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
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
ErikaL@SeattleArtMuseum.org 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.
||Seattle Art Museum
||Erika Lindsay, 206/654-3158
||Darcy Donahoe-Wilmot, 206/377-3635