Event Passport!

The passport is your guide to exploring the various performances, activities, and workshops this weekend has to offer.
Click on each one to collect your virtual stamp, or visit the channel to explore!

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Gathering
Room

CID

Ballard

Rainier
Valley

Eastside

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?

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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Gathering Room

Welcome to the Gathering Room, a community-led virtual space for participatory workshops discussions, and more! Located virtually via zoom, these intimate workshops will be led by local artists, cultural bearers, and educators, and designed for early elementary students and their caregivers.

Participants must register in advance for each session they would like to join. You may register at any time, leading up to or during the workshop, but workshops will be capped at 30 participants, so early registration is recommended! Click the yellow “sign up here” button to register.

For any questions please contact us at programming@nwfolklife.org or 206-684-4189

Sunshine Music Together

Music Together

11-11:45AM

Join Teacher John to share songs, play instruments, play with rhythm chants, and movement activities in relaxed, playful, settings. Best for parents/guardians and kids 0-5.

Sunshine Music Together is the eight-time ParentMap Golden Teddy Award Winner for Best Music Program in Seattle!

Accolades aside, the curriculum at Sunshine Music Together is the real gem. The Music Together program, for children ages birth to five, is not just fun, but a complete, developmentally appropriate curriculum based on decades of research.
Parents are encouraged to sing, dance and act silly right alongside their child! Why? Because children learn to love making music directly from watching you participate with enjoyment! Sunshine Music Together helps you to relax, shed inhibitions…

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Sumayya Diop

Celebration of our Resilience!

12:00-12:45PM

Join Sumayya on a journey through the African Diaspora with dance, movement, drum rhythms and song. No dance or drum experience necessary.

Sumayya E. Diop is a teaching artist, dancer, choreographer, actor, and administrator specializing in Folkloric performance dance culture, of the African Diaspora, and whose artistic goals and aspirations are rooted in the love of dance theatre. Sumayya has created and presented works in both traditional and contemporary African dance styles. Sumayya is currently Teaching Artist Coordinator with Arts Corps, as well as partnering with The Creative Advantage, and Youth Arts through the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. She is a co-founder of Griot Girlz, which works closely with Seattle Public Schools students in developing…

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Penguin Productions

Theater Fun

1:00-1:45PM

Penguin Productions unites youth leadership and adult mentorship to co-create theater and cultivate a healthy, equitable, thriving future through:

Empowering confident, thoughtful youth leaders Making invigorating, inspiring, joyful theater Creating diverse, inclusive spaces where everyone belongs Nurturing artistic discovery and growth Providing cost-free programming


Producing Artistic Director Shana Bestock leads a team of professional teaching artists and young professionals to provide quality instruction and transformational mentorship.

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As part of our virtual programming, we encourage audience members to donate…

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Families of Color Seattle

FOCS: Talking to kids about Race and Identity with Christine Tang

2:00-2:45PM

Join us for a discussion for parents and caregivers with Christine Tang, Executive Director of FOCS, around talking to kids about race and identity. Questions from participants are strongly encouraged! 

About FOCS: Families Of Color Seattle (FOCS) is a non-profit organization that is connecting parents to build a loving community of families of color. Our programs include parent groups, community resources and events, and racial equity consulting. We equip parents and educators with tools to talk with children on identity, racism, inclusion & equity, and trauma-informed practices. FOCS has connected 4,000+ families into an intercultural and interethnic community, employed and trained 50+ parent educators to facilitate parent and affinity groups, and provided dozens…

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Did you Know?

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!