A new era for Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
SEATTLE — Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) has undergone serious development over the last several months, adopting a new name, moving departments within the city and now launching a new website (www.LangstonInstitute.org). At the same time, an action committee has been formed around the organization. All of this follows a proposal from Seattle Mayor McGinn to support the organization into the future.
A NEW HOME
"We're pleased to welcome the Langston Institute and their staff to our office," said Randy Engstrom, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs interim director. "The transfer makes sense on paper, but more importantly, it's a strong working relationship for both of our organizations."
One of the first actions of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs was to create a new website around the Institute's educational programming, artist opportunities performances and rental availability at www.LangstonInstitute.org. These resources were not previously available only and are expected to help promote the Institute's earned income opportunities and general access to information.
A NEW NAME
"This new name reflects our evolving and expanded role in the broader arts community," says LHPAI executive director Royal Alley-Barnes. "We are not just a presenter of performances. We also serve as educators and incubators for local grassroots talent. This name reflects that whole mission."
A NEW FUTURE
The role of the committee is to review completed studies, reports and recommendations giving particular attention to efforts aimed at helping LHPAI become a free-standing community based performing arts organization. The committee will consider the most appropriate ways to utilize city resources to address a long-term plan for sustainability.
ABOUT LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS INSTITTUE
LHPAI is housed in what was formerly the Jewish synagogue of Chevra Bikur Cholim in the Central District at 104 17th Ave. S, 98144. The building is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places as a historical landmark. The Institute was established in 1969 to provide a cultural institution in Seattle's Central District area.
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of the arts in our community, and advocating for issues that affect the entire cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.
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