Event Passport!

The passport is your guide to exploring the various performances, activities, and workshops this weekend has to offer.
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Did you Know?

Did you know that a land acknowledgment is a good first step in recognizing and honoring our Indigenous friends and neighbors? It’s important to understand the history of our home, and the tribes who took care of the land before they were forced to leave. Land acknowledgments aren’t the only way to celebrate Indigenous peoples and their culture, so we encourage you to support and learn more about the Tribes who live near you!

Learn more about the importance of Land Acknowledgments with Aunty Lena and Possum, from Look, Listen, and Learn TV.

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Did you know that call and response is a style of singing that has roots in African music? It was introduced to the Americas by enslaved peoples who brought their music and traditions with them. Now you can find call and response in all types of music from pop, gospel, folk or even jazz. In this style, a singer will sing a phrase, and the audience will respond with a new phrase, or answer a question, creating a song together!

Join Sumayya for a journey through the African Diaspora with dance, movement, drum rhythms and song!

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Did you know that the Chinatown-International District is home to smaller neighborhoods such as Japantown, Filipino Town, and Little Saigon as well as Chinatown? It’s a place rooted in Asian American history and culture that still thrives today.

The ABCs of the CID celebrates the unique stories of the neighborhoods from A to Z!

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Did you know that the Ballard Locks has a special ladder to help salmon to pass through to get to their breeding grounds? Every year from July through October, you can see the salmon swim by!

Maxx at Push/Pull Gallery celebrates this special trip with an art project you can make using materials found at home and outside!

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Did you know that there was an elementary school in the Rainier Valley called the African American Academy? The special after school arts group called the Nubian Posse was a group of scholars that participated in performing arts celebrating African American art and culture.

Hear Afua Kuyate tell a story about her time teaching at this special place.

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Did you know that many spices used in Indian cuisine can be grown in your own backyard? Herbs like fennel, cloves, peppermint, and cardamom can all be grown in small gardens, like the one we see at Northwest Share in Redmond.

Watch Harry Terhanian of Northwest Share give a garden tour, and then learn how to mix your own spice blends!

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Meet the strings instruments with Orquesta Northwest

Members of Orquesta Northwest perform together on stage

Orquesta Northwest

Participants
Teo Benson, violin I
Irina Shpigelman, violin II
Gretchen Nicole Yanover, cello
Baltazar Juarez, principal harp player at the Mexican National Symphony
Josefa Madrigal, dancer

History
Founded in 2019, Orquesta Northwest is the culmination of three programs that have developed over the last thirteen years.

In the beginning, Young Strings Outreach (YSO), formerly Young Strings Project Outreach, launched in 2006 as a platform to provide underprivileged youth with free instruction on classical string instruments. Initiatives from YSO expanded outside of Seattle to provide opportunities for youth in Mexico. After the expansion of YSO, the Ballard Civic Orchestra (BCO) was founded in 2015 to provide adult professional and amateur musicians an opportunity to perform classical music with an emphasis on Latinx artists for the Seattle community. In 2017, an opportunity arose for a conducting program designed to find balance between the demands of the business and the preservation of one’s individual musicianship as a necessity to achieve excellence. This began the founding of Cascade Conducting which exists to provide conductors with the skills they need moving forward into a career in today’s world.

Guided by these three individual programs – Young Strings Outreach, Ballard Civic Orchestra, and Cascade Conducting – they have now been brought together under the newly-established 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Orquesta Northwest as of June 2019.

Music Director, Paula Madrigal was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she studied and worked until coming to Seattle in 2014. She is passionate about classical music. As a cellist, teaching artist, professional musician, and orchestra conductor, she has created and participated in numerous projects, providing classical music experiences, mostly free of charge, to promote inclusion and intercultural understanding. After arriving in Seattle, she received a Youth Arts grant from the Office of Arts & Culture to launch the World Youth Orchestra program for underserved immigrant and refugee youth. In 2015, Ms. Madrigal co-founded the Ballard Civic Orchestra whose programs celebrate Latino cultural heritage. Pursuing her career goals as a conductor, she has received awards from Seattle’s Univision and Latino Community Fund. Most recently, she co-founded the annual Cascade Conducting Master Class featuring Artistic Director Sarah Ioannides of Symphony Tacoma. Paula is currently the music director and conductor of Orquesta Northwest. In 2020, she was nominated for the Mayor Artist Award of Seattle.

For free music classes, register at orquestanw.org

As part of our virtual programming, we encourage audience members to donate directly to artists, or organizations of the artist choosing. Please direct donations for Orquesta Northwest to their website.