Category Archives: Culture

Descendant of Chief Seattle Prepares to Welcome South End Festival Attendants Home

Interview conducted by Marcus Harrison Green

Ken Workman. Photo courtesy of interviewee.
Ken Workman. Photo courtesy of interviewee.

This morning’s Rainier Beach Art Walk festival will be a bittersweet “cultural homecoming” for Ken Workman. The great, great, great, great grandson of legendary Duwamish leader and Emerald City namesake Chief Seattle is – like most members of the storied tribe- still shaken by the June announcement the Federal Government would not bestow formal recognition upon them. This, despite other Washington based tribes including the Upper Skagit, Sauk-Suiattle, Stillaguamish, Samish and Snoqualmie having received acknowledgement decades ago. Continue reading Descendant of Chief Seattle Prepares to Welcome South End Festival Attendants Home

‘Poetry on Buses’ brings Seattle’s Languages, Cultures Along for the Ride

(This article was originally published on the Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission)

by Reagan Jackson

What does home mean to you?
There is a rice field in Manila that smells like
The nape of my mother’s neck.
This is how I have dreamt her for many moons.
Heart strings tuned to the chord of umbilical
I strum her song with each breath in
Remembrance of who I am from.
—Kyle Ricci, 29, “Momma’s song.”

Kyle Ricci’s ode is one of 365 poems by local poets that you might see on the 4Culture website or your bus commute home as part of “Poetry on Buses,” a program organized by arts organization 4Culture and King County Metro Transit. The concept debuted in 1992, featuring fifty poems a year from Seattleites of all ages and backgrounds that were printed on placards and displayed on buses. Continue reading ‘Poetry on Buses’ brings Seattle’s Languages, Cultures Along for the Ride

From Russia With Love: The Masterful Paintings of Hillman’s Victor Straube

Interview by Catherine Petru

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“White Wolf” Photo Credit: Victor Straube

Anyone stepping inside Hillman City’s Collaboratory is greeted by it. The wry smile, hug that could ensnare a mammoth, drawl sense of humor and thick accent belonging to  Victor Straube as he welcomes you into the the South End community incubator. Continue reading From Russia With Love: The Masterful Paintings of Hillman’s Victor Straube

Filmmakers Bring Hopeful Lessons of Detroit to South Seattle

In a glorious metropolis synonymous with pervasive deterioration and unemployment, urban gardens flourish, artists run free and neighbors are doing it for themselves. Documentarians Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin bring their film “We Are Not Ghosts,” a story of ambitious Detroit residents remaking their city, to tonight’s Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies. Does South Seattle have anything to learn from their tale? Continue reading Filmmakers Bring Hopeful Lessons of Detroit to South Seattle

Reclaiming Theater: Of the People, by the People and for the People

by Mary Hubert

Sweating, 40 year old dudes eating peanuts. College-age kids in casual attire swigging beer and laughing too loudly. Crowds of people packed into standing-room-only arenas. Sound like a concert? Maybe an outdoor movie, or a festival? Perhaps a boxing match? Oh no. This is Shakespeare. Continue reading Reclaiming Theater: Of the People, by the People and for the People