Podcast | Black Arts Legacies podcast coming soon

Join host Brooklyn Jamerson-Flowers on a tour of the places that have fostered Seattle’s Black artists.

Triptych of NAAM entrance, playbill for “Black Girl,” and the entrance of the Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath synagogue

Left: The entrance to the Northwest African American Museum shortly after it opened in 2008. (Joe Mabel) Center: A playbill for a production of J.E. Franklin's "Black Girl" at Black Arts/West. (Courtesy of Al Doggett) Right: A 1916 photo of the Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath synagogue, which would later become the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. (University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, JEW0297)


When Black artists talk about why they chose to build a career in Seattle, several places come up over and over. Each is regarded with deep love and passion. And each place is full of stories that deserve telling.

That is why we are producing a podcast devoted to those places as part of Black Arts Legacies, the major multimedia project produced by Crosscut and featuring profiles, original photography and videos all about Black arts and artists in Seattle. 

Subscribe to the Black Arts Legacies podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Play.

Hosted by Brooklyn Jamerson-Flowers, each episode of the podcast will explore the history and ongoing impact of Black art spaces in Seattle. The stories of each space will be built around the voices of the artists who claim these places as critical to their development and experts who understand their deep history.

“It is the places that have helped community come together when no one else could,” CD Forum Executive Director Sharon Nyree Williams said, “places that have allowed for marginalized groups to come together and tear down the walls of not being your authentic self.”

So, which places? You will hear about the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, The James and Janie Washington Foundation, the Northwest African American Museum and Black Arts West.

The podcast launches with the rest of the project on June 1, with a new release every week in June. Subscribe now.



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