Rainier Valley is a large district in southeast Seattle, that includes the neighborhoods of Mt, Baker, Columbia City, Seward Park, Hillman City, Brighton Park, Othello, and Rainier Beach. Once a dense forest, and home to Indiginous Peoples, settlers milled much of the wood that was used to build Seattle back after The Great Fire of 1889, from the lands that make up Rainier Valley. Trails that were made by Duwamish Peoples were turned into a railway, connecting Seattle, to Columbia City, to Rainier Beach and down to Renton. Rainier Valley has historically been a working-persons town. For the exception of the Indigenous communities that existed there for generations, it has also been a historically immigrant town. The Columbia City area was once dubbed Garlic Gulch for its large Italian community. Today, Rainier Valley is one of the most diverse communities in the country, celebrated for its mix of culture, heritage, and history.
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We Are Baile Dior Majorette!
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
The Nubian Posse
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!
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
Fall Crunch Cookies
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.…Read More
Mariah Roberson of The Rhapsody Project
Learn how to play and write your own 12-bar blues!
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?
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.
Did you Know?
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.