We Met at the Center – Kath Nyborg’s Story

Katherine Nyborg, known as Kath to her friends and colleagues, met her future husband for a dance at Seattle Center when they were in college at Seattle Pacific University. On-campus dances were forbidden, and so the college students organized so-called “functions” at the Center instead.

They met in the Snoqualmie Room, now the home of The Vera Project. It was their first date – and how nice it was to get together outside the formal academic environment, where they could listen to music and talk more informally – to better get to know one another.

From that first date on, Seattle Center represented neutral, creative ground on which they could explore the arts and theater (since they were both theater majors), or spend sunny days by the fountain. For Kath, who moved to Seattle for college from Southern Cal., the Center really reflected the greater Seattle area, rooted in the core of the region between mountains and water. It was a hub for arts, culture and community, where all kinds of people came to experience the best of what Seattle had to offer – a magical place.

Now many years later, Seattle Center remains a place of magic for Kath, although her years of employment here have given her a deeper respect for what the Center accomplishes. This enduring place has matured in her eyes, and although the Center has grown older along with her, she’s excited at the younger generations who continue to nourish and rejuvenate this gathering place. Likewise, Kath’s marriage has continued and matured, always remaining connected to the Center. 

I am Seattle Center-Jeffrey Cook

I Am Seattle Center

JEFFREY COOK is a local designer and theatrical artisan.  He can often be found working at Seattle Children’s Theatre, but this time of year, you’ll see his mastery at Seattle Center Winterfest, our seasonal celebration kicking off this week. Jeffrey designed all the décor.

“Design should be something that influences people in the moment and that they will remember for many years to come – something that transports people away from their everyday life into a new, wonderful and special place that gives them a feeling of being somewhere else, or having a special experience in that point in time. Usually, it needs to be something that’s visually interesting, and for Winterfest we strive for visually attractive and uplifting and magical.”

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I am Seattle Center-Jeffrey Cook

I Am Seattle Center

JEFFREY COOK is a local designer and theatrical artisan.  He can often be found working at Seattle Children’s Theatre, but this time of year, you’ll see his mastery at Seattle Center Winterfest, our seasonal celebration kicking off this week. Jeffrey designed all the décor.

“Design should be something that influences people in the moment and that they will remember for many years to come – something that transports people away from their everyday life into a new, wonderful and special place that gives them a feeling of being somewhere else, or having a special experience in that point in time. Usually, it needs to be something that’s visually interesting, and for Winterfest we strive for visually attractive and uplifting and magical.”

#IAmSeattleCenter #SCWinterfest #Designer #design #decor #magical #transporting

I Am Seattle Center-Laurie Metzinger

LAURIE METZINGER started working at Seattle Center as a scenic artist for Pacific Northwest Ballet. From there, she began working on Winterfest Train & Village, where she has served as installation lead and decorator since 1988.

“I’m turning the reins over this coming year to a woman named Colleen Gwen, who’s been working with me for two years, learning the ropes. It’s a really physical job. When you’re setting it up, you’re up and down on your knees fifty times a day. It’s really hard work. And I think it’s kind of time for somebody with new ideas. So I’m turning it over to her next year, but I’m going to be working as her helper. She’s going to be fantastic. She’s a stagehand at the Ballet, but she’s totally into tiny things, and has a great sense of design and all that, so I’m really happy. I told JulieAnn, my boss, two or three years ago, and said ‘You know, I’m going to be wanting to retire from this, it’s getting really hard, and I’m running out of ideas,’ and she said ’You know, I think I’ve found somebody really great. Come and meet her, and see if you guys get along.’ And we just liked each other immediately. . . so it’s a good circle of things.”

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I am Seattle Center-Andrew Steen

ANDREW STEEN, Technical Coordinator at Seattle Center Productions.  Andrew is most often seen working behind the scenes to make sure events like Concerts at the Mural, Winterfest, and Festál cultural festivals happen smoothly and successfully from an operations and technical standpoint.

“One of the things that attracted me to this position was a way to give back to the community and still earn a living. That’s one of the key things that keeps me going. The fact that the work I do benefits the community as a whole is very exciting and gratifying. I’m excited for the future of Seattle Center in that, in the past few years, it seems the leaders of this city, both political and community, have decided that Seattle Center is a valuable resource for the community and that it is worth investing in. This is a place, a series of venues, a place of employment, a place of gathering. It is a focal point of energy, it is a tourist destination, it is a lot of things to a lot of people and it is gratifying and heartening to know that our communities value that. It reflects, it all reflects. Hopefully, our leaders will listen and do what’s right and what’s necessary to continue our work.”

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