Does This Poem Bring You Joy? A Conversation With Arianne True

by Beverly Aarons Does this poem bring you joy? Does it move through and speak to your body? Does it make you think and feel something deeply? Arianne True, a Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations poet and experiential educator, has important questions for all poets, both young and old, but especially for the middle-school students at … Continue reading Does This Poem Bring You Joy? A Conversation With Arianne True

Artist Activist Valerie Curtis-Newton Holds Sacred the Communion of Theater

by Beverly Aarons Theater is a communion, a space where difficult but important conversations take place between a diversity of people holding sometimes radically different viewpoints. It’s this paradigm that has driven Valerie Curtis-Newton to walk her journey as an artist-activist, theatre director, instructor, and co-founder and Artistic Director of the Hansberry Project. And it’s … Continue reading Artist Activist Valerie Curtis-Newton Holds Sacred the Communion of Theater

‘We Out Here’: A Celebration of Humanity, a Respite From Chaos

by Beverly Aarons We Out Here, a celebration of Black existence in Seattle, is back for a second year. Produced by Michael Maine, a Seattle artist who explores social systems and human connections, We Out Here aims to provide a refuge for Black Seattle and friends to breathe freely and experience the warmth of community. … Continue reading ‘We Out Here’: A Celebration of Humanity, a Respite From Chaos

Abstractions of Black Citizenship Online Exhibit Comes to Seattle

by Beverly Aarons  Featuring five artists, a multitude of disciplines, and one goal to explore geographic, political, and aesthetic space for Black presence and citizenship in the United States, Abstractions of Black Citizenship: African American Art from St. Louis is a virtual exhibition currently running through Sunday, August 2, 2020. Presented by Seattle University’s Hedreen … Continue reading Abstractions of Black Citizenship Online Exhibit Comes to Seattle

Third-Generation Visual Artist Talks Business, Art and Legacy

by Beverly Aarons When third-generation visual artist George Jennings arrived in the Puget Sound area in 1997, he came with his grandfather’s small drafting table and a vision to transform his passion for art into a viable business. He and Nakeesa Frazier-Jennings, his wife and business partner, hoped to continue the Jennings’ family art legacy … Continue reading Third-Generation Visual Artist Talks Business, Art and Legacy

What Happens to Professional Dance in a Socially Distant World?

by Beverly Aarons  Dance is physical, primal, and ephemeral — bodies brush against each other, and sometimes audience members are so close that they could reach out and touch dancers as they glide by only a few feet away. So what happens to dance in a socially distant world where bodies must remain six feet … Continue reading What Happens to Professional Dance in a Socially Distant World?

LANGSTON and Wa Na Wari Celebrate Seattle Hip-Hop’s Past, Present, and Future

by Beverly Aarons East Coast, West Coast, Bronx and Compton, this is what most fans think of when pondering hip-hop history. But what many don’t realize is that Seattle has played an important role in the maturity of a genre that has grown from the urban streets to the global scene. And Seattle hip-hop has … Continue reading LANGSTON and Wa Na Wari Celebrate Seattle Hip-Hop’s Past, Present, and Future

Visual Artist Juan Alonso-Rodríguez Finds Wellspring of Creativity in Pandemic Chaos

by Beverly Aarons What happens when physical distancing, gallery closures, and solitude leave an artist alone in his studio for weeks during one of the world’s most frightening pandemics? In the case of visual artist Juan Alonso-Rodríguez you get introspection, reflection, wisdom born from a deep well of life experience, and a brand new body … Continue reading Visual Artist Juan Alonso-Rodríguez Finds Wellspring of Creativity in Pandemic Chaos

The Golden Thread Art Experience Gets Unemployed Artists Working

by Beverly Aarons  Seattle’s arts scene has been hit hard. Galleries are closed, theatres are dark, and many artists find their cash flow completely and abruptly cut off. But some artists who find themselves positioned well during this pandemic have invested their time, expertise and energy into creating opportunities for less-privileged artists to earn some … Continue reading The Golden Thread Art Experience Gets Unemployed Artists Working

Tashiro Kaplan Artists Build Community Resilience to Survive COVID-19

by Beverly Aarons  We didn’t see it coming: not the pandemic, not the emptied downtown streets, not the employee layoffs and certainly not the large slabs of wood covering closed storefronts and shuttered restaurants. When it became apparent that COVID-19 was becoming the wolf on our doorstep, everyone at the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts in … Continue reading Tashiro Kaplan Artists Build Community Resilience to Survive COVID-19