Seattle celebrates 50 years of African-American culture at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute


Saturday September 10, 2022; 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Celebrations and performances include 2022 Teen Summer Musical, Black Stax, Arami Walker, Marco Farroni and Anzanga/Zambuko Marimba Ensembles

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture announces the 50e The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) Anniversary Celebration will take place on September 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. Please join us in celebrating the community members and artists who have supported the LHPAI over the past 50 years. Mayor Bruce Harrell will welcome the community.

Organized in conjunction with LANGSTON and the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, the program will feature, showcase and honor key members of the LHPAI community who have contributed to its longevity and are helping to shape its future.

“Each year, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute reaffirms and rejuvenates its civic and cultural ties through the strength of community engagement programs. For 50 years to come, LHPAI will be a steward of African American arts in Seattle and a beacon for artistic engagement throughout the city.

Royal Alley-Barnes, Acting Director of the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.

The celebration will be hosted by Isiah Anderson, Jr., Teen Summer Musical Director and Steve Sneed, former director of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute with music provided by DJ JusMoni. Remarks will be provided by Mayor Bruce Harrell, Acting Director of ARTS Royal Alley-Barnes and Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams of Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Vivian Phillips, founder of ARTE NOIR, will feature honored community artists Tee Denard and Kibibi Monie. The program will also include performances from Teen Summer Musical 2022, managed by Acts On Stage in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Black Stax, Arami Walker, Marco Farroni, Anzanga/Zambuko Marimba Ensembles, and the African American Cultural Museum at the Northwest African American Museum. Together.

Built in 1915 and named for renowned African-American cultural luminaries, Langston Hughes, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) is a historic landmark in Seattle’s Historic Central District. Designed by B. Marcus Priteca, and formerly the Chevra Bikur Cholim Orthodox Jewish Synagogue, the building became a community center and part of the City of Seattle facilities in 1972. It underwent extensive renovations in 2011 to preserve its architectural character and modernizing facilities. .

For 50 years, and through multiple iterations and reinventions, LHPAI has played a pivotal role in the artistic, cultural and social life of Seattle’s central district. LHPAI has always been a committed neighbor and cultural partner welcoming members and community organizations of the Central District as well as those operating throughout the city of Seattle.

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