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ADVISORY/Experience African Dance and Music, and Children's Art-making Activities at the Washington Mutual African Art Festival for Families


                  Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 - 24
                          Seattle Art Museum

WHAT:   Visitors to the Seattle Art Museum may experience African
        dance, music, storytelling and visual art at the Washington
        Mutual African Art Festival for Families. The festival offers
        activities for the entire family, such as performances from
        Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Zimbabwe, as well as games, dance,
        storytelling and hands-on art-making activities.

WHEN:   The festival, held in association with the Seattle Art
        Museum's exhibition Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a
        Back, takes place on Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 24
        from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the downtown museum.

WHY:    The festival complements the special exhibition Art from
        Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back (on view Feb. 7 - May
        19, 2002), which represents diverse African cultures with
        Royal art from the Kom and Asante kingdoms; masquerades from
        the Yoruba, Dan and Mende; powerfully encrusted Mande hunters'
        shirts; sculptures created for healing from the Congo; Maasai
        beadwork collected by a community; and more. More than a dozen
        African and American artists/scholars guided the museum staff
        in presenting these works and offered a context for the varied
        creative elements such as music, movements, staging and
        special effects.

WHO:    The Washington Mutual African Art Festival for Families
        offers performances and activities for visitors of all ages.
        Visitors 18 years and under will receive free museum
        admission, and free family tours of the exhibition will be
        available at 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m.

WHERE:  Located at 100 University St., SAM is open Tuesday -
        Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday until 9 p.m. Suggested
        admission: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors (62 and over) and
        students with valid ID. Admission is always free for SAM
        members and children 12 and under accompanied by an adult.
        (Admission to the Washington Mutual Art Festival for Families
        is free to youth 18 and under.) First Thursdays are free to
        all visitors; First Fridays are free to seniors. For general
        information, call 654-3100, or visit our Web site:

HOW:    Media personnel with cameras must enter the Seattle Art
        Museum through its Museum Receiving door on Second Avenue
        between Union and University, and be prepared to leave a photo
        ID at the door. For more information about the Washington
        Mutual Art Festival for Families, contact Erika Lindsay, SAM
        Public Relations, at 206/654-3158 or or Darcy Donahoe-Wilmot with
        Washington Mutual at 206/377-3635 or

The exhibition was organized by the Seattle Art Museum. Washington Mutual contributed major funding with generous support also provided by Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Seattle Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, PONCHO (Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural and Charitable Organizations), and The Rockefeller Foundation. Additional support provided by American Express, The Allen Foundation for the Arts, Nesholm Family Foundation, and contributors to the Annual Fund.

Deepening the Dialogue, an initiative funded by the Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds, is a key component of this exhibition, strengthening SAM's programming and community partnerships.


CONTACT: Seattle Art Museum
Erika Lindsay, 206/654-3158
Washington Mutual
Darcy Donahoe-Wilmot, 206/377-3635