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Black History Month at the Karshner Center
Black History Month at the Karshner Center
Posted on 02/04/2020
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The music could be heard from the street, and once inside, the rhythm could be felt by everyone. Dancing was inevitable – and it was fun!

The Puyallup School District celebrated Black History Month at the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts on Saturday, February 8 with the first Culture & Arts Festival of the new year.

The free family festival featured a full spectrum of African American history through music, dance, theatre, and art. The afternoon was filled with fun beginning with a performance by Maya Soleil. These musicians presented African songs and dances from countries of western and south-central Africa. Audience members learned the stories behind the songs, and even had a chance to stand and dance along.

Later, Music Soulstice, another music band, provided participants with a music experience tracing thecrowd at KC evolution of soul music and how it has impacted American culture from decade to decade. From early spirituals, to Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Prince, and more, soul music has shaped the American cultural landscape. The audience loved learning during an engaging concert.

Book-It Theatre of Seattle brought their troupe of actors to present Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, a story about the importance of the haircut.

The celebration of Black History Month included art projects based on folk art traditions, storytelling, a drum circle, and some favorite songs of all time to sing. It was a great way to learn and celebrate together in the Puyallup community.

The next Culture & Arts Festival will celebrate Nordic and Viking culture on Saturday, March 14 from noon to 5 p.m. Participants will learn about the traditions, celebrations, history, and culture of the countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Learn more on the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts website.