More Than A Game: Black Baseball in Washington State October 19, 2013 - September 8, 2014 NAAM Northwest Gallery Organized by the Northwest African American Museum
Baseball in Washington's black communities has a strong but quiet history. Most people know the segregated history of our national pastime, but few know how the story played out on the baseball fields in Seattle and throughout Washington State. More Than a Game brings that history to light and explores black baseball not just as a popular sporting event, but as a building block and product of the community.
These early baseball teams and colorful players served as inspiration for the next generation of local heroes including Joe Staton, Bill North and Harold Reynolds. Players like these came up through the ranks of community-based teams in Little League, American Legion and high school baseball before breaking into the majors. Their names, along with many others not listed here, are spoken of with reverence and pride− reflecting the power of professional sports to transform community kids into community idols. _______________________________________
Making and Breaking Patterns: Youth Art from the James and Janie Washington Foundation
August 17, 2013 – January 6, 2014
Organized by Northwest African American and the James and Janie Washington Foundation
This exhibition features artwork that will be produced by local high school students participating in the James and Janie Washington Foundation’s Youth Artists-in-Residence summer program. The five-day workshop will take place in July 2013. James Washington Jr. (American, 1909–2000) was both an artist and activist. He used symbols drawn from the natural world to inform his paintings and sculptures; a creative approach that was a hallmark of the Northwest School. At the same time, Washington had an enduring commitment to social justice, a deeply spiritual nature, and a belief in the universality of art and all life. Using Washington’s artistic device of “making and breaking patterns” the residency participants will work under the direction of artists Ellen Berdinner and Ellen Horchberg to explore the nature of aesthetic and symbolic patterns in art and society. More specifically, they will seek to address Washington’s construct of making and breaking artistic and social patterns throughout his own life and then reflect this spirit in their own creative process.