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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Forum to address art, race and cultural representation

7/30/2014  10:00:00 AM

Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Repertory Theatre announce forum on Artistic Freedom & Artistic Responsibility
Monday, August 18, 6:30 pm, Seattle Repertory Theatre

SEATTLE (July 30, 2014) — Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, with the support of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights and 4Culture, have come together to produce a forum on Artistic Freedom & Artistic Responsibility. The free event will take the form of a collaborative conversation, in which the audience is asked to raise questions, provide examples and offer strategies, while engaging in respectful dialogue. It will take place in the PONCHO Forum at the Seattle Repertory Theatre on Monday, August 18 at 6:30 pm. Reservations are requested through; attendees may also submit questions or ideas they would like to see addressed via the online form.

Art plays a vital role in our society and can be a catalyst for dialogue and change. As the demographics of our country become more diverse, how do artists and arts groups approach new and historical work in a way that is meaningful, relevant and equitable for our audiences? In response to the spirited conversation happening in Seattle and the wider arts community, this moderated forum will address issues of art, race and cultural representation. Join us in the conversation.

Living outside of Seattle or can't make this date? A video of the event will be posted online in the days following, and everybody can follow #seattleAFAR on Facebook or Twitter to take part in the conversation.

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