Tuesday 31st Jul 2018
5:30 – 7:30pm
Put on by Historic Seattle
Four times a year, Historic Seattle invites its members and the public to learn about programs and projects of interest taking place in our community and through the auspices of Historic Seattle. Held at sites of historic or architectural interest, these events include social time with light refreshments and a short quarterly business meeting before the program.
Built in 1908 by the Danish Brotherhood, Washington Hall celebrates 110 years in 2018. Washington Hall has continuously served as a hub for social and cultural activities reflecting a broad array of ethnic communities. Although the Hall had been in consistent use as a performance space since its construction, it had fallen into disrepair and was in danger of demolition before Historic Seattle negotiated a purchase in 2009. The Hall is a Seattle Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
After a $9.9M capital campaign to fully restore Washington Hall, the building reopened in June 2016. It now serves as a permanent home for community arts and cultural organizations. The nonprofit arts organizations, who have been anchor partners in our project since 2010, are also long-term leaseholders of the spaces for rehearsals, offices, and performances. The anchor groups are three arts organizations with a focus on social justice. These organizations include: 206 Zulu, an internationally recognized coalition that engages youth, low-income people, and people of color in social change through innovative programs involving hip hop music, arts and culture; Voices Rising, an intergenerational showcase of queer performers of color that provides support for local, up-and-coming artists through mentorship opportunities; and Hidmo Cypher, a People of Color (POC) collective that prioritizes those being displaced by gentrification and provides home for community grounded liberation work through music, art, food, and culture. Our anchor groups will share their missions and their work with attendees.
-via Historic Seattle