City Hall Lobby Gallery &
Anne Focke Gallery

600 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

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7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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(206) 684-7171

The Gathering Exhibit

July 1 — September 5, 2014

The Gathering Exhibit is the result of an interactive event, Breaking the Pane, designed to creatively explore the stories of the Rainier Beach community and identify collective and individual steps to address the negative perceptions of the community and reduce youth violence.

For one week in April, Breaking the Pane engaged the Rainier Beach community in storytelling to explore themes of community identity and perceptions. At five outdoor workshops, community members were asked to simply illustrate the words/feelings/or images that came to mind when they thought of the exact Rainier Beach location that they were standing in. These clear window-like "panes" on one side illustrate how community members experience the five different intersections of Rainier Beach while the other side depicts statistics of violence. The aim of this installation of assembled panes is not only to give voice to the variety of perspectives regarding the Rainier Beach neighborhood, but also to be the centerpiece that turns these stories into action. The culminating event called, "The Gathering," took place on May 31, when over 150 local residents experienced the project through art, video, a photography exhibit and live storytelling, and then challenged themselves (and the wider community) to let the stories inspire action.

The Gathering Exhibit also features a photo and text series from Rainier Beach residents by Zac Davis entitled, "The Rainier Beach Project: Overcoming Displacement," created in conjunction with Breaking the Pane. which explores urban renewal and gentrification occurring in the Rainier Beach/Rainier Valley community. All of the photographs and accompanying quotes were gathered in 2011 and 2012 from the individuals interviewed during the photo shoot. Each participant's words reflected their emotions, memories, and insights pertaining to the issue of gentrification and community development.

"The Gathering" event and Breaking the Pane are the result of a unique partnership between United Story, an organization that uses a story-telling platform to foster community-owned action, and Rainier Beach: A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth, an innovative, community-led initiative to address youth violence through non-arrest approaches funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.