Families from Seattle’s historic Jackson Place neighborhood and the greater Central District area will gather in a day filled with with art, live music and entertainment. The occasion; the opening celebration of the Jackson Street Music History Project, a public art installation that honors musicians from the Central District’s rich history of jazz, funk, soul, and hip hop; much of which took place in the music clubs that used to line Jackson Street. Many of these musicians are still alive and active in our community- this event is to pay homage to their contributions in a family-festive environment.
The Low Income Housing Institute recently purchased the vacant lot at 2010 S. Jackson Street and agreed to allow Jackson Place Community Council to use the east half of the lot for a temporary community art installation. Pratt Fine Arts Youth Art Works Coordinator Lily Hotchkiss has matched students from Washington Middle School and Nova High School with local community artists to design, create and install four installations celebrating four genres of music; jazz, funk, soul, and hip hop. Each installation uses a different artistic medium; photography, screen printing, aerosol, and mixed media.
The opening celebration takes place Saturday, June 25th in Blanche Lavizzo Park as part of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center’s “Showcase at Lavizzo Park” music series. The opening ceremony will begin at 2pm with the art installation’s unveiling followed by special guest speaker including Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata. The afternoon will feature performances from funk/soul artists from the Wheedle’s Groove collective, a hip hop showcase from 206 Zulu Nation, DJ Seabefore and special guests. Lavizzo Park is located half a block southwest from E. Yesler Way and 22nd Ave S. This event is free and open to all ages.
2:30 Opening Ceremony
3:00 DJ Seabefore & Special Guests
4:30 Wheedle’s Groove
6:30 Zulu Nation Hip Hop Showcase
With support by Pratt Fine Arts Center, 206 Zulu, Jackson Place, Jackson Street Corridor Association, Spoken Visual Productions, Casa Latina, Low Income Housing Institute, Goodwill, Casa Latina, Field Roast, LC Jergens, NW Tofu Inc.
For more information go to www.jacksonplace.org/history or log onto: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jackson-Street-Music-History-Project/136590743074923
The Jackson Street Music History Project
Saturday, June 25th, 2-8pm
Blanche Lavizzo Park