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posted Friday, January 31 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 05
Urban League sponsors 'Through the Eyes of Art' - an art exhibit and community discussion
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Urban League sponsors 'Through the Eyes of Art' - an art exhibit and community discussion

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is proud to sponsor the event 'Through the Eyes of Art' on February 1 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum (JBL Theatre), 325 5th Ave. N.

In celebration of Black History Month, The EMP Museum, Ezell's Chicken and Brandkings are bringing people together to reflect on the causes and effects of gentrification in an event titled 'Through The Eyes of Art.' The evening will feature an art exhibit from local painters and photographers, a keynote address by Seattle City Councilmember, Bruce Harrell, and a live performance and video presentation from hip-hop artist, Draze.

As the keynote speaker for 'Through the Eyes of Art,' Councilmember Bruce Harrell will speak on the topic of gentrification. He is quite familiar with the roles that class and education play in gentrification. As a native of Seattle, Mr. Harrell has witnessed and experienced the hardships that many have faced through the transitioning of Seattle's Central Area and South End. Not only will he touch on the causes and effects of gentrification. He will inspire hope and vision towards a better future, while providing practical steps to restore community and build a lasting legacy.

Draze is a veteran wordsmith with a unique skill for storytelling and delivering raw, emotionally charged lyrics that capture the ears of the masses. Recognizing his gift, Draze felt compelled to shed light on the topic of gentrification.

His single 'The Hood Ain't The Same' from the album, 50 Next: Seattle Hip-Hop Worldwide compilation (https://www.50nextseattle.com) does just that. 'As artists I think we have a responsibility to tell our truth to the people, regardless to how uncomfortable it may be,' says Draze. 'My city is alive but my community is dying, maybe this is my effort or Eulogy to get someone to care.'

The event will highlight paintings, photography, sculpting, and artistic multimedia, from some of Seattle's most unique and well-established artists. Each piece of artwork will be themed-based on the individual artists reflection on gentrification and will be displayed in a gallery setting. Food and beverages will be available during the art viewing.

Please check out and 'LIKE' the Facebook page to be apart of the continuing conversation: https://www.facebook.com/throughtheeyesofart

This event is free and open to the public. We hope you can make it!

Courtesy The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

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