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Our weekly round-up of arts and culture news in the Greater Seattle area.

Change Culture, and the World

Creative Time Reports, Favianna Rodriguez

“Art has always been a tool for me to claim space, build power and speak out about the injustices that have shaped my social experience in the United States. Growing up in the age of “free trade,” amid an expansion of anti-immigrant policies, led me to develop art about these issues. For nearly a decade, most of my art directly served the immediate, short-term needs of social movement work.”

The Hideout, a Seattle arts gallery with a full bar. State of the Arts: Does Seattle have an arts aesthetic?
Crosscut, Andy Fife

Is there a Seattle arts aesthetic? At first blush, the topic seems better fit for a late-night barstool debate than as a point of serious conversation among civic and economic leaders. But that would mean a missed opportunity for Seattle as a whole. Defining the character and values of our arts community is not just possible, but valuable.

"Easter Lilies," (1956) by Lee Krasner New acquisitions at SAM
The Seattle Times, Melissa Davis

The Seattle Art Museum has announced the acquisition of more than three dozen works of art, including a score of African sculptures from a variety of tribal cultures and some half a dozen works of contemporary art.

2013 Langston Hughes African Filmmakers will talk about Garifuna April 19American Film Festival features 50 films, 35 premieres

Central District News, Tom Fucoloro

The 2013 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival is getting ready to launch a week of screenings, premieres and chats with established and up-and-coming black filmmakers.

Grant workshop empowers women artists to believe in what’s possible
Regional Arts & Culture Council, S. Renee Mitchell

Spoken word poet Tarnisha Pressley came to the March 16th Grant Writing Workshop for Women of Color through a recommendation of a girlfriend. She had never written a grant before, but by the end of the three-hour workshop, she committed herself to trying.