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!
Chief Seattle Club
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.
The inNATE Show features 30 indigenous artists and will be displayed at the Middle Way Cafe from October 7th through December 2nd, 2023.
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.
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
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.
Seattle Art Museum
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.
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
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.
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
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.
Seattle Asian Art Museum
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.
Portland Art Museum
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.”
Tacoma Art Museum
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.
Tacoma Art Museum
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.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
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.
Seattle Art Museum
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.
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
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!
Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement (STALM)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
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:
The exhibition opens Nov. 2nd which is also the same day as their Dia de los Muertos Festival!!
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.
ACT A Contemporary Theatre
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.
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.
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!
In person: ADA space with ADA bathrooms. Masks required. More details to come on parking and seating.
On-line: ASL and CART provided.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seattle Catrina Festival
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.
s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ House of Welcome / Evergreen Longhouse
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.
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
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.
Nuestras Raíces Centro Comunitario
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.
🔸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!
Native Action Network
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.
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
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
Portland Latin American Film Festival
Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30, the XVII Portland Latin American Film Festival will kick off at the @hollywoodtheatr
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.