Category Archives: Art

Local Artist Seeks to Recapture Childhood Joy Through Community Art Project

by Janae Janik

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Catherine Grisez holds one of the leaves that she is hoping reminds people of the carefree enthusiasm of jumping into piles of autumn foliage as children. She is collaborating with sponsors throughout Seattle to create hundreds of leaves and involve the community in the process. [Photo: Janae Janik
Catherine Grisez recently received pictures of her nephews excitedly jumping into piles of fallen autumn leaves.

While these pictures would make any aunt smile, it symbolized something more for Grisez, a South Seattle sculptor and jeweler. Continue reading Local Artist Seeks to Recapture Childhood Joy Through Community Art Project

What’s Up With Langston?

by Lola E. Peters

Have you seen the film Moonlight? It’s playing all around town right now and well worth seeing. It left me hankering for the annual African American Film Festival. Because of the transitions happening at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI), the Festival didn’t happen last spring, so my hunger for films “by us, for us” went unsatisfied. The good news: there’s a mini-festival happening on Thanksgiving weekend at LHPAI to hold us until next spring, when the full Festival can return. Continue reading What’s Up With Langston?

Preview of Power: From the Mouths of the Occupied

by Lola E. Peters

The last rehearsal before performance is always filled with energy. For many in the cast of Power: From the Mouths of the Occupied, this will be their first public performance; their first time publicly telling their story; their first time specifically naming the individuals and institutions that were complicit in their oppression. Continue reading Preview of Power: From the Mouths of the Occupied

Justin Bua Brings His “Art For the People, By The People, Of the People”Tour to Beacon Hill

by Marcus Harrison Green

When you know you’re about to meet the equivalent of Jesus with a paint brush, you assume the sky above ruptures open and a luminous glow outlines his frame the second your feet occupy the same room as him. Continue reading Justin Bua Brings His “Art For the People, By The People, Of the People”Tour to Beacon Hill

Pilgrimage to Bimbia: The Forgotten Door Exhibition

by Melia LaCour

Reconnection. Healing. Building bridges. These are but a few of the many ways to describe the powerful “Pilgrimage to Bimbia Film, Exhibition and Presentation” that took place last Thursday evening at the First AME Church Fellowship Hall.  The room was teeming with community members eager to hear Dr. Lisa Aubrey, Fullbright Scholar and Professor at Arizona State University and University of Yaounde I, and Mr. Alain Kenfack, CEO of Valeurs d’Africa, share their extraordinary work unearthing the remains of port Bimbia, a Cameroonian site that played a key role in the transatlantic slave trade.  The duo also brought an exhibition from Cameroon that recently concluded its run. Continue reading Pilgrimage to Bimbia: The Forgotten Door Exhibition