17th Annual Children’s Art Walk May 5th, 2017 - 6pm to 9pm We welcome all to stroll through downtown Bellingham and delight in the works of the younger art community! On Friday May 5 from 6 – 9 pm Whatcom County students will proudly display their works of art during the 17th annual Children’s Art Walk presented by Allied Arts of Whatcom County. On this night there will be a number of activities for kids and adults, music, and more to celebrate the arts in schools. In addition, Allied Arts Gallery will feature professional work by Allied Arts Teaching Artists in Whatcom County. Art will stay on display through May 31st in honor of the state wide Arts Education Month.
Last Friday's Art Walk featured a Photovoice Gallery showcasing photos and interview excerpts from Francis Place residents. Approximately 100 people attended the show. The Francis Place Photovoice Gallery was put on through the support of Francis Place, The Opportunity Council, Allied Arts, WWU Medical Anthropology Lab, The Downtown Bellingham Partnership, and She Goes Media. And a big thank you goes to Peter Miterko for putting the exhibit together!
Home: The Salish Sea, the places we live here in western Washington and southwest British Columbia. Is home a place, or people? Is it houses, economy, family, trees, the sea itself? What do we hold on to when we fight for the places we love? Threat: For decades, increasing amounts of fossil fuels have poured through our waterways, with yet more proposed. Just like the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Kinder Morgan Pipeline threatens waterways from BC to Washington; the Gateway Pacific Coal terminal would destroy tribal fisheries; and daily oil trains threaten disastrous derailment along the thriving shores of Skagit and Whatcom Counties, delivering toxic cargo to March and Cherry points while rolling across traditional Coast Salish territories. And all of it contributes to climate change, to sea level rise, to ocean acidification, and the eventual (possible) end of this place itself. Resistance: Led by tribes and other local residents, resistance in recent years has been varied, deep, and creative. From rallies and concerts to political action to the Totem Pole Journeys, from the Kwel hoy’ ceremony in 2012 to nonviolent direct action in Everett, Bellingham, and during 2016’s Break Free, people who love this place have stood up to fight back against the threat to our home. What has that looked like? What can it look like? what does it mean for this place? And what does it mean about the kind of people that we are? Future/Vision: The seas will rise, and accidents will happen. The only safe tanker, the only safe oil train, the only safe pipeline, is no tanker or oil train or pipeline at all. But what does it look like if we fail to stop catastrophic climate change? What [...]