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Rhythm in Colors
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Seattle Public Library, 8th floor
Now through 8/13/2017

“Rhythm in Colors” highlights Seattle’s storied history with jazz as a historic black art form that has influenced the world and animated our cultural landscape, bringing people together. Seattle jazz culture boasts a sweeping arc including award-winning musicians and music education programs.

The exhibit features the oral interviews of jazz musicians and advocates who have participated in the Library’s ongoing Seattle Jazz Archive project. So far, the Library has interviewed 13 individuals and will continue to add more interviews during 2017. Madeline Crowley has produced digital video, fully indexed transcripts and still photography for each interviewee with video production support from Jack Straw Productions.

The exhibit also explores how jazz educators have helped bring jazz into schools with opportunities for students to learn and participate, making Seattle a leader in youth jazz programs. Using their smartphones, visitors to the exhibit will be able to listen to audio clips of the oral interviews in the Library’s collection, see performances and access additional materials about jazz in Seattle.

The Central Library is located at 1000 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle. Admission is free.


Education program manager
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Historic Seattle
Application deadline:8/8/2017

Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority invites applications for the position of Education Program Manager. The Education Program Manager will be an individual with an appreciation, understanding, and knowledge of Seattle’s architectural history and a seasoned professional with tangible experience bringing creative programs and events to a broad audience. To learn more, click on this link: Education Program Manager – Position Announcement-1.


Tech Specific funding

Deadline: 9/28/2017, 5 PM

Analog to digital, low-tech to high-tech, this grant is for anyone working at the intersection of art and tech – that means artists as well as programmers, designers, fabricators, developers, engineers, tinkerers, and makers of all kinds.

Individuals, collaborative teams, and organizations can apply for grants to create artistic projects using technology, and that include a publicly accessible component.

For more information, click here


AKCHO Board report – July 2017
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At its July meeting, AKCHO Board members focused on efforts to support Proposition One (“Access for All”) in the weeks leading up to the August 1 primary. Board members were unanimous in endorsing the measure earlier this year and now are asking all AKCHO members to join in actively supporting the passage of this .1% county-wide sales tax on non–essential items. (more…)


Salish Modern – Innovative Art with Ancient Roots
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White River Valley Museum
Dates: Now through 12/17/2017

Salish Modern spotlights contemporary pieces inspired by Coast Salish Native traditions. Kenneth (Greg) Watson guest curates; he has brought together artwork borrowed from galleries, museums, artists and collectors to provide a stunning overview of the surprisingly modern work of today’s Salish artists.

The White River Valley Museum is located at 918 H Street SE, Auburn. Salish Modern is sponsored by: 4Culture, Association of Tribal Art Dealers of America (ATADA), City of Auburn Arts Commission, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, and Tulalip Tribe Charitable Contributions.



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

AKCHO welcomes new members year round. Individual memberships are $15. Organization memberships are $35. Join more than 150 individuals and organizations supporting heritage work and historic preservation in King County. For more information and an application form, visit


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