Arts & Social Change Symposium

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Pacific Northwest
United States
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Community / Non-Arts Organization
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The Arts & Social Change Symposium is an interagency effort presenting ethnic artists. With additional membership and funding, the steering committee saw an opportunity to plan a symposium that would gather folks who engage with or are from arts and/or social change communities from the Pacific Northwest region to explore what it means to be transformative change agents via the arts. The staff from Washington State Arts Commission, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs (now Seattle Office of Arts & Culture) and Seattle Center have been meeting for years and have together coordinated three Ethnic Arts Showcases since 2006 to promote some of the powerful and engaging work being done by ethnic creative communities in Washington State. This year, the interagency effort has expanded to include Seattle Office for Civil Rights and The Association of American Cultures. With additional membership and funding, the steering committee saw an opportunity to plan a symposium that would gather folks who engage with or are from arts and/or social change communities from the Pacific Northwest region to explore what it means to be transformative change agents via the arts.