About this Event
In 1619: Resistance/Resilience/Remembrance/Liberation, national award-winning storyteller Mr. Delbert Richardson invites community to experience a chronological journey through Mother Africa, American Chattel Slavery, Jim Crow Era, and Still We Rise: African American inventors and inventions.
The history of American chattel slavery, as an institution, had the primary function of feeding the greed of wealth and capitalism by white men of European decent both in Europe and the Americas. The commodification of human beings primarily from the continent of Africa provided a free labor force for over 400 years. There are many histories that are still debated and told through different lenses, but stories that are centered on the attributes, perseverance, and courage, of a great people are rarely shared.
1619: Resistance/Resilience/Remembrance/Liberation depicts themes to highlight the assets of African people in Africa and African people of the Diaspora. The primary focus of Mr. Richardson’s exhibition is to create a healthy space for difficult and healing conversations.
Educators are invited to this special exhibition exploration session to tour the exhibit with Mr. Richardson, reflect creatively with teaching artists Olisa Enrico and Daemond Arrindell, and think critically together about ways to share this exhibit and its themes with students.
Mr. Delbert Richardson is the Founder and Curator of the American History Traveling Museum: The Unspoken Truths. The Museum chronicles the rich history of Africans in Africa prior to American Chattel Slavery, the experiences and impact of American Chattel Slavery and of the Jim Crow Era, while also detailing the many contributions African Americans have had on scientific, cultural, and technological inventions/innovations in the U.S., and the world.
The Museum’s mission is to re-educate learners of all ages, in a manner that leads to self- restoration and community healing, with the eventual goal of implementing its teachings into school curricula, institutions, and organizations committed to cultural competence and social justice.
More information can be found here: The Unspoken Truths .
Learn more about the exhibit here.
About the Teaching Artists:
Olisa Enrico - is a performing artist, arts educator and arts administrator who believes that art is essential in the cultivation of community and culture. Born and raised in Seattle to a multicultural music family, Olisa spent her childhood writing and performing. She currently works at Arts Corps as the Associate Director of Arts Education, as a board member of The Conciliation Lab (TCL), a community of artists and activists working towards equity, justice, and liberation for all people. She is also the Artistic and Executive Director of Griot Girlz a small collective of Black Women artists whose mission is to engage the community in the art of storytelling through cultural practice and performance. Olisa provides professional development, curriculum development, and workshops through her business Praxis Essentials.
Daemond Arrindell - is a poet, performer, playwright and teaching artist. He is a faculty member of Freehold Theatre - leading poetry and theater residencies at Monroe Correctional Complex for men for over ten years; Adjunct faculty at Seattle University; and a Senior Writer-In-Residence through Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools Program and Skagit River Poetry Foundation. His work has appeared in City Arts, Specter, and Crosscut magazines, as well as Poetry NorthWest and Seattle Review of Books. Daemond is a Jack Straw Writer, a VONA/Voices Writer’s Workshop fellow and co-adapted the acclaimed novel “Welcome To Braggsville,” by T. Geronimo Johnson into a stage production for Book-It Repertory Theater.
In accordance with King County's vaccination verification guidance, people ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to enter ARTS at King Street Station. Masks are required for entry, regardless of vaccination status. Most importantly, be kind.
Contact Tina LaPadula, Arts Education Project Manager Seattle Office of Arts & Culture - [email protected]
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
ARTS at King Street Station, Address: 303 South Jackson Street Top floor, Seattle, United States