by Jacob Uitti
In August, Columbia City and Hillman City received an historic honor: a prestigious Arts & Cultural District designation from Mayor Jenny Durkan. Now forever linked—and not just by Rainier Avenue—the two diverse, multicultural neighborhoods, which are comprised of about 13,000 people, can further showcase their dozens of art and music venues—from the Columbia City Theater to the Royal Room and the soon-to-be-opened Black and Tan Hall. To get a sense of what this new arts and culture designation means for the area exactly, the South Seattle Emerald reached out to Kathy Fowells, Director of SEEDArts, which was one of the many organizations responsible for getting the initiative to the Mayor’s office. Fowells discussed what the future holds for the neighborhoods, what an arts app might look for them and much more.
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by Beverly Aarons
The Seattle Design Festival gave the public a free sneak peek of this year’s festival on Tuesday, August 21st at the Center for Architecture & Design. The sneak peak event was jammed with eager participants despite the cloud of wildfire smoke stifling the entire city. The event provided screen printing for attendees who brought t-shirts, and there was food and a slate of presenters who gave attendees just a small sampling of how the 2018 Seattle Design Festival will explore the theme of “trust”—how to build trust between communities, public space policymakers, businesses, technology companies, architects, designers, advocates and all the other community stakeholders who have an impact on how space is used in urban settings.
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by Leija Farr
Seattle is ahead of the curve in a phenomenon, and not in a good way: the displacement of Black people in our city has left the idea of safe spaces undeniably malleable. The Central District, once a community replete with Black lives and culture, has undergone displacement for many years now. As a result, lineage and generational foundation have been relocated, as a new narrative builds itself in the vacancy.
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by Susan Fried
More than 2,500 people attended this year’s BAAMFest (Rainier Beach Arts and Music Fest) on Aug. 19th at the Rainier Beach Community Center Plaza. The annual event featured more than 40 acts on four stages, four pop-up museums and 40 booths.
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