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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Live

Livestream Schedule:

CID Neighborhood: 11am-12pm

MJ Steele

Martial Artist living and working in Seattle C-ID.

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 MJ to the Wing Luke Museum

For more information about Seattle Kung Fu Club, or to sign up for classes, visit their website

For more information about the Wing Luke Museum, visit their website. 

Doan Diane Hoang Dy

Doan Diane Hoang Dy is a 2nd generation Vietnamese American mom born on Duwamish Land who studied at the University of Washington in American Ethnic Studies with a focus on Asian American Studies. She has worked with the Wing Luke Museum for over 10 years and is currently the Senior Tour Manager. Doan likes to skateboard, you can follow her at @darkestbeforedoan.skates!

Visit the Wing Luke Museum website to learn more. 

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 Doan to the Wing Luke Museum

CID Coalition

The Chinatown-International District (CID) Coalition is a grassroots group of community organizers dedicated to fighting displacement in the CID, centering the needs of the community in development decisions, and standing in solidarity with other groups who are fighting displacement. Visit their website to learn more

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 CID Coalition to their Venmo: @meilanimandery

Ballard Neighborhood: 12pm-1pm

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.  

National Nordic Museum

The National Nordic Museum in Ballard, Seattle, shares Nordic culture, values, and ideas with people of all ages and backgrounds to create connections, generate dialogue, and inspire new perspectives.

Julefest! Fun, festive, and holiday cheer for the whole family at the National Nordic Museum.
On November 20-21, 2021, the National Nordic Museum will host its 44th annual Julefest: A Nordic Holiday Celebration. This cultural community event transforms the Museum grounds into a traditional outdoor Nordic market similar to those widely attended throughout the Nordic region. Crafts and activities available for children. Visit their website for more info.


Push/Pull (Maxx Follis-Goodkind)

Push/Pull is an art center in Ballard. We help artists of all levels create with our selection of art supplies, host a range of art classes, and provide a gallery and shop space for artists to sell their work. We believe everyone should have art in their life. Visit their website for more info

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 Push/Pull to their donate page.

Rainier Valley Neighborhood: 1pm-2pm

Baile Dior

Located in Renton WA, Baile Dior is the Northwest premier dance studio offering all genres dance and specializing in Majorette dance. A style of dance found at the heart of historical black colleges and universities. Fostering connections in life, arts and education.

Visit their website to learn more!

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 Baile Dior to $bailediorstudios

Afua Kouyate

The African American Academy existed from 1991 - 2010, moving from the Central District, to Rainier Valley, and Ballard, until finally settling in Beacon Hill. Within that school existed a group of cultural ambassadors called The Nubian Posse. Led by educator Afua Kouyate, these young people celebrated their culture through food, dance, song, and art. Listen to Afua, herself, as she tells the story!

Visit their website to learn more

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 ADEFUA Cultural Education Workshop to ADEFUA

Chef Ariel Bangs

Cookies are a fun bonding experience to do with kiddos. These versatile cookies are easy and fun to make, scrumptious and delicious, and can be kept at room temperature in an air tight container. They last for up to a week. They can also be kept in a fridge or freezer. 

Ariel Bangs is local cultural healing through food Chef, Educator and Entreprenuer. Her culinary creations honor traditions, healing and using ingredients exploring our vast global cultures. Ariel’s passion is also inspired by the tastes and flavors of her childhood. Growing up in a Multi-cultural family and in multicultural communities where food culture and caring for one another was the norm. Ariel started a food systems organization, PlantBasedFoodShare in 2020, providing free CSA organic food boxes to the community. PBFS has provided over 30,000 boxes to date.

Visit their website to learn more

As part of our virtual programming, we encourage audience members to donate directly to artists, or organizations of the artist choosing. Please direct donations to Plant Based Food Share at https://venmo.com/u/plantbasedfoodshare

Mariah Roberson of The Rhapsody Project

Mariah Roberson is a multi-instrumentalist who studies and practices blues, jazz, and popular American music. She started with classical and jazz cello in elementary school, and continues to pursue those passions as a Rhapsody Project Intern and student at NOVA.

Our intern, Mariah, will be teaching people how to play a basic 12-bar blues on guitar.  Using St. Louis Blues as an example, she'll talk about the blues form, as well as how call-and-response works to help write songs.  Why don't you try it out? 

Visit their website to learn more

As part of our virtual programming, we encourage audience members to donate directly to artists, or organizations of the artist choosing. Please direct donations to The Rhapsody Project.

The Eastside Neighborhoods: 2pm-3pm

Karoun Dance Ensemble

Elham is a proud Iranian-American who enjoys sharing her love of Persian culture and dance and finds great joy in her work as a Persian dance instructor. She joined Delshodeh Dance Ensemble in 2008, and started choreographed dancing with Heather Rastovac and Sonja Hintz, then formed that group to Karoun Dance Ensemble (a choreographed, classical Persian dance group) in 2012. She has successfully carried the name Karoun and transformed it to "Little Karouns" where she teaches the younger generation, traditional dance style.

She has performed in different events such as, Seattle and Portland Iranian Festival, Folk Life Festival, Seattle Benaroya Hall and Town Hall, University of Washington, City of Bellingham, and Vancouver BC.

She also knows different styles of Salsa dancing. She is also a volleyball player, coach & referee, and also plays Dulcimer (Santur) - a Persian musical instrument and loves to help others. She has been working in Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center since 2005 and loves her job.

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 Karoun Dance Ensemble to Zalle - Elham Lawson (206)355 5550

Arabish Way reads The Little Red Hen

Laila Taji is an American of Palestinian heritage. She has an MPH in public health from the University of Washington and currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two girls. She loved watching her kids blossom into readers but struggled to make that happen in Arabic since most books were complex and written in formal Arabic. She wrote These Chicks to give her kids an early Arabic reading experience and to connect them with their Arabic heritage. And started ArabishWay and these circle times in the hopes of making the Arabic language more accessible to non-native speakers.

Visit their website to learn more. 

Arabish Way crafts a Chicken

Laila Taji is an American of Palestinian heritage. She has an MPH in public health from the University of Washington and currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two girls. She loved watching her kids blossom into readers but struggled to make that happen in Arabic since most books were complex and written in formal Arabic. She wrote These Chicks to give her kids an early Arabic reading experience and to connect them with their Arabic heritage. And started ArabishWay and these circle times in the hopes of making the Arabic language more accessible to non-native speakers.

Visit their website to learn more. 

Northwest Share

Northwest Share's mission is to preserve and propagate arts and culture from diverse communities through festivals, education and interactive programming. In addition to producing cultural Festival such as Diwali: Lights of India, Flavors of India and others, NW Share has been feeding people in need since 2002 in the Seattle area through its free restaurant in the University-district called My Sweet Lord (closed in April 2015). Since 2018, NW Share distributes from its Free Vegetarian Food Truck (FVFT) healthy Vegetarian and Vegan cuisine. The FVFT is certified by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), and the King County Health Department. It has a full kitchen with a steam table, a large propane stove and another four burner stove, an Indian flat bread cooker, pizza oven, a large hot hold cabinet, refrigerator, three well sink, hand wash basin, a toilet with a hand wash sink, a commercial hood with fire safety sprinklers, an electric generator, and a large propane tank inside our new ford 350 box truck. The infrastructure of the FVFT is to guarantee that the vegetarian meals are served following the health department’s rules concerning food safety. NW Share is committed to purchase only clean, quality food ingredients as well as using fresh organic vegetables from Goloka farm in Redmond, Washington. The vegetarian diet is especially suited to maintain health, vitality and mental clarity. 

To learn more about the farm and how to make your own Indian spice blends from herbs grown in the garden, check out this video from the 2020 Seattle Children's Festival. 

Visit their website to learn more

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 NW Share here

Eastside Heritage Center

The mission of the Eastside Heritage Center is to steward Eastside History by actively collecting, preserving, and interpreting documents and artifacts and by promoting public involvement in, and appreciation of, this heritage through educational programming and community outreach. They are committed to ensuring that the stories of all people within our community are heard. We recognize that one of the greatest challenges facing the local history field is ensuring that diverse voices and perspectives are heard and included in the story. We believe that change comes through education and as a community resource it is our duty to generate realistic and accurate historical education and historical interpretation that is inclusive. By fostering dialogue and inviting individuals to contribute their perspective to our collections and historical research, we will create an inclusive view of our community’s past. Our interpretation of history comes from the broad community and we invite all residents of East King County to share their unique stories with us and participate in our organization so that we may better represent the complete history of the Eastside. 

To learn more, visit their website

As part of our virtual programming, we encourage audience members to donate directly to artists, or organizations of the artist choosing. Please support Eastside Heritage Center by donating online

Arabish Way sings nursery Rhymes

Laila Taji is an American of Palestinian heritage. She has an MPH in public health from the University of Washington and currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two girls. She loved watching her kids blossom into readers but struggled to make that happen in Arabic since most books were complex and written in formal Arabic. She wrote These Chicks to give her kids an early Arabic reading experience and to connect them with their Arabic heritage. And started ArabishWay and these circle times in the hopes of making the Arabic language more accessible to non-native speakers.

Visit their website to learn more.