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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.


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.


Train shed exhibit building now open for walk up visits
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Northwest Railway Museum
Now through 8/31 

For the first time, the Northwest Railway Museum’s Train Shed Exhibit Building is now open for walk up visits on Thursday – Sunday throughout the Summer of 2017. Now you can explore exhibits and rolling stock at your own pace in this 25,000 sq. ft. building that includes artifacts small and large, including the award-winning Wellington Remembered exhibit, the Chapel Car 5 Messenger of Peace, and much more.

Admission is $10/person (ages 2 & older), under 2 = no cost. Open days are Thursday – Sunday, 11 AM – 4 PM. Entry may not be available during Day Out With Thomas July 14-16 & July 21-23- check first by calling 425-888-3030. You can park at 38625 SE King Street, Snoqualmie.


Life on the Cut
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Crane barge passing through the Chittenden Locks, 1975 – photo courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives

Seattle Municipal Archives

This new online exhibit features a collection of field survey property photographs containing color slides of homes and businesses located in neighborhoods along the Lake Washington Ship Canal (LWSC). The development of these neighborhoods was spurred by transportation and trade activities made possible by the LWSC project. Taken between the years 1974-1980, the photos feature examples of maritime activity that took place during the mid-to-late 1970s along Salmon Bay, the Fremont Cut, Lake Union and the Montlake Cut. 

Highlights include snapshots of Old Ballard, Foss Maritime, the celebration of Norwegian Constitution Day in Ballard, the Maritime Shipyards, and Gas Works Park.

Funded by a heritage grant from 4Culture, this exhibit is part of “Making the Cut,” a region-wide consortium of institutions participating in the 2017 centennial of the Lake Washington Ship Canal.




The Mills of Salmon Bay
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Detail of photograph of Sobey Manufacturing Shingle Mill, 1915 – photo courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives.

King County Courthouse/King County Administration Building
Now through 7/2017

Created to commemorate the Lake Washington Ship Canal Centennial, a new exhibit produced by the King County Archives in collaboration with Seattle Municipal Archives presents a history of the sawmills and shingle mills in the Ballard neighborhood that were affected by the canal. Featured are maps, drawings, and photos created by the City of Seattle and King County for the canal project.

The exhibit is on display now through July 2017 in the underground pedestrian tunnel between the King County Courthouse and the King County Administration Building. It can be accessed at 516 Third Avenue or 500 Fourth Avenue in downtown Seattle. Hours are Monday through Friday, 830 AM – 4:30 PM. The exhibit is part of Making the Cut, a series of exhibits, projects, and events from local organizations and individuals commemorating the centennial of the canal’s opening.



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