July 4th Naturalization Ceremony

Please join us for the Fourth of July Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, July 4th. It is the largest ceremony of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The Honorable Richard C. Tallman, U.S. Circuit Court Judge will swear in over 500 candidates from more than 80 countries as new citizens of the United States of America. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services District Director Anne Corsano will also be on hand to present the candidates in this event that reaffirms the meaning of United States citizenship.  It is an important day for the new citizens, who come from diverse cultures across the globe to make the United States–and Seattle–their new home.

Seattle Center, City of Seattle, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and United States District Court for the Western District of Washington partner to produce the Naturalization Ceremony, held annually at Seattle Center for the past 34 years. All countries represented will be announced. The eldest applicant and military personnel for citizenship will be introduced.  Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams will welcome attendees and King County Executive Dow Constantine, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell will address the new citizens.

Come early for a pre-ceremony performance by Navy Band Northwest beginning at 11:15am. The formal program starts at 12 noon, commencing with the presentation of colors by the Washington State Guard Color Guard and the singing of the United States National Anthem by soloist Maria Plancich Kesovija, followed immediately by a Native American welcome by performers Gene Tagaban, storyteller, and musicians Peter Ali and Swil Kanim. Total Experience Gospel Choir, directed by Patrinell Wright, will also perform during the ceremony, and the Children of our Nations, representing several of the represented cultured, will lead the new citizens in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for their first time as U.S. citizens.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 206-684-7200 or visit www.seattlecenter.com/naturalization.

 

Festál: Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest, June 16 – 17

 

Transform your cultural awareness at Seattle Center Festál: Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest, Saturday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m., June 16-17, at Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Pavilion Rooftop and Mural Amphitheatre. The Festival provides a stage to share African American heritage and inspiration with the broader community through live music, dance, visual arts, ethnic items for sale, workshops, demonstrations and hands-on learning for kids and adults.

Bands, Rose Royce, best known for hit singles such as “Car Wash” and “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” and Midnight Star headline the live entertainment for the weekend with performances on the Mural Amphitheater Stage.

A new art display called “The Ultimate Art Experience” on the Fisher Roof features artwork, children’s activities including African Doll making, robot building with Seattle Public Library and a small stage for spoken word, acoustical acts and small band performances. Also on display, The Traveling American Museum: The Unspoken Truth highlights an assortment of artifacts that symbolizes the African experience in the Americas and Europe.

Launched in 1981 to gather African Americans for a heritage celebration, the festival provides a venue for the community to participate in a shared culture – and to share the culture with all ethnicities who join in the packed weekend of activities and entertainment.

In addition, a variety of food offerings will be available at Taste of Sundiata, along with a special candy making class lead by Chef Michael Poole. Twelve guests will be selected to participate in the candy making class, while all are welcome to observe.

Seattle Center Festál brings to light the culturally rich communities who shape the character of our region. Although the series began in 1997, its origins stretch back to when ethnic communities were planting their roots here. For many of them, Seattle Center served as a central place, where they could invite the public to join in their unique cultural expression. Some festivals were formed in response to wars or ethnic displacement and others to unite their communities, educate the public and dispel stereotypes. Now at 21 years, Festál producers are seeking to sustain their festivals with compelling programming that appeals to multiple generations.

Seattle Center Festál: Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest is a public program presented by Seattle Center in partnership with Sundiata African American Cultural Association. Admission is free-of-charge. For more information on this festival, visit http://www.festivalsundiata.org, and to learn more about this collection of ethnic cultural events and other Seattle Center public programming, visit www.seattlecenter.com or call 206-684-7200.

About Seattle Center Festál

This illuminating series of 23 ethnic cultural festivals on weekends throughout the year seeks to connect people in ways that build understanding, dispel stereotypes and generate pride among the generations who participate in these shared experiences. Seattle Center Festál is produced with the generous support of KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, Coca-Cola, Alaska Airlines, T-Mobile, 4Culture. the City of Seattle and Seattle Center Foundation.

Festál: Spirit of Indigenous People

Native peoples from tribes across the country gather to celebrate their unique cultures and traditions at Seattle Center Festál: Spirit of Indigenous People. All are invited to attend and partake in activities on Saturday, June 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Seattle Center Armory and Mural Amphitheatre Stage.

This year, Rona Yellow Robe, singer/songwriter and two-time Native American Music Award (NAMA) winner for Native Flute Player of the Year, performs live along with Cody Blackbird Band, the 2017 NAMA winner for Group of the Year. Performing over 1,500 shows, Cody Blackbird Band fuses traditional Native American flute music with blues, heartland rock and multicultural jam-band sounds. Rounding out the line-up, Daisy Chain Band performs a blend of musical styles from rock, blues, funk, hip hop and reggae.

In addition to the superstar musical line-up, live art demonstrations take place on Mural Amphitheatre stage with the Lummi Youth Canoe Group. Enjoy and shop at the Native Art Mart featuring a diverse display of the artwork in various forms—painted, carved, sculpted and digital. Discover the Canoe Family Exhibit highlighting the beauty and cultural richness through stories and authentic canoes.

The Spirit of Indigenous People Festival brings together traditional and contemporary Native artists, performers, and vendors to share their cultures with the community and promote the importance of Native traditions and ways of life. This is done through storytelling, and workshops and demonstrations that allow for hands-on learning for kids and adults.

The gathering has grown in participation and diversified since its inception. While the festival provides an opportunity for Native people to come together in ways that cultivate pride and presence of being, it also allows the broader public to peer into the traditions, aspirations and creative expression of the nation’s First People.

 

Spirit of Indigenous People joined the Festál series in 2011 with a focus on Natives as the indigenous people of North America.

Seattle Center Festál brings to light the culturally rich communities who shape the character of our region. Although the series began in 1997, its origins stretch back to when ethnic communities were planting their roots here. For many of them, Seattle Center served as a central place, where they could invite the public to join in their unique cultural expression. Some festivals were formed in response to wars or ethnic displacement and others to unite their communities, educate the public and dispel stereotypes. Now at 21 years, Festál producers are seeking to sustain their festivals with compelling programming that appeals to multiple generations.

Seattle Center Festál is a public program presented by Seattle Center in partnership with Seattle Indian Health Board. Admission is free-of-charge. For more information on this festival, visit www.sihb.org/spirit-indigenous-people/ and to learn more about this collection of ethnic cultural events and other Seattle Center public programming, visit www.seattlecenter.com or call 206-684-7200.

New Seattle Center Monorail Report Finds Potential for Significant Capacity and Accessibility Improvements to Better Serve Large Seattle Center Events

Seattle Center released a new report on how to maximize the operating potential of Seattle Center Monorail. The report, which reflects significant public engagement and stakeholder outreach, analysis of current conditions and modeling for future outcomes, found significant capacity improvements with modest station changes. It shows potential benefits that include the ability for Monorail to carry an additional 3,000 riders before and after large events, a reduction of 1,250 vehicles circulating during those events, and potential parking revenue increases of $5 million per year in garages near Westlake Station.

The report, conducted by VIA Architecture and entitled “Seattle Center Monorail Stations Reconfiguration Evaluation Report,” will be submitted as a supporting document to the Arena Project Draft Environmental Statement (DEIS).

The Report examines how improvements to Seattle Center Monorail could increase capacity, improve accessibility, and better connect it with Link Rail and Metro bus service to encourage the use of public transit to and from Seattle Center. The report evaluated a number of improvements, including improving entry and exiting capacity at the Monorail line’s two terminal stations at Seattle Center and Westlake Center; offering options for more immediate capacity increases; and a more phased approach aligned with the completion of Sound Transit 2.

Built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the red and blue Monorail trains depart every ten minutes from the stations at Seattle Center and Westlake. The City-owned public transit system transported over 2.3 million passengers in 2017, carrying up to 250 passengers per trip. The trains have undergone significant renovation over the past ten years to provide an enjoyable and reliable ride well into the 21st century.

Seattle Monorail Services, a private concessionaire, operates Seattle Center Monorail for the City of Seattle. For more information on the Monorail, click on www.seattlemonorail.com. For information on this report and other redevelopment at Seattle Center, visit www.seattlecenter.com or call 206-684-7200.

About Seattle Center:

Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts and family gathering place in the core of our region. More than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations that reside on the grounds, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create thousands of events on the 74-acre campus and attract over 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income.

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival, June 2-3

Explore a variety of activities and demonstrations rooted in the theme of “Salinlahi,” also known as “generation,” at Seattle Center Festál: Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3 at Seattle Center Armory, Mural Amphitheatre and Center grounds.

Pagdiriwang, commemorating the anniversary of Philippine independence, has grown into the largest festival of Filipino arts and culture in the Pacific Northwest. Activities include:

  • Dance performances by groups of all ages, featuring the indigenous Lumad tribes of Southern Philippines, as well as interactive dance activities such as Tinikling
  • Photography, visual art, artifacts, historical, and culinary art exhibits
  • Readings of plays and poetry
  • Filipino martial arts demonstration
  • Cooking demonstrations, Philippine coffee tasting and food booths
  • Tribal tattoo lecture and demonstration
  • Lecture on Baybayin form of writing
  • Children’s hands-on activities, such as, yo-yo and sungka (a Filipino table game)

For full event details visit: festalpagdiriwang.com

 

Seattle Center Festál: Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival is a public program presented by Seattle Center in partnership with the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington. Admission is free-of-charge. To learn more about this collection of ethnic cultural events and other Seattle Center public programming, visit www.seattlecenter.com or call 206-684-7200.