We’re in These Streets! Indigenous Art
Indigenous artist Raven Juarez has made a colorful mark on the Seattle area’s cultural landscape, from teaching early education students to staging shows here as well as in Tacoma and Bellevue. Now, Juarez’s work is featured in Native Action Network’s spring art show in its new location on Bell Street. Native Action Network last weekend opened its offices for Familiar Place, Juarez’s show that features layered images of plants, landscapes, evening skies, birds and family.
The art show is also accessible during Belltown Art Walks every second Friday of each month. It is an eye-catching addition to the annual Belltown event that is currently in its 10th season.
United Way of King County is out and about in your community! We’re keeping an eye and a pulse on happenings, events, organizations, and activities throughout King County as we work toward a racially just community where all people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable.
We’re in These Streets is an occasional blog post that highlights your community. Recently, we stopped by Native Action Network, a Seattle-based organization that promotes Indigenous women’s full representation, participation, and leadership in local, state, tribal, and national affairs.
Native Action Network is a member of United Way’s Indigenous Communities Fund, which was launched in 2020 to address the differential impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the county’s Indigenous people. Two million dollars over two years has been invested to provide Indigenous communities resources to address COVID-19’s impact and other issues with minimal reporting requirements and autonomy to disperse revenue where it is needed most.
“Native Action Network is really excited to have a permanent space in Belltown,” said Native Action Network co-founder Iris Friday, “and we have decided to utilize this space to participate in the Belltown Art Walk.” Friday said that in February Native Action Network featured the exhibition of Generation After Generation with artwork by Liz Rideau and Sondra Segundo.
Juarez, who grew up in Seattle, attended Native Action Network events as a child, and her mother was a Native Action Network Enduring Spirit awardee. The Sarah Lawrence College graduate spent a year in Florence, Italy studying painting, printmaking, Italian art and film history. Native Action Network says Familiar Place is now available for viewing by appointment as well. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Native Action network isn’t alone among Seattle Urban Native Nonprofits organizations in new venues. Red Eagle Soaring, an Indigenous youth theater company currently located in Downtown Seattle’s Delmar Building, is moving to King Street Station.
Native Action network isn’t alone among Seattle Urban Native Nonprofits organizations in new venues. Red Eagle Soaring, an Indigenous youth theater company currently located in Downtown Seattle’s Delmar Building, is moving to King Street Station. The move is part of a partnership with the City of Seattle, Cultural Space Agency and other local organizations to create more artistic space for Indigenous youth and strengthen ties with the organization and the local community.
Red Eagle Soaring said in a prepared statement that the redesigned space at King Street Station will be home to Red Eagle Soaring’s lighted stages, black-box-style theatre space, recording studios, workshop and retail space. Red Eagle Soaring said that the move should allow for better access for Indigenous youth, who come from as far away as Olympia and Bellingham.
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