Free Juneteenth concert: “The Songs of Black Folk: The Music of Resistance & Hope”

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Learn about the origins of Juneteenth & celebrate this year with a free concert

Juneteenth concert at McCaw Hall

Mayor Bruce Harrell, in collaboration with community churches and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, invites you to a free concert to celebrate Juneteenth. The event celebrates and centers African American spirituals and the diverse musical traditions that have creatively evolved from them, including gospel music, jazz, R&B, and hip hop. Add this to your calendar: Sunday, June 19, 6:00 p.m. at McCaw Hall on the Seattle Center campus. Tickets are free, but you need to RSVP.

Wondering about the history of Juneteenth? We’ve got just the expert for you. In conversation with Marcus Harrison Green, author and historian Annette Gordon-Reed discussed Juneteenth’s origins in her book “On Juneteenth,” at a virtual Juneteenth event last year. 

Also, look back at our favorite moments from 2021’s King County Juneteenth Freedom Day celebration. The event is full of history, art, performances, and more.


🏳️‍🌈 Pride flag rises to uplift LGBTQ+ voices & history

Pride flag flies next to American flag

Earlier this month, community leaders and City of Seattle officials came together to raise the 🏳️‍🌈 for Pride Month to reflect on LGBTQ+ history and look to the future work that remains. This tradition dates back to 2013, just months after same-sex marriage became legal in Washington state.


Gish Jen's latest is a novel-in-stories spanning 50 years of the Chinese diaspora

Nancy Pearl and Gish Jen on Book Lust

Gish Jen joins Book Lust with Nancy Pearl to discuss reading, writing, and the origins of her first name (spoiler: she wasn't born "Gish"). "Thank you, Mr. Nixon," Jen's ninth book, is a collection of interwoven short stories exploring the Chinese American experience in the years since the opening of China to the West - 50 years that coincidentally coincides with the author's writing career.


“The Forging of a Black Community”

Dr. Quintard Taylor talks about his book "The Forging of a Black Community"

Dr. Quintard Taylor says learning to write allowed him to paint a more accurate and holistic historical picture of the largest Black community in the Pacific Northwest. He joins Dr. Quin’Nita Cobbins-Modica to talk about the release of the second edition of his book “The Forging of a Black Community.”


Launch into a no-bummer summer with Art Zone highlights

Art Zone with Nancy Guppy's season ending episode

Art Zone with Nancy Guppy sets sail into summer with a look back at a few highlights from the past season! In this episode, Nancy interviews another Nancy (Wilson) from the famous local band Heart; the show revisits the meld of art and culture at Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery; plus, a look back at the renowned Pioneer Square jazz club The Penthouse; and finally, the seriously punk sound of SKATES!


The “Pacific Coast Firebug”

Serial arsonist Robert Bruce Driscoll

Serial arsonist Robert Bruce Driscoll, also known as the “Pacific Coast Firebug,” confessed to setting 140 fires in Seattle over a four-year period in the early 1900s. Authorities finally caught him with some help from a local dog. His file, part of Seattle Municipal Archives’ “Favorite Archival Object” series, is full of the notes he left at crime scenes. Check it out for yourself!


COVID-19 resources

Free at-home tests. Each household is eligible to receive free at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government. And, while supplies last, Washingtonians can order up to two COVID-19 test kits per month from the website (ordering available in English and Spanish).

Free N95 masks. Visit the federal government's one-stop COVID website to find locations to get free masks.

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