Podcast | Civic leader Vivian Phillips talks Black Arts Legacies

Phillips, one of the advocates behind the Cascade PBS project that highlights Black artists in Seattle, discusses its origins — and the new season.

Vivian Phillips holding her fist up

Vivian Phillips speaks at the 2022 Black Arts Legacies celebration event at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. (Caean Couto for Cascade PBS)

Black Arts Legacies has returned for its third season.  

The project dedicated to documenting the impact and stories of Black artists in Seattle has showcased dozens of people — from dancers and musicians to architects and curators — through written and video profiles, podcast episodes and photography.  

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Artists featured this season are being unveiled one at a time each week, with two profiles, on Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence and Tee Dennard, already published.  

In this episode of Northwest Reports, host Maleeha Syed sits down with Vivian Phillips, one of the arts advocates who brought the idea for Black Arts Legacies to Cascade PBS, about the project’s beginnings; what Black Arts Legacies means to her; and this latest season.  

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