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Northwest African American Museum Upcoming Events and Exhibits


New Exhibition Opening!

Onyx Fine Arts Collective: A Decade of Art
September 20, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Save the Date! Opening Reception on Thursday, September 18th, 7:30 – 8:30pm
NAAM Members; look for a special invitation to the VIP reception from 6:30-7:30pm. Not a Member? Join online now!

A Decade of Art features prize-winning artists from annual exhibitions by Onyx during its ten year tenure. It includes artwork in diverse styles and media from promising new-comers to established artists from the local community.

Artwork: Christie Ray, Sisters, 2013. Photo by Inye Wokoma.

Storytelling at NAAM
Every third Thursday:
September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18, 2014
11:00am – noon 

Gifted griots—or storytellers—will enchant young and old with tales recounted following oral traditions. Children of all ages are invited to experience the ancient art of storytelling with stories from around the world or just around the corner.

Free with admission and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Katie Williams, kwilliams@naamnw.org 206.518.6000 x 104.

Partner Event! 

ArtsWest Theater Presents: The Mountaintop
Sep 11 – Oct 05, 2014
Wednesdays thru Saturdays 7:30pm & Sundays 3pm

Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton
Original Broadway production produced by Jean Doumanian, Sonia Friedman,
and Ambassador Theatre Group

On the re-imagined eve of his assassination, we meet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., weary, restless, and in a lonely motel room. Visited by a mysterious young woman and forced to confront the meaning of his life, his destiny, and his own humanity, we are given a glimpse into the person behind his revered leadership. Gripping, daring, and powerful, this play melds humanness with legacy, and mortality with spirituality. Your heart will be touched and your soul stirred.

Purchase tickets online at www.artswest.org with
discount code NAAM and receive $25 tickets OR
contact Sandy Fry at sandyf@artswest.org

The United Negro College Fund
Black College Fair
Saturday, October 18th  
1– 4pm 

The UNCF Black College Fair is open to all high school and transfer students throughout the Puget Sound and will feature representatives from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), local colleges/universities, scholarship organizations, and other educational groups. 

The  Fair promotes the importance of higher education to minority and low-income students throughout Washington State. This year the fair will take place at NAAM  to create a one-of–a kind historical and educational experience in Seattle’s Central District. 

In addition to meeting recruiters from around the country, you will have the opportunity to enter to win raffle prizes, listen to words of wisdom from a special speaker panel, and enjoy the museum free of charge. 

Please check Black College Fair website back for a more detailed program of events. 

Partner Event!

Artists Up! 
Monday, October 6
6 – 8:30pm

ARTISTS UP is reaching out to artists of color, ethnic minorities, and artists new to our region to provide tools and encouragement to utilize local arts services and programs. 

This session at NAAM will provide peer-learning, technical assistance, and tools to help artists build skills and encourage them to engage with the Artists Up agency programs as well as other creative opportunities.

Artists Up is a collaborative effort of 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Artist Trust to improve and expand services for artists in Seattle, King Co. and Washington State. 


New Exhibition Opening! 

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution
Animated Art from Classic Cartoons of the 1970s  

Organized by The Museum of the Uncut Funk. 
November 23, 2014 – May 3, 2015 

This special exhibition commemorates the 40th anniversaries of 1970s Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive black characters for the first time in television history. The exhibition includes original production pieces and drawings used to create these cartoons. Also included are images from the animated opening to Soul Train and two of the few black- cast/black-focused animated features that have been produced since the 1970s, BeBe’s Kids (1992) and Our Friend Martin (1999).

 Opening Party for Funky Turns 40 on Saturday, November 22nd! Stay tuned for details. 

Image: Lt. Uhura, Start Trek Animated Series,
Lt. Uhura was the first positive black character from a television series to appear as the same character in a Saturday morning cartoon series. Lt. Uhura was voiced by Nichelle Nichols.Original production cel  will be on view in the exhibit


Take advantage of these free days at NAAM!

Smithsonian Magazine presents Museum Day Live! 
A Free Day at NAAM 

Saturday, September 27th
11am – 5pm

NAAM will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 27, 2014, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! Enjoy, free admission to visitors presenting a ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.
 A promotional ticket to visit NAAM will be available for download now.
at Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only.

Museums On Us ®
Saturday and Sunday, September 6 & 7, October 4 & 5, November 1 & 2, December 6 & 7 

Promotion is valid during regular open hours.
NAAM is pleased to partner for a fourth year with Bank of America to offer its card holders and employees free general admission on the first full weekend of each month through 2014.  Simply show your Bank of America ATM, credit or check card and photo ID at our reception desk and receive free admission to NAAM! 

Sponsored by: 

FREE First Thursday 
Free Admission at NAAM 
Thursday, September 4, October 2, November 6, December 4,

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