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New 'Juneteenth Artist Collective' is now accepting submissions for virtual show

The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) is inviting Black-identifying artists in the Pacific Northwest to submit works of art for the chance to be featured in a new program, the Juneteenth Artist Collective broadcast.

In partnership with the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, One Vibe Africa and Wa Na Wari, NAAM is hosting this virtual show to raise the voices of Black and African American artists who are impacted by/honoring Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the emancipation of the enslaved people in the United States.

Mediums including poetry/written word, music, dance and visual arts are being accepted. Submissions will be taken until 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 27.

Selected artists will be featured in a broadcast — hosted by L. Patrice Bell, the director of guest services and external affairs at NAAM — on Friday, June 18. It will air as part of NAAM's Juneteenth week collaboration with 10 African American Museums across the nation.

The top entry in each category, chosen by a panel of local artists, will win a $500 Visa gift card. The panel includes:

  • Jason Turner, NAAM museum educator and tour guide
  • Jourdan Imani Keith, the City of Seattle's 2019-2021 civic poet
  • Simon Okelo, founder of One Vibe Africa
  • Nia-Amina Minor, company dancer at Spectrum Dance Theater
  • Soulma Ayers, event planner at Wa Na Wari

Artists can submit their work/guidelines here. A link to the broadcast can be found online the week before Juneteenth.