During our 80 Days in August: 10 Years Duwamish River Artist Residency exhibition (11/19 – 1/15/23), we are hosting some exciting events with some exciting event partners. We are also hosting our second annual ornament making event during our first annual Holiday Open House.
December 2, 6p – 6:45p> RESCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 10, 2023, 6P – 6:45P
The River That Made Seattle – 35-minute talk with 10-15 min Q & A
With Author and Duwamish Historian BJ Cummings
In Partnership with Humanities Washington
Event is free and open to the public (masks required)
Once teeming with bountiful salmon and fertile plains, Seattle’s Duwamish River drew both Native peoples and settlers to its shores over centuries for trading, transport, and sustenance. Unfortunately, the very utility of the river was its undoing, as decades of dumping led to the river being declared a Superfund cleanup site.
Much of Washington’s history has been told through the perspective of its colonizers, obscuring and mythologizing the changes to these lands that have long been occupied by Native peoples. Through the story of the river, author BJ Cummings explores previously unrecorded Native and immigrant histories, and exposes settler falsehoods about the founding of the state. The river’s story is a call to action to align future decisions with values of collaboration, respect, and justice.
About the author: BJ Cummings (she/her) founded the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition and manages community engagement for the University of Washington’s Superfund Research Program. She is the author of The River That Made Seattle: A Natural and Human History of the Duwamish, and she was awarded the River Network’s national River Hero award for her work leading community-based clean up and restoration of the Duwamish River.
Thursday, December 8:
AMcE Holiday Open House with an ornament making event and supply collection for Mary’s Place Women’s Day Center, co-sponsored by Windmere Capitol Hill and the Field Trip Society. This event will be hosted during the Capitol Hill Art Walk and is open to anyone who would like to help spread cheer this Holiday season. For more information, to RSVP, and see the collection item list, click here.
Saturday, January 7, 3p – 5p: Looking back on 10 years of the Duwamish River Artist Residency
Join us for DRAR artist talks and a panel discussion on the history and influence of the residency, and how the residency informed, changed, and advance their individual artist practices.