by Virginia Wright, AKCHO Treasurer
As the year 2017 winds down we look back at a year of excellent monthly AKCHO member meetings, which provided members with the opportunity to visit interesting locations throughout the county, along with professional education and networking activities relevant to our sector of the arts and culture community. We also gathered as a group at our Annual Meeting for Members and celebrated and recognized the accomplishments of some of the individuals and organizations within the history and heritage community at our annual Awards Program. (more…)
Allied Arts of Renton celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2014. To honor their achievements, Barbara Nilson, an AKCHO Award-winning author as well as a lifetime member of Allied Arts, compiled a 170-page book on the group’s history, which is also a history of the City of Renton since 1964. Allied Arts was actually formed in 1963 but became official June 2, 1964.
An attempt was made by Nilson to include minutes and/or letters concerning each group of officers over the years and their amazing projects. Allied Arts has sponsored the Annual Art show which was initiated in 1965, and colored photos of the event are included as are pages of the popular Chalk Art competition and the dedication of the Performing Arts Center. Nancy Osborn, a former AAR president, was the instigator for building the Arts Center; a listing of contributors is included in the book. Among the group’s numerous art projects are the sponsorship of student musicians and the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert each year. AAR has also purchased numerous paintings for Renton that are depicted in the book and hanging in City Hall. (more…)
LaNesha DeBardelaben has been named the new Executive Director of the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) in Seattle. Her 15+ year career in museums has been spent in Michigan, most recently as Senior Vice President of Education & Exhibitions at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. At the Wright Museum, which is the nation’s second largest African American museum, DeBardelaben was instrumental in managing successful educational, exhibition, and community initiatives and led the Wright Museum through two valuable Museum Assessment Programs (MAP) to enhance museum practice. LaNesha began her career in museums in 2001 at the National Museum of Kenya in Africa, and has studied museum and library management in England and Germany. (more…)
In Washington Hall, a place that has soaked up the creative vibes of everyone from Duke Ellington to Elvis Costello, Marian Anderson to Mark Morris, and Danish theatrical productions in the early 1900s to Nu Black Arts West Theatre in this century, the spirit of inclusion was operating in full force on the night of December 6 when Dr. Nicole Ivy came to town, courtesy of 4Culture and the University of Washington’s Department of Museology. (more…)