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Uplifting Black Artists Since 1999


Phone: (206) 323-4032


Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center

104 17th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98144

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Sunday Dinner with Barbara Earl Thomas - NEW DATE TBD

Updated: Mar 5


We're working with Barbara to reschedule this event for Summer 2020.

Stay tuned for more details!

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

(104 17th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98122)

TICKETS General $20 Online or $35 At the Door

Students $10 / TeenTix $5 (available at the door)

We want everyone to be able to join us at the table.

Each month we are bringing the community together for food and conversation, as we celebrate some of the most inspirational Black folx in Arts and Culture. We will enjoy food catered by some of Seattle's most sought after and talented Black chefs.

The chef for this event is Precise Catering.

Doors open at 1:30PM.

ABOUT FEATURED GUEST BARBARA EARL THOMAS: Barbara Earl Thomas is a writer and visual artist with numerous national exhibits to her credit. Drawing on her personal history between the American south and the Pacific Northwest, Thomas incorporates themes of people and their rituals with the land, foregrounding the mythologized, metaphorical sense of place as operating between a geographical and spiritual location. Thomas’ builds tension filled narratives through abstracted papercuts and prints, placing silhouetted figures within almost mythological landscapes. Thomas’s site-specific sculptural practice expands these forms into space; her public sculptures and large-scale installations incorporate light, space and location into her dramatic landscapes and scenography's. 

Thomas’ works are included in, among others, the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Microsoft, in addition to Washington State and Seattle City public collections. She is the recipient of the City of Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award for Cultural Ambassador, the Governor’s Arts Award, the Artist Trust Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award, and the The Stranger Genius Award for excellence in the arts. Thomas has  lectured on arts and culture as well as serving as a  social and cultural activist who was instrumental in the creation of the Northwest African American Museum, where she served as its executive director from 2008 to 2012. She received her BA and MFA from the University of Washington School of Art.  She is represented by the Claire Oliver Gallery in New York.


Dani Tirrell creates movement pieces inspired by Dani’s queer, gender non-conforming, and black experience. Dani has danced with Jazz and Spirit Dance Theater of Detroit, Monroe Ballet Company, and Dani Tirrell Dance. Dani has performed and shown work at Black Choreographers Festival (San Francisco), Gay City Arts (Seattle), Bumbershoot: Velocity Dance Center Showcase, Showing Out: Black Contemporary Choreographers (Seattle), Young Tanz Sommer (Austria), Northwest New Works Festival: On the Boards (Seattle), Risk/Reward (Portland), Seattle Art Museum, and Erased (Color Lines Dance Ensemble) as part of Nights at the Neptune (Neptune Theatre, Seattle).