Art exhibit at Northwest African American Museum

Art exhibit at Northwest African American Museum

Seattle Cultural Sites

Northwest African American Museum
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 2008 in a restored school building, the museum invites you to explore what it means to be African American in the Pacific Northwest from the early 20th century through 21st century. The Journey Gallery takes visitors on a fascinating journey through space and time, introducing the history, culture, and art of the region’s African American Community using a mix of photos, artifacts and compelling narratives. The Corner, a community storytelling project about change in Seattle’s Central District. From 2009-2010 a monumental public art installation displayed larger-than-life portraits of neighbors on a vacant lot at 23rd and Union in Seattle. Checking Our Pulse exhibit focuses on health in the local African American community.
ADMISSION: $8 and under, Children FREE
DAYS & HOURS: Wed, Fri 11a-4:30p; Thu 11a-7p; Sat 11a-4p; Sun 12p-4p
ADDRESS: 2300 South Massachusetts Street, Seattle, WA MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 206-518-6000
WEBSITE: http://naamnw.org

Douglass-Truth Library
DESCRIPTION: Named in 1975 for Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass, the library has the largest collection of its kind in the region with over 8,000 items in its collection on the African American experience in Pacific Northwest. This robust collection consists of books, magazines, newspapers, videos, clipping and picture files. Rare microfiche, unique 500 volume reference collection of children’s books with Black characters are present. Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority helped the collection grow from 352 items to more than 8,000 items. Portraits of Paul Robeson, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Martin Luther King, Andrew Young, Asa Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkens, Whitney Young, and Fannie Lou Hamer line the walls. Review rare historical maps and books of Africa.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Sun 1p-5p, Mon-Thu 10a-9p, Fri-Sat 10a-6p
ADDRESS: 2300 East Yeller Way, Seattle, WA MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 206-684-4704
WEBSITE: http://www.spl.org

Jimi Hendrix Monument
DESCRIPTION: A life-size, on bended knee monument to the world’s most influential guitarist, Jimi Hendrix. Over 50 books have written about this Rock Music icon. He was known for the mantra “Are you experienced?”
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: Broadway at East Pine Street, Seattle, WA MAP

Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center
DESCRIPTION: This cultural performing arts center under the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation has nurtured, presented and preserved African American performing arts and cultural programs since 1972. Programs have include Callejon, an bilingual musical based on Afro-Peruvian dances and rhythms, and “Hip Hop: Back to its Roots. Check website for event schedule.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon–Fri 9a–5p
ADDRESS: 104 17th Ave South, Seattle, WA MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 206-684-4758
WEBSITE: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/langston.htm

Nu Black Arts West Theatre
DESCRIPTION: The original Black Arts West Theatre was founded in 1969-1972. When Model cities purchased the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center building in 1972, it was with the intention of housing the theatre company. However, the transaction for purchase became too time consuming, and the then thriving black community theatre moved into what ultimately became its landmark. A community theatre that features touring shows, including Dark Divas, Who Am I?, The Tribute and Voices of Harlem Renaissance. Drama, dance and music classes available; call for performance schedule and venues; sometimes performs at the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center.
ADDRESS: check the website
PHONE: 206-329-3328
WEBSITE: http://www.isomedia.com/homes/nublack

Edwin Pratt Park and Fine Arts Center
DESCRIPTION: Named for civil rights leader and Metropolitan Seattle Urban League President, Edwin T. Pratt who was slain by a white extremist. A 5 acre park and arts facility; center hosts various art exhibits.
DAYS & HOURS: Reception: 8:30a–10p, 7 days a week except Holidays
ADDRESS: 1902 South Main Street, Seattle, WA MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 206-328-2200
WEBSITE: http://www.pratt.org

Tacoma African American Museum
DESCRIPTION: Organized in 1993, the museum has served nearly 500,000 visitors since its founding. The museum owns 5,000 artifacts and hundreds of written and oral histories. Exhibits include “Service With Honor: The Role of African-Americans in the Military,” “Extraordinary Leaders: The African-American Mayors of Washington State”, and “Washington State’s African-American Pioneers”, “The Man Named King”, “The Splendor of Africa: A Look At Traditions”, “African American Newspapers of Washington State: 1850-1920,” and “Women of Achievement”; call in advance to schedule.
DAYS & HOURS: CLOSED
ADDRESS: 925 Court C, Tacoma, WA MAP

Afrikan Market Place
DESCRIPTION: Featuring Afrikan Book Center plus research facilities, the emporium also provides a selection of holistic products, body oils, incense, food supplements, jewelry, statues, fabric, masks, posters, incense and a large selection of childrens books.
DAYS & HOURS: CLOSED
ADDRESS: 1314 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Tacoma, WA MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 253-572-8186
WEBSITE: http://www.afrikanmarketplace.net

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