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Celebrating culture & arts at Karshner Center
Celebrating culture & arts at the Karshner Center
Posted on 01/15/2019

The Puyallup School District is pleased to present An African American Odyssey, a Culture & Arts Festival at the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from noon to 5 p.m.

Joe SeamonsFeatured on March 9 will be the Northwest Tap Connection telling the rich story of African American History through song, dance, and spoken word. With a mosaic of movement, performers from the all-ages dance company will interpret the economic, social, political, artistic, and racial imprints that have cultivated the black experience in American culture.

Visitors will also experience an outstanding trio of musicians tracing the history of Blues and Jazz in the performance of Blues Queens and Jazz Royalty featuring Joseph Seamons, Tina Dietz, and Forrest Marowitz.

The festival will include storytellers, art projects for children, and exhibits including:

  • • The Art of Jacob Lawrence and other African American artists
  • • The artifacts of Dr. Warner Karshner

African dressIt’s not typical for a school district to own and operate a museum and arts center. The Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts is a unique feature in the Puyallup School District. It’s a busy place where there is ALWAYS something going on.

The district provides a very focused vision for the Karshner Center:

  • • We believe our community is rich with diversity and should have a place to celebrate that diversity and our own history.
  • • We believe that knowing about our past and the history of cultures in our world is important for all of the community.
  • • We believe cultural artifacts, arts performances, and learning opportunities help students and adults become creators and contributors to our society.
  • • We feel through our efforts our community can gain a deeper understanding of others’ cultures, heritage, and the common human experience.
  • • We strive to provide opportunities for engagement, enjoyment, and important and thoughtful discourse, and by doing so understand what makes us unique.

 African dollsOver the next several weeks, the Karshner Center will host festivals, exhibits, field trips, and celebrations – and they are ALL FREE.



Joe Seamons