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Council hears from cultural advocates on proposed Ordinance 2018-0086
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AKCHO board members Sarah Frederick and Alice Stenstrom were among those who came to hear testimony on Proposed Ordinance 2018-0086

The King County Council got an earful of public testimony at its Committee of the Whole meeting on Wednesday, February 21, one month after proposing Ordinance #2018-0086, a move that would reclaim some of the critical governance powers that had been accorded to 4Culture when it was spun off fifteen years ago as an independent cultural development authority in charge of managing King County’s cultural assets. 

4Culture board members and some 40 members of the overflow crowd gave testimony on the impacts the proposed ordinance would have on the County’s cultural community. The overwhelming majority of the people testifying opposed the ordinance.  (more…)

 

Living Cultures Part I: Photos by Sharon Eva Grainger
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Richard Solomon, Lummi – photo credit Sharon Eva Grainer

Seattle Public Library
Through 4/30/2018

In this exhibit, photographer Sharon Eva Grainger explores contemporary Native American/First Nations life of the Haida, Lummi, Tlingit, and the Kwakwaka’wakw nations by Sharon Grainger with narratives by tribal elders. Living Cultures is part of the regional “Beyond The Frame: To Be Native.” In 2018, more than 20 Northwest organizations and tribes will use the photography of Edward S. Curtis to spark discussions about art, culture and place. This is an opportunity for all people to listen to Native voices, to engage anew with Curtis’ work, and with each other.

The exhibit is on floor 3 of the downtown Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue.

 

AKCHO board advocates against County ordinance that would affect 4Culture’s governance
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Ed. note: The AKCHO Board of Trustees has sent a letter to all members of the King County Council, urging them to reject proposed Ordinance #2018-0086. The letter included the comments put forth below.

If you would like to share your views with the AKCHO board, please send them via e-mail to heritageadvisor@akcho.org.

Elements of the proposed Ordinance #2018-0086 and the lack of discussion with stakeholders prior to the proposal have raised concerns throughout the heritage community and within the AKCHO (Association of King County Historical Organizations) Board of Trustees.

AKCHO encourages King County Council members to identify any issues related to accountability and/or equity concerns about the distribution of public funds and discuss them with 4Culture itself, as well as with local cultural nonprofits, prior to any changes. AKCHO would welcome being part of that discussion. (more…)

 

T.I.P.S. Mini-Grants

4Culture
Ongoing

If you have an idea for a workshop, lecture, skill-building session, or program that will bring needed information, skills, inspiration, practices, or approaches into the King County heritage field? These funds can help you develop, promote, and execute professional development opportunities.

Click here for more information.

 

Beyond the Frame launch addresses good and bad of Curtis’s legacy
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No one’s saying that famed photographer Edward S. Curtis’s photographs of North American Indians aren’t powerful. In the early part of the 20th century, fearing that Native Americans were doomed to go extinct due to the harsh government policies at that time that prevented them from adhering to their customary ways, the Seattle-based photographer dedicated himself to documenting tribes across America. He used all the tools at his disposal: film, audiotapes, written narratives and photographs, spending three decades in compiling a massive, 20-volume set titled The North American Indian.

But perhaps foreshadowing “fake news” by a century, Curtis fudged some of the facts. He had his subjects dress up in a manner that might have been more reflective of pre-colonial contact. He retouched photos to remove modern elements and to heighten the picturesque myth of the “noble savage.” (more…)

 


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Heritage Advisor is published by the Association of King County Historical Organizations as a service to members and those who support its mission. We update our website continually throughout the month, and on the first of every month we e-mail a condensed version of Heritage Advisor to our mailing list – you can subscribe to this service by filling out the requested information in the right sidebar on this page.

AKCHO was established in 1977 to encourage cooperation among historical organizations; promote and encourage the study and preservation of the history and heritage of King County through member organizations, individual members, and the community they serve; and support such preservation efforts through public awareness and understanding of legislative issues.

The Heritage Advisor welcomes submissions of news items, calendar items, and opinion columns from AKCHO members, HA subscribers, and readers. Articles are limited to 300 words and they should have a strong relevance to historic preservation and heritage issues in King County, Washington. Submission of an article does not guarantee publication. AKCHO does not pay for published submissions. All articles are subject to review by AKCHO staff. Please send your article within the body of an email (no attachments, please) to heritageadvisor@akcho.org.

AKCHO welcomes new members year round. Individual memberships are $25, and we have a three-tiered system for organizational memberships, with dues dependent on budget size. For more information and an application form, visit http://www.akcho.org/members.

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