Langston Seattle

Langston Seattle LANGSTON is your hub for Black arts & culture; centering Black art, artists and audiences. LANGSTON is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, established in 2016 to lead programming within the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.
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LANGSTON guides generative programs and community partnerships that center Black art, artists and audiences and honor the ongoing legacy of Seattle’s Black Central Area. We support a variety of enriching programs, across multiple disciplines, rooted in our mission and values. LANGSTON was conceived and designed by community members to serve as strong stewardship for this African American arts and cultural hub in Seattle. This reflects community recommendations from a three-year stakeholder engagement process led by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Our mission is to strengthen and advance our community through Black arts and culture. Our vision is to Cultivate Black Brilliance.

Mission: Our mission is to strengthen and advance community through Black arts and culture. Our vision is to Cultivate Black Brilliance Our values include: -Sharing culture -Promoting artistic expression -Encouraging artistic excellence -Facilitating cultural education and possibility -Cultivating leaders -Practicing radical inclusivity -Thriving as a self-determined community

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10/22  AUTHOR TALK  7 PM PST ⚡️“Hashtags don’t build movements, people do”. (Garza)⚡️Tonight The Purpose of Power author...
10/23/2020

10/22 AUTHOR TALK 7 PM PST
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“Hashtags don’t build movements, people do”. (Garza)
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Tonight The Purpose of Power author and BLM co-founder, Alicia Garza, talks activism, organizing, leadership and the birth of #BlackLivesMatter with IMPACT Strategies CEO, host, and political commentator, Angela Rye!
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Register here: https://bit.ly/2HpOa1z 😄
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Presented with our friends Northwest African American Museum & @Elliot Bay Books!

🗣 CALLING ALL ARTISTS!! 📢OpenDoor Coliving is offering 5 months of rent-free living (and a bunch more perks) to 12 artis...
10/20/2020
Live rent-free for 5 months in Seattle • Artist in Residence

🗣 CALLING ALL ARTISTS!! 📢

OpenDoor Coliving is offering 5 months of rent-free living (and a bunch more perks) to 12 artists at their new 78-person art-focused co-living community in Seattle, Jan-May 2021.

There are 3 available residencies that cover all creative mediums and experience levels. Modest monthly stipends are included, in addition to free rent for 5 months and a host of other benefits. (If accepted, you may have the option to sign an affordable lease when the residency ends)

Applications are open now until Dec 1st. BIPOC artists are encouraged to apply!

Live, learn, and collaborate with other artists. Apply with your portfolio before December 1.

Hello, everyone! The Seattle Black Film Festival/LANGSTON are  honored to be a partner with the Seattle Queer Film Festi...
10/19/2020
Our Dance of Revolution — Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Hello, everyone! The Seattle Black Film Festival/LANGSTON are honored to be a partner with the Seattle Queer Film Festival for BIPoC film programming this year -- the 25th anniversary of SQFF!
Queer communities and allies, please check out the amazing variety of feature films and shorts this year. When you buy passes or tickets, you have 72 hours to watch a film/film program. Here is a link to the "Many Rivers to Cross: Diaspora Stories" program:
https://threedollarbillcinema.org/sqff25-many-rivers-to-cross

More BIPoC films:
Forgotten Roads (amazing - personally recommend)
Alice Junior
Our Dance of Revolution
Keyboard Fantasies
Disruptor Conductor
"Walk Many Worlds" shorts program

https://threedollarbillcinema.org/our-dance-of-revolution

General SQFF program: https://threedollarbillcinema.org/
DOWNLOAD THE PDF DIGITAL PROGRAM GUIDE: https://threedollarbillcinema.org/filmguide

SQFF25

Langston Seattle's cover photo
10/10/2020

Langston Seattle's cover photo

10/10/2020
LANGSTON: A Celebration of Black Brilliance in Dance, Music & Spoken Word

Thank you to everyone who joined us virtually yesterday for LANGSTON: A Celebration of Black Brilliance in Dance, Music & Spoken Word and showed so much love to all of the artists! We had a truly fantastic time and we hope that you will join us for more virtual events! If you missed the livestream, you can still find it on our page, or watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/inWGvE0vrpM

Next up, we're partnering again with our friends at Elliott Bay Book Company for Alicia Garza, The Purpose of Power, on October 23rd.

See you soon!

Tune in for a LIVE #ArtsAcrossAmerica performance! 💃💻🎶 The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts joins forces with Western States Arts Federation an...

10/09/2020
LANGSTON: A Celebration of Black Brilliance in Dance, Music & Spoken Word

Tune in for a LIVE #ArtsAcrossAmerica performance! 💃💻🎶

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts joins forces with Western States Arts Federation and Langston Seattle to present 𝑳𝑨𝑵𝑮𝑺𝑻𝑶𝑵: 𝑨 𝑪𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝑩𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝑩𝒓𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝑫𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆, 𝑴𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒄 & 𝑺𝒑𝒐𝒌𝒆𝒏 𝑾𝒐𝒓𝒅, a showcase of voices and works of Black artists and creatives from Seattle, Washington. Arts Across America is brought to you by Facebook.

Support Rell Be Free 🔹 Venmo: @rellbefree 🔹 Cash App: $FreeMunny 🔹 PayPal: [email protected]

Support Tiffany Wilson 🔹 Venmo: @Tiffany-Wilson-8 🔹Cash App: $tiffanywilsonmusic 🔹 PayPal: PayPal.Me/TiffanyWilsonWA

Support Carlynn Newhouse 🔹 Venmo: Carlynn-Newhouse 🔹 Cash App: $CarlynnNewhouse 🔹 PayPal: [email protected]

Note: This performance may contain mature themes & strong language.

Presented as part of Arts Across America—a live performance series presented Mondays through Fridays to uplift & showcase artists from across the country. Learn more at http://kennedy-center.org/artsacrossamerica/

💥 Meet Owuor Obi Arunga & Ashea Arunga💥Owuor Arunga is a producer for Coke Studio Africa, Artistic Director for Madaraka...
10/08/2020

💥 Meet Owuor Obi Arunga & Ashea Arunga💥

Owuor Arunga is a producer for Coke Studio Africa, Artistic Director for Madaraka Festival, Contributing artist on hit songs, including collaborations with Wyclef, Just A band, Mad Con, and happens to be a major contributor on the multi-Grammy award-winning album “The Heist”

Owuor was born in Kisumu Kenya and moved to New York in the early 2000s, where he studied at The New School's Jazz & Contemporary Music Program. Some of the artists he’s played and apprenticed with include Charlie Persip, Candido Camero, Billy Bang, The Cadillacs, Robert Glasper, Louis Reyes Rivera, Olu Dara, Jimmy Owens, Chico Freeman, Bobby Sanabria, and Ahmed Abdullah who gave him his first shot recording the music of Sun Ra.

Ashea Arunga has grown up performing since her early childhood. She won the district award for best elementary poem and performance at the Oratorical Fest, she also won first place at the annual SAYS Summit at UC Davis. Ashea has traveled around the world spreading her light through her voice and perspective on the world.
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Owuor & Ashea Arunga are performing live THIS FRIDAY as a part of LANGSTON: A Celebration of Black Brilliance in Dance, Music & Spoken Word. Presented by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Western States Arts Federation & LANGSTON!
1pm PST/4pm EST on Facebook live
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#ArtsAcrossAmerica
#KennedyCenter
#LANGSTON
#BlackArts
#BlackBrilliance
#OwuorArunga
#AsheaArunga

💥 Meet Carlynn Newhouse 💥Carlynn Newhouse is a poet, educator, emcee, and performer. She is an Adobe Creativity Scholar ...
10/08/2020

💥 Meet Carlynn Newhouse 💥

Carlynn Newhouse is a poet, educator, emcee, and performer. She is an Adobe Creativity Scholar attending Howard University, a National YoungArts Finalist, and ranked 4th in the 2020 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her work has been featured on platforms such as Button Poetry, The Seattle Globalist, the Kennedy Center, and more. Carlynn believes poetry is a form of activism and tool for raising awareness in hopes of making the world a safer space.
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Carlynn Newhouse is performing live THIS FRIDAY as a part of LANGSTON: A Celebration of Black Brilliance in Dance, Music & Spoken Word. Presented by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Western States Arts Federation & Langston Seattle!
1pm PST/4pm EST on Facebook live
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#ArtsAcrossAmerica
#KennedyCenter
#LANGSTON
#BlackArts
#BlackBrilliance
#CarlynnNewhouse

💥 Meet Northwest Tap Connection (Official) 💥At Northwest Tap Connection, rhythm tap is the dance form at our heart. At t...
10/08/2020

💥 Meet Northwest Tap Connection (Official) 💥

At Northwest Tap Connection, rhythm tap is the dance form at our heart. At the same time, we regularly incorporate a variety of dance styles such as African, jazz, modern, ballet, swing, ballroom, and hip-hop into our curriculum and performances. Northwest Tap Connection is dedicated to building the whole dancer through a love of dance, personal discipline, respect for the community, respect for fellow dancers, and knowledge of the history of the art form. We provide an environment where dancers can grow artistically and technically, and at the same time can develop leadership skills and social responsibility.

Students have danced with tap legends such as the late Gregory Hines, the late Nicholas Brothers, the late Buster Brown, Savion Glover, Jeni LeGon and Jimmy Slyde. Their repertoire includes choreography by nationally acclaimed artists such as Diane Walker, Lane Alexander and Chester Whitmore.
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NW Tap Connection is performing live THIS FRIDAY as a part of LANGSTON: A Celebration of Black Brilliance in Dance, Music & Spoken Word. Presented by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Western States Arts Federation & LANGSTON!
1pm PST/4pm EST on Facebook live
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#ArtsAcrossAmerica
#KennedyCenter
#LANGSTON
#BlackArts
#BlackBrilliance
#NWTap

💥 Meet Tiffany Wilson 💥Soul singer extraordinaire Tiffany Wilson has endeared herself to audiences across the United Sta...
10/07/2020

💥 Meet Tiffany Wilson 💥

Soul singer extraordinaire Tiffany Wilson has endeared herself to audiences across the United States with magnetic live performances and unflinching honesty. Drawing from a well of inspiration that reflects inner and outer change, politics, and the vision of a brighter future, Ms. Wilson’s soaring melodies and infectious hooks serve as the sugar for the medicine (and the lesson) to go down.
With two full length albums and a host of collaborations forthcoming, Tiffany Wilson has continued to fuel the fire of hers and her audience’s inspiration.
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Tiffany is performing live THIS FRIDAY as a part of LANGSTON: A Celebration of Black Brilliance in Dance, Music & Spoken Word. Presented by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Western States Arts Federation & LANGSTON!
1pm PST/4pm EST on Facebook live
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#ArtsAcrossAmerica
#KennedyCenter
#LANGSTON
#BlackArts
#BlackBrilliance
#TiffanyWilson

💥 Meet Rell Be Free 💥Rell Be Free is in full effect as a multifaceted creative who is always reppin South Seattle. Rell ...
10/07/2020

💥 Meet Rell Be Free 💥

Rell Be Free is in full effect as a multifaceted creative who is always reppin South Seattle. Rell is a part of a number of eclectic collectives in Seattle that span from music & culture to abolition & community defense. His music is available on all platforms, with his most recent project “P.T.F.D.” available now on Tidal, Apple Music, & Spotify.
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Rell is performing live THIS FRIDAY as a part of LANGSTON: A Celebration of Black Brilliance in Dance, Music & Spoken Word. Presented by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Western States Arts Federation & LANGSTON!
1pm PST/4pm EST on Facebook live
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#ArtsAcrossAmerica
#KennedyCenter
#LANGSTON
#BlackArts
#BlackBrilliance
#RellBeFree

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10/02/2020

Langston Seattle's cover photo

We want to thank the staff & trustees at ArtsFund for this generous (surprise!) gift. This year the arts sector has face...
10/01/2020

We want to thank the staff & trustees at ArtsFund for this generous (surprise!) gift. This year the arts sector has faced all kinds of new challenges, yet LANGSTON has been able to keep innovating new ways to live our mission and serve our community.

Being recognized for that work is truly appreciated, and being recognized in this way enables us to continue cultivating Black brilliance into the future.

Today, to celebrate the end of our 50th Anniversary year, we’re excited to announce $100,000 in grants to five regional arts and cultural nonprofits! Emerald City Music, Hilltop Artists, Langston Seattle, Path with Art, and Seattle Art Museum each received a $20K unrestricted general operating support grant. This brings our 2020 grant total to over $5.5 Million awarded through 195 grants to 113 organizations! 🎉 Read more here: https://bit.ly/3cLiyiH

Our friends at @intimantheatre 2020 cohort of the Emerging Artist Program: Alumni Edition present Sojourn Theatre's 'The...
09/25/2020

Our friends at @intimantheatre 2020 cohort of the Emerging Artist Program: Alumni Edition present Sojourn Theatre's 'The Race 2020', which aims to engage the community in a civic dialog to inspire voter registration and action and social justice.

They have reserved two performances on October 3rd specifically for BIPOC audiences to engage this piece outside of the white gaze.

'The Race' runs through October 4th and the BIPOC only presentations are October 3rd at 10:30am & 8pm PST.

For more info and to reserve tickets, visit intiman.org

This Friday, Fade to Black is back with another virtual watch party! Join us right here on Facebook live as we check in ...
09/21/2020

This Friday, Fade to Black is back with another virtual watch party!

Join us right here on Facebook live as we check in at 6:30pm and watch "The First Purge" on our own devices/streaming platforms (the film is available on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu), and return here when the film concludes for a live Q&A with the films director, Gerard McMurray.

Of course, our Horror Hostess Isabella Price will be setting the tone and chatting with our special guest after the movie, so send your burning questions to [email protected].

Filmmaker Gerard McMurray burst on to the film scene with 2013's Fruitvale Station, a gripping drama about the death of Oscar Grant III at the hands of police, of which McMurray served as Associate Producer. He followed up with 2017's Burning Sands on Netflix of which he wrote and directed, 2018's The First Purge, and a directorial spot on the rebooted 2019 Twilight Zone show on CBS.

🚨TEACHING ARTIST NEEDED!🚨Franklin High school's Art of Resistance & Resilience club is seeking an advisor and teaching a...
09/16/2020

🚨TEACHING ARTIST NEEDED!🚨

Franklin High school's Art of Resistance & Resilience club is seeking an advisor and teaching artist who is dedicated to activism and community organizing.

P/T for the 2020-21 school year. $30/hr QTBIPOC strongly encouraged to apply. Email [email protected]

Deadline October 2nd!

Since March SARF has supported more than two thousand artists from communities that have been historically and systemica...
09/11/2020

Since March SARF has supported more than two thousand artists from communities that have been historically and systemically economically disadvantaged in the Seattle Area.

Join us and provide financial relief to a thousand more!

The Seattle Artist Relief Fund (SARF) is a Black-led community response that has partnered with LANGSTON to supply direct funding to artists who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Learn + Donate: langstonseattle.org/sarf

Hello Friends,An update on the SEATTLE ARTIST RELIEF FUND: We are putting out one final push for donations to make sure ...
09/11/2020

Hello Friends,

An update on the SEATTLE ARTIST RELIEF FUND: We are putting out one final push for donations to make sure that we can fund every applicant. We need to raise roughly $175,000 in the next few weeks to get assistance out to the remaining folks on our waiting list. We know we can do this with your help.

As a token of our gratitude we’ll be giving away 5 gift bags--with a signed copy of So You Want To Talk About Race, accessories from Seaweed International, and a signed CD from Gabriel Teodros--to randomly selected folks who give between now and September 30th.

Donations in any amount are truly appreciated and can be made here: https://www.langstonseattle.org/home/sarf

Any funds remaining after we’ve reached our goal will be set aside for future artist support grants from LANGSTON.

The BIPOC Arts & Culture community appreciates your continued support!

Langston Seattle's cover photo
09/11/2020

Langston Seattle's cover photo

We continue to process this incredible loss... Rahwa was a friend of ours and a strong supporter of LANGSTON. Her presen...
09/02/2020
Rahwa Ogbe Keshi Habte, Seattle community organizer, dies at 42

We continue to process this incredible loss...

Rahwa was a friend of ours and a strong supporter of LANGSTON. Her presence and smile will be truly missed. We are grateful for the impact she left on the Seattle arts & cultural community through her countless contributions and endless support. She was the community's cheerleader.

Rahwa made everyone she encountered feel at home. While we mourn, let's not forget to celebrate a life well lived. Her offerings over the years will influence generations to come, allowing her legacy to live on.

Well done, Rahwa. ✊🏿

#HIDMOMEANSHOME

Rahwa Ogbe Keshi Habte was an organizer, chef, artist, entrepreneur, and beloved leader in the Seattle community. She passed away on August 28, 2020 at the age of 42.

09/01/2020
Mr. SOUL! Watch On-Demand Now!

Join Seattle Black Film Festival director Andrea Stuart-Lehalle and curator Zola Mumford Friday, September 4th at 8pm PST for a chat with the director of Mr. SOUL! (Melissa Haizlip) and a chance to get your questions answered.

Join on Zoom by registering here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aAiAITV_QVGwIvXOULyDXQ

Before Oprah – before Arsenio – there was Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip makes television broadcast history with SOUL!, America's first “black Tonight Show.”

Right on the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, one fearless black pioneer reignited a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, ushering giants and rising stars of Black American culture onto the national television stage. He was hip. He was smart. He was innovative, political, and gay. In his personal fight for social equality, this man ensured the revolution would be televised. The man was Ellis Haizlip. The Revolution was SOUL! - an amazing weekly television show that aired on public television from 1968 - 1973 celebrating Black American culture, art, life, and community and shared it with the nation via the airwaves.

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08/31/2020

Langston Seattle's cover photo

Rest in power, Chadwick Bozeman.
08/29/2020

Rest in power, Chadwick Bozeman.

Before Oprah – before Arsenio – there was Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip makes television broadcast history with “SOUL!," Ameri...
08/28/2020

Before Oprah – before Arsenio – there was Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip makes television broadcast history with “SOUL!," America's first “Black Tonight Show.”

Watch the film Mr. SOUL! on-demand at siff.net/virtual. Ticket sales benefit @siffnews and @206langston!

Then, join us on Friday, September 4 at 8:00pm PST for a special live conversation with award-winning producer and director Melissa Haizlip, exploring her new film about her uncle's trailblazing career in entertainment, and the show that started contemporary Black television.

Link in bio for more info and how to register for the Q&A

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The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival is a program of the Langston organization. Langston presents additional programs year-round. For more information about Langston, visit www.langstonseattle.org.

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