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Two years ago when we launched this publication, this section, Fade to Black, was thought to be a space for sharing the last word, if you will. It’s been a perfect close for many issues, and it has also served as a place to honor the transitions of far too many Black arts makers who have left us on this plane to take up creativity in another realm.

When we started to think about how to celebrate our first anniversary at 23rd & Union, Fade to Black provided us the perfect way to say and acknowledge our participation in the gradual return of Seattle’s historic Black Central District community, to a state of Black prominence. It’s not a quick or drastic reversal, it's a fade, like a fresh trim up from Earl’s Cuts. Our Fade to Black is a celebration of belonging, reclamation, and recognition of the growing revitalization of Black culture in Seattle’s Central District.

During September, we’re focused on highlighting our community collaborations. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the happenings that will occur during our month-long anniversary celebration:

September 3 - Farmer’s Market in the Square with free produce for visitors, in partnership with Nurturing Roots

September 13 - Pacific Northwest African American Quilters exhibit opening in the ARTE NOIR Gallery

September 17 – Free celebration with music, activities, and giveaways in the Square

September 30 – Wa Na Wari’s Walk the Block with entertainment curated by ARTE NOIR in the Square

Stay tuned for details and additional information so you can plan your time to come celebrate with us, and remember our summer hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 11 AM to 7 PM, and Sunday 12 to 6 PM.

And we don’t just celebrate ourselves. No, no, no, no. We will always lift up other Black-led entities, especially those right outside our front door, and along Union and Cherry Streets. It hasn't been this Black in a long time. The fade back to Black is real y'all.


Our hearts beat together for our community!

Mural spelling out Central District with faces of community members across a wall in a nice square
Photo by Michael B. Maine


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