On Friday, January 22 Mayor Murray proclaimed it to be Royal Alley-Barnes Day, in honor of her service and dedication to Seattle’s artistic landscape. Barnes retired from the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in December 2015.
Royal’s impactful work in connecting communities around public sector government and the arts spans over 35 years. She joined the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in 2009. Royal, has lectured, taught and presented in the fields of visual arts, art history, art education, pluralistic community building and public infrastructures. She is a 2008 recipient of the prestigious University of Washington Charles E. Odegaard Award for Outstanding Achievement, a 2009 city of Seattle Youth Commission Policy Leader, and received the 2010 John C. Little Spirit Award and 2012 Ford Motor Company National “Freedom Sister” Award. A requested speaker and International, artist Royal holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master Arts Teaching from the University of Washington.
Mayor, City of Seattle
January 22, 2016
Royal Alley-Barnes has connected communities around public sector government and the arts for her entire career; and
Royal Alley-Barnes has fulfilled an array of leadership roles for the City of Seattle, from the City Budget Office to the Parks and Recreation Department to the Office of Arts & Culture over her 35 year tenure; and
Royal Alley-Barnes has served as the executive director of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, including overseeing a multi-million dollar remodel, since 2009; and
Royal Alley-Barnes has cultivated the Central Area’s artistic heritage of culture from the African diaspora, with a focus on underserved populations; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Ed Murray, Mayor of the City of Seattle, do hereby declare January 22, 2016 as
Royal Alley-Barnes Day
In Seattle, and I invite Seattle’s residents and visitors to join me in celebrating Royal Alley-Barnes and her contributions to Seattle’s artistic landscape.