Darrell Grant photo by Thomas Teal

Black Arts Legacies

The second annual Black Arts Legacies Celebration, hosted by Cascade Public Media, takes place June 15, 6:30-9pm, at Washington Hall. Celebrating the local artists featured in Crosscut’s Black Arts Legacies project. The evening will include a performance by singer/songwriter Tiffany Wilson, poetry readings by Jourdan Imani Keith and Quenton Baker, catered bites by That Brown Girl Cooks, with beverages, a beer and wine cash bar, giveaways and a portrait gallery of Black Arts Legacies artists.

Black Arts Legacies is an expanding digital archive showcasing the local Black arts ecosystem across time and genres and within the larger context of the region’s cultural movements. It highlights the vital role Black artists have played and continue to play in the Northwest cultural landscape. Learn more at blackartslegacies.com. The event is free but RSVPs are required, visit crosscut.com/event/black-arts-legacies-celebration-0

10th Annual Montavilla Jazz Festival 

Portland’s most adventurous jazz festival turns 10 with a three-day event spanning five venues and 11 concerts showcasing the city’s world-class musicians. Between September 1-3, the festival will highlight some of Portland’s jazz scene-makers with headlining drummer Alan Jones anchoring the festival Sunday evening and pianist Darrell Grant in the Saturday night performance slot with a slew of special guests. The festival also includes performances by George Colligan, Domo Branch, Tim Willcox Quartet, and more. The 2023 festival’s footprint continues to expand with two concerts at the Alberta Rose Theatre, three at The 1905, and, for the first time, two free outdoor concerts at Mt. Tabor Park while maintaining a home base at the Montavilla neighborhood’s Portland Metro Arts. Tickets are $5-45 per concert with discounts for advance purchases, students, and Arts for All available for some concerts. Find the complete festival lineup, schedule, and ticket information at montavillajazz.org.

Northwest Film Forum Seeks Artistic Director

Earshot’s film festival partner, Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) is in search of their new artistic director. This collaborative, visionary leader will work with the team to build on NWFF’s current trajectory of being a film center and community hub that centers equity, collective action, and community coalition-building as instrumental to creating and presenting film and media arts. NWFF’s recent growth has been marked by vibrant programs overseen by a synergistic team, increases in public attendance and visibility, deep grassroots community partnerships, an expansion of artist support systems, and an unwavering commitment to undoing systems of oppression through their work. The ideal candidate will deepen community alliances and center equity in all operations. Please help spread the word! Learn more at nwfilmforum.org/join-support/opportunities.

Seattle JazzED Open Music Teacher Call – Virtual Info Session

Seattle JazzED will be hosting their quarterly informational session for those interested in learning more about the organization and opportunities available in the 2023-24 season on June 29, 4pm. After a presentation from Education Director and performer Kelly Clingan, you’ll get the chance to ask the questions that matter most to you. Reimagining what music education can look like, Seattle JazzED recognizes the wealth of knowledge that musicians from all walks of life bring to a student’s educational journey. They are seeking educators that reflect the rich history of our community and strongly encourage applications from people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, LGBTQ individuals, and members of other marginalized communities. For more information please email Kelly Clingan at kelly@seattlejazzed.org.

2023 Make Music Day Seattle

Make Music Day Seattle, the annual global celebration of music held on the summer solstice, returns to Seattle on June 21. Completely different from a traditional music festival, Make Music Day Seattle celebrates and promotes the natural music maker in all of us, regardless of age, ethnicity, background, or skill level. This event is an open invitation for everyone to make, enjoy, perform, teach, learn, and experience music on the longest day of the year. This free, hybrid event boasts an exciting and diverse lineup of virtual and in-person events, including performances, music lessons, jam sessions, and more. Make Music Day Seattle is presented in the U.S. by Rainier Avenue Radio and is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in over 1,000 cities across 120 countries. The daylong musical free-for-all celebrates music in all of its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. To view the full lineup please visit makemusicday.org/seattle.


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May 26, 2023