2nd Annual Through the Eyes of Art Black History Month kick-off sponsored by EMP Museum, Starbucks, Veristone, BrandKings, and others takes place February 7, 2015. This year’s theme is “The Value of Black Life.” Seattle’s premier Black History Month celebration features performances from hip-hop heavyweights Talib Kweli and Draze, as well as artwork from regional painters and photographers in the Value of Black Life art showcase.
Event Date: February 7, 2015, 6 – 9:30 p.m.
Location: EMP Museum, Sky Church
325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109
Admission: $20 public, $17 EMP members, all ages
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The night will feature a keynote speech from former World Vision National Director of Youth Engagement Derrick Wheeler Smith and insights from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmember Bruce Harrell. Closing the event will be an award ceremony hosted by KUBE 93’s Eddie Francis for the Through the Eyes of Art Service Award. The first recipient will be Northwest civil rights icon Eddie Rye who, amongst his other accomplishments, was instrumental in having the former street name of Seattle’s Empire Way changed to Martin Luther King Way.
The highlight of the evening will be live performances from Brooklyn’s Talib Kweli and West Coast sensation Draze. Both artists are known for their sharp lyrical commentary on important social issues. Kweli made headlines traveling to Ferguson, Missouri, in support of protests against the Michael Brown verdict. Draze is riding a wave of positive national response for his song and video The Hood Ain’t the Same about gentrification in urban black neighborhoods.
Last year’s Through the Eyes of Art event received national press and brought community leaders, politicians, and forward thinkers together under one roof to discuss the effects of gentrification in urban communities across America. Participants included artist India Arie, Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, and other prominent Seattle public figures.
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