Event Signals Revival of Seattle’s Black Cultural Theater Movement
From August 4-6, 2017, Black Arts/West – the arts organization that played a pivotal role in establishing Black theatre as a vehicle of social change and community-building in 1970s Seattle – will host a “Family and Friends Reunion” to honor the performers and patrons who have supported the growth of theatre arts in the Pacific Northwest.
All events of the weekend-long celebration (brunch, excluded) are free, and will be held at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, located at 104 17th Ave S.
In addition to paying homage to those who helped cultivate Seattle’s Black theatre scene, the Family and Friends Reunion serves as a “soft launch” of the campaign to help revive and restore Black Arts/West to its former glory.
Founded in 1969 by Douglas Q. Barnett, Black Arts/West was a component of the Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP), an anti-poverty organization tasked with helping youth learn and develop the skills necessary to help them flourish in society.
In addition to serving as Black Arts/West’s Founding Director, Barnett either wrote, directed, or produced over 40 productions – including the Tony Award-winning “The River Niger,” for which he served as Company Manager for the Negro Ensemble Company.
The schedule of activities are as follows:
Friday, August 4: Meet & Greet Reception, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, August 5: (OPTIONAL) Brunch, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Awards Celebration & Ceremony, 6p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, August 6: Closing Barbecue, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The Reunion is free to attend, and is open to the public. Donations are appreciated.
For more information, contact Tee Dennard at 253-217-5188, or Re’Gena Bell-Roberts at 951-894-6764.