Kent area residents are invited to learn about and discuss cultural traditions in the city and statewide at a community meeting at the Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St., at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13.
The feedback will inform a new Center for Washington Cultural Traditions, a statewide program being built as a partnership between nonprofits Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA).
What is folklife, and what are traditional arts? They are activities and objects that are inseparable from a cultural community. They are expressions of people’s heritage and help tell their story: foods, occupations, crafts, traditional medicine, storytelling, music, and more.
The center will support tradition bearers throughout the state, interpret the state’s rich cultural heritage, conduct meaningful research and create a range of innovative media and programming.
Kent residents are encouraged to join Humanities Washington and ArtsWA at the free community meeting to:
• Discuss some of Kent and Washington State’s many cultural traditions with community leaders, tradition bearers, the Center’s director
• Learn about the development of the Center, and plans for its future
• Learn about networks supporting Washington communities’ heritage
• Share your ideas and questions
• Help the Center create strong partnerships and effective programming that honors the state’s diverse past, shared present, and collective future
No registration is required to attend.
For more information about the event itself, contact: Kristin Sullivan, director, Center for Washington Cultural Traditions: email@example.com, 206-682-1770, ext. 107, or visit humanities.org/center-washington-cultural-traditions.