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New exhibition at ARTS at King Street Station

Opening reception Thursday, November 7, 2019, 5-8 p.m.
Featuring CityArtist Shareout, a facilitated artist Focused conversation

Brighter
Future: To be heard. To be seen. To be free.,
on view at ARTS at King
Street Station November 7, 2019 through January 11, 2020, is an exhibition
featuring artworks created by more than 50 local artists of color reflecting on freedom. The exhibition is
organized by the Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery (EHAG) Board, a collective of City
of Seattle employees including people who are of Black, Latinx, Native, White, Asian, and
Indian backgrounds who showcase local artists of color and build appreciation
for diversity and social commentary expressed through art.

Marilyn Montufar, Dani, Mexico City, 2011. C-Print, 16"x20"

The
exhibition features 100 artworks including paintings, photography, sculpture,
print, video and four installations. Artists on display include Aaliyah Guptah, Angie Hinojos Yusuf, Barry
Johnson, Blanca Santander, Carina del Rosario, Erin Shigaki, Hugo Moro, Juliana
Kang Robinson, Lauren Iida, Marilyn Montufar, Naomi Ishisaka, Susan
Ringstad-Emery, Tatiana Garmendia, Vikram Madan and Xavier Lopez Jr.

Brighter
Future: To be heard. To be seen. To be free.
was organized through an
open call, asking artists of color what it means to be heard, to be seen, and
to be free. The call was open to the Ethnic Heritage Art
Gallery artist roster, the
Office of Arts & Culture Ethnic Artist Roster, and artists of color from
the general public. All artists who submitted work were accepted in the
exhibition.

“We believe in the power of artists and the voices of those most
impacted to redefine how we as a society address structural racism,” says Bradley Wilburn, Land Use
Planner IV at Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections, the Ethnic
Art Heritage Gallery Board Chair. “Brighter
Future
asks artists to
envision a place where we can foster trust, respectful discourse, openness,
liberty, and expansion of the human spirit.”

The Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery Committee was founded in 2009 to build and strengthen relationships with
communities of color, and to foster pride and appreciation for diverse
cultures. In collaboration with Arts & Culture, EHAG
presents quarterly exhibitions
showcasing local artists of color selected by the EHAG‘s team of City of
Seattle employees.

ARTS at King Street Station is a new kind of cultural space where
communities of color have increased opportunities to present their work, and be
seen and heard. Grounded in community feedback, the programming and cultural
space on the third floor of King
Street Station is an incubator for artists and communities, experimenting with
the best ways to respond to the cultural needs of an ever-changing city. A
cohort of King Street Station Advisors select and respond to community
exhibition and programming ideas. ARTS’ goal for King Street Station is to be a
resource for the city and the embodiment of the Office’s commitment to racial
equity. Admission is free.

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