Black-led Arts and Heritage Organizations in Washington State

Artist Trust is committed to anti-racist work and recognize Black voices, stories, and artists have been erased throughout history because of systemic racism. We’re using the the power of our platform to uplift these voices.

We’ve complied a growing list of Black-led arts and heritage organizations in Washington State. To show your support, please consider donating to any of the organizations listed below.

If you want to add to this growing list, please email Luther at luther@artisttrust.org.

 

African-American Writers’ Alliance

The African-American Writers’ Alliance, a diverse and dynamic collective of Seattle-area writers of African descent, provides an informal and supportive forum for new and published writers.

http://www.aawa-seattle.com/

 

Afrolatino Festival

Presented by professional artists, attendees have a unique opportunity to explore and learn about Afro-Latino culture and history from some of its top performers.

http://www.afrolatinofestival.org/home.html

 

Black Heritage Sociey

The Black Heritage Society of Washington State, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the acquisition, preservation and exhibition of materials relating to the history and culture of African-Americans in the State of Washington.

bhswa.org

 

Buffalo Soldiers Museum

Tacoma’s Buffalo Soldiers Museum has served as a community resource encompassing a significant – and all too often overlooked – facet of American history. It is part of our overall historical education efforts.

http://www.buffalosoldierstacoma.org/

 

CD Forum

Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas is the only local, nonprofit organization solely dedicated to presenting emerging Black arts, artists, and ideas in the Seattle area.

https://www.cdforum.org/

 

Creative Justice

Creative Justice builds community with youth most impacted by the school-to-prison-(to-deportation) pipeline. Participants and mentor artists work together to examine the root causes of incarceration, like systemic racism and other forms of oppression, creating art that articulates the power and potential of our communities.

https://www.creativejusticenw.org/

 

Crunk Feminist Arts Collective

The Crunk Feminist Collective (CFC) will create a space of support and camaraderie for hip hop generation feminists of color, queer and straight, in the academy and without, by building a rhetorical community, in which we can discuss our ideas, express our crunk feminist selves, fellowship with one another, debate and challenge one another, and support each other, as we struggle together to articulate our feminist goals, ideas, visions, and dreams in ways that are both personally and professionally beneficial.

https://www.crunkfeministcollective.com/

 

Festival Sundiata

The Festival, continues to showcase art, education and entertainment which depicts the colorful perspectives, culture and history of people of African descent.

festivalsundiata.org

 

Gangsago

Gansango Music & Dance presents traditional and contemporary dance and music from West Africa – drawing on the stunning talent of multicultural dancers and musicians.

gangsango.com

 

Key to Change

Key to Change inspires underserved youth through world-class music instruction and supports their development as self-aware leaders.

keytochangestudio.org

 

Kouyate Arts

Kouyate Arts is an African performance company in Seattle, Washington.

https://www.kouyatearts.com/

 

Kutt’N’Up Entertainment

Kutt‘N’Up is a dance family that consists of youth all over the greater Seattle area. Our mission is to succeed in all aspects of life including but not limited to grades, responsibility, and accountability.

https://www.nthekutt.com/

 

LANGSTON

LANGSTON is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, established in 2016 to lead programming within the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. LANGSTON guides generative programs and community partnerships that center Black art, artists and audiences and honor the ongoing legacy of Seattle’s Black Central Area.

langstonseattle.org

 

Living Arts Cultural Heritage Project

Living Arts Cultural Heritage (LACH) improves lives, creates connections, and increases unity through education, community events, and creative projects rooted in the history of African Americans and other cultural identities in Kitsap County and the Pacific Northwest.

https://www.facebook.com/LACHproject/

 

Martyr Sauce

Tariqa Waters opened Martyr Sauce, a gallery in Pioneer Square, in 2012, showcasing underrepresented artists.

https://www.martyrsauce.com/

 

Movimiento AfroLatino Seattle

Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle is an an umbrella organization created by Afrolatino communities and artists that appreciate Afrolatino arts and culture coming together to ensure the sustainability of ongoing cultural and education arts activities focused on Afrolatinos and open to anyone who is interested in learning and preserving this rich cultural heritage.

movimientoafrolatino.org

 

NONWHITEWORKS

NONWHITEWORKS shares effective community engagement strategies with individuals, non-profits, and corporate entities.

https://www.nonwhiteworks.com/

 

Northwest African American Museum

NAAM’s mission is to spread knowledge, understanding, and enjoyment of the histories, arts, and cultures of people of African descent for the enrichment of all.

https://www.naamnw.org/

 

Northwest Tap Dance Connection

Northwest Tap Connection is a distinctive urban dance studio specializing in Rhythm Tap. The studio’s philosophy is that dance enriches the lives of the students, while developing self-discipline, instilling self-confidence, and encouraging achievement and goal setting.

https://www.nwtapconnection.org/

 

Onyx Fine Arts Collective

Onyx is organized by the voluntary efforts of a group of artists and supporters committed to celebrate and promote the visual artwork of artists of African descent.

http://www.onyxarts.org/

 

PhotOrganic Studio

PhotOrganic Studio is a production house and media arts incubator. We create original content, stories, and interactive experiences about and made by POC.

https://www.madebypoc.com/

 

PRICEarts

PRICEarts, a place to cultivate community and education in various fine and performing arts disciplines. We are a community with a conscious devoted to responding to the needs of those in the cities we dwell in.

https://www.pricearts.co/

 

Seattle Music Partners

Seattle Music Partners cultivates a diverse and vibrant music-making community by providing youth with free music instruction and one-on-one mentoring to eliminate racial and economic barriers to quality music education.

http://www.seattlemusicpartners.org/

 

Seattle Sound Music Awards

The Seattle Sound Music Awards are highlighting Independent Artists in the music industry with social change in mind, capturing the essence of creating a platform for Seattle Indie to shine.

https://www.seattlesoundmusicawards.com/home

 

South Seattle Emerald

Founded as a platform that authentically depicts the dynamic voices, culture, arts, ideas, and businesses that fall within South Seattle’s borders, the Emerald is news as it was originally intended to be: not as business, nor as a forum for propaganda, but as a service to the community it chronicles.

https://southseattleemerald.com/

 

Spectrum Dance Theater

Spectrum Dance Theater brings dance of the highest merit to a diverse audience composed of people from different social, cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.

spectrumdance.org

 

Terrain

Located in Spokane WA, Terrain is a pioneering non-profit building community and economic opportunity for the artists, makers and culture creators of the Inland Northwest.

https://www.terrainspokane.com/

 

THE ALASEA NETWORK

To be the catalyst of transcendence for people who are unprotected, disenfranchised, and marginalized by the statistically racist constructs, utilizing their voices while educating the public of their self-worth through art.

https://www.talaseanetwork.org/

 

The Black Embodiments Studio

The Black Embodiments Studio is hybrid arts writing incubator and a public lecture series dedicated to expansive and dynamic investigations of blackness in contemporary art.

https://www.blackembodiments.org/

 

The Black Lens

The Black Lens is an independent community publication, based in Spokane, Washington, that is focused on the news, events, people, issues, and information of importance to the African American community.

http://blacklensnews.com/

 

The Hansberry Project

The Hansberry Project is rooted in the convictions that black artists should be at the center of the artistic process, that the community deserves excellence in its art, and that theatre’s fundamental function is to put people in relationship to one another.

http://hansberryproject.org/

 

The Mahogany Project

Realizing that there weren’t many opportunities in the Arts for African-American women, they decided to develop a project that would create more opportunities for them. The women of The Mahogany Project committed to collaborating in hopes of creating opportunities for local Seattle theatre artists.

http://www.mahoganyproject.org/home.html

 

Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center

Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center’s mission is to provide our most deserving youth world class opportunities to achieve Artistic Excellence in the Performing Arts.

https://tacomaupac.org/t-u-p-a-c

 

Umoja Fest

Umoja Fest honors our rich heritage while recognizing our ability to make history. The festival and parade celebrates our collective ability to make ourselves, our families, community, city, state, nation and world a better place for our future generations.

http://umojafestnw.com/

 

Wa Na Wari

Wa Na Wari creates space for Black ownership, possibility, and belonging through art, historic preservation, and connection. We are a center for Black art and culture in Seattle’s historically redlined Central District neighborhood.

https://www.wanawari.org/

 

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