uprise Collective
Hybrid

We are thrilled to announce our sixth annual Selah Storytelling Series! This year we will have amazing storytellers share stories of Creation, Resistance, and Healing in a hybrid space both in person and on zoom!
Stay tuned to learn about our storytellers, the location, and this years Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thankstaking celebration!
Access:
In person: ADA space with ADA bathrooms. Masks required. More details to come on parking and seating.
On-line: ASL and CART provided.
Details:
In its sixth year, the Selah Series provides a BIPOC-centered storytelling space for community members to share the fruits of their ancestors’ wisdom, resistance, and survivance, and an opportunity for all of us to build community that is reflective of our collective strength.
Creation Stories
November 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will be sharing stories of the creation of the Earth and the universe that come from indigenous cultural histories. From the Turtle Continent to the Popol Vuh to Mawu the Moon Being, this event is about reclaiming how the world was made.
Resistance Stories
November 9, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will share stories of protest, organizing, collective bargaining, and community care. What can we learn from those that came before us? What tactics are we using now to reimagine systems? The road map to social uplift has been written, and written well.
Healing Stories:
November 16, 2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm PST
How do we practice care in our communities outside of Western, capitalist, white supremacist models? The focus of this event will be on the holistic, indigenous, decolonized wellness that targeted communities use to engage in healing. From naturopathy to indigenous herbalism to healing tones, the focus of the event is to honor ancestral knowledge and our special knack for survival.
We also have a culminating meal-share event on Saturday, November 25th, Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thanks-taking. We’ll eat, build community, and BIPOC performers will share their gifts.

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s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
Olympia, WA

This show is dedicated to Veterans, past and present and will be held at the Evergreen Gallery from October 16 – December 30, 2023. There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday, October 19 from 3 – 6 pm.

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Northwest Folklife
Seattle, WA

Join the Unbroken Circle​! Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore heritage through the personal, local, and cultural history of the people in the group. Students will showcase what they’ve learned at the Rhapsody Showcase during the NW Folklife Festival.

Who: ​For ages 11 and up

When: October 4 – December 6, 2023, Wednesdays at 4 pm

How much: sliding scale $0-$300

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American Romanian Cultural Society - ARCS Project
Seattle , WA

The Romanian Film Festival Seattle is excited to celebrate its 10th anniversary edition this year. Running Nov. 4-12, the festival will mark the return to SIFF Uptown Cinema Nov. 4-5 (its home until 2019), and will continue the following weekend at Northwest Film Forum. Not in Seattle? We’ll have a great selection of films online as well!

Started in 2014 with the scope of bringing Romanian cinema to audiences in Seattle, the festival has adapted and blossomed over the years. It soldiered through the pandemic, thanks to a loyal audience that followed it as it transformed to a virtual program. This year it continues to enjoy a hybrid format, with an online selection available in the continental US and in-person screenings at SIFF Cinema Uptown and Northwest Film Forum.

Through the years, each edition has brought thought-provoking and award-winning productions from Romania and Eastern Europe, giving a platform to upcoming and established directors alike.

This year’s theme “One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying” is a nod to its first edition in 2014 – the duality of the Romanian spirit that propels it forward in spite of constant hardships. The first year saw an overwhelming success following a grassroots effort to mobilize the Romanian community in the greater Seattle area.

This year’s nuanced edition celebrates the rich cultural fabric of Romania, while exploring current topics with the unflinchingly honest perspectives that fans of the festival have come to expect from Romanian cinema. The program will comprise of critically-acclaimed films and newly released films, and featuring special guests from Romania.

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Native Action Network
Seattle, WA

Native Action Network is proud to present the exhibition One With the Waters featuring artwork by Sarah Folden. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Sarah creates contemporary Coast Salish art inspired by her connection to place. Her work celebrates the vitality of Cowlitz people, their bold and colorful spirits, ancestral waters, animal relatives and all connected in nature. Cowlitz people are water-going people who refused to sign treaties with the federal government. This has created a diverse population. Over time many have traveled from their ancestral waters, some even across oceans, but much like our salmon relatives, there is an instinctive drive that calls Native people home. Sarah Folden’s artwork is created in honor of those still here, those who have made that voyage and those who are awakening to their internal calling to return.

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Wa Na Wari
Seattle, WA

We are very excited to announce that the first graduating cohort of our Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute is ready to share their work with the world. They have spent the last year creating art from the oral histories they recorded, and the upcoming exhibit at Wa Na Wari is the culmination of that work. We invite you to join us for the opening of this exhibit:
“Honored to Tell”: An exhibit of art and oral histories created by the first cohort to graduate from the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute
Featured artists: Brenetta Ward, Akoiya Harris, Ariel Paine, Sierra Parsons, Ricky Reyes, Nia Amina Minor, Brea Wilson, Eboni Wyatt
Art Opening & Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 6-8pm
6:30pm Hear from the artists
7:00pm Dance performance by Akoiya Harris and Nia Amina Minor
At Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave. in Seattle’s historic Central District
Refreshments provided
Listen to the stories of Black waterfront workers, Black educators, Black barbers and beauticians, and Black dancers; stories that the artists have incorporated into textile art, dance, film, zines, listening stations, and more.
The exhibit will be on view until January 20, 2024.
More info at https://www.wanawari.org/sbshi_show

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Portland Latin American Film Festival
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr

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yəhaw̓
Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Explore the second run of this past exhibit with stories sourced from the local Burmese / Myanmar community. With the original exhibit run cut short due to our closure during the pandemic, we’ve taken the opportunity to update the exhibit to include new content covering the military coup that happened in February 2021.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, OR

We’re celebrating the beauty and cultural significance of chrysanthemums throughout November, in perfect harmony with the traditional Chinese Double Ninth Festival. These exquisite flowers hold a rich and storied history in Chinese culture, symbolizing traits such as longevity, nobility, and endurance.

Join us for a series of horticultural programs centered around chrysanthemums, paying tribute to their illustrious heritage. This includes the return of our enchanting nighttime floral designer showcase, “Nights of the Golden Flower.” You can also partake in enlightening plant walks and witness insightful cultivation demonstrations, all designed to deepen your appreciation for this cherished bloom and its profound role in Chinese heritage.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement (STALM)
, WA
The Tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources Team has been hard at work planning some fantastic upcoming restoration projects on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands that you can contribute to! What better way to help redefine recreation by building reciprocity with the lands – while also enjoying all the benefits of being outside in community (both human and ecological)? Here’s the link to more from the ENR team about each event and the RSVP links! https://enr.snoqualmietribe.us/events/
Can’t make it? Stay tuned for additional opportunities!
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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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This exhibit features the work of Skokomish artists Denise Emerson and Hailey Brown. Inspired by their shared background as Skokomish tribal members, the exhibit is an exploration and conversation across generations and mediums. The artworks represent the hearts and minds of their makers and the endurance and transformation of what it means to be Skokomish.

In community with arnaq, hana’ack, smɁem, Creation Story celebrates indigenous women and their stories. With this exhibit, Columbia City Gallery continues the growing movement to support the art and culture of Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest. Curated by Lena Ishel Rodriguez, proud Mexican of Nahua descent in her solo curatorial debut. Previously Lena contributed to Cosmic Beings in Mesoamerican and Andean Art at Seattle Art Museum, and Inside the Mask at the Hammer Museum.

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I paint from historical photographs of people; the majority of them had no name, no bio, no story left. Nothing. I feel they are kind of lost souls, spirit-ghosts. My painting is a memorial site for them.
—Hung Liu

Groundbreaking Chinese American artist Hung Liu (1948–2021) made highly narrative images that foregrounded workers, immigrants, refugees, women, children, and soldiers in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Liu was born in Changchun, China, and her childhood and youth coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. After her arrival in San Diego, California, in 1984, Liu became one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States. Decades later, she would be justly celebrated for establishing novel frameworks for understanding visual art’s relationship to history by focusing on communities misrepresented and marginalized by official narratives.

Liu experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields in her early twenties. After studying art in Beijing, she left China to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. There, the experimental tendencies of the students and faculty, most notably those of performance artist Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and art historian Moira Roth (1933–2021), helped cultivate her conceptual approach to portraiture.

Featuring highly experimental painting, printing, and weaving techniques, Liu’s challenging yet accessible oeuvre has been aptly characterized by her husband, the art critic Jeff Kelley, as a species of “weeping realism.” Titled A Question of Hu, after China scholar Jonathan Spence’s 1988 book The Question of Hu, the exhibition reintroduces Liu’s remarkable art to the Pacific Northwest, while demonstrating—as few artistic oeuvres can—an expanded view of citizenship in an era of seismic change that is also fundamentally marked by evolving ideas of artistic solidarity and collaboration.

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the City of Shoreline and the Spartan Recreation Center to host the Arte de la Raza exhibition running Nov.2nd-Jan. 24th and featuring:
Che Lopez
Iris Sanchez
Jake Prendez
Rolando Avila
Teresa Martinez
Yessica Marquez
The exhibition opens Nov. 2nd which is also the same day as their Dia de los Muertos Festival!!

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An anchor event for Converge 45’s citywide 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art As Global Citizenship, the exhibition WE ARE THE REVOLUTION plumbs the depth of commitment of Jordan Schnitzer to the art of his time, while tapping into a living history of social expression through art in diverse media—from monumental paintings to free-standing sculpture to works on paper. Designed in part to explore ways in which the art of the past meets and affects the art of the present, the exhibition gives voice to art as both aesthetic experimentation and social commentary from the 1960s to today. Driven by the conviction that history is constructed through both continuity and discontinuity, the exhibition strives to establish unexpected juxtapositions and revealing connections among historical and contemporary artists and artworks.

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Uprise Collective
Hybrid

We are thrilled to announce our sixth annual Selah Storytelling Series! This year we will have amazing storytellers share stories of Creation, Resistance, and Healing in a hybrid space both in person and on zoom!
Stay tuned to learn about our storytellers, the location, and this years Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thankstaking celebration!
Access:
In person: ADA space with ADA bathrooms. Masks required. More details to come on parking and seating.
On-line: ASL and CART provided.
Details:
In its sixth year, the Selah Series provides a BIPOC-centered storytelling space for community members to share the fruits of their ancestors’ wisdom, resistance, and survivance, and an opportunity for all of us to build community that is reflective of our collective strength.
Creation Stories
November 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will be sharing stories of the creation of the Earth and the universe that come from indigenous cultural histories. From the Turtle Continent to the Popol Vuh to Mawu the Moon Being, this event is about reclaiming how the world was made.
Resistance Stories
November 9, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will share stories of protest, organizing, collective bargaining, and community care. What can we learn from those that came before us? What tactics are we using now to reimagine systems? The road map to social uplift has been written, and written well.
Healing Stories:
November 16, 2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm PST
How do we practice care in our communities outside of Western, capitalist, white supremacist models? The focus of this event will be on the holistic, indigenous, decolonized wellness that targeted communities use to engage in healing. From naturopathy to indigenous herbalism to healing tones, the focus of the event is to honor ancestral knowledge and our special knack for survival.
We also have a culminating meal-share event on Saturday, November 25th, Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thanks-taking. We’ll eat, build community, and BIPOC performers will share their gifts.

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s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
Olympia, WA

This show is dedicated to Veterans, past and present and will be held at the Evergreen Gallery from October 16 – December 30, 2023. There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday, October 19 from 3 – 6 pm.

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Northwest Folklife
Seattle, WA

Join the Unbroken Circle​! Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore heritage through the personal, local, and cultural history of the people in the group. Students will showcase what they’ve learned at the Rhapsody Showcase during the NW Folklife Festival.

Who: ​For ages 11 and up

When: October 4 – December 6, 2023, Wednesdays at 4 pm

How much: sliding scale $0-$300

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American Romanian Cultural Society - ARCS Project
Seattle , WA

The Romanian Film Festival Seattle is excited to celebrate its 10th anniversary edition this year. Running Nov. 4-12, the festival will mark the return to SIFF Uptown Cinema Nov. 4-5 (its home until 2019), and will continue the following weekend at Northwest Film Forum. Not in Seattle? We’ll have a great selection of films online as well!

Started in 2014 with the scope of bringing Romanian cinema to audiences in Seattle, the festival has adapted and blossomed over the years. It soldiered through the pandemic, thanks to a loyal audience that followed it as it transformed to a virtual program. This year it continues to enjoy a hybrid format, with an online selection available in the continental US and in-person screenings at SIFF Cinema Uptown and Northwest Film Forum.

Through the years, each edition has brought thought-provoking and award-winning productions from Romania and Eastern Europe, giving a platform to upcoming and established directors alike.

This year’s theme “One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying” is a nod to its first edition in 2014 – the duality of the Romanian spirit that propels it forward in spite of constant hardships. The first year saw an overwhelming success following a grassroots effort to mobilize the Romanian community in the greater Seattle area.

This year’s nuanced edition celebrates the rich cultural fabric of Romania, while exploring current topics with the unflinchingly honest perspectives that fans of the festival have come to expect from Romanian cinema. The program will comprise of critically-acclaimed films and newly released films, and featuring special guests from Romania.

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ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
We all know social media can be difficult to master. There are so many ways to engage, curate, and create a unique and personal experience on different platforms. In this workshop, Artist Trust Program Co-Director, Luther Hughes, will provide an overview on some social media basics, how to connect with others online, and why social media is important to utilize as an artist and creative. You will learn tips and tools for developing your social media presence, which platform might be best for your practice, and how to build community.

*This workshop is open to artists of all disciplines, at all career stages. The class will be capped at 35 people.

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Native Action Network
Seattle, WA

Native Action Network is proud to present the exhibition One With the Waters featuring artwork by Sarah Folden. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Sarah creates contemporary Coast Salish art inspired by her connection to place. Her work celebrates the vitality of Cowlitz people, their bold and colorful spirits, ancestral waters, animal relatives and all connected in nature. Cowlitz people are water-going people who refused to sign treaties with the federal government. This has created a diverse population. Over time many have traveled from their ancestral waters, some even across oceans, but much like our salmon relatives, there is an instinctive drive that calls Native people home. Sarah Folden’s artwork is created in honor of those still here, those who have made that voyage and those who are awakening to their internal calling to return.

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Wa Na Wari
Seattle, WA

We are very excited to announce that the first graduating cohort of our Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute is ready to share their work with the world. They have spent the last year creating art from the oral histories they recorded, and the upcoming exhibit at Wa Na Wari is the culmination of that work. We invite you to join us for the opening of this exhibit:
“Honored to Tell”: An exhibit of art and oral histories created by the first cohort to graduate from the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute
Featured artists: Brenetta Ward, Akoiya Harris, Ariel Paine, Sierra Parsons, Ricky Reyes, Nia Amina Minor, Brea Wilson, Eboni Wyatt
Art Opening & Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 6-8pm
6:30pm Hear from the artists
7:00pm Dance performance by Akoiya Harris and Nia Amina Minor
At Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave. in Seattle’s historic Central District
Refreshments provided
Listen to the stories of Black waterfront workers, Black educators, Black barbers and beauticians, and Black dancers; stories that the artists have incorporated into textile art, dance, film, zines, listening stations, and more.
The exhibit will be on view until January 20, 2024.
More info at https://www.wanawari.org/sbshi_show

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Portland Latin American Film Festival
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr

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Inspired by Islander, join four Celtic bands weaving together local and rich music. The internationally acclaimed new hit musical Islander will create an expansive, ethereal soundscape for the ears and imagination as Seattle Rep kicks off the North American Tour. Don’t miss performances from CAVORT, Deception Pass Social Club, SeaStar, and Stark Raving Plaid.

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yəhaw̓
Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Explore the second run of this past exhibit with stories sourced from the local Burmese / Myanmar community. With the original exhibit run cut short due to our closure during the pandemic, we’ve taken the opportunity to update the exhibit to include new content covering the military coup that happened in February 2021.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, OR

We’re celebrating the beauty and cultural significance of chrysanthemums throughout November, in perfect harmony with the traditional Chinese Double Ninth Festival. These exquisite flowers hold a rich and storied history in Chinese culture, symbolizing traits such as longevity, nobility, and endurance.

Join us for a series of horticultural programs centered around chrysanthemums, paying tribute to their illustrious heritage. This includes the return of our enchanting nighttime floral designer showcase, “Nights of the Golden Flower.” You can also partake in enlightening plant walks and witness insightful cultivation demonstrations, all designed to deepen your appreciation for this cherished bloom and its profound role in Chinese heritage.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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Advance Native Political Leadership
Anchorage, AK

Exciting Announcement! Alaska, home to the largest Native population share in the nation, is taking a powerful step towards amplifying Native voices in elected office. Did you know that out of the 178,000+ Native people residing in the state, only 58 currently hold elected positions?

Joining forces with @nativepeoplesaction, the #NativeLeadershipInstitute will be empowering Native leaders in Alaska to run for office – and win! Despite representing at least 24.4% of the population, Native peoples hold a mere 3% of elected offices in our great state.

📢 We’re thrilled to announce our first in-person training class in Alaska scheduled for November 8-12, 2023. This first-of-its kind program will equip Native leaders in Alaska with the skills, knowledge, and support they need to make a significant impact in the political landscape.

Are you ready to make history? Join us for this transformative training, and help reshape Native representation in Alaska’s elected offices. Together, let’s weave the threads of our ancestral teachings into the fabric of Alaska’s political landscape, fostering inclusivity, environmental stewardship, and cultural preservation for generations to come!

To learn more about the #NativeLeadershipInstitute and start your application, click on the link in our bio.

This training is offered at no cost to participants. Transportation, accommodation, and meals will be provided by Advance Native Political Leadership Action Fund.

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Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement (STALM)
, WA
The Tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources Team has been hard at work planning some fantastic upcoming restoration projects on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands that you can contribute to! What better way to help redefine recreation by building reciprocity with the lands – while also enjoying all the benefits of being outside in community (both human and ecological)? Here’s the link to more from the ENR team about each event and the RSVP links! https://enr.snoqualmietribe.us/events/
Can’t make it? Stay tuned for additional opportunities!
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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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This exhibit features the work of Skokomish artists Denise Emerson and Hailey Brown. Inspired by their shared background as Skokomish tribal members, the exhibit is an exploration and conversation across generations and mediums. The artworks represent the hearts and minds of their makers and the endurance and transformation of what it means to be Skokomish.

In community with arnaq, hana’ack, smɁem, Creation Story celebrates indigenous women and their stories. With this exhibit, Columbia City Gallery continues the growing movement to support the art and culture of Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest. Curated by Lena Ishel Rodriguez, proud Mexican of Nahua descent in her solo curatorial debut. Previously Lena contributed to Cosmic Beings in Mesoamerican and Andean Art at Seattle Art Museum, and Inside the Mask at the Hammer Museum.

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I paint from historical photographs of people; the majority of them had no name, no bio, no story left. Nothing. I feel they are kind of lost souls, spirit-ghosts. My painting is a memorial site for them.
—Hung Liu

Groundbreaking Chinese American artist Hung Liu (1948–2021) made highly narrative images that foregrounded workers, immigrants, refugees, women, children, and soldiers in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Liu was born in Changchun, China, and her childhood and youth coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. After her arrival in San Diego, California, in 1984, Liu became one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States. Decades later, she would be justly celebrated for establishing novel frameworks for understanding visual art’s relationship to history by focusing on communities misrepresented and marginalized by official narratives.

Liu experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields in her early twenties. After studying art in Beijing, she left China to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. There, the experimental tendencies of the students and faculty, most notably those of performance artist Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and art historian Moira Roth (1933–2021), helped cultivate her conceptual approach to portraiture.

Featuring highly experimental painting, printing, and weaving techniques, Liu’s challenging yet accessible oeuvre has been aptly characterized by her husband, the art critic Jeff Kelley, as a species of “weeping realism.” Titled A Question of Hu, after China scholar Jonathan Spence’s 1988 book The Question of Hu, the exhibition reintroduces Liu’s remarkable art to the Pacific Northwest, while demonstrating—as few artistic oeuvres can—an expanded view of citizenship in an era of seismic change that is also fundamentally marked by evolving ideas of artistic solidarity and collaboration.

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the City of Shoreline and the Spartan Recreation Center to host the Arte de la Raza exhibition running Nov.2nd-Jan. 24th and featuring:
Che Lopez
Iris Sanchez
Jake Prendez
Rolando Avila
Teresa Martinez
Yessica Marquez
The exhibition opens Nov. 2nd which is also the same day as their Dia de los Muertos Festival!!

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Welcome!

Please Sign Up and Join Us For This Great Opportunity to Let Your Voices Be Heard.

We are excited to share this event with our southern Oregon students, for students 8th-12th Grades, who identify as African American and/or Black.

This program is a four-hour workshop at the University of Oregon, that will give students an opportunity to focus on “Celebrating Our Voices.”

Students will:

Learn to compose and develop stories to help, put in to words, THEIR TRUE experiences in their communities, schools, and state.
Have the opportunity to meet other African American/Black students from across the state in order to network and share experiences.
Create a Journalistic piece of work that will focus on THEIR voices and experiences.

In conjunction with the main organizers of the event, the partners of the Southern Oregon Black and African American Student Success Alliance (SOBAASS) are also providing an opportunity for our students to attend this amazing workshop.

Students will need to register for this event HERE, no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. We will reach out to students and Parents once we have your application, for permission slips.

We will also contact each student’s school, once we have their application, to have this program declared as an “EXCUSED Absence.”

Transportation will be provided from southern Oregon from a centralized location. Expect to leave, by bus, no later than 7:30 a.m. and return by 8 p.m. on November 8th.

We will provide a continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the day.

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An anchor event for Converge 45’s citywide 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art As Global Citizenship, the exhibition WE ARE THE REVOLUTION plumbs the depth of commitment of Jordan Schnitzer to the art of his time, while tapping into a living history of social expression through art in diverse media—from monumental paintings to free-standing sculpture to works on paper. Designed in part to explore ways in which the art of the past meets and affects the art of the present, the exhibition gives voice to art as both aesthetic experimentation and social commentary from the 1960s to today. Driven by the conviction that history is constructed through both continuity and discontinuity, the exhibition strives to establish unexpected juxtapositions and revealing connections among historical and contemporary artists and artworks.

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Uprise Collective
Hybrid

We are thrilled to announce our sixth annual Selah Storytelling Series! This year we will have amazing storytellers share stories of Creation, Resistance, and Healing in a hybrid space both in person and on zoom!
Stay tuned to learn about our storytellers, the location, and this years Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thankstaking celebration!
Access:
In person: ADA space with ADA bathrooms. Masks required. More details to come on parking and seating.
On-line: ASL and CART provided.
Details:
In its sixth year, the Selah Series provides a BIPOC-centered storytelling space for community members to share the fruits of their ancestors’ wisdom, resistance, and survivance, and an opportunity for all of us to build community that is reflective of our collective strength.
Creation Stories
November 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will be sharing stories of the creation of the Earth and the universe that come from indigenous cultural histories. From the Turtle Continent to the Popol Vuh to Mawu the Moon Being, this event is about reclaiming how the world was made.
Resistance Stories
November 9, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will share stories of protest, organizing, collective bargaining, and community care. What can we learn from those that came before us? What tactics are we using now to reimagine systems? The road map to social uplift has been written, and written well.
Healing Stories:
November 16, 2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm PST
How do we practice care in our communities outside of Western, capitalist, white supremacist models? The focus of this event will be on the holistic, indigenous, decolonized wellness that targeted communities use to engage in healing. From naturopathy to indigenous herbalism to healing tones, the focus of the event is to honor ancestral knowledge and our special knack for survival.
We also have a culminating meal-share event on Saturday, November 25th, Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thanks-taking. We’ll eat, build community, and BIPOC performers will share their gifts.

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s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
Olympia, WA

This show is dedicated to Veterans, past and present and will be held at the Evergreen Gallery from October 16 – December 30, 2023. There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday, October 19 from 3 – 6 pm.

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Northwest Folklife
Seattle, WA

Join the Unbroken Circle​! Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore heritage through the personal, local, and cultural history of the people in the group. Students will showcase what they’ve learned at the Rhapsody Showcase during the NW Folklife Festival.

Who: ​For ages 11 and up

When: October 4 – December 6, 2023, Wednesdays at 4 pm

How much: sliding scale $0-$300

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American Romanian Cultural Society - ARCS Project
Seattle , WA

The Romanian Film Festival Seattle is excited to celebrate its 10th anniversary edition this year. Running Nov. 4-12, the festival will mark the return to SIFF Uptown Cinema Nov. 4-5 (its home until 2019), and will continue the following weekend at Northwest Film Forum. Not in Seattle? We’ll have a great selection of films online as well!

Started in 2014 with the scope of bringing Romanian cinema to audiences in Seattle, the festival has adapted and blossomed over the years. It soldiered through the pandemic, thanks to a loyal audience that followed it as it transformed to a virtual program. This year it continues to enjoy a hybrid format, with an online selection available in the continental US and in-person screenings at SIFF Cinema Uptown and Northwest Film Forum.

Through the years, each edition has brought thought-provoking and award-winning productions from Romania and Eastern Europe, giving a platform to upcoming and established directors alike.

This year’s theme “One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying” is a nod to its first edition in 2014 – the duality of the Romanian spirit that propels it forward in spite of constant hardships. The first year saw an overwhelming success following a grassroots effort to mobilize the Romanian community in the greater Seattle area.

This year’s nuanced edition celebrates the rich cultural fabric of Romania, while exploring current topics with the unflinchingly honest perspectives that fans of the festival have come to expect from Romanian cinema. The program will comprise of critically-acclaimed films and newly released films, and featuring special guests from Romania.

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Native Action Network
Seattle, WA

Native Action Network is proud to present the exhibition One With the Waters featuring artwork by Sarah Folden. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Sarah creates contemporary Coast Salish art inspired by her connection to place. Her work celebrates the vitality of Cowlitz people, their bold and colorful spirits, ancestral waters, animal relatives and all connected in nature. Cowlitz people are water-going people who refused to sign treaties with the federal government. This has created a diverse population. Over time many have traveled from their ancestral waters, some even across oceans, but much like our salmon relatives, there is an instinctive drive that calls Native people home. Sarah Folden’s artwork is created in honor of those still here, those who have made that voyage and those who are awakening to their internal calling to return.

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Wa Na Wari
Seattle, WA

We are very excited to announce that the first graduating cohort of our Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute is ready to share their work with the world. They have spent the last year creating art from the oral histories they recorded, and the upcoming exhibit at Wa Na Wari is the culmination of that work. We invite you to join us for the opening of this exhibit:
“Honored to Tell”: An exhibit of art and oral histories created by the first cohort to graduate from the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute
Featured artists: Brenetta Ward, Akoiya Harris, Ariel Paine, Sierra Parsons, Ricky Reyes, Nia Amina Minor, Brea Wilson, Eboni Wyatt
Art Opening & Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 6-8pm
6:30pm Hear from the artists
7:00pm Dance performance by Akoiya Harris and Nia Amina Minor
At Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave. in Seattle’s historic Central District
Refreshments provided
Listen to the stories of Black waterfront workers, Black educators, Black barbers and beauticians, and Black dancers; stories that the artists have incorporated into textile art, dance, film, zines, listening stations, and more.
The exhibit will be on view until January 20, 2024.
More info at https://www.wanawari.org/sbshi_show

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Wild Diversity
Portland, OR

This event is reserved for Adults who identify as BIPOC and/or are part of the LGBTQ community. Must create a free Participant Account to sign up for this workshop.

As the cloudy season hugs us it is time to huddle together and share stories about adventure and resilience and the outdoors. This storytelling season will bring us together to hear trials and triumphs in the outdoors, conservation and adventure. Join for this wonderful community night. Come and listen or sign up to tell your story. 

Storyteller Sign Up: https://forms.gle/AVZxPXMnq8zoDa2e7

Our Host & Facilitator:

Rico she/her

myyoshaiwara@gmail.com

Mariko Yoshiwara

Please ensure that your profile is up to date and that you have signed the updated waivers and provided all info requested. 

There is available parking in our parking lot and street parking. WD is not responsible for stolen or damaged property.

To receive a full refund or credit participants must cancel their registration 7 days prior to a day event or 16 days prior to a multi-day event. Read our full Cancelation and Refund Policy here.

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Portland Latin American Film Festival
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr

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yəhaw̓
Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Explore the second run of this past exhibit with stories sourced from the local Burmese / Myanmar community. With the original exhibit run cut short due to our closure during the pandemic, we’ve taken the opportunity to update the exhibit to include new content covering the military coup that happened in February 2021.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, OR

We’re celebrating the beauty and cultural significance of chrysanthemums throughout November, in perfect harmony with the traditional Chinese Double Ninth Festival. These exquisite flowers hold a rich and storied history in Chinese culture, symbolizing traits such as longevity, nobility, and endurance.

Join us for a series of horticultural programs centered around chrysanthemums, paying tribute to their illustrious heritage. This includes the return of our enchanting nighttime floral designer showcase, “Nights of the Golden Flower.” You can also partake in enlightening plant walks and witness insightful cultivation demonstrations, all designed to deepen your appreciation for this cherished bloom and its profound role in Chinese heritage.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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Advance Native Political Leadership
Anchorage, AK

Exciting Announcement! Alaska, home to the largest Native population share in the nation, is taking a powerful step towards amplifying Native voices in elected office. Did you know that out of the 178,000+ Native people residing in the state, only 58 currently hold elected positions?

Joining forces with @nativepeoplesaction, the #NativeLeadershipInstitute will be empowering Native leaders in Alaska to run for office – and win! Despite representing at least 24.4% of the population, Native peoples hold a mere 3% of elected offices in our great state.

📢 We’re thrilled to announce our first in-person training class in Alaska scheduled for November 8-12, 2023. This first-of-its kind program will equip Native leaders in Alaska with the skills, knowledge, and support they need to make a significant impact in the political landscape.

Are you ready to make history? Join us for this transformative training, and help reshape Native representation in Alaska’s elected offices. Together, let’s weave the threads of our ancestral teachings into the fabric of Alaska’s political landscape, fostering inclusivity, environmental stewardship, and cultural preservation for generations to come!

To learn more about the #NativeLeadershipInstitute and start your application, click on the link in our bio.

This training is offered at no cost to participants. Transportation, accommodation, and meals will be provided by Advance Native Political Leadership Action Fund.

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Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement (STALM)
, WA
The Tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources Team has been hard at work planning some fantastic upcoming restoration projects on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands that you can contribute to! What better way to help redefine recreation by building reciprocity with the lands – while also enjoying all the benefits of being outside in community (both human and ecological)? Here’s the link to more from the ENR team about each event and the RSVP links! https://enr.snoqualmietribe.us/events/
Can’t make it? Stay tuned for additional opportunities!
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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES AND WAHONE (WE ARE HERE OREGON NATIVE EMPLOYEES) ARE HOSTING A NATIVE AMERICAN & ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE CELEBRATION. THIS YEAR WE ARE HONORING THE SUPREME COURT’S UPHOLDING OF THE INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT. JOIN US FOR PRESENTATIONS AND SPEAKERS, CHECK OUT THE TALENTED INDIGENOUS VENDORS AND ARTISTS, SHARE A MEAL OF TRADITIONAL FOODS, AND VIEW A SERIES OF SHORT FILMS BY FORMER FOSTER YOUTH AND INDIGENOUS FILMMAKERS.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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This exhibit features the work of Skokomish artists Denise Emerson and Hailey Brown. Inspired by their shared background as Skokomish tribal members, the exhibit is an exploration and conversation across generations and mediums. The artworks represent the hearts and minds of their makers and the endurance and transformation of what it means to be Skokomish.

In community with arnaq, hana’ack, smɁem, Creation Story celebrates indigenous women and their stories. With this exhibit, Columbia City Gallery continues the growing movement to support the art and culture of Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest. Curated by Lena Ishel Rodriguez, proud Mexican of Nahua descent in her solo curatorial debut. Previously Lena contributed to Cosmic Beings in Mesoamerican and Andean Art at Seattle Art Museum, and Inside the Mask at the Hammer Museum.

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I paint from historical photographs of people; the majority of them had no name, no bio, no story left. Nothing. I feel they are kind of lost souls, spirit-ghosts. My painting is a memorial site for them.
—Hung Liu

Groundbreaking Chinese American artist Hung Liu (1948–2021) made highly narrative images that foregrounded workers, immigrants, refugees, women, children, and soldiers in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Liu was born in Changchun, China, and her childhood and youth coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. After her arrival in San Diego, California, in 1984, Liu became one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States. Decades later, she would be justly celebrated for establishing novel frameworks for understanding visual art’s relationship to history by focusing on communities misrepresented and marginalized by official narratives.

Liu experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields in her early twenties. After studying art in Beijing, she left China to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. There, the experimental tendencies of the students and faculty, most notably those of performance artist Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and art historian Moira Roth (1933–2021), helped cultivate her conceptual approach to portraiture.

Featuring highly experimental painting, printing, and weaving techniques, Liu’s challenging yet accessible oeuvre has been aptly characterized by her husband, the art critic Jeff Kelley, as a species of “weeping realism.” Titled A Question of Hu, after China scholar Jonathan Spence’s 1988 book The Question of Hu, the exhibition reintroduces Liu’s remarkable art to the Pacific Northwest, while demonstrating—as few artistic oeuvres can—an expanded view of citizenship in an era of seismic change that is also fundamentally marked by evolving ideas of artistic solidarity and collaboration.

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the City of Shoreline and the Spartan Recreation Center to host the Arte de la Raza exhibition running Nov.2nd-Jan. 24th and featuring:
Che Lopez
Iris Sanchez
Jake Prendez
Rolando Avila
Teresa Martinez
Yessica Marquez
The exhibition opens Nov. 2nd which is also the same day as their Dia de los Muertos Festival!!

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An anchor event for Converge 45’s citywide 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art As Global Citizenship, the exhibition WE ARE THE REVOLUTION plumbs the depth of commitment of Jordan Schnitzer to the art of his time, while tapping into a living history of social expression through art in diverse media—from monumental paintings to free-standing sculpture to works on paper. Designed in part to explore ways in which the art of the past meets and affects the art of the present, the exhibition gives voice to art as both aesthetic experimentation and social commentary from the 1960s to today. Driven by the conviction that history is constructed through both continuity and discontinuity, the exhibition strives to establish unexpected juxtapositions and revealing connections among historical and contemporary artists and artworks.

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Uprise Collective
Hybrid

We are thrilled to announce our sixth annual Selah Storytelling Series! This year we will have amazing storytellers share stories of Creation, Resistance, and Healing in a hybrid space both in person and on zoom!
Stay tuned to learn about our storytellers, the location, and this years Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thankstaking celebration!
Access:
In person: ADA space with ADA bathrooms. Masks required. More details to come on parking and seating.
On-line: ASL and CART provided.
Details:
In its sixth year, the Selah Series provides a BIPOC-centered storytelling space for community members to share the fruits of their ancestors’ wisdom, resistance, and survivance, and an opportunity for all of us to build community that is reflective of our collective strength.
Creation Stories
November 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will be sharing stories of the creation of the Earth and the universe that come from indigenous cultural histories. From the Turtle Continent to the Popol Vuh to Mawu the Moon Being, this event is about reclaiming how the world was made.
Resistance Stories
November 9, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will share stories of protest, organizing, collective bargaining, and community care. What can we learn from those that came before us? What tactics are we using now to reimagine systems? The road map to social uplift has been written, and written well.
Healing Stories:
November 16, 2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm PST
How do we practice care in our communities outside of Western, capitalist, white supremacist models? The focus of this event will be on the holistic, indigenous, decolonized wellness that targeted communities use to engage in healing. From naturopathy to indigenous herbalism to healing tones, the focus of the event is to honor ancestral knowledge and our special knack for survival.
We also have a culminating meal-share event on Saturday, November 25th, Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thanks-taking. We’ll eat, build community, and BIPOC performers will share their gifts.

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s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
Olympia, WA

This show is dedicated to Veterans, past and present and will be held at the Evergreen Gallery from October 16 – December 30, 2023. There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday, October 19 from 3 – 6 pm.

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Northwest Folklife
Seattle, WA

Join the Unbroken Circle​! Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore heritage through the personal, local, and cultural history of the people in the group. Students will showcase what they’ve learned at the Rhapsody Showcase during the NW Folklife Festival.

Who: ​For ages 11 and up

When: October 4 – December 6, 2023, Wednesdays at 4 pm

How much: sliding scale $0-$300

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American Romanian Cultural Society - ARCS Project
Seattle , WA

The Romanian Film Festival Seattle is excited to celebrate its 10th anniversary edition this year. Running Nov. 4-12, the festival will mark the return to SIFF Uptown Cinema Nov. 4-5 (its home until 2019), and will continue the following weekend at Northwest Film Forum. Not in Seattle? We’ll have a great selection of films online as well!

Started in 2014 with the scope of bringing Romanian cinema to audiences in Seattle, the festival has adapted and blossomed over the years. It soldiered through the pandemic, thanks to a loyal audience that followed it as it transformed to a virtual program. This year it continues to enjoy a hybrid format, with an online selection available in the continental US and in-person screenings at SIFF Cinema Uptown and Northwest Film Forum.

Through the years, each edition has brought thought-provoking and award-winning productions from Romania and Eastern Europe, giving a platform to upcoming and established directors alike.

This year’s theme “One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying” is a nod to its first edition in 2014 – the duality of the Romanian spirit that propels it forward in spite of constant hardships. The first year saw an overwhelming success following a grassroots effort to mobilize the Romanian community in the greater Seattle area.

This year’s nuanced edition celebrates the rich cultural fabric of Romania, while exploring current topics with the unflinchingly honest perspectives that fans of the festival have come to expect from Romanian cinema. The program will comprise of critically-acclaimed films and newly released films, and featuring special guests from Romania.

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Native Action Network
Seattle, WA

Native Action Network is proud to present the exhibition One With the Waters featuring artwork by Sarah Folden. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Sarah creates contemporary Coast Salish art inspired by her connection to place. Her work celebrates the vitality of Cowlitz people, their bold and colorful spirits, ancestral waters, animal relatives and all connected in nature. Cowlitz people are water-going people who refused to sign treaties with the federal government. This has created a diverse population. Over time many have traveled from their ancestral waters, some even across oceans, but much like our salmon relatives, there is an instinctive drive that calls Native people home. Sarah Folden’s artwork is created in honor of those still here, those who have made that voyage and those who are awakening to their internal calling to return.

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Wa Na Wari
Seattle, WA

We are very excited to announce that the first graduating cohort of our Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute is ready to share their work with the world. They have spent the last year creating art from the oral histories they recorded, and the upcoming exhibit at Wa Na Wari is the culmination of that work. We invite you to join us for the opening of this exhibit:
“Honored to Tell”: An exhibit of art and oral histories created by the first cohort to graduate from the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute
Featured artists: Brenetta Ward, Akoiya Harris, Ariel Paine, Sierra Parsons, Ricky Reyes, Nia Amina Minor, Brea Wilson, Eboni Wyatt
Art Opening & Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 6-8pm
6:30pm Hear from the artists
7:00pm Dance performance by Akoiya Harris and Nia Amina Minor
At Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave. in Seattle’s historic Central District
Refreshments provided
Listen to the stories of Black waterfront workers, Black educators, Black barbers and beauticians, and Black dancers; stories that the artists have incorporated into textile art, dance, film, zines, listening stations, and more.
The exhibit will be on view until January 20, 2024.
More info at https://www.wanawari.org/sbshi_show

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Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center
Wenatchee, WA

On Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, between 7-9 PM, attendees will have the chance to view this widely acclaimed film, which won the 2023 Dreamspeakers Feature Documentary award.
Since 1493, the so-called Doctrine of Discovery has justified the dispossession and decimation of the Indigenous inhabitants of North America and brought us to our present environmental breaking point. The Doctrine of Recovery is an Indigenous antidote to rebalance Earth systems, restore the sacred feminine, and ensure our species survival.
Three generations of Tribal women – Casey Camp-Horinek, Crystle Lightning, and Juliet Langley Hayes – speak on what has gone unspoken, and unapologetically expose the influence of founding patriarchs and white supremacy in places most never thought to look, and in doing so demonstrate the ongoing and devastating formula patterned by the Doctrine of Discovery.

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Seattle Public Library
Seattle, WA

Bryan Washington, the bestselling, award-winning author of Memorial and Lot, visits Seattle upon the occasion of his latest release, Family Meal, an irresistible, intimate novel about two young men, once best friends, whose lives collide again after a loss. Kim Fu, local author of most recently Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century, will join Bryan in onstage conversation.

In Family Meal, Cam is living in Los Angeles and falling apart after the love of his life has died. Kai’s ghost won’t leave Cam alone; his spectral visits wild, tender, and unexpected. When Cam returns to his hometown of Houston, he crashes back into the orbit of his former best friend, TJ, and TJ’s family bakery. TJ’s not sure how to navigate this changed Cam, impenetrably cool and self-destructing, or their charged estrangement. Can they find a way past all that has been said – and left unsaid – to save each other? Could they find a way back to being okay again, or maybe for the first time?

When secrets and wounds become so insurmountable that they devour us from within, hope and sustenance and friendship can come from the most unlikely source. Spanning Los Angeles, Houston, and Osaka, Family Meal is a story about how the people who know us the longest can hurt us the most, but how they also set the standard for love. With his signature generosity and eye for food, sex, love, and the moments that make us the most human, Bryan Washington returns with a brilliant new novel.

Bryan Washington is the author of the story collection Lot and the bestselling novel Memorial. He is also the winner of a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award, a New York Public Library Young Lions Award, an Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, an International Dylan Thomas Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and an O. Henry Prize, and was a finalist for the James Tait Black Prize, the Joyce Carol Oates Prize, a PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize finalist, and a National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. He is a columnist for The New York Times Magazine and his fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and The Best American Short Stories. He divides his time between Houston and Osaka.

Kim Fu is the author most recently of Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century, finalist for the Giller Prize. She is also the author of For Today I Am a Boy which won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, as well as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Her second novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and the OLA Evergreen Award. Fu’s writing has appeared in Granta, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Hazlitt, and the TLS. She lives in Seattle.

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Portland Latin American Film Festival
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr

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Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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THE ALASKA FOOD POLICY COUNCIL, ALASKA FARM BUREAU, AND WESTERN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH & EDUCATION ARE PARTNERING FOR THE 7TH SESQUIANNUAL ALASKA FOOD FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE, IN COMBINATION WITH THE ALASKA FARM CONVENTION & TRADESHOW.
Alaska Farm Bureau supports, educates, and advocates for Alaska Agriculture, helping build and grow farmers and ranchers across Alaska. Alaska Farm Bureau is the largest agriculture-related organization in the State of Alaska. We are here to support Alaska growers regardless of the product grown or method of production. Alaska agriculture affects us all.
Alaska Food Policy Council’s goal is to create a healthier, more secure, and more self-reliant Alaska by improving our food system. The AFPC is open to anyone interested in improving Alaska’s food systems – agencies and individuals representing federal and state agencies, tribal entities, schools, university programs, farmers, fisheries, and food systems businesses.
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) mission is to advance innovations that improve profitability, stewardship, and quality of life in American agriculture by investing in groundbreaking research and education. To achieve that, Western SARE believes that our programs must include the involvement of agricultural producers from inception to finish, and therefore we require producer involvement in the planning, design, implementation, and educational outreach of any funded project.
AFPC’S GOALS FOR THE CONFERENCE
AND FESTIVAL ARE TO:
(1) increase awareness of Alaska food issues among the general population;
(2) provide training, resources, and networking opportunities to increase involvement in local food issues by community members and decision-makers; and
3) increase connections and build community between the public, Alaska food businesses, NGOs, governmental entities, Tribal entities, and others to support local economic development and innovative solutions.
*Please note that the content and views presented during this event do not necessarily represent those of the Alaska Food Policy Council or our partners. As a non-partisan, non-profit organization, we seek a broad presentation of viewpoints and participation.

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Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Explore the second run of this past exhibit with stories sourced from the local Burmese / Myanmar community. With the original exhibit run cut short due to our closure during the pandemic, we’ve taken the opportunity to update the exhibit to include new content covering the military coup that happened in February 2021.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, OR

We’re celebrating the beauty and cultural significance of chrysanthemums throughout November, in perfect harmony with the traditional Chinese Double Ninth Festival. These exquisite flowers hold a rich and storied history in Chinese culture, symbolizing traits such as longevity, nobility, and endurance.

Join us for a series of horticultural programs centered around chrysanthemums, paying tribute to their illustrious heritage. This includes the return of our enchanting nighttime floral designer showcase, “Nights of the Golden Flower.” You can also partake in enlightening plant walks and witness insightful cultivation demonstrations, all designed to deepen your appreciation for this cherished bloom and its profound role in Chinese heritage.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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Advance Native Political Leadership
Anchorage, AK

Exciting Announcement! Alaska, home to the largest Native population share in the nation, is taking a powerful step towards amplifying Native voices in elected office. Did you know that out of the 178,000+ Native people residing in the state, only 58 currently hold elected positions?

Joining forces with @nativepeoplesaction, the #NativeLeadershipInstitute will be empowering Native leaders in Alaska to run for office – and win! Despite representing at least 24.4% of the population, Native peoples hold a mere 3% of elected offices in our great state.

📢 We’re thrilled to announce our first in-person training class in Alaska scheduled for November 8-12, 2023. This first-of-its kind program will equip Native leaders in Alaska with the skills, knowledge, and support they need to make a significant impact in the political landscape.

Are you ready to make history? Join us for this transformative training, and help reshape Native representation in Alaska’s elected offices. Together, let’s weave the threads of our ancestral teachings into the fabric of Alaska’s political landscape, fostering inclusivity, environmental stewardship, and cultural preservation for generations to come!

To learn more about the #NativeLeadershipInstitute and start your application, click on the link in our bio.

This training is offered at no cost to participants. Transportation, accommodation, and meals will be provided by Advance Native Political Leadership Action Fund.

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Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement (STALM)
, WA
The Tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources Team has been hard at work planning some fantastic upcoming restoration projects on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands that you can contribute to! What better way to help redefine recreation by building reciprocity with the lands – while also enjoying all the benefits of being outside in community (both human and ecological)? Here’s the link to more from the ENR team about each event and the RSVP links! https://enr.snoqualmietribe.us/events/
Can’t make it? Stay tuned for additional opportunities!
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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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This exhibit features the work of Skokomish artists Denise Emerson and Hailey Brown. Inspired by their shared background as Skokomish tribal members, the exhibit is an exploration and conversation across generations and mediums. The artworks represent the hearts and minds of their makers and the endurance and transformation of what it means to be Skokomish.

In community with arnaq, hana’ack, smɁem, Creation Story celebrates indigenous women and their stories. With this exhibit, Columbia City Gallery continues the growing movement to support the art and culture of Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest. Curated by Lena Ishel Rodriguez, proud Mexican of Nahua descent in her solo curatorial debut. Previously Lena contributed to Cosmic Beings in Mesoamerican and Andean Art at Seattle Art Museum, and Inside the Mask at the Hammer Museum.

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I paint from historical photographs of people; the majority of them had no name, no bio, no story left. Nothing. I feel they are kind of lost souls, spirit-ghosts. My painting is a memorial site for them.
—Hung Liu

Groundbreaking Chinese American artist Hung Liu (1948–2021) made highly narrative images that foregrounded workers, immigrants, refugees, women, children, and soldiers in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Liu was born in Changchun, China, and her childhood and youth coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. After her arrival in San Diego, California, in 1984, Liu became one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States. Decades later, she would be justly celebrated for establishing novel frameworks for understanding visual art’s relationship to history by focusing on communities misrepresented and marginalized by official narratives.

Liu experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields in her early twenties. After studying art in Beijing, she left China to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. There, the experimental tendencies of the students and faculty, most notably those of performance artist Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and art historian Moira Roth (1933–2021), helped cultivate her conceptual approach to portraiture.

Featuring highly experimental painting, printing, and weaving techniques, Liu’s challenging yet accessible oeuvre has been aptly characterized by her husband, the art critic Jeff Kelley, as a species of “weeping realism.” Titled A Question of Hu, after China scholar Jonathan Spence’s 1988 book The Question of Hu, the exhibition reintroduces Liu’s remarkable art to the Pacific Northwest, while demonstrating—as few artistic oeuvres can—an expanded view of citizenship in an era of seismic change that is also fundamentally marked by evolving ideas of artistic solidarity and collaboration.

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the City of Shoreline and the Spartan Recreation Center to host the Arte de la Raza exhibition running Nov.2nd-Jan. 24th and featuring:
Che Lopez
Iris Sanchez
Jake Prendez
Rolando Avila
Teresa Martinez
Yessica Marquez
The exhibition opens Nov. 2nd which is also the same day as their Dia de los Muertos Festival!!

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An anchor event for Converge 45’s citywide 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art As Global Citizenship, the exhibition WE ARE THE REVOLUTION plumbs the depth of commitment of Jordan Schnitzer to the art of his time, while tapping into a living history of social expression through art in diverse media—from monumental paintings to free-standing sculpture to works on paper. Designed in part to explore ways in which the art of the past meets and affects the art of the present, the exhibition gives voice to art as both aesthetic experimentation and social commentary from the 1960s to today. Driven by the conviction that history is constructed through both continuity and discontinuity, the exhibition strives to establish unexpected juxtapositions and revealing connections among historical and contemporary artists and artworks.

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Uprise Collective
Hybrid

We are thrilled to announce our sixth annual Selah Storytelling Series! This year we will have amazing storytellers share stories of Creation, Resistance, and Healing in a hybrid space both in person and on zoom!
Stay tuned to learn about our storytellers, the location, and this years Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thankstaking celebration!
Access:
In person: ADA space with ADA bathrooms. Masks required. More details to come on parking and seating.
On-line: ASL and CART provided.
Details:
In its sixth year, the Selah Series provides a BIPOC-centered storytelling space for community members to share the fruits of their ancestors’ wisdom, resistance, and survivance, and an opportunity for all of us to build community that is reflective of our collective strength.
Creation Stories
November 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will be sharing stories of the creation of the Earth and the universe that come from indigenous cultural histories. From the Turtle Continent to the Popol Vuh to Mawu the Moon Being, this event is about reclaiming how the world was made.
Resistance Stories
November 9, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will share stories of protest, organizing, collective bargaining, and community care. What can we learn from those that came before us? What tactics are we using now to reimagine systems? The road map to social uplift has been written, and written well.
Healing Stories:
November 16, 2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm PST
How do we practice care in our communities outside of Western, capitalist, white supremacist models? The focus of this event will be on the holistic, indigenous, decolonized wellness that targeted communities use to engage in healing. From naturopathy to indigenous herbalism to healing tones, the focus of the event is to honor ancestral knowledge and our special knack for survival.
We also have a culminating meal-share event on Saturday, November 25th, Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thanks-taking. We’ll eat, build community, and BIPOC performers will share their gifts.

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s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
Olympia, WA

This show is dedicated to Veterans, past and present and will be held at the Evergreen Gallery from October 16 – December 30, 2023. There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday, October 19 from 3 – 6 pm.

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Northwest Folklife
Seattle, WA

Join the Unbroken Circle​! Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore heritage through the personal, local, and cultural history of the people in the group. Students will showcase what they’ve learned at the Rhapsody Showcase during the NW Folklife Festival.

Who: ​For ages 11 and up

When: October 4 – December 6, 2023, Wednesdays at 4 pm

How much: sliding scale $0-$300

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American Romanian Cultural Society - ARCS Project
Seattle , WA

The Romanian Film Festival Seattle is excited to celebrate its 10th anniversary edition this year. Running Nov. 4-12, the festival will mark the return to SIFF Uptown Cinema Nov. 4-5 (its home until 2019), and will continue the following weekend at Northwest Film Forum. Not in Seattle? We’ll have a great selection of films online as well!

Started in 2014 with the scope of bringing Romanian cinema to audiences in Seattle, the festival has adapted and blossomed over the years. It soldiered through the pandemic, thanks to a loyal audience that followed it as it transformed to a virtual program. This year it continues to enjoy a hybrid format, with an online selection available in the continental US and in-person screenings at SIFF Cinema Uptown and Northwest Film Forum.

Through the years, each edition has brought thought-provoking and award-winning productions from Romania and Eastern Europe, giving a platform to upcoming and established directors alike.

This year’s theme “One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying” is a nod to its first edition in 2014 – the duality of the Romanian spirit that propels it forward in spite of constant hardships. The first year saw an overwhelming success following a grassroots effort to mobilize the Romanian community in the greater Seattle area.

This year’s nuanced edition celebrates the rich cultural fabric of Romania, while exploring current topics with the unflinchingly honest perspectives that fans of the festival have come to expect from Romanian cinema. The program will comprise of critically-acclaimed films and newly released films, and featuring special guests from Romania.

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Native Action Network
Seattle, WA

Native Action Network is proud to present the exhibition One With the Waters featuring artwork by Sarah Folden. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Sarah creates contemporary Coast Salish art inspired by her connection to place. Her work celebrates the vitality of Cowlitz people, their bold and colorful spirits, ancestral waters, animal relatives and all connected in nature. Cowlitz people are water-going people who refused to sign treaties with the federal government. This has created a diverse population. Over time many have traveled from their ancestral waters, some even across oceans, but much like our salmon relatives, there is an instinctive drive that calls Native people home. Sarah Folden’s artwork is created in honor of those still here, those who have made that voyage and those who are awakening to their internal calling to return.

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Wa Na Wari
Seattle, WA

We are very excited to announce that the first graduating cohort of our Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute is ready to share their work with the world. They have spent the last year creating art from the oral histories they recorded, and the upcoming exhibit at Wa Na Wari is the culmination of that work. We invite you to join us for the opening of this exhibit:
“Honored to Tell”: An exhibit of art and oral histories created by the first cohort to graduate from the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute
Featured artists: Brenetta Ward, Akoiya Harris, Ariel Paine, Sierra Parsons, Ricky Reyes, Nia Amina Minor, Brea Wilson, Eboni Wyatt
Art Opening & Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 6-8pm
6:30pm Hear from the artists
7:00pm Dance performance by Akoiya Harris and Nia Amina Minor
At Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave. in Seattle’s historic Central District
Refreshments provided
Listen to the stories of Black waterfront workers, Black educators, Black barbers and beauticians, and Black dancers; stories that the artists have incorporated into textile art, dance, film, zines, listening stations, and more.
The exhibit will be on view until January 20, 2024.
More info at https://www.wanawari.org/sbshi_show

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Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Boise, ID

You are invited to attend the Annual Grand Fiesta Gala and Small Business Awards of the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Small business awards, entertainment, silent and live auction and all
to raise funds for future programs and education to continue to uplift our Hispanic community!

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Please join the Frye Art Museum for a public celebration and concert in honor of the opening of:
Antonio M. Gómez: LINEAJES
Hanako O’Leary: Izanami
Frye Salon

Explore the new exhibitions after-hours and join us in the Auditorium at 7:15 pm for a special performance by Antonio Gómez and his colleagues from Trío Guadalevín, Abel Rocha and Gus Denhard.

About the Performers
A unique collaboration between a folklorist from Mexico City, a lute/oud/guitar player specializing in the early music of Europe, and a globe-traveling percussionist and arts educator, Trío Guadalevín explores the musical dialogue between Indigenous, European, and African cultures that define Latin American identity. With memorable stories and an incredible array of instruments from the Americas, Africa, and Europe, the trio weaves together a tapestry of music, languages, culture, history, and geography. They move seamlessly between the past and present, employing a mix of contemporary, folkloric, and historic melodies sung in Spanish, Zapotec, and Ladino, which ride on rhythms from the Afro-Indigenous son jarocho to the Italian tarantella and Moroccan shabia.

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Portland Latin American Film Festival
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr

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A Celebration of Native American Heritage Month
Join us for an incredible evening of live music when Native performers Tony Louie, Isaac Tonasket, and Tyus Beebe each take the stage in Pend Oreille Pavilion.

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yəhaw̓
Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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THE ALASKA FOOD POLICY COUNCIL, ALASKA FARM BUREAU, AND WESTERN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH & EDUCATION ARE PARTNERING FOR THE 7TH SESQUIANNUAL ALASKA FOOD FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE, IN COMBINATION WITH THE ALASKA FARM CONVENTION & TRADESHOW.
Alaska Farm Bureau supports, educates, and advocates for Alaska Agriculture, helping build and grow farmers and ranchers across Alaska. Alaska Farm Bureau is the largest agriculture-related organization in the State of Alaska. We are here to support Alaska growers regardless of the product grown or method of production. Alaska agriculture affects us all.
Alaska Food Policy Council’s goal is to create a healthier, more secure, and more self-reliant Alaska by improving our food system. The AFPC is open to anyone interested in improving Alaska’s food systems – agencies and individuals representing federal and state agencies, tribal entities, schools, university programs, farmers, fisheries, and food systems businesses.
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) mission is to advance innovations that improve profitability, stewardship, and quality of life in American agriculture by investing in groundbreaking research and education. To achieve that, Western SARE believes that our programs must include the involvement of agricultural producers from inception to finish, and therefore we require producer involvement in the planning, design, implementation, and educational outreach of any funded project.
AFPC’S GOALS FOR THE CONFERENCE
AND FESTIVAL ARE TO:
(1) increase awareness of Alaska food issues among the general population;
(2) provide training, resources, and networking opportunities to increase involvement in local food issues by community members and decision-makers; and
3) increase connections and build community between the public, Alaska food businesses, NGOs, governmental entities, Tribal entities, and others to support local economic development and innovative solutions.
*Please note that the content and views presented during this event do not necessarily represent those of the Alaska Food Policy Council or our partners. As a non-partisan, non-profit organization, we seek a broad presentation of viewpoints and participation.

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Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Explore the second run of this past exhibit with stories sourced from the local Burmese / Myanmar community. With the original exhibit run cut short due to our closure during the pandemic, we’ve taken the opportunity to update the exhibit to include new content covering the military coup that happened in February 2021.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Finlandia Foundation Seattle Chapter
Seattle, WA

The Bazaar is a wonderful meeting place for all Finnish organizations, vendors, and lovers of Finnish culture. We will be sharing Finnish and Nordic related food, treats, gifts, music and dance, and we sincerely hope that you will be part of the celebration! There will be a lunch prepared by The Finnish Choral Society.

The 2023 Finnish Bazaar is scheduled for 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, November 11, at the Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St. Seattle WA 98107. Event is free along with complimentary coffee.

We hope that you will join the Annual Finnish Bazaar/Joulumarkkinat as we celebrate Finnish community and culture in the Northwest!

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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, OR

We’re celebrating the beauty and cultural significance of chrysanthemums throughout November, in perfect harmony with the traditional Chinese Double Ninth Festival. These exquisite flowers hold a rich and storied history in Chinese culture, symbolizing traits such as longevity, nobility, and endurance.

Join us for a series of horticultural programs centered around chrysanthemums, paying tribute to their illustrious heritage. This includes the return of our enchanting nighttime floral designer showcase, “Nights of the Golden Flower.” You can also partake in enlightening plant walks and witness insightful cultivation demonstrations, all designed to deepen your appreciation for this cherished bloom and its profound role in Chinese heritage.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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Advance Native Political Leadership
Anchorage, AK

Exciting Announcement! Alaska, home to the largest Native population share in the nation, is taking a powerful step towards amplifying Native voices in elected office. Did you know that out of the 178,000+ Native people residing in the state, only 58 currently hold elected positions?

Joining forces with @nativepeoplesaction, the #NativeLeadershipInstitute will be empowering Native leaders in Alaska to run for office – and win! Despite representing at least 24.4% of the population, Native peoples hold a mere 3% of elected offices in our great state.

📢 We’re thrilled to announce our first in-person training class in Alaska scheduled for November 8-12, 2023. This first-of-its kind program will equip Native leaders in Alaska with the skills, knowledge, and support they need to make a significant impact in the political landscape.

Are you ready to make history? Join us for this transformative training, and help reshape Native representation in Alaska’s elected offices. Together, let’s weave the threads of our ancestral teachings into the fabric of Alaska’s political landscape, fostering inclusivity, environmental stewardship, and cultural preservation for generations to come!

To learn more about the #NativeLeadershipInstitute and start your application, click on the link in our bio.

This training is offered at no cost to participants. Transportation, accommodation, and meals will be provided by Advance Native Political Leadership Action Fund.

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Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement (STALM)
, WA
The Tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources Team has been hard at work planning some fantastic upcoming restoration projects on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands that you can contribute to! What better way to help redefine recreation by building reciprocity with the lands – while also enjoying all the benefits of being outside in community (both human and ecological)? Here’s the link to more from the ENR team about each event and the RSVP links! https://enr.snoqualmietribe.us/events/
Can’t make it? Stay tuned for additional opportunities!
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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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This exhibit features the work of Skokomish artists Denise Emerson and Hailey Brown. Inspired by their shared background as Skokomish tribal members, the exhibit is an exploration and conversation across generations and mediums. The artworks represent the hearts and minds of their makers and the endurance and transformation of what it means to be Skokomish.

In community with arnaq, hana’ack, smɁem, Creation Story celebrates indigenous women and their stories. With this exhibit, Columbia City Gallery continues the growing movement to support the art and culture of Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest. Curated by Lena Ishel Rodriguez, proud Mexican of Nahua descent in her solo curatorial debut. Previously Lena contributed to Cosmic Beings in Mesoamerican and Andean Art at Seattle Art Museum, and Inside the Mask at the Hammer Museum.

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I paint from historical photographs of people; the majority of them had no name, no bio, no story left. Nothing. I feel they are kind of lost souls, spirit-ghosts. My painting is a memorial site for them.
—Hung Liu

Groundbreaking Chinese American artist Hung Liu (1948–2021) made highly narrative images that foregrounded workers, immigrants, refugees, women, children, and soldiers in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Liu was born in Changchun, China, and her childhood and youth coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. After her arrival in San Diego, California, in 1984, Liu became one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States. Decades later, she would be justly celebrated for establishing novel frameworks for understanding visual art’s relationship to history by focusing on communities misrepresented and marginalized by official narratives.

Liu experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields in her early twenties. After studying art in Beijing, she left China to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. There, the experimental tendencies of the students and faculty, most notably those of performance artist Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and art historian Moira Roth (1933–2021), helped cultivate her conceptual approach to portraiture.

Featuring highly experimental painting, printing, and weaving techniques, Liu’s challenging yet accessible oeuvre has been aptly characterized by her husband, the art critic Jeff Kelley, as a species of “weeping realism.” Titled A Question of Hu, after China scholar Jonathan Spence’s 1988 book The Question of Hu, the exhibition reintroduces Liu’s remarkable art to the Pacific Northwest, while demonstrating—as few artistic oeuvres can—an expanded view of citizenship in an era of seismic change that is also fundamentally marked by evolving ideas of artistic solidarity and collaboration.

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Red Eagle Soaring
Seattle, WA

Join us to celebrate the opening of Red Eagle Soaring black box style theater space at Station Space/King Street Station.

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“Portrait of Eugene Landry—an Artist, a Time and a Tribe” brings together the artwork of Eugene Landry (1937-1988) with contemporary Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe artists and writers as they explore their cultural roots, tribal identity, and connection to ancestral land. Landry’s artwork offers a look at the political, economic, and cultural challenges the tribe faced during his lifetime—from near termination to federal recognition. Paralyzed by illness as a young man, Landry created his art from a wheelchair, using his non- dominant hand. Conversations with his former portrait models (now tribal elders), reveal his creative resilience and the positive impact he had in their young lives. Now, 35 years after Landry’s passing, a rediscovered collection of Landry’s art inspires a new generation of Shoalwater Bay artists. “Portrait of Eugene Landry—an Artist, a Time and a Tribe” will be on view at Astoria Visual Arts November 11 through December 2.

Nov 11, 5:00pm at AVA:
Artist talk/reading with curator Judith Altruda

Dec 2, 1:00pm at AVA:
Contemporary Shoalwater Bay Artists’ Panel Discussion

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Diwali: Lights of India
Seattle, WA
Come celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, amidst dance, music, arts, and performance and free food.
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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the City of Shoreline and the Spartan Recreation Center to host the Arte de la Raza exhibition running Nov.2nd-Jan. 24th and featuring:
Che Lopez
Iris Sanchez
Jake Prendez
Rolando Avila
Teresa Martinez
Yessica Marquez
The exhibition opens Nov. 2nd which is also the same day as their Dia de los Muertos Festival!!

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An anchor event for Converge 45’s citywide 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art As Global Citizenship, the exhibition WE ARE THE REVOLUTION plumbs the depth of commitment of Jordan Schnitzer to the art of his time, while tapping into a living history of social expression through art in diverse media—from monumental paintings to free-standing sculpture to works on paper. Designed in part to explore ways in which the art of the past meets and affects the art of the present, the exhibition gives voice to art as both aesthetic experimentation and social commentary from the 1960s to today. Driven by the conviction that history is constructed through both continuity and discontinuity, the exhibition strives to establish unexpected juxtapositions and revealing connections among historical and contemporary artists and artworks.

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The day following Diwali is traditionally celebrated with the Annakut – literally meaning, a mountain of food. Every year thousands of vegetarian delicacies are offered in devotional gratitude for the past year and to seek blessings for the year ahead. The Annakut offering includes snacks, sweets, pickles, spicy dishes, salads, fruit drinks and other items devotionally prepared by devotees. We cordially invite you for darshan of the Annakut with family and friends.

  • Nov 11th: Family Diwali Annakut
    • 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Nov 12th: Sharda Chopda Pujan (Diwali)
    • 6:00 PM
  • Nov 14th: New Year
    • Aarti: 7:00 AM, 11:30AM, 6:45PM
    • Mandir Darshan: 7:00 AM Onwards
  • Nov 18th: Kids Diwali Celebration
    • 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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Uprise Collective
Hybrid

We are thrilled to announce our sixth annual Selah Storytelling Series! This year we will have amazing storytellers share stories of Creation, Resistance, and Healing in a hybrid space both in person and on zoom!
Stay tuned to learn about our storytellers, the location, and this years Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thankstaking celebration!
Access:
In person: ADA space with ADA bathrooms. Masks required. More details to come on parking and seating.
On-line: ASL and CART provided.
Details:
In its sixth year, the Selah Series provides a BIPOC-centered storytelling space for community members to share the fruits of their ancestors’ wisdom, resistance, and survivance, and an opportunity for all of us to build community that is reflective of our collective strength.
Creation Stories
November 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will be sharing stories of the creation of the Earth and the universe that come from indigenous cultural histories. From the Turtle Continent to the Popol Vuh to Mawu the Moon Being, this event is about reclaiming how the world was made.
Resistance Stories
November 9, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will share stories of protest, organizing, collective bargaining, and community care. What can we learn from those that came before us? What tactics are we using now to reimagine systems? The road map to social uplift has been written, and written well.
Healing Stories:
November 16, 2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm PST
How do we practice care in our communities outside of Western, capitalist, white supremacist models? The focus of this event will be on the holistic, indigenous, decolonized wellness that targeted communities use to engage in healing. From naturopathy to indigenous herbalism to healing tones, the focus of the event is to honor ancestral knowledge and our special knack for survival.
We also have a culminating meal-share event on Saturday, November 25th, Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thanks-taking. We’ll eat, build community, and BIPOC performers will share their gifts.

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s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
Olympia, WA

This show is dedicated to Veterans, past and present and will be held at the Evergreen Gallery from October 16 – December 30, 2023. There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday, October 19 from 3 – 6 pm.

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UTSAV
Monroe, WA

Join us for an unforgettable celebration of Diwali at the Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA, USA. Experience the joy and blessings of the Laxmi Ganesh Pooja in person. This event promises to be a vibrant and spiritual gathering, filled with traditional rituals and cultural festivities. Don’t miss out on this auspicious occasion to seek the blessings of the divine deities. Mark your calendars for a memorable Diwali celebration!

We are delighted to invite you to this auspicious event. As a part of the Laxmi Ganesh Pooja, you will receive an exquisite Pooja Thali for FREE as part of this event.

*REGISTRATION REQUIRED; VARIOUS TIME SLOTS AVALABLE THROUGHOUT THE DAY*

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Northwest Folklife
Seattle, WA

Join the Unbroken Circle​! Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore heritage through the personal, local, and cultural history of the people in the group. Students will showcase what they’ve learned at the Rhapsody Showcase during the NW Folklife Festival.

Who: ​For ages 11 and up

When: October 4 – December 6, 2023, Wednesdays at 4 pm

How much: sliding scale $0-$300

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American Romanian Cultural Society - ARCS Project
Seattle , WA

The Romanian Film Festival Seattle is excited to celebrate its 10th anniversary edition this year. Running Nov. 4-12, the festival will mark the return to SIFF Uptown Cinema Nov. 4-5 (its home until 2019), and will continue the following weekend at Northwest Film Forum. Not in Seattle? We’ll have a great selection of films online as well!

Started in 2014 with the scope of bringing Romanian cinema to audiences in Seattle, the festival has adapted and blossomed over the years. It soldiered through the pandemic, thanks to a loyal audience that followed it as it transformed to a virtual program. This year it continues to enjoy a hybrid format, with an online selection available in the continental US and in-person screenings at SIFF Cinema Uptown and Northwest Film Forum.

Through the years, each edition has brought thought-provoking and award-winning productions from Romania and Eastern Europe, giving a platform to upcoming and established directors alike.

This year’s theme “One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying” is a nod to its first edition in 2014 – the duality of the Romanian spirit that propels it forward in spite of constant hardships. The first year saw an overwhelming success following a grassroots effort to mobilize the Romanian community in the greater Seattle area.

This year’s nuanced edition celebrates the rich cultural fabric of Romania, while exploring current topics with the unflinchingly honest perspectives that fans of the festival have come to expect from Romanian cinema. The program will comprise of critically-acclaimed films and newly released films, and featuring special guests from Romania.

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Native Action Network
Seattle, WA

Native Action Network is proud to present the exhibition One With the Waters featuring artwork by Sarah Folden. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Sarah creates contemporary Coast Salish art inspired by her connection to place. Her work celebrates the vitality of Cowlitz people, their bold and colorful spirits, ancestral waters, animal relatives and all connected in nature. Cowlitz people are water-going people who refused to sign treaties with the federal government. This has created a diverse population. Over time many have traveled from their ancestral waters, some even across oceans, but much like our salmon relatives, there is an instinctive drive that calls Native people home. Sarah Folden’s artwork is created in honor of those still here, those who have made that voyage and those who are awakening to their internal calling to return.

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Wa Na Wari
Seattle, WA

We are very excited to announce that the first graduating cohort of our Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute is ready to share their work with the world. They have spent the last year creating art from the oral histories they recorded, and the upcoming exhibit at Wa Na Wari is the culmination of that work. We invite you to join us for the opening of this exhibit:
“Honored to Tell”: An exhibit of art and oral histories created by the first cohort to graduate from the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute
Featured artists: Brenetta Ward, Akoiya Harris, Ariel Paine, Sierra Parsons, Ricky Reyes, Nia Amina Minor, Brea Wilson, Eboni Wyatt
Art Opening & Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 6-8pm
6:30pm Hear from the artists
7:00pm Dance performance by Akoiya Harris and Nia Amina Minor
At Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave. in Seattle’s historic Central District
Refreshments provided
Listen to the stories of Black waterfront workers, Black educators, Black barbers and beauticians, and Black dancers; stories that the artists have incorporated into textile art, dance, film, zines, listening stations, and more.
The exhibit will be on view until January 20, 2024.
More info at https://www.wanawari.org/sbshi_show

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Portland Latin American Film Festival
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr

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Portland, WA

Black Magic, a creation of Safari Productions, is a BIPOC drag show hosted here at CC Slaughters on the second Saturday of each month.
Featuring drag and live performances from amazing artist in the community. Hosted by Devlin Lynn Phoenixx and CoCo Jem Holiday.

Cash cover at door (100% to the talent)
21+ event

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yəhaw̓
Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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THE ALASKA FOOD POLICY COUNCIL, ALASKA FARM BUREAU, AND WESTERN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH & EDUCATION ARE PARTNERING FOR THE 7TH SESQUIANNUAL ALASKA FOOD FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE, IN COMBINATION WITH THE ALASKA FARM CONVENTION & TRADESHOW.
Alaska Farm Bureau supports, educates, and advocates for Alaska Agriculture, helping build and grow farmers and ranchers across Alaska. Alaska Farm Bureau is the largest agriculture-related organization in the State of Alaska. We are here to support Alaska growers regardless of the product grown or method of production. Alaska agriculture affects us all.
Alaska Food Policy Council’s goal is to create a healthier, more secure, and more self-reliant Alaska by improving our food system. The AFPC is open to anyone interested in improving Alaska’s food systems – agencies and individuals representing federal and state agencies, tribal entities, schools, university programs, farmers, fisheries, and food systems businesses.
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) mission is to advance innovations that improve profitability, stewardship, and quality of life in American agriculture by investing in groundbreaking research and education. To achieve that, Western SARE believes that our programs must include the involvement of agricultural producers from inception to finish, and therefore we require producer involvement in the planning, design, implementation, and educational outreach of any funded project.
AFPC’S GOALS FOR THE CONFERENCE
AND FESTIVAL ARE TO:
(1) increase awareness of Alaska food issues among the general population;
(2) provide training, resources, and networking opportunities to increase involvement in local food issues by community members and decision-makers; and
3) increase connections and build community between the public, Alaska food businesses, NGOs, governmental entities, Tribal entities, and others to support local economic development and innovative solutions.
*Please note that the content and views presented during this event do not necessarily represent those of the Alaska Food Policy Council or our partners. As a non-partisan, non-profit organization, we seek a broad presentation of viewpoints and participation.

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Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, OR

We’re celebrating the beauty and cultural significance of chrysanthemums throughout November, in perfect harmony with the traditional Chinese Double Ninth Festival. These exquisite flowers hold a rich and storied history in Chinese culture, symbolizing traits such as longevity, nobility, and endurance.

Join us for a series of horticultural programs centered around chrysanthemums, paying tribute to their illustrious heritage. This includes the return of our enchanting nighttime floral designer showcase, “Nights of the Golden Flower.” You can also partake in enlightening plant walks and witness insightful cultivation demonstrations, all designed to deepen your appreciation for this cherished bloom and its profound role in Chinese heritage.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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Advance Native Political Leadership
Anchorage, AK

Exciting Announcement! Alaska, home to the largest Native population share in the nation, is taking a powerful step towards amplifying Native voices in elected office. Did you know that out of the 178,000+ Native people residing in the state, only 58 currently hold elected positions?

Joining forces with @nativepeoplesaction, the #NativeLeadershipInstitute will be empowering Native leaders in Alaska to run for office – and win! Despite representing at least 24.4% of the population, Native peoples hold a mere 3% of elected offices in our great state.

📢 We’re thrilled to announce our first in-person training class in Alaska scheduled for November 8-12, 2023. This first-of-its kind program will equip Native leaders in Alaska with the skills, knowledge, and support they need to make a significant impact in the political landscape.

Are you ready to make history? Join us for this transformative training, and help reshape Native representation in Alaska’s elected offices. Together, let’s weave the threads of our ancestral teachings into the fabric of Alaska’s political landscape, fostering inclusivity, environmental stewardship, and cultural preservation for generations to come!

To learn more about the #NativeLeadershipInstitute and start your application, click on the link in our bio.

This training is offered at no cost to participants. Transportation, accommodation, and meals will be provided by Advance Native Political Leadership Action Fund.

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Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement (STALM)
, WA
The Tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources Team has been hard at work planning some fantastic upcoming restoration projects on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands that you can contribute to! What better way to help redefine recreation by building reciprocity with the lands – while also enjoying all the benefits of being outside in community (both human and ecological)? Here’s the link to more from the ENR team about each event and the RSVP links! https://enr.snoqualmietribe.us/events/
Can’t make it? Stay tuned for additional opportunities!
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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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Rhythms of India
Bellevue, WA

East Shore will be joined by Bhangra dance group Rhythms of India to help us celebrate Diwali in style! We will learn dance moves and put them together in a fun and exuberant service that is part storytelling, part dance workshop, part musical exploration.

In-Person and Virtual
In person services are followed by coffee hour.

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This exhibit features the work of Skokomish artists Denise Emerson and Hailey Brown. Inspired by their shared background as Skokomish tribal members, the exhibit is an exploration and conversation across generations and mediums. The artworks represent the hearts and minds of their makers and the endurance and transformation of what it means to be Skokomish.

In community with arnaq, hana’ack, smɁem, Creation Story celebrates indigenous women and their stories. With this exhibit, Columbia City Gallery continues the growing movement to support the art and culture of Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest. Curated by Lena Ishel Rodriguez, proud Mexican of Nahua descent in her solo curatorial debut. Previously Lena contributed to Cosmic Beings in Mesoamerican and Andean Art at Seattle Art Museum, and Inside the Mask at the Hammer Museum.

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I paint from historical photographs of people; the majority of them had no name, no bio, no story left. Nothing. I feel they are kind of lost souls, spirit-ghosts. My painting is a memorial site for them.
—Hung Liu

Groundbreaking Chinese American artist Hung Liu (1948–2021) made highly narrative images that foregrounded workers, immigrants, refugees, women, children, and soldiers in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Liu was born in Changchun, China, and her childhood and youth coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. After her arrival in San Diego, California, in 1984, Liu became one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States. Decades later, she would be justly celebrated for establishing novel frameworks for understanding visual art’s relationship to history by focusing on communities misrepresented and marginalized by official narratives.

Liu experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields in her early twenties. After studying art in Beijing, she left China to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. There, the experimental tendencies of the students and faculty, most notably those of performance artist Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and art historian Moira Roth (1933–2021), helped cultivate her conceptual approach to portraiture.

Featuring highly experimental painting, printing, and weaving techniques, Liu’s challenging yet accessible oeuvre has been aptly characterized by her husband, the art critic Jeff Kelley, as a species of “weeping realism.” Titled A Question of Hu, after China scholar Jonathan Spence’s 1988 book The Question of Hu, the exhibition reintroduces Liu’s remarkable art to the Pacific Northwest, while demonstrating—as few artistic oeuvres can—an expanded view of citizenship in an era of seismic change that is also fundamentally marked by evolving ideas of artistic solidarity and collaboration.

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“Portrait of Eugene Landry—an Artist, a Time and a Tribe” brings together the artwork of Eugene Landry (1937-1988) with contemporary Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe artists and writers as they explore their cultural roots, tribal identity, and connection to ancestral land. Landry’s artwork offers a look at the political, economic, and cultural challenges the tribe faced during his lifetime—from near termination to federal recognition. Paralyzed by illness as a young man, Landry created his art from a wheelchair, using his non- dominant hand. Conversations with his former portrait models (now tribal elders), reveal his creative resilience and the positive impact he had in their young lives. Now, 35 years after Landry’s passing, a rediscovered collection of Landry’s art inspires a new generation of Shoalwater Bay artists. “Portrait of Eugene Landry—an Artist, a Time and a Tribe” will be on view at Astoria Visual Arts November 11 through December 2.

Nov 11, 5:00pm at AVA:
Artist talk/reading with curator Judith Altruda

Dec 2, 1:00pm at AVA:
Contemporary Shoalwater Bay Artists’ Panel Discussion

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Hindi Time Kids
Seattle, WA

Celebrate with us! Burke Museum education partner Hindi Time Kids has planned an exciting all-ages event to teach visitors about the meaning and traditions of Diwali, a South Asian annual festival of lights celebrated in many parts of the world. The word ‘Diwali’ derives from Sanskrit language and means “a row of lights.” Diwali is a time for gathering with loved ones, celebrating life, and enjoying illumination of lights in the form of candles, kandil (lanterns), diya (clay lamps) and fireworks.

Activities include:
– Clay diya painting and decorations
– Wooden diya stencils and diya foam stickers to make Diwali cards
– Story time for children in Hindi about Diwali
– Taste Diwali food and sweets

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the City of Shoreline and the Spartan Recreation Center to host the Arte de la Raza exhibition running Nov.2nd-Jan. 24th and featuring:
Che Lopez
Iris Sanchez
Jake Prendez
Rolando Avila
Teresa Martinez
Yessica Marquez
The exhibition opens Nov. 2nd which is also the same day as their Dia de los Muertos Festival!!

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Our Feast of the Dead location has been updated! (THIS IS A CLOSED EVENT FOR CHOCTAW/SOUTHEASTERN ONLY) Mark your calendars! Like CNO, we too will start celebrating Feast of the Dead up here in our community. Traditionally Choctaw ancestors would celebrate feast of the dead during what is now known as November. For more info on the practice, check out the November 2020 Iti Fabvssa article. If you’re Choctaw or southeastern living in the pnw and want to join us, give us a DM. #choctaw #feastofthedead

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An anchor event for Converge 45’s citywide 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art As Global Citizenship, the exhibition WE ARE THE REVOLUTION plumbs the depth of commitment of Jordan Schnitzer to the art of his time, while tapping into a living history of social expression through art in diverse media—from monumental paintings to free-standing sculpture to works on paper. Designed in part to explore ways in which the art of the past meets and affects the art of the present, the exhibition gives voice to art as both aesthetic experimentation and social commentary from the 1960s to today. Driven by the conviction that history is constructed through both continuity and discontinuity, the exhibition strives to establish unexpected juxtapositions and revealing connections among historical and contemporary artists and artworks.

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The day following Diwali is traditionally celebrated with the Annakut – literally meaning, a mountain of food. Every year thousands of vegetarian delicacies are offered in devotional gratitude for the past year and to seek blessings for the year ahead. The Annakut offering includes snacks, sweets, pickles, spicy dishes, salads, fruit drinks and other items devotionally prepared by devotees. We cordially invite you for darshan of the Annakut with family and friends.

  • Nov 11th: Family Diwali Annakut
    • 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Nov 12th: Sharda Chopda Pujan (Diwali)
    • 6:00 PM
  • Nov 14th: New Year
    • Aarti: 7:00 AM, 11:30AM, 6:45PM
    • Mandir Darshan: 7:00 AM Onwards
  • Nov 18th: Kids Diwali Celebration
    • 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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Uprise Collective
Hybrid

We are thrilled to announce our sixth annual Selah Storytelling Series! This year we will have amazing storytellers share stories of Creation, Resistance, and Healing in a hybrid space both in person and on zoom!
Stay tuned to learn about our storytellers, the location, and this years Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thankstaking celebration!
Access:
In person: ADA space with ADA bathrooms. Masks required. More details to come on parking and seating.
On-line: ASL and CART provided.
Details:
In its sixth year, the Selah Series provides a BIPOC-centered storytelling space for community members to share the fruits of their ancestors’ wisdom, resistance, and survivance, and an opportunity for all of us to build community that is reflective of our collective strength.
Creation Stories
November 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will be sharing stories of the creation of the Earth and the universe that come from indigenous cultural histories. From the Turtle Continent to the Popol Vuh to Mawu the Moon Being, this event is about reclaiming how the world was made.
Resistance Stories
November 9, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will share stories of protest, organizing, collective bargaining, and community care. What can we learn from those that came before us? What tactics are we using now to reimagine systems? The road map to social uplift has been written, and written well.
Healing Stories:
November 16, 2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm PST
How do we practice care in our communities outside of Western, capitalist, white supremacist models? The focus of this event will be on the holistic, indigenous, decolonized wellness that targeted communities use to engage in healing. From naturopathy to indigenous herbalism to healing tones, the focus of the event is to honor ancestral knowledge and our special knack for survival.
We also have a culminating meal-share event on Saturday, November 25th, Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thanks-taking. We’ll eat, build community, and BIPOC performers will share their gifts.

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Chinmaya Mission Seattle
Kirkland, WA

Chinmaya Mission Seattle is very delighted to host a Diwali Mela filled with fun activities and food. The event is free and open for all, but please do register.

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s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
Olympia, WA

This show is dedicated to Veterans, past and present and will be held at the Evergreen Gallery from October 16 – December 30, 2023. There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday, October 19 from 3 – 6 pm.

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Northwest Folklife
Seattle, WA

Join the Unbroken Circle​! Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore heritage through the personal, local, and cultural history of the people in the group. Students will showcase what they’ve learned at the Rhapsody Showcase during the NW Folklife Festival.

Who: ​For ages 11 and up

When: October 4 – December 6, 2023, Wednesdays at 4 pm

How much: sliding scale $0-$300

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American Romanian Cultural Society - ARCS Project
Seattle , WA

The Romanian Film Festival Seattle is excited to celebrate its 10th anniversary edition this year. Running Nov. 4-12, the festival will mark the return to SIFF Uptown Cinema Nov. 4-5 (its home until 2019), and will continue the following weekend at Northwest Film Forum. Not in Seattle? We’ll have a great selection of films online as well!

Started in 2014 with the scope of bringing Romanian cinema to audiences in Seattle, the festival has adapted and blossomed over the years. It soldiered through the pandemic, thanks to a loyal audience that followed it as it transformed to a virtual program. This year it continues to enjoy a hybrid format, with an online selection available in the continental US and in-person screenings at SIFF Cinema Uptown and Northwest Film Forum.

Through the years, each edition has brought thought-provoking and award-winning productions from Romania and Eastern Europe, giving a platform to upcoming and established directors alike.

This year’s theme “One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying” is a nod to its first edition in 2014 – the duality of the Romanian spirit that propels it forward in spite of constant hardships. The first year saw an overwhelming success following a grassroots effort to mobilize the Romanian community in the greater Seattle area.

This year’s nuanced edition celebrates the rich cultural fabric of Romania, while exploring current topics with the unflinchingly honest perspectives that fans of the festival have come to expect from Romanian cinema. The program will comprise of critically-acclaimed films and newly released films, and featuring special guests from Romania.

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Salish School of Spokane
Spokane, WA
Krishna Cultural Center
Boise, ID

DIWALI – FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, COME LIGHT A CANDLE FOR PEACE, TRADITIONAL INDIAN DANCE, DRAMAS AND KIRTAN, COME WITH YOUR FAMILY TO CELEBRATE THIS GRAND FESTIVAL, FREE VEGETARIAN MEAL FOR ALL.

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Native Action Network
Seattle, WA

Native Action Network is proud to present the exhibition One With the Waters featuring artwork by Sarah Folden. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Sarah creates contemporary Coast Salish art inspired by her connection to place. Her work celebrates the vitality of Cowlitz people, their bold and colorful spirits, ancestral waters, animal relatives and all connected in nature. Cowlitz people are water-going people who refused to sign treaties with the federal government. This has created a diverse population. Over time many have traveled from their ancestral waters, some even across oceans, but much like our salmon relatives, there is an instinctive drive that calls Native people home. Sarah Folden’s artwork is created in honor of those still here, those who have made that voyage and those who are awakening to their internal calling to return.

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Wa Na Wari
Seattle, WA

We are very excited to announce that the first graduating cohort of our Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute is ready to share their work with the world. They have spent the last year creating art from the oral histories they recorded, and the upcoming exhibit at Wa Na Wari is the culmination of that work. We invite you to join us for the opening of this exhibit:
“Honored to Tell”: An exhibit of art and oral histories created by the first cohort to graduate from the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute
Featured artists: Brenetta Ward, Akoiya Harris, Ariel Paine, Sierra Parsons, Ricky Reyes, Nia Amina Minor, Brea Wilson, Eboni Wyatt
Art Opening & Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 6-8pm
6:30pm Hear from the artists
7:00pm Dance performance by Akoiya Harris and Nia Amina Minor
At Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave. in Seattle’s historic Central District
Refreshments provided
Listen to the stories of Black waterfront workers, Black educators, Black barbers and beauticians, and Black dancers; stories that the artists have incorporated into textile art, dance, film, zines, listening stations, and more.
The exhibit will be on view until January 20, 2024.
More info at https://www.wanawari.org/sbshi_show

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Experience Northern Quests first-ever tribal fashion show! Native designers will showcase their unique styles on local models representing surrounding tribes. DJ Exodus will provide music and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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Portland Latin American Film Festival
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr

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yəhaw̓
Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, OR

We’re celebrating the beauty and cultural significance of chrysanthemums throughout November, in perfect harmony with the traditional Chinese Double Ninth Festival. These exquisite flowers hold a rich and storied history in Chinese culture, symbolizing traits such as longevity, nobility, and endurance.

Join us for a series of horticultural programs centered around chrysanthemums, paying tribute to their illustrious heritage. This includes the return of our enchanting nighttime floral designer showcase, “Nights of the Golden Flower.” You can also partake in enlightening plant walks and witness insightful cultivation demonstrations, all designed to deepen your appreciation for this cherished bloom and its profound role in Chinese heritage.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement (STALM)
, WA
The Tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources Team has been hard at work planning some fantastic upcoming restoration projects on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands that you can contribute to! What better way to help redefine recreation by building reciprocity with the lands – while also enjoying all the benefits of being outside in community (both human and ecological)? Here’s the link to more from the ENR team about each event and the RSVP links! https://enr.snoqualmietribe.us/events/
Can’t make it? Stay tuned for additional opportunities!
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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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I paint from historical photographs of people; the majority of them had no name, no bio, no story left. Nothing. I feel they are kind of lost souls, spirit-ghosts. My painting is a memorial site for them.
—Hung Liu

Groundbreaking Chinese American artist Hung Liu (1948–2021) made highly narrative images that foregrounded workers, immigrants, refugees, women, children, and soldiers in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Liu was born in Changchun, China, and her childhood and youth coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. After her arrival in San Diego, California, in 1984, Liu became one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States. Decades later, she would be justly celebrated for establishing novel frameworks for understanding visual art’s relationship to history by focusing on communities misrepresented and marginalized by official narratives.

Liu experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields in her early twenties. After studying art in Beijing, she left China to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. There, the experimental tendencies of the students and faculty, most notably those of performance artist Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and art historian Moira Roth (1933–2021), helped cultivate her conceptual approach to portraiture.

Featuring highly experimental painting, printing, and weaving techniques, Liu’s challenging yet accessible oeuvre has been aptly characterized by her husband, the art critic Jeff Kelley, as a species of “weeping realism.” Titled A Question of Hu, after China scholar Jonathan Spence’s 1988 book The Question of Hu, the exhibition reintroduces Liu’s remarkable art to the Pacific Northwest, while demonstrating—as few artistic oeuvres can—an expanded view of citizenship in an era of seismic change that is also fundamentally marked by evolving ideas of artistic solidarity and collaboration.

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“Portrait of Eugene Landry—an Artist, a Time and a Tribe” brings together the artwork of Eugene Landry (1937-1988) with contemporary Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe artists and writers as they explore their cultural roots, tribal identity, and connection to ancestral land. Landry’s artwork offers a look at the political, economic, and cultural challenges the tribe faced during his lifetime—from near termination to federal recognition. Paralyzed by illness as a young man, Landry created his art from a wheelchair, using his non- dominant hand. Conversations with his former portrait models (now tribal elders), reveal his creative resilience and the positive impact he had in their young lives. Now, 35 years after Landry’s passing, a rediscovered collection of Landry’s art inspires a new generation of Shoalwater Bay artists. “Portrait of Eugene Landry—an Artist, a Time and a Tribe” will be on view at Astoria Visual Arts November 11 through December 2.

Nov 11, 5:00pm at AVA:
Artist talk/reading with curator Judith Altruda

Dec 2, 1:00pm at AVA:
Contemporary Shoalwater Bay Artists’ Panel Discussion

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the City of Shoreline and the Spartan Recreation Center to host the Arte de la Raza exhibition running Nov.2nd-Jan. 24th and featuring:
Che Lopez
Iris Sanchez
Jake Prendez
Rolando Avila
Teresa Martinez
Yessica Marquez
The exhibition opens Nov. 2nd which is also the same day as their Dia de los Muertos Festival!!

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An anchor event for Converge 45’s citywide 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art As Global Citizenship, the exhibition WE ARE THE REVOLUTION plumbs the depth of commitment of Jordan Schnitzer to the art of his time, while tapping into a living history of social expression through art in diverse media—from monumental paintings to free-standing sculpture to works on paper. Designed in part to explore ways in which the art of the past meets and affects the art of the present, the exhibition gives voice to art as both aesthetic experimentation and social commentary from the 1960s to today. Driven by the conviction that history is constructed through both continuity and discontinuity, the exhibition strives to establish unexpected juxtapositions and revealing connections among historical and contemporary artists and artworks.

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The day following Diwali is traditionally celebrated with the Annakut – literally meaning, a mountain of food. Every year thousands of vegetarian delicacies are offered in devotional gratitude for the past year and to seek blessings for the year ahead. The Annakut offering includes snacks, sweets, pickles, spicy dishes, salads, fruit drinks and other items devotionally prepared by devotees. We cordially invite you for darshan of the Annakut with family and friends.

  • Nov 11th: Family Diwali Annakut
    • 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Nov 12th: Sharda Chopda Pujan (Diwali)
    • 6:00 PM
  • Nov 14th: New Year
    • Aarti: 7:00 AM, 11:30AM, 6:45PM
    • Mandir Darshan: 7:00 AM Onwards
  • Nov 18th: Kids Diwali Celebration
    • 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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Uprise Collective
Hybrid

We are thrilled to announce our sixth annual Selah Storytelling Series! This year we will have amazing storytellers share stories of Creation, Resistance, and Healing in a hybrid space both in person and on zoom!
Stay tuned to learn about our storytellers, the location, and this years Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thankstaking celebration!
Access:
In person: ADA space with ADA bathrooms. Masks required. More details to come on parking and seating.
On-line: ASL and CART provided.
Details:
In its sixth year, the Selah Series provides a BIPOC-centered storytelling space for community members to share the fruits of their ancestors’ wisdom, resistance, and survivance, and an opportunity for all of us to build community that is reflective of our collective strength.
Creation Stories
November 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will be sharing stories of the creation of the Earth and the universe that come from indigenous cultural histories. From the Turtle Continent to the Popol Vuh to Mawu the Moon Being, this event is about reclaiming how the world was made.
Resistance Stories
November 9, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will share stories of protest, organizing, collective bargaining, and community care. What can we learn from those that came before us? What tactics are we using now to reimagine systems? The road map to social uplift has been written, and written well.
Healing Stories:
November 16, 2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm PST
How do we practice care in our communities outside of Western, capitalist, white supremacist models? The focus of this event will be on the holistic, indigenous, decolonized wellness that targeted communities use to engage in healing. From naturopathy to indigenous herbalism to healing tones, the focus of the event is to honor ancestral knowledge and our special knack for survival.
We also have a culminating meal-share event on Saturday, November 25th, Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thanks-taking. We’ll eat, build community, and BIPOC performers will share their gifts.

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s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
Olympia, WA

This show is dedicated to Veterans, past and present and will be held at the Evergreen Gallery from October 16 – December 30, 2023. There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday, October 19 from 3 – 6 pm.

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Northwest Folklife
Seattle, WA

Join the Unbroken Circle​! Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore heritage through the personal, local, and cultural history of the people in the group. Students will showcase what they’ve learned at the Rhapsody Showcase during the NW Folklife Festival.

Who: ​For ages 11 and up

When: October 4 – December 6, 2023, Wednesdays at 4 pm

How much: sliding scale $0-$300

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Native Action Network
Seattle, WA

Native Action Network is proud to present the exhibition One With the Waters featuring artwork by Sarah Folden. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Sarah creates contemporary Coast Salish art inspired by her connection to place. Her work celebrates the vitality of Cowlitz people, their bold and colorful spirits, ancestral waters, animal relatives and all connected in nature. Cowlitz people are water-going people who refused to sign treaties with the federal government. This has created a diverse population. Over time many have traveled from their ancestral waters, some even across oceans, but much like our salmon relatives, there is an instinctive drive that calls Native people home. Sarah Folden’s artwork is created in honor of those still here, those who have made that voyage and those who are awakening to their internal calling to return.

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Wa Na Wari
Seattle, WA

We are very excited to announce that the first graduating cohort of our Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute is ready to share their work with the world. They have spent the last year creating art from the oral histories they recorded, and the upcoming exhibit at Wa Na Wari is the culmination of that work. We invite you to join us for the opening of this exhibit:
“Honored to Tell”: An exhibit of art and oral histories created by the first cohort to graduate from the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute
Featured artists: Brenetta Ward, Akoiya Harris, Ariel Paine, Sierra Parsons, Ricky Reyes, Nia Amina Minor, Brea Wilson, Eboni Wyatt
Art Opening & Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 6-8pm
6:30pm Hear from the artists
7:00pm Dance performance by Akoiya Harris and Nia Amina Minor
At Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave. in Seattle’s historic Central District
Refreshments provided
Listen to the stories of Black waterfront workers, Black educators, Black barbers and beauticians, and Black dancers; stories that the artists have incorporated into textile art, dance, film, zines, listening stations, and more.
The exhibit will be on view until January 20, 2024.
More info at https://www.wanawari.org/sbshi_show

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Portland Latin American Film Festival
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr

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Join us for the live recording of Portland comic Lee H. Tillman’s stand-up comedy special Bad At Math, filmed on location in the Ellyn Bye Studio at Portland Center Stage.
Lee H. Tillman has a low-key delivery, but please don’t mistake his laid-back delivery for complacency. There are surprises at every turn. In addition to headlining comedy clubs all over the Pacific Northwest, he also performs at comedy shows and festivals throughout the United States and now he’ll be recording his first-ever comedy special.

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yəhaw̓
Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, OR

We’re celebrating the beauty and cultural significance of chrysanthemums throughout November, in perfect harmony with the traditional Chinese Double Ninth Festival. These exquisite flowers hold a rich and storied history in Chinese culture, symbolizing traits such as longevity, nobility, and endurance.

Join us for a series of horticultural programs centered around chrysanthemums, paying tribute to their illustrious heritage. This includes the return of our enchanting nighttime floral designer showcase, “Nights of the Golden Flower.” You can also partake in enlightening plant walks and witness insightful cultivation demonstrations, all designed to deepen your appreciation for this cherished bloom and its profound role in Chinese heritage.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement (STALM)
, WA
The Tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources Team has been hard at work planning some fantastic upcoming restoration projects on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands that you can contribute to! What better way to help redefine recreation by building reciprocity with the lands – while also enjoying all the benefits of being outside in community (both human and ecological)? Here’s the link to more from the ENR team about each event and the RSVP links! https://enr.snoqualmietribe.us/events/
Can’t make it? Stay tuned for additional opportunities!
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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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I paint from historical photographs of people; the majority of them had no name, no bio, no story left. Nothing. I feel they are kind of lost souls, spirit-ghosts. My painting is a memorial site for them.
—Hung Liu

Groundbreaking Chinese American artist Hung Liu (1948–2021) made highly narrative images that foregrounded workers, immigrants, refugees, women, children, and soldiers in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Liu was born in Changchun, China, and her childhood and youth coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. After her arrival in San Diego, California, in 1984, Liu became one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States. Decades later, she would be justly celebrated for establishing novel frameworks for understanding visual art’s relationship to history by focusing on communities misrepresented and marginalized by official narratives.

Liu experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields in her early twenties. After studying art in Beijing, she left China to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. There, the experimental tendencies of the students and faculty, most notably those of performance artist Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and art historian Moira Roth (1933–2021), helped cultivate her conceptual approach to portraiture.

Featuring highly experimental painting, printing, and weaving techniques, Liu’s challenging yet accessible oeuvre has been aptly characterized by her husband, the art critic Jeff Kelley, as a species of “weeping realism.” Titled A Question of Hu, after China scholar Jonathan Spence’s 1988 book The Question of Hu, the exhibition reintroduces Liu’s remarkable art to the Pacific Northwest, while demonstrating—as few artistic oeuvres can—an expanded view of citizenship in an era of seismic change that is also fundamentally marked by evolving ideas of artistic solidarity and collaboration.

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“Portrait of Eugene Landry—an Artist, a Time and a Tribe” brings together the artwork of Eugene Landry (1937-1988) with contemporary Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe artists and writers as they explore their cultural roots, tribal identity, and connection to ancestral land. Landry’s artwork offers a look at the political, economic, and cultural challenges the tribe faced during his lifetime—from near termination to federal recognition. Paralyzed by illness as a young man, Landry created his art from a wheelchair, using his non- dominant hand. Conversations with his former portrait models (now tribal elders), reveal his creative resilience and the positive impact he had in their young lives. Now, 35 years after Landry’s passing, a rediscovered collection of Landry’s art inspires a new generation of Shoalwater Bay artists. “Portrait of Eugene Landry—an Artist, a Time and a Tribe” will be on view at Astoria Visual Arts November 11 through December 2.

Nov 11, 5:00pm at AVA:
Artist talk/reading with curator Judith Altruda

Dec 2, 1:00pm at AVA:
Contemporary Shoalwater Bay Artists’ Panel Discussion

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the City of Shoreline and the Spartan Recreation Center to host the Arte de la Raza exhibition running Nov.2nd-Jan. 24th and featuring:
Che Lopez
Iris Sanchez
Jake Prendez
Rolando Avila
Teresa Martinez
Yessica Marquez
The exhibition opens Nov. 2nd which is also the same day as their Dia de los Muertos Festival!!

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An anchor event for Converge 45’s citywide 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art As Global Citizenship, the exhibition WE ARE THE REVOLUTION plumbs the depth of commitment of Jordan Schnitzer to the art of his time, while tapping into a living history of social expression through art in diverse media—from monumental paintings to free-standing sculpture to works on paper. Designed in part to explore ways in which the art of the past meets and affects the art of the present, the exhibition gives voice to art as both aesthetic experimentation and social commentary from the 1960s to today. Driven by the conviction that history is constructed through both continuity and discontinuity, the exhibition strives to establish unexpected juxtapositions and revealing connections among historical and contemporary artists and artworks.

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The day following Diwali is traditionally celebrated with the Annakut – literally meaning, a mountain of food. Every year thousands of vegetarian delicacies are offered in devotional gratitude for the past year and to seek blessings for the year ahead. The Annakut offering includes snacks, sweets, pickles, spicy dishes, salads, fruit drinks and other items devotionally prepared by devotees. We cordially invite you for darshan of the Annakut with family and friends.

  • Nov 11th: Family Diwali Annakut
    • 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Nov 12th: Sharda Chopda Pujan (Diwali)
    • 6:00 PM
  • Nov 14th: New Year
    • Aarti: 7:00 AM, 11:30AM, 6:45PM
    • Mandir Darshan: 7:00 AM Onwards
  • Nov 18th: Kids Diwali Celebration
    • 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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Urban League of Portland
Salem & Portland, OR

This year Urban League of Portland’s Feed the Folks coming to Salem AND Portland in the same week. Both events will be DRIVE-THRU and Walk-Up, meaning during event times, after you’ve checked in, you are welcome to drive your vehicle right up to Urban League staff and we’ll load your meals into your car.
No vehicle? No problem! Folks without transportation can still attend the event and pick up items in a wagon or cart if they are able.

Salem Feed the Folks will be on November 14th from 12pm – 3pm, at the ARCHES Lodge: 1875 Fisher Rd NE, Salem, OR 97305.

Portland Feed the Folks will be on November 16th from 12pm – 3pm at the Urban League of Portland Building: 10 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227

REGISTER to attend and receive a FREE Holiday Meal Kit. They will also have limited outreach supplies available at each of these events.

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Uprise Collective
Hybrid

We are thrilled to announce our sixth annual Selah Storytelling Series! This year we will have amazing storytellers share stories of Creation, Resistance, and Healing in a hybrid space both in person and on zoom!
Stay tuned to learn about our storytellers, the location, and this years Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thankstaking celebration!
Access:
In person: ADA space with ADA bathrooms. Masks required. More details to come on parking and seating.
On-line: ASL and CART provided.
Details:
In its sixth year, the Selah Series provides a BIPOC-centered storytelling space for community members to share the fruits of their ancestors’ wisdom, resistance, and survivance, and an opportunity for all of us to build community that is reflective of our collective strength.
Creation Stories
November 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will be sharing stories of the creation of the Earth and the universe that come from indigenous cultural histories. From the Turtle Continent to the Popol Vuh to Mawu the Moon Being, this event is about reclaiming how the world was made.
Resistance Stories
November 9, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will share stories of protest, organizing, collective bargaining, and community care. What can we learn from those that came before us? What tactics are we using now to reimagine systems? The road map to social uplift has been written, and written well.
Healing Stories:
November 16, 2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm PST
How do we practice care in our communities outside of Western, capitalist, white supremacist models? The focus of this event will be on the holistic, indigenous, decolonized wellness that targeted communities use to engage in healing. From naturopathy to indigenous herbalism to healing tones, the focus of the event is to honor ancestral knowledge and our special knack for survival.
We also have a culminating meal-share event on Saturday, November 25th, Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thanks-taking. We’ll eat, build community, and BIPOC performers will share their gifts.

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s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
Olympia, WA

This show is dedicated to Veterans, past and present and will be held at the Evergreen Gallery from October 16 – December 30, 2023. There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday, October 19 from 3 – 6 pm.

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Northwest Folklife
Seattle, WA

Join the Unbroken Circle​! Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore heritage through the personal, local, and cultural history of the people in the group. Students will showcase what they’ve learned at the Rhapsody Showcase during the NW Folklife Festival.

Who: ​For ages 11 and up

When: October 4 – December 6, 2023, Wednesdays at 4 pm

How much: sliding scale $0-$300

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Native Action Network
Seattle, WA

Native Action Network is proud to present the exhibition One With the Waters featuring artwork by Sarah Folden. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Sarah creates contemporary Coast Salish art inspired by her connection to place. Her work celebrates the vitality of Cowlitz people, their bold and colorful spirits, ancestral waters, animal relatives and all connected in nature. Cowlitz people are water-going people who refused to sign treaties with the federal government. This has created a diverse population. Over time many have traveled from their ancestral waters, some even across oceans, but much like our salmon relatives, there is an instinctive drive that calls Native people home. Sarah Folden’s artwork is created in honor of those still here, those who have made that voyage and those who are awakening to their internal calling to return.

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Wa Na Wari
Seattle, WA

We are very excited to announce that the first graduating cohort of our Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute is ready to share their work with the world. They have spent the last year creating art from the oral histories they recorded, and the upcoming exhibit at Wa Na Wari is the culmination of that work. We invite you to join us for the opening of this exhibit:
“Honored to Tell”: An exhibit of art and oral histories created by the first cohort to graduate from the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute
Featured artists: Brenetta Ward, Akoiya Harris, Ariel Paine, Sierra Parsons, Ricky Reyes, Nia Amina Minor, Brea Wilson, Eboni Wyatt
Art Opening & Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 6-8pm
6:30pm Hear from the artists
7:00pm Dance performance by Akoiya Harris and Nia Amina Minor
At Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave. in Seattle’s historic Central District
Refreshments provided
Listen to the stories of Black waterfront workers, Black educators, Black barbers and beauticians, and Black dancers; stories that the artists have incorporated into textile art, dance, film, zines, listening stations, and more.
The exhibit will be on view until January 20, 2024.
More info at https://www.wanawari.org/sbshi_show

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Portland Latin American Film Festival
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr

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yəhaw̓
Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, OR

We’re celebrating the beauty and cultural significance of chrysanthemums throughout November, in perfect harmony with the traditional Chinese Double Ninth Festival. These exquisite flowers hold a rich and storied history in Chinese culture, symbolizing traits such as longevity, nobility, and endurance.

Join us for a series of horticultural programs centered around chrysanthemums, paying tribute to their illustrious heritage. This includes the return of our enchanting nighttime floral designer showcase, “Nights of the Golden Flower.” You can also partake in enlightening plant walks and witness insightful cultivation demonstrations, all designed to deepen your appreciation for this cherished bloom and its profound role in Chinese heritage.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement (STALM)
, WA
The Tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources Team has been hard at work planning some fantastic upcoming restoration projects on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands that you can contribute to! What better way to help redefine recreation by building reciprocity with the lands – while also enjoying all the benefits of being outside in community (both human and ecological)? Here’s the link to more from the ENR team about each event and the RSVP links! https://enr.snoqualmietribe.us/events/
Can’t make it? Stay tuned for additional opportunities!
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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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I paint from historical photographs of people; the majority of them had no name, no bio, no story left. Nothing. I feel they are kind of lost souls, spirit-ghosts. My painting is a memorial site for them.
—Hung Liu

Groundbreaking Chinese American artist Hung Liu (1948–2021) made highly narrative images that foregrounded workers, immigrants, refugees, women, children, and soldiers in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Liu was born in Changchun, China, and her childhood and youth coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. After her arrival in San Diego, California, in 1984, Liu became one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States. Decades later, she would be justly celebrated for establishing novel frameworks for understanding visual art’s relationship to history by focusing on communities misrepresented and marginalized by official narratives.

Liu experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields in her early twenties. After studying art in Beijing, she left China to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. There, the experimental tendencies of the students and faculty, most notably those of performance artist Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and art historian Moira Roth (1933–2021), helped cultivate her conceptual approach to portraiture.

Featuring highly experimental painting, printing, and weaving techniques, Liu’s challenging yet accessible oeuvre has been aptly characterized by her husband, the art critic Jeff Kelley, as a species of “weeping realism.” Titled A Question of Hu, after China scholar Jonathan Spence’s 1988 book The Question of Hu, the exhibition reintroduces Liu’s remarkable art to the Pacific Northwest, while demonstrating—as few artistic oeuvres can—an expanded view of citizenship in an era of seismic change that is also fundamentally marked by evolving ideas of artistic solidarity and collaboration.

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“Portrait of Eugene Landry—an Artist, a Time and a Tribe” brings together the artwork of Eugene Landry (1937-1988) with contemporary Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe artists and writers as they explore their cultural roots, tribal identity, and connection to ancestral land. Landry’s artwork offers a look at the political, economic, and cultural challenges the tribe faced during his lifetime—from near termination to federal recognition. Paralyzed by illness as a young man, Landry created his art from a wheelchair, using his non- dominant hand. Conversations with his former portrait models (now tribal elders), reveal his creative resilience and the positive impact he had in their young lives. Now, 35 years after Landry’s passing, a rediscovered collection of Landry’s art inspires a new generation of Shoalwater Bay artists. “Portrait of Eugene Landry—an Artist, a Time and a Tribe” will be on view at Astoria Visual Arts November 11 through December 2.

Nov 11, 5:00pm at AVA:
Artist talk/reading with curator Judith Altruda

Dec 2, 1:00pm at AVA:
Contemporary Shoalwater Bay Artists’ Panel Discussion

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the City of Shoreline and the Spartan Recreation Center to host the Arte de la Raza exhibition running Nov.2nd-Jan. 24th and featuring:
Che Lopez
Iris Sanchez
Jake Prendez
Rolando Avila
Teresa Martinez
Yessica Marquez
The exhibition opens Nov. 2nd which is also the same day as their Dia de los Muertos Festival!!

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An anchor event for Converge 45’s citywide 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art As Global Citizenship, the exhibition WE ARE THE REVOLUTION plumbs the depth of commitment of Jordan Schnitzer to the art of his time, while tapping into a living history of social expression through art in diverse media—from monumental paintings to free-standing sculpture to works on paper. Designed in part to explore ways in which the art of the past meets and affects the art of the present, the exhibition gives voice to art as both aesthetic experimentation and social commentary from the 1960s to today. Driven by the conviction that history is constructed through both continuity and discontinuity, the exhibition strives to establish unexpected juxtapositions and revealing connections among historical and contemporary artists and artworks.

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The day following Diwali is traditionally celebrated with the Annakut – literally meaning, a mountain of food. Every year thousands of vegetarian delicacies are offered in devotional gratitude for the past year and to seek blessings for the year ahead. The Annakut offering includes snacks, sweets, pickles, spicy dishes, salads, fruit drinks and other items devotionally prepared by devotees. We cordially invite you for darshan of the Annakut with family and friends.

  • Nov 11th: Family Diwali Annakut
    • 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Nov 12th: Sharda Chopda Pujan (Diwali)
    • 6:00 PM
  • Nov 14th: New Year
    • Aarti: 7:00 AM, 11:30AM, 6:45PM
    • Mandir Darshan: 7:00 AM Onwards
  • Nov 18th: Kids Diwali Celebration
    • 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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Urban League of Portland
Salem & Portland, OR

This year Urban League of Portland’s Feed the Folks coming to Salem AND Portland in the same week. Both events will be DRIVE-THRU and Walk-Up, meaning during event times, after you’ve checked in, you are welcome to drive your vehicle right up to Urban League staff and we’ll load your meals into your car.
No vehicle? No problem! Folks without transportation can still attend the event and pick up items in a wagon or cart if they are able.

Salem Feed the Folks will be on November 14th from 12pm – 3pm, at the ARCHES Lodge: 1875 Fisher Rd NE, Salem, OR 97305.

Portland Feed the Folks will be on November 16th from 12pm – 3pm at the Urban League of Portland Building: 10 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227

REGISTER to attend and receive a FREE Holiday Meal Kit. They will also have limited outreach supplies available at each of these events.

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Uprise Collective
Hybrid

We are thrilled to announce our sixth annual Selah Storytelling Series! This year we will have amazing storytellers share stories of Creation, Resistance, and Healing in a hybrid space both in person and on zoom!
Stay tuned to learn about our storytellers, the location, and this years Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thankstaking celebration!
Access:
In person: ADA space with ADA bathrooms. Masks required. More details to come on parking and seating.
On-line: ASL and CART provided.
Details:
In its sixth year, the Selah Series provides a BIPOC-centered storytelling space for community members to share the fruits of their ancestors’ wisdom, resistance, and survivance, and an opportunity for all of us to build community that is reflective of our collective strength.
Creation Stories
November 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will be sharing stories of the creation of the Earth and the universe that come from indigenous cultural histories. From the Turtle Continent to the Popol Vuh to Mawu the Moon Being, this event is about reclaiming how the world was made.
Resistance Stories
November 9, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will share stories of protest, organizing, collective bargaining, and community care. What can we learn from those that came before us? What tactics are we using now to reimagine systems? The road map to social uplift has been written, and written well.
Healing Stories:
November 16, 2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm PST
How do we practice care in our communities outside of Western, capitalist, white supremacist models? The focus of this event will be on the holistic, indigenous, decolonized wellness that targeted communities use to engage in healing. From naturopathy to indigenous herbalism to healing tones, the focus of the event is to honor ancestral knowledge and our special knack for survival.
We also have a culminating meal-share event on Saturday, November 25th, Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thanks-taking. We’ll eat, build community, and BIPOC performers will share their gifts.

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Boise International Short Film Festival is excited to announce that finalists have been selected! The festival will be November 15th and 16th at 2pm-8pm at the Boise State University SPEC Theater. Admission is free so bring your friends! Stay tuned for sneak peaks of the selected films, as well as ticket information as there will be limited seats available.

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s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
Olympia, WA

This show is dedicated to Veterans, past and present and will be held at the Evergreen Gallery from October 16 – December 30, 2023. There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday, October 19 from 3 – 6 pm.

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Northwest Folklife
Seattle, WA

Join the Unbroken Circle​! Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore heritage through the personal, local, and cultural history of the people in the group. Students will showcase what they’ve learned at the Rhapsody Showcase during the NW Folklife Festival.

Who: ​For ages 11 and up

When: October 4 – December 6, 2023, Wednesdays at 4 pm

How much: sliding scale $0-$300

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Native Action Network
Seattle, WA

Native Action Network is proud to present the exhibition One With the Waters featuring artwork by Sarah Folden. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Sarah creates contemporary Coast Salish art inspired by her connection to place. Her work celebrates the vitality of Cowlitz people, their bold and colorful spirits, ancestral waters, animal relatives and all connected in nature. Cowlitz people are water-going people who refused to sign treaties with the federal government. This has created a diverse population. Over time many have traveled from their ancestral waters, some even across oceans, but much like our salmon relatives, there is an instinctive drive that calls Native people home. Sarah Folden’s artwork is created in honor of those still here, those who have made that voyage and those who are awakening to their internal calling to return.

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Wa Na Wari
Seattle, WA

We are very excited to announce that the first graduating cohort of our Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute is ready to share their work with the world. They have spent the last year creating art from the oral histories they recorded, and the upcoming exhibit at Wa Na Wari is the culmination of that work. We invite you to join us for the opening of this exhibit:
“Honored to Tell”: An exhibit of art and oral histories created by the first cohort to graduate from the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute
Featured artists: Brenetta Ward, Akoiya Harris, Ariel Paine, Sierra Parsons, Ricky Reyes, Nia Amina Minor, Brea Wilson, Eboni Wyatt
Art Opening & Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 6-8pm
6:30pm Hear from the artists
7:00pm Dance performance by Akoiya Harris and Nia Amina Minor
At Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave. in Seattle’s historic Central District
Refreshments provided
Listen to the stories of Black waterfront workers, Black educators, Black barbers and beauticians, and Black dancers; stories that the artists have incorporated into textile art, dance, film, zines, listening stations, and more.
The exhibit will be on view until January 20, 2024.
More info at https://www.wanawari.org/sbshi_show

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Red Eagle Soaring
Seattle, WA

Come join Red Eagle Soaring for a fun, relaxing evening of raising funds for one of the only Native youth theatres in the country & our new home at Station Space! Food / beverages / Performances / Silent Auction / Raffle / Raise The Paddle / Karaoke After Party & more! 21+ FREE EVENT.

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Join Alyssa Quintyne and Donald Crocker in a discussion about her latest exhibition Please Take Care and get all the backstory and details behind it.

Her work focuses on people, their identities, and relaying their ethereal characteristics. Her incorporation of flora, life cycles, figure, and social justice are common themes in Alyssa’s work that tie her subjects to the tangible and intangible. Her mediums include watercolor, ink, gold foil, and colored pencil.

“Please Take Care is an exhibition about my recent journey through chronic illness and climate anxiety. I’ve dealt with medical issues all my life, but over the past year I’ve dealt with a developing heart condition that became debilitating. I often found that my feelings overlayed what was happening around me outside – the vetch boom seemed to feel just like the creepy anxiety of managing my new symptoms, the flooding out in Circle matched my powerlessness with a new diagnosis, the butterflies seem to come right at my 2 month-versary of no ER visits. Now that I’m on the mend, I decided the best way to process this new normal for me was to be cathartic and create another way to look at my condition, the climate crises, and the life ahead of me.”
-Alyssa Quintyne

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Portland Latin American Film Festival
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr

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yəhaw̓
Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, OR

We’re celebrating the beauty and cultural significance of chrysanthemums throughout November, in perfect harmony with the traditional Chinese Double Ninth Festival. These exquisite flowers hold a rich and storied history in Chinese culture, symbolizing traits such as longevity, nobility, and endurance.

Join us for a series of horticultural programs centered around chrysanthemums, paying tribute to their illustrious heritage. This includes the return of our enchanting nighttime floral designer showcase, “Nights of the Golden Flower.” You can also partake in enlightening plant walks and witness insightful cultivation demonstrations, all designed to deepen your appreciation for this cherished bloom and its profound role in Chinese heritage.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement (STALM)
, WA
The Tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources Team has been hard at work planning some fantastic upcoming restoration projects on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands that you can contribute to! What better way to help redefine recreation by building reciprocity with the lands – while also enjoying all the benefits of being outside in community (both human and ecological)? Here’s the link to more from the ENR team about each event and the RSVP links! https://enr.snoqualmietribe.us/events/
Can’t make it? Stay tuned for additional opportunities!
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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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I paint from historical photographs of people; the majority of them had no name, no bio, no story left. Nothing. I feel they are kind of lost souls, spirit-ghosts. My painting is a memorial site for them.
—Hung Liu

Groundbreaking Chinese American artist Hung Liu (1948–2021) made highly narrative images that foregrounded workers, immigrants, refugees, women, children, and soldiers in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Liu was born in Changchun, China, and her childhood and youth coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. After her arrival in San Diego, California, in 1984, Liu became one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States. Decades later, she would be justly celebrated for establishing novel frameworks for understanding visual art’s relationship to history by focusing on communities misrepresented and marginalized by official narratives.

Liu experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields in her early twenties. After studying art in Beijing, she left China to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. There, the experimental tendencies of the students and faculty, most notably those of performance artist Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and art historian Moira Roth (1933–2021), helped cultivate her conceptual approach to portraiture.

Featuring highly experimental painting, printing, and weaving techniques, Liu’s challenging yet accessible oeuvre has been aptly characterized by her husband, the art critic Jeff Kelley, as a species of “weeping realism.” Titled A Question of Hu, after China scholar Jonathan Spence’s 1988 book The Question of Hu, the exhibition reintroduces Liu’s remarkable art to the Pacific Northwest, while demonstrating—as few artistic oeuvres can—an expanded view of citizenship in an era of seismic change that is also fundamentally marked by evolving ideas of artistic solidarity and collaboration.

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“Portrait of Eugene Landry—an Artist, a Time and a Tribe” brings together the artwork of Eugene Landry (1937-1988) with contemporary Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe artists and writers as they explore their cultural roots, tribal identity, and connection to ancestral land. Landry’s artwork offers a look at the political, economic, and cultural challenges the tribe faced during his lifetime—from near termination to federal recognition. Paralyzed by illness as a young man, Landry created his art from a wheelchair, using his non- dominant hand. Conversations with his former portrait models (now tribal elders), reveal his creative resilience and the positive impact he had in their young lives. Now, 35 years after Landry’s passing, a rediscovered collection of Landry’s art inspires a new generation of Shoalwater Bay artists. “Portrait of Eugene Landry—an Artist, a Time and a Tribe” will be on view at Astoria Visual Arts November 11 through December 2.

Nov 11, 5:00pm at AVA:
Artist talk/reading with curator Judith Altruda

Dec 2, 1:00pm at AVA:
Contemporary Shoalwater Bay Artists’ Panel Discussion

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the City of Shoreline and the Spartan Recreation Center to host the Arte de la Raza exhibition running Nov.2nd-Jan. 24th and featuring:
Che Lopez
Iris Sanchez
Jake Prendez
Rolando Avila
Teresa Martinez
Yessica Marquez
The exhibition opens Nov. 2nd which is also the same day as their Dia de los Muertos Festival!!

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An anchor event for Converge 45’s citywide 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art As Global Citizenship, the exhibition WE ARE THE REVOLUTION plumbs the depth of commitment of Jordan Schnitzer to the art of his time, while tapping into a living history of social expression through art in diverse media—from monumental paintings to free-standing sculpture to works on paper. Designed in part to explore ways in which the art of the past meets and affects the art of the present, the exhibition gives voice to art as both aesthetic experimentation and social commentary from the 1960s to today. Driven by the conviction that history is constructed through both continuity and discontinuity, the exhibition strives to establish unexpected juxtapositions and revealing connections among historical and contemporary artists and artworks.

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The day following Diwali is traditionally celebrated with the Annakut – literally meaning, a mountain of food. Every year thousands of vegetarian delicacies are offered in devotional gratitude for the past year and to seek blessings for the year ahead. The Annakut offering includes snacks, sweets, pickles, spicy dishes, salads, fruit drinks and other items devotionally prepared by devotees. We cordially invite you for darshan of the Annakut with family and friends.

  • Nov 11th: Family Diwali Annakut
    • 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Nov 12th: Sharda Chopda Pujan (Diwali)
    • 6:00 PM
  • Nov 14th: New Year
    • Aarti: 7:00 AM, 11:30AM, 6:45PM
    • Mandir Darshan: 7:00 AM Onwards
  • Nov 18th: Kids Diwali Celebration
    • 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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Urban League of Portland
Salem & Portland, OR

This year Urban League of Portland’s Feed the Folks coming to Salem AND Portland in the same week. Both events will be DRIVE-THRU and Walk-Up, meaning during event times, after you’ve checked in, you are welcome to drive your vehicle right up to Urban League staff and we’ll load your meals into your car.
No vehicle? No problem! Folks without transportation can still attend the event and pick up items in a wagon or cart if they are able.

Salem Feed the Folks will be on November 14th from 12pm – 3pm, at the ARCHES Lodge: 1875 Fisher Rd NE, Salem, OR 97305.

Portland Feed the Folks will be on November 16th from 12pm – 3pm at the Urban League of Portland Building: 10 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227

REGISTER to attend and receive a FREE Holiday Meal Kit. They will also have limited outreach supplies available at each of these events.

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Uprise Collective
Hybrid

We are thrilled to announce our sixth annual Selah Storytelling Series! This year we will have amazing storytellers share stories of Creation, Resistance, and Healing in a hybrid space both in person and on zoom!
Stay tuned to learn about our storytellers, the location, and this years Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thankstaking celebration!
Access:
In person: ADA space with ADA bathrooms. Masks required. More details to come on parking and seating.
On-line: ASL and CART provided.
Details:
In its sixth year, the Selah Series provides a BIPOC-centered storytelling space for community members to share the fruits of their ancestors’ wisdom, resistance, and survivance, and an opportunity for all of us to build community that is reflective of our collective strength.
Creation Stories
November 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will be sharing stories of the creation of the Earth and the universe that come from indigenous cultural histories. From the Turtle Continent to the Popol Vuh to Mawu the Moon Being, this event is about reclaiming how the world was made.
Resistance Stories
November 9, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will share stories of protest, organizing, collective bargaining, and community care. What can we learn from those that came before us? What tactics are we using now to reimagine systems? The road map to social uplift has been written, and written well.
Healing Stories:
November 16, 2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm PST
How do we practice care in our communities outside of Western, capitalist, white supremacist models? The focus of this event will be on the holistic, indigenous, decolonized wellness that targeted communities use to engage in healing. From naturopathy to indigenous herbalism to healing tones, the focus of the event is to honor ancestral knowledge and our special knack for survival.
We also have a culminating meal-share event on Saturday, November 25th, Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thanks-taking. We’ll eat, build community, and BIPOC performers will share their gifts.

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Boise International Short Film Festival is excited to announce that finalists have been selected! The festival will be November 15th and 16th at 2pm-8pm at the Boise State University SPEC Theater. Admission is free so bring your friends! Stay tuned for sneak peaks of the selected films, as well as ticket information as there will be limited seats available.

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s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
Olympia, WA

This show is dedicated to Veterans, past and present and will be held at the Evergreen Gallery from October 16 – December 30, 2023. There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday, October 19 from 3 – 6 pm.

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Northwest Folklife
Seattle, WA

Join the Unbroken Circle​! Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore heritage through the personal, local, and cultural history of the people in the group. Students will showcase what they’ve learned at the Rhapsody Showcase during the NW Folklife Festival.

Who: ​For ages 11 and up

When: October 4 – December 6, 2023, Wednesdays at 4 pm

How much: sliding scale $0-$300

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Filipino Bayanihan Center
Portland, OR

Come through and join the KA Youth Program to learn and share migration stories!! Parents are invited to join and share their stories as well! Dinner is provided!!

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Native Action Network
Seattle, WA

Native Action Network is proud to present the exhibition One With the Waters featuring artwork by Sarah Folden. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Sarah creates contemporary Coast Salish art inspired by her connection to place. Her work celebrates the vitality of Cowlitz people, their bold and colorful spirits, ancestral waters, animal relatives and all connected in nature. Cowlitz people are water-going people who refused to sign treaties with the federal government. This has created a diverse population. Over time many have traveled from their ancestral waters, some even across oceans, but much like our salmon relatives, there is an instinctive drive that calls Native people home. Sarah Folden’s artwork is created in honor of those still here, those who have made that voyage and those who are awakening to their internal calling to return.

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Wa Na Wari
Seattle, WA

We are very excited to announce that the first graduating cohort of our Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute is ready to share their work with the world. They have spent the last year creating art from the oral histories they recorded, and the upcoming exhibit at Wa Na Wari is the culmination of that work. We invite you to join us for the opening of this exhibit:
“Honored to Tell”: An exhibit of art and oral histories created by the first cohort to graduate from the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute
Featured artists: Brenetta Ward, Akoiya Harris, Ariel Paine, Sierra Parsons, Ricky Reyes, Nia Amina Minor, Brea Wilson, Eboni Wyatt
Art Opening & Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 6-8pm
6:30pm Hear from the artists
7:00pm Dance performance by Akoiya Harris and Nia Amina Minor
At Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave. in Seattle’s historic Central District
Refreshments provided
Listen to the stories of Black waterfront workers, Black educators, Black barbers and beauticians, and Black dancers; stories that the artists have incorporated into textile art, dance, film, zines, listening stations, and more.
The exhibit will be on view until January 20, 2024.
More info at https://www.wanawari.org/sbshi_show

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Nooksack Indian Tribe
Everson, WA

The Nooksack Tribe proudly hosts the 2023 Heritage Dinner on Thursday, November 16th at 6pm at the Mi’sq’eq’o Community Building. All are welcome to attend.

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On Nov 16th you have the opportunity to see the almost finished edit of the upcoming documentary, “Khu.éex’: The Magic of Noise”. They’re having a special screening and fundraiser at The Seattle Drum School Georgetown and you’re invited to join us!
Members of Khu.éex’, Heartstone Studios and Preston Singletary will be in attendance. Email them at mediaheartstone@gmail.com to RSVP.

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On November 16, 2023, Hugo House is hosting a special collaboration with Snoqualmie Casino celebrating regional Indigenous talent, culture, and spirit featuring Sasha LaPointe, Nikki Suyama, Iz White, and Peter White.

The evening will begin with a land acknowledgement from Ken Workman, followed by readings from Sasha LaPointe and Iz White, with music from Nikki Suyama and a ceremonial dance performed by Peter White.

There will be a brief Q&A with Sasha LaPointe, and our friends at Elliott Bay Book Company will be on-site selling copies of her published work.

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Portland Latin American Film Festival
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr

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Join the Alaska Historical Society and Cook Inlet Historical Society for the second of a four-part lecture and panel series about major public policy issues facing Alaska to create a more productive environment in which to arrive at sound public policy.
Beginning with the 1867 transfer of Alaska from Russian to American control, the federal government extended its administration over the territory. Was this “Americanization” positive, with new government services, or an unwelcome colonization? Americanization had both enormously positive and negative impacts which continue today. The unsettled relationship between the federal government, the state and Native groups deserves closer discussion as Alaskans consider ideas such as resource management and policies relating to Alaska Natives under the federal trust.
Panelists Ross Cohen, Mary Ehrlander, Ian Hartman and Charles Wohlforth weigh in before taking questions from a live and online audience. Free. Use the museum’s 7th Avenue entrance to enter.
The AHS is Alaska’s largest statewide organization dedicated to the informed exchange of ideas through a factual appreciation of Alaska’s history. It is partnering with the Cook Inlet Historical Society and the Anchorage Museum on the series. The Atwood Foundation has provided a generous grant to cover costs. Other supporting organizations include the League of Women Voters, the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Debate Program and OLE!, an Anchorage-based nonprofit which offers educational classes.
Image: Sitka from the governor’s garden; St. Michael’s Cathedral on left, 1868-1869. Eadweard James Muybridge Photograph Collection, Alaska State Library, ASL-P15-07.
About the Panelists
Ross Cohen is a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Washington. He is also editor of Alaska History (AHS Journal), the semi-annual journal of the Alaska Historical Society.
Mary Ehlander is an emeritus professor of history at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and former director of the Arctic and Northern Studies Program at UAF. She is the author of numerous books and publications, including Walter Harper, Alaska’s Native Sun, and Equal Educational Opportunity: Brown’s Elusive Mandate.
Ian Hartman is a professor and chair of the history department at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He teaches modern American history with an emphasis on issues related to economic and racial inequality.
Charles Wohlforth was an Anchorage Daily News reporter from 1988 to 1992 and wrote a regular opinion column from 2015 until 2019. He served two terms on the Anchorage Assembly. He is the author of a dozen books about Alaska, science, history and the environment.

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yəhaw̓
Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, OR

We’re celebrating the beauty and cultural significance of chrysanthemums throughout November, in perfect harmony with the traditional Chinese Double Ninth Festival. These exquisite flowers hold a rich and storied history in Chinese culture, symbolizing traits such as longevity, nobility, and endurance.

Join us for a series of horticultural programs centered around chrysanthemums, paying tribute to their illustrious heritage. This includes the return of our enchanting nighttime floral designer showcase, “Nights of the Golden Flower.” You can also partake in enlightening plant walks and witness insightful cultivation demonstrations, all designed to deepen your appreciation for this cherished bloom and its profound role in Chinese heritage.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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Black & Beyond the Binary Collective
Portland, OR

We have a special event coming up for TDOR on November 17th. Sign up to get a some food and a special queer care package. We take care of us ❤️

#blackandbeyondthebinarycollective #tdor2023 #tdor

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Teal feathered stripe down a soft pink background with an image of two Black hands clasped. A drawing of pink and blue candles line the bottom, beneath B3C’s logo. Text reads: Trans Diaspora of Rejuvenation: Nov 17th. Sign up for food and a care package. Event for Black and Brown queer folx only.

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Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement (STALM)
, WA
The Tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources Team has been hard at work planning some fantastic upcoming restoration projects on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands that you can contribute to! What better way to help redefine recreation by building reciprocity with the lands – while also enjoying all the benefits of being outside in community (both human and ecological)? Here’s the link to more from the ENR team about each event and the RSVP links! https://enr.snoqualmietribe.us/events/
Can’t make it? Stay tuned for additional opportunities!
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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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I paint from historical photographs of people; the majority of them had no name, no bio, no story left. Nothing. I feel they are kind of lost souls, spirit-ghosts. My painting is a memorial site for them.
—Hung Liu

Groundbreaking Chinese American artist Hung Liu (1948–2021) made highly narrative images that foregrounded workers, immigrants, refugees, women, children, and soldiers in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Liu was born in Changchun, China, and her childhood and youth coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. After her arrival in San Diego, California, in 1984, Liu became one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States. Decades later, she would be justly celebrated for establishing novel frameworks for understanding visual art’s relationship to history by focusing on communities misrepresented and marginalized by official narratives.

Liu experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields in her early twenties. After studying art in Beijing, she left China to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. There, the experimental tendencies of the students and faculty, most notably those of performance artist Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) and art historian Moira Roth (1933–2021), helped cultivate her conceptual approach to portraiture.

Featuring highly experimental painting, printing, and weaving techniques, Liu’s challenging yet accessible oeuvre has been aptly characterized by her husband, the art critic Jeff Kelley, as a species of “weeping realism.” Titled A Question of Hu, after China scholar Jonathan Spence’s 1988 book The Question of Hu, the exhibition reintroduces Liu’s remarkable art to the Pacific Northwest, while demonstrating—as few artistic oeuvres can—an expanded view of citizenship in an era of seismic change that is also fundamentally marked by evolving ideas of artistic solidarity and collaboration.

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“Portrait of Eugene Landry—an Artist, a Time and a Tribe” brings together the artwork of Eugene Landry (1937-1988) with contemporary Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe artists and writers as they explore their cultural roots, tribal identity, and connection to ancestral land. Landry’s artwork offers a look at the political, economic, and cultural challenges the tribe faced during his lifetime—from near termination to federal recognition. Paralyzed by illness as a young man, Landry created his art from a wheelchair, using his non- dominant hand. Conversations with his former portrait models (now tribal elders), reveal his creative resilience and the positive impact he had in their young lives. Now, 35 years after Landry’s passing, a rediscovered collection of Landry’s art inspires a new generation of Shoalwater Bay artists. “Portrait of Eugene Landry—an Artist, a Time and a Tribe” will be on view at Astoria Visual Arts November 11 through December 2.

Nov 11, 5:00pm at AVA:
Artist talk/reading with curator Judith Altruda

Dec 2, 1:00pm at AVA:
Contemporary Shoalwater Bay Artists’ Panel Discussion

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Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
Seattle, WA

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the City of Shoreline and the Spartan Recreation Center to host the Arte de la Raza exhibition running Nov.2nd-Jan. 24th and featuring:
Che Lopez
Iris Sanchez
Jake Prendez
Rolando Avila
Teresa Martinez
Yessica Marquez
The exhibition opens Nov. 2nd which is also the same day as their Dia de los Muertos Festival!!

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An anchor event for Converge 45’s citywide 2023 biennial, Social Forms: Art As Global Citizenship, the exhibition WE ARE THE REVOLUTION plumbs the depth of commitment of Jordan Schnitzer to the art of his time, while tapping into a living history of social expression through art in diverse media—from monumental paintings to free-standing sculpture to works on paper. Designed in part to explore ways in which the art of the past meets and affects the art of the present, the exhibition gives voice to art as both aesthetic experimentation and social commentary from the 1960s to today. Driven by the conviction that history is constructed through both continuity and discontinuity, the exhibition strives to establish unexpected juxtapositions and revealing connections among historical and contemporary artists and artworks.

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The day following Diwali is traditionally celebrated with the Annakut – literally meaning, a mountain of food. Every year thousands of vegetarian delicacies are offered in devotional gratitude for the past year and to seek blessings for the year ahead. The Annakut offering includes snacks, sweets, pickles, spicy dishes, salads, fruit drinks and other items devotionally prepared by devotees. We cordially invite you for darshan of the Annakut with family and friends.

  • Nov 11th: Family Diwali Annakut
    • 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Nov 12th: Sharda Chopda Pujan (Diwali)
    • 6:00 PM
  • Nov 14th: New Year
    • Aarti: 7:00 AM, 11:30AM, 6:45PM
    • Mandir Darshan: 7:00 AM Onwards
  • Nov 18th: Kids Diwali Celebration
    • 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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Seattle Turkish Film Festival (STFF)
Seattle, WA
Uprise Collective
Hybrid

We are thrilled to announce our sixth annual Selah Storytelling Series! This year we will have amazing storytellers share stories of Creation, Resistance, and Healing in a hybrid space both in person and on zoom!
Stay tuned to learn about our storytellers, the location, and this years Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thankstaking celebration!
Access:
In person: ADA space with ADA bathrooms. Masks required. More details to come on parking and seating.
On-line: ASL and CART provided.
Details:
In its sixth year, the Selah Series provides a BIPOC-centered storytelling space for community members to share the fruits of their ancestors’ wisdom, resistance, and survivance, and an opportunity for all of us to build community that is reflective of our collective strength.
Creation Stories
November 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will be sharing stories of the creation of the Earth and the universe that come from indigenous cultural histories. From the Turtle Continent to the Popol Vuh to Mawu the Moon Being, this event is about reclaiming how the world was made.
Resistance Stories
November 9, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm PST
Storytellers will share stories of protest, organizing, collective bargaining, and community care. What can we learn from those that came before us? What tactics are we using now to reimagine systems? The road map to social uplift has been written, and written well.
Healing Stories:
November 16, 2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm PST
How do we practice care in our communities outside of Western, capitalist, white supremacist models? The focus of this event will be on the holistic, indigenous, decolonized wellness that targeted communities use to engage in healing. From naturopathy to indigenous herbalism to healing tones, the focus of the event is to honor ancestral knowledge and our special knack for survival.
We also have a culminating meal-share event on Saturday, November 25th, Outliving Thanksgiving, the Story of Thanks-taking. We’ll eat, build community, and BIPOC performers will share their gifts.

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s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
Olympia, WA

This show is dedicated to Veterans, past and present and will be held at the Evergreen Gallery from October 16 – December 30, 2023. There will be a Grand Opening on Thursday, October 19 from 3 – 6 pm.

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Northwest Folklife
Seattle, WA

Join the Unbroken Circle​! Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore heritage through the personal, local, and cultural history of the people in the group. Students will showcase what they’ve learned at the Rhapsody Showcase during the NW Folklife Festival.

Who: ​For ages 11 and up

When: October 4 – December 6, 2023, Wednesdays at 4 pm

How much: sliding scale $0-$300

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Legendary Children PNW
Seattle, WA
Legendary Children is back for it’s 8th year!
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Native Action Network
Seattle, WA

Native Action Network is proud to present the exhibition One With the Waters featuring artwork by Sarah Folden. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Sarah creates contemporary Coast Salish art inspired by her connection to place. Her work celebrates the vitality of Cowlitz people, their bold and colorful spirits, ancestral waters, animal relatives and all connected in nature. Cowlitz people are water-going people who refused to sign treaties with the federal government. This has created a diverse population. Over time many have traveled from their ancestral waters, some even across oceans, but much like our salmon relatives, there is an instinctive drive that calls Native people home. Sarah Folden’s artwork is created in honor of those still here, those who have made that voyage and those who are awakening to their internal calling to return.

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Black ‘n’ Advocacy covers our process for navigating legislative advocacy at Surge Reproductive Justice, with a focus on Washington state. This training was born out of the lived experience and political analysis of Black anti-racist organizers and legislative advocates attempting to work within “the system” and quickly identifying the pitfalls of that system and what working around it looks like in service of our communities. This online training is highly interactive, and approximately 3 hours long. We welcome people from all backgrounds to attend!

We believe in the power of political education and collective analysis building, so we offer our leadership development trainings every trimester. It’s that time! These trainings are opportunities to deepen your understanding and commitment to anti-racism, reproductive justice, and legislative advocacy through a Black feminist lens. They are also a great way to build community with like-spirited people from around the country in an accessible and fun way.

We ask attendees to pay for their participation in our trainings if they are non-BIPOC. The donation link, and a self-survey to determine which gift amount feels right for you, can be accessed below by copying and pasting the URLs into your web browser:

Donation Self-Survey: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GbwmWRKewfbbQRHqqaL7mVQKaSru7oBRYS_Hsmm5al8/edit

Please donate here, with a note including this trainings’ name: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=AN25A33QYXHLS&source=url&ssrt=1697664193524

There is a $75 stipend available for community members who are Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color who are experiencing financial difficulties, but would like to attend this session. More information and the form to request the stipend will be sent out after the session.

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Wa Na Wari
Seattle, WA

We are very excited to announce that the first graduating cohort of our Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute is ready to share their work with the world. They have spent the last year creating art from the oral histories they recorded, and the upcoming exhibit at Wa Na Wari is the culmination of that work. We invite you to join us for the opening of this exhibit:
“Honored to Tell”: An exhibit of art and oral histories created by the first cohort to graduate from the Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute
Featured artists: Brenetta Ward, Akoiya Harris, Ariel Paine, Sierra Parsons, Ricky Reyes, Nia Amina Minor, Brea Wilson, Eboni Wyatt
Art Opening & Reception: Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 6-8pm
6:30pm Hear from the artists
7:00pm Dance performance by Akoiya Harris and Nia Amina Minor
At Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave. in Seattle’s historic Central District
Refreshments provided
Listen to the stories of Black waterfront workers, Black educators, Black barbers and beauticians, and Black dancers; stories that the artists have incorporated into textile art, dance, film, zines, listening stations, and more.
The exhibit will be on view until January 20, 2024.
More info at https://www.wanawari.org/sbshi_show

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German American Society of Portland
Portland, OR

Stammtisch is a gathering of friends and community. This event is open to all ages, and you do not have to be a member to attend. You do not have to know how to speak German unless you take a seat at the Stammtisch table!

GASoP will provide food and beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring food to share. (Nibbles are fine but no one would say nein to some spätzle!)

Stammtisch is held in our Bierstube every third Friday of the month except in December.

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Join Confluence for the launch of the second volume of the Voices of the River journal! Voices of the River is a journal that explores the Columbia River system’s history, living cultures, and ecology through Indigenous voices. Volume II’s theme (The Legacy of Dams and the Return of the Salmon) is posed to invite meditation on our past, present, and future: What is the legacy of damming the Columbia? What benefits would come from restoring salmon populations to the Columbia and reviving the health of the river?

This issue features articles by Michelle Jacob, Carol Craig, Lindsey Schneider, and Rachel Cushman; poetry by Hii-ne Jake A. DePoe. and Owen L. Oliver; and art by Chanti Manon and Sarah Folden. Join Confluences Lead Editor Dr. David Lewis and cover artist Chanti Manon for a short discussion on the volume, followed by mingling, food, and the first opportunity to buy the journal.

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Join the Leonor R. Fuller Gallery in honoring the legacy of Hazel Pete, master weaver, and the rich practices of Chehalis basket weaving.
The 15th Native American Art Exhibition is a themed exhibition highlighting traditional and contemporary basketry woven by the Hazel Pete Family. The exhibition includes coil and woven basketry types, a cattail mat lean-to, cedar clothing, storage baskets, storyteller doll diorama, photos depicting the gathering process, and contemporary glass baskets made at the Museum of Glass. Hazel Pete was a 6th generation weaver from treaty negation times in western Washington – 7th, 8th, and 9th generation weavers will be featured in this exhibit.

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Portland Latin American Film Festival
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr

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yəhaw̓
Seattle, WA

We invite community to join us in the Fall for workdays on the land, starting 9/15 – 11/19.

These workdays have been great opportunities for us to introduce ourselves to the land and to foster our relationships to it. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, like tending to Native plants, clearing invasive ones like ivy, envisioning futures, and getting the land ready for upcoming gatherings. We also invite you to help by just spending time on this site. Sit and relax by the trees and Mapes Creek, use our art supplies to create, help us collect & save seeds for gifts, or just take a moment from your week and spend time in greenspace.

Open to Native/BIPOC: Fridays, Sept 15 – Nov 19, from 2 – 6pm
Open to All: 1st Saturdays, October & November, from 11am – 3pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3qaL3AR or hit the link in our bio to register.

*Tools, a porta potty, limited drinking water, and light snacks will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Note, our site does not have running water or power, and is unfortunately not yet ADA accessible. We can’t wait to see you on the land!

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Chief Seattle Club
Seattle, WA

Chief Seattle Club is proud to present the fall exhibition in ʔálʔal Café featuring artwork by Naomi Parker. Naomi comes from the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa/Cree people. Drawing on her intertribal ancestry, she uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes of far flung Native relations coming together at pow wow grounds and campsites. Through images of friendly faces and joyfully clasped hands, Naomi shows the power we have to create community wherever we gather.

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Anchorage, AK

The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.

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Suquamish Tribe
Suquamish, WA

Event is open to all ages
Free Admission
Local vendors
30 vendors at each event
Variety of Native American artists
Variety of handmade goods

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Dive deep into the stories and science that surround the magnificent orca, apex predator of all oceans.
Follow the currents of ecological activism, popular culture, and Indigenous beliefs to gain a new appreciation of these sophisticated animals, long feared in Western cultures as “Killer Whales.”
Orcas: Our Shared Future includes more than 100 original artifacts and specimens, featuring life-size Orca replicas, fossils, films, objects from popular culture, and original artwork from the Indigenous peoples of the North American west coast.
Discover the complex social structure of orca society and reflect on the surprising consequences of captivity. Learn which orca populations are thriving and which are at risk, and resurface with a new understanding of how orcas and humans are inextricably connected.

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Each new generation of artists responds to and builds on the art of earlier periods. Bringing together artworks that bridge decades, Reverberations seeks to spark a hum between historical works and those by artists working today. Organized in thematic groups, Reverberations introduces a different topic in each gallery, ranging from landscape and lyrical abstraction to the use of the body in addressing psychological, social, and political concerns. As you move through the modern and contemporary galleries, you will encounter harmonies and dissonance as younger artists stake their claim. In turn, works from earlier decades will acquire new meaning and new layers of relevance.

This installation draws from SAM’s growing collection and incorporates many works acquired in recent years, by artists including Margarita Cabrera, Dana Claxton, Senga Nengudi, Rashid Johnson, Woody De Othello, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Naama Tsabar. Many works are on view for the first time. Among the modern classics, viewers will find works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and David Smith on view. The museum’s ongoing commitment to building a collection with equity and diverse points of view can be seen when perusing the galleries.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Featuring the work of the Guma’ Gela’, a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora. The exhibit explores their motto “part land, part sea, all ancestry” through a broad spectrum of media, including sculpture, soundscape, writing, printmaking, weaving, costume design, adornments, and more, to build a connection with CHamoru life, history, and traditions.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote?

This incredible interactive exhibit invites viewers to step into the mind, body, and spirit of Bruce Lee to see how his unquenchable pursuit of knowledge informed his philosophy and life.

Follow Bruce’s path beginning with his revelations on water, through the wealth of knowledge found in his 2,800-book personal library, to his philosophy on self-understanding and self-expression.

The exhibition’s interactive technology interweaves beautiful imagery with Bruce’s personal objects and books to bring his journey to life.

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What do late 18th- to 19th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo) and late 19th-century Paris have in common? This exhibition, which can only be seen in Seattle, uncovers the shared renegade spirit that characterized the graphic arts and social cultures of these two dynamic cities. On view are over 90 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings from SAM’s Japanese collection alongside private loans of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).

In addition to the intriguing formal and thematic parallels between these two collections of graphic arts, the exhibition reveals the social impulses behind their burgeoning art production. As both cities faced challenges to the status quo from the rising middle classes, subversive impulses gave rise to vibrant cultures of theatregoing, pleasure seeking, and new forms of visual art.

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Considering both the presence and absence of Black artists is critical to understanding the breadth of Black artistic production in Oregon—even in the midst of historic exclusion—as well as how the impact of that history affects our understanding of American art history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition serves to deepen our awareness of the talented artists who have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally, and it will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon.

Beginning in the 1880s and spanning through today, Black Artists of Oregon captures the Black diasporic experiences particular to the Pacific Northwest with 67 artists and over 200 objects. Artists represented in the exhibition will include Thelma Johnson Streat, Al Goldsby, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Charles Tatum, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Bobby Fouther, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. The exhibition and programming will also include the works of contemporary and younger artists working now, functioning as bright threads and offering intergenerational conversation throughout the exhibition, including sidony o’neal, Jeremy Okai Davis, damali ayo, Sharita Towne, Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Tristan Irving, Ebin Lee, and Jaleesa Johnston.

Through the narrative flow of the exhibition, visitors will experience work by Black artists across decades and generations. Particular attention is given to the works of Black artists who were producing work during the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, such as Portland-based painter Isaka Shamsud-Din. The exhibition will also mark regional artistic connections with global movements for Black liberation, as seen in the work of Charlotte Lewis alongside Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom and artists like Sadé DuBoise, whose “Resistance” poster series contributed to Portland’s 2020 George Floyd protests. Without chronological constraints, the exhibition is grounded by the work of elder artists, intergenerational conversations, and live activation in the exhibition galleries.

Black Artists of Oregon builds upon exhibition curator Intisar Abioto’s original research since 2018 exploring the lineage and legacy of Black artists in Oregon. The exhibition will continue Abioto’s research, which is grounded in Black American practices of listening, keeping, and passing on each others’ stories.

“Far from isolated or ancillary, Black arts and cultural production in Oregon has been in conversation and interchange with the world, and a part of its arts and cultural movements, all this time,” says Abioto. “Black Artists of Oregon is a heralding of Black presence, interchange, influence, and impact.”

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Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

Textile-based art and artwork responsive to social change are gaining prominence across the region and the country. To reflect this confluence, Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present the work of 21 artists in Soft Power, featuring more than 40 textile-based works on view from October 14, 2023, through September 1, 2024.

Soft Power draws its name and inspiration from Joseph Nye’s theory of cultural heritage as a form of non-coercive power. Using traditional processes to create contemporary declarations of resistance, resilience, love, and rebuke, this work explores the dynamic contrast between soft materials and so-called “hard” ideas. This engaging and provocative exhibition explores cultural stereotypes, humanity’s impact on the environment, and healthcare access.

The artists on view express themselves in forms as varied as their ideas: A quilted call to action, meticulously knit abstraction, woven cenotaphs, a stuffed and stitched creature, a scattered gathering of embroidered ephemera.

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National Nordic Museum
Seattle, WA

The National Nordic Museum invites you to experience its 46th Annual Julefest! Enjoy an authentic Nordic holiday experience, right in the heart of Ballard. Modeled after the traditional outdoor Christmas markets found in the Nordic countries, this community favorite features all the fun and goodies associated with the Nordic holidays, with a Pacific Northwest twist!

During Julefest, visitors are immersed in a variety of Nordic holiday traditions. Guests can expect to discover a modern spin on a traditional market as they can shop from over 30+ local artists, taste traditional holiday fare, and enjoy live entertainment throughout the grounds. Stay tuned for additional festival program details!

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ShoreLake Arts
Shoreline, WA

Start your holiday shopping in Shoreline to find that perfect hand-crafted gift.

We can’t think of anything more quintessentially wintery than a stroll through a unique holiday market. We are excited to bring the Shoreline Holiday Market and Shoreline Farmers Market together with everything under one roof (quite literally!) at the Shoreline City Hall undercover parking garage (open air).

Please note that for safety reasons related to food and the number of visitors, pets are not allowed at the Underground Holiday Market. Service animals, on the other hand, are welcome.

Presented by ShoreLake Arts, in collaboration with the Shoreline Farmers Market,

with support from City of Shoreline RCCS.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, OR

We’re celebrating the beauty and cultural significance of chrysanthemums throughout November, in perfect harmony with the traditional Chinese Double Ninth Festival. These exquisite flowers hold a rich and storied history in Chinese culture, symbolizing traits such as longevity, nobility, and endurance.

Join us for a series of horticultural programs centered around chrysanthemums, paying tribute to their illustrious heritage. This includes the return of our enchanting nighttime floral designer showcase, “Nights of the Golden Flower.” You can also partake in enlightening plant walks and witness insightful cultivation demonstrations, all designed to deepen your appreciation for this cherished bloom and its profound role in Chinese heritage.

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Thanks to the popularity of the instantly recognizable Great Wave—cited everywhere from book covers and Lego sets to anime and emoji— Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) has become one of the most famous and influential artists in the world. This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), takes a new approach to the work of the versatile master, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Join us to explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, on artists including Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA

Check one, two, three 🎤 “Sound Check! The Music We Make”, is a new exhibit at Wing Luke Museum on view from Sunday October 15, 2023 until September 14, 2024 🎧🎶💿🎹

Sound Check! celebrates the role of music in the lives of AANHPI communities. Dive into community-based stories as well as the experiences of AANHPI professionals in the music industry. Audiophiles and historians will be able to browse archival materials, photos, and artworks while also indulging in interactive audio-visual installations.

Featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden; singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero; jazz drummer Akira Tana; musician Roger Rigor; hip hop artist Geo Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and many more.


Don’t forget about the perks of becoming a Museum Member like unlimited free general admission and opportunities to see exhibits first at special Museum Member Receptions!

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Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR

Africa Fashion opens at the Portland Art Museum after acclaimed runs at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. This first-of-its-kind exhibition, making its only West Coast stop at PAM, honors the irresistible creativity, ingenuity, and unstoppable global impact of contemporary African fashions. Garments and textiles dating from the mid-twentieth century to the present day, contextualized by a range of cultural touchstones such as Drum magazines, Fela Kuti record albums, and studio photography from Sanlé Sory, celebrate the transformative and liberatory power of self-fashioning. The New Yorker’s art critic Hilton Als called Africa Fashion a “vital and necessary exhibition.”

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Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement (STALM)
, WA
The Tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources Team has been hard at work planning some fantastic upcoming restoration projects on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands that you can contribute to! What better way to help redefine recreation by building reciprocity with the lands – while also enjoying all the benefits of being outside in community (both human and ecological)? Here’s the link to more from the ENR team about each event and the RSVP links! https://enr.snoqualmietribe.us/events/
Can’t make it? Stay tuned for additional opportunities!
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This exhibit showcases the work of folx who are part of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) stitching community. The works encompass diasporic, immigrant, mixed, and queer stitches in a contemporary context with an ancestral throughline across time and space, oceans, continents, languages and mediums. The textile works range from Palestinian Tatreez embroidery and Egyptian Khayamiya appliqué to Armenian Janyak needlelace and many other regional stitches. Additionally, there will be new works drawing from multiple artistic disciplines, both ancient and modern, including writing, multimedia, propaganda, visual and plastic art, and inter-and-multi-disciplinary works. The event will include presentations by the artists and other cultural programming as well. And of course all SWANA events include food, music and dance.

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Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful expressions reflect the diversity of Native American individual, regional, and cultural identities. At the same time, these works share a worldview informed by thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through a variety of practices—including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/ landbase/ landscape. Together, the works in The Land Carries Our Ancestors underscore the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage , AK

On view March 21, 2023 through Spring 2024
Art of the North Galleries, Third Floor, East Wing

Good Medicine brings together Indigenous healers and medicine people to collectively create, share knowledge, and practice in community. Unfolding over the course of a year with the work of different Alaska Native healers, this multi-disciplinary exhibition offers diverse opportunities for gathering and exchange.

Colonialism has attacked and suppressed medicine people and Indigenous knowledge systems for hundreds of years. This exhibition addresses harmful legacies and shows how the revitalization of healing practices and traditions provides ways of being in alignment with oneself, with community, and with our planet.

Curated by Tlingit traditional healer Meda DeWitt, Good Medicine emphasizes spiritual renewal, cultural renascence, and the importance of co-creating futures where nature can thrive.

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, WA

Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland features studio images by Washington-based Japanese photographer Frank Sakae Matsura (1873-1913) alongside period-specific American Indian regalia from the Columbia Plateau. Exploring Indigenous representation through a multi-dimensional lens, the photographs and objects on view detail some of Matsura’s most culturally significant work against a backdrop of regional transformation.

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