Community Celebrates Black Art and Culture At Annual Mixer and Marketplace

In the Northwest, it is often hard to find art spaces dedicated to celebrating and promoting black art and culture; however they do exist. This past weekend Black Artists from across the region including artists from Portland, gathered in Seattle for the Black Arts Love Mixer and Marketplace, which took place at the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) and was hosted by community arts organization, Black Arts Love. The event was an incredible display of talent and creativity and the community came out in record numbers to show support to black artists and demonstrate their love and appreciation for black arts in the Northwest.

The free event featured artwork and products from over 30 artists and businesses and it included live performances – including African drumming from the Seattle African Drum Line, inspirational music from international recording artist Alena Larie and dancing from an emerging dance team known as ‘Swaves.’

The event was made possible with support from radio station KYIZ, KRIZ and KBMS and also 4Culture, Blick Arts Materials and the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Below are some pictorial highlights from the event.

Dance group, ‘Swaves,’ is all smiles after an energetic performance at the Black Arts Love 2019
Mixer and Marketplace
Photo Credit: Malika Bennett
It’s a family affair! This lovely family shows some love at the Black Arts Love 2019 Mixer and Marketplace
Photo Credit: Malika Bennett
Sistah Sci-Fi shows off their collection of science fiction books created by African American women at the Black Arts Love 2019 Mixer and Marketplace
Photo Credit: Malika Bennett
A guest is all smiles at the Black Arts Love 2019 Mixer and Marketplace
Photo Credit: Malika Bennett
Inspirational recording artist, Alena Larie uplifted the crowd with her amazing vocals at the Black Arts Love 2019 Mixer and Marketplace
Photo Credit: Alena Larie, Facebook
Featured Artist, Adika Bell participates in an Artist Talk where he shared the story behind his latest paintings at the Black Arts Love 2019 Mixer and Marketplace
Photo Credit: Malika Bennett
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