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Special Guest Arthur at Seattle Children’s Festival

ArthurOur friends and KCTS 9 invited their pal Arthur to join us at the Seattle Children’s Festival on October 11 and he agreed!

KCTS 9 will bring PBS Kids’ Arthur, everyone’s favorite aardvark, as a special guest for kids and families to take photos with if they wish.

Arthur will be available for photos for approximately 30 minutes at:
11:00 a.m.    12:00 p.m.    1:00 p.m.    2:00 p.m.    3:00 p.m.    4:00 p.m.

Visit the KCTS 9 table for a chance to take a picture with Arthur, crafts and fun giveaways (while supplies last).

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Cultural Intelligence: What’s Your Child’s Global IQ?

global_3_faces_allTacoma chiropractor and mom Laelle Martin always knew she wanted her future children to embrace dual cultures: that of her native Pacific Northwest as well as the Latin American culture she grew to love when she spent a year and a half as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Puerto Rico after college.

But like most of the best-laid parenting plans, her lofty vision hit a few speed bumps. By the time her son, Ari, was born in 2009, Martin’s once-flourishing Spanish language skills were growing rusty, and she was too busy to do much cultural education at home.

“It was challenging for me to speak Spanish with him on a regular basis — we had a few books, but I wanted more,” she says. And life is only getting busier: She’s expecting baby number two in May.

After some searching, Martin found Mis Amigos, a language learning center for children on Tacoma’s North Slope, and enrolled Ari in a parent-child course in the fall of 2011. But it’s not just another Mommy-and-me class — this one may actually give Ari a leg up in school, work and life. How? By building his cultural intelligence or cultural quotient (CQ), an increasingly desirable trait for children growing up in today’s borderless world.

Best-selling author David Livermore wrote The Cultural Intelligence Difference: Master the One Skill You Can’t Do Without in Today’s Global Economy, and he defines cultural intelligence as “the capacity to function effectively in a variety of cultural contexts — including national, ethic, organization and generational.” Global research conducted over the past decade shows that those with high levels of cultural intelligence are better able to adapt and thrive in a complex global society, he notes.

In short, Livermore says, it’s no longer enough to be book smart or even emotionally intelligent. Modern children need to learn to succeed in an increasingly diverse, characteristically unpredictable global village, which requires a unique set of skills — one that many kids living in a fairly heterogeneous North American culture won’t acquire on their own.

All of this may seem like yet another metric for busy parents to manage. But experts say that it is possible — even simple — to build a child’s cultural quotient, beginning at birth.

 

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE by Malia Jacobson here at ParentMap.com

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Apply Now to Perform at the 2016 Folklife Festival

Northwest Folklife invites musicians, dancers, community groups, artists, storytellers, and instructors to participate in the 45th annual Northwest Folklife Festival, which will take place May 27-30, 2016, at Seattle Center.

If you or your group is based in the Northwest region, including Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Western Montana, this is a great opportunity to share your music and traditions!

The annual Northwest Folklife Festival is the largest community-powered arts festival in the United States. It is presented each year in Seattle by Northwest Folklife, a year-round nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to appreciate, share, and participate in the evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest.

Last year Northwest Folklife programmed over 5,000 performers in 65 different genres of music, from Hawaiian to hip-hop. We presented dance performances representing cultures from Ireland to India. We believe everyone is a bearer of folk arts, and we encourage communities to share their cultural traditions, in the hope that interaction with new audiences will enrich the community as much as the audience.Folklife 2014 - Monday

Click these links to be redirected to our online applications:

MUSIC APPLICATION

DANCE APPLICATION

STORYTELLING/SPOKEN WORD APPLICATION

WORKSHOP APPLICATION

PANEL/PRESENTATION/FILM APPLICATION

If you need a paper version of our performer application, please email us at programming at nwfolklife.org.

Interested in how we select bands and performance groups? Click here to read our Programming FAQ.

Still have questions? Email our programming team now.

 

 

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Meet The Miho & Diego Duo

Miho and DiegoThe Miho & Diego Duo has been courageously blending Latin and Japanese musical traditions since 2006. Their primary goal is to encourage cultural understanding through music, and to achieve this they have developed a program that introduces youth to Japanese and South American folk music through participation and interactive activities. Miho & Diego found great joy in exploring and mastering the musical traditions of their own countries and feel it is a wonderful tool to stay connected to their roots even after leaving their homes. It is from this joy that the concept of this program is derived; to encourage participants, whether born in or outside of the United States, to begin to discover and explore their own heritage.

Both accomplished musicians, they came together after years of admiring each other’s work and discovering that their sounds could be combined to make something genuinely new and unique. Dr. Miho Takekawa graduated from Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, is currently the percussion instructor at Pacific Lutheran University and is currently a doctoral candidate in percussion performance at the University of Washington. Diego Coy was born in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, and was former musical director of “Fundacion Viva La Musica” and “Fundacion Funmusica,” and is currently exploring and mastering the musical traditions of his own native culture. Together, this talented duo introduces their distinctive warm native music and encourage the audience to participate by joining them in singing in both Japanese and Spanish as well as body percussion. Since Miho & Diego understand the important of cultural awareness and believe music is a key component, every free chance they get they like to go out and support their local musician friends at different shows and events!

As immigrant artists, Miho and Diego designed a program called, “Musical Trip,” which is centered on familiarizing children with different cultures and ways of life at very young ages in the hope of eliminating that harmful fear before it has a chance to take root and grow. In order to explore and expand the appreciation of alternative cultures through music, Miho and Diego continue to improve their own cultural awareness through extensive research, participation in the activities of various communities and schools, and expanding their connections, repertoire, and collection of instruments by learning from and associating with the natives of other countries.

At this year’s Seattle Children’s Festival, kids and families will participate in a workshop filled with multi-cultural experience, language education and laughter! This an award-winning musical education program for preschool through K-2 students is designed to have children understand different cultures and languages by introducing a new genre of music. Discover songs from Latin America, Japan and other countries accompanied by a wonderful array of instruments including Andean bamboo flutes, the marimba and percussions; however you want to make sure to stick around for the whole program, because the real magic happens when this duo teaches the audience how to use their own body as a musical instrument like body percussions!

The Miho & Diego Duo performs frequently for the King County Library System and the Seattle Public Library System, but you don’t have to wait because, you can catch them at this year’s 2nd annual Seattle Children’s Festival held on Sunday, October 11th in the Armory building Loft 4!

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Power 2 Give: Your Gifts Matched!

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Are you passionate for kids’ to learn about the arts and cultures in our big Northwest neighborhood? Do you believe that music, dance and multi-cultural play create strong communities for kids and families? Here’s a chance for you to support Northwest Folklife’s Seattle Children’s Festival, where we engage kids in experiencing and celebrating our big neighborhood!

Your gift will be matched during our Power 2 Give Campaign, an opportunity that is available until the Seattle Children’s Festival on Sunday, October 11. ArtsFund’s power2give/PugetSound is an online Cultural Marketplace connecting donors with projects they are passionate about.

Your passion and support can inspire a child’s cultural IQ, and that can resonate for a lifetime. Northwest Folklife captures ‘living traditions,’ presenting arts and culture as a way of life. We believe that inspiring kids’ cultural intelligence will create a kinder world, and strong communities.

Support Northwest Folklife, Celebrate Community

Northwest Folklife’s Seattle Children’s Festival engages kids and their families in the Northwest’s multi-cultural folklife, introducing young people to new and beloved cultures and traditions, ‘Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood.’  Performers from Northwest communities represent cultures from across the globe.  Music, story-telling, dance, cooking, crafts and more spark curiosity and promote cross-cultural understanding, exploration, and acceptance

The Seattle Children’s Festival builds on the Northwest Folklife Festival’s Discovery Zone and Kindiependent Stage.  With your support, we are making the Seattle Children’s Festival an annual “must” experience for our region’s youngest folks and families.

Northwest Folklife’s Festivals are community-powered, charging no admission fee, thanks to your donations. By keeping our programs accessible to people of all ages and means, Northwest Folklife provides opportunities to all for self-expression and direct experience of the extraordinary and diverse big neighborhood of the Pacific Northwest.

Please donate todayYou will give kids the gift of community.

And to all of our Friend of Folklife donors, thank you.

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Give Kids the Gift of Community

Seattle Children's Festival

Here’s a chance for you to help kids discover the whole wide world: support Northwest Folklife’s Seattle Children’s Festival. Dances, musicians, regalia, artifacts and musical instruments: you name it. Folks who experience Northwest Folklife programs frequently exclaim: ‘I saw wonderful things I did not know existed!’  Northwest Folklife captures ‘living traditions,’ presenting arts and culture as a way of life. We believe that inspiring kids’ cultural intelligence will create a kinder world, and strong communities.

Support Northwest Folklife, Celebrate Community.

Northwest Folklife’s Seattle Children’s Festival engages kids and their families in the Northwest’s multi-cultural folklife, introducing young people to new and beloved cultures and traditions, ‘Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood.’  Performers from Northwest communities represent cultures from across the globe.  Music, story-telling, dance, cooking, crafts and more spark curiosity and promote cross-cultural understanding, exploration, and acceptance

The Seattle Children’s Festival builds on the Northwest Folklife Festival’s Discovery Zone and Kindiependent Stage. With your support, we are making the Seattle Children’s Festival an annual “must” experience for our region’s youngest folks and families.

Northwest Folklife’s Festivals are community-powered, charging no admission fee, thanks to your donations. By keeping our programs accessible to people of all ages and means, Northwest Folklife provides opportunities to all for self-expression and direct experience of the extraordinary and diverse big neighborhood of the Pacific Northwest.

Please donate today. You will give kids the gift of community.

And to all of our Friend of Folklife donors, Thank You.

Sincerely,

Robert Townsend, Executive Director & Friend of Folklife

Sheila Siden, Development Director & Friend of Folklife

P.S. Save the Date! Seattle Children’s Festival ‘Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood’ Sunday, October 11, Seattle Center.  Please visit www.nwfolklife.org/donate-now for more information about giving to Northwest Folklife. Contact Corin Shelley-Reuss with questions at 206/684-7300.

P.P.S. Would you like to be a Sponsor? Give us a call soon to collaborate! The Seattle Children’s Festival features more than 25 performances and 5 indoor venues, with over 3,000 parents and kids in attendance.

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Stream the Festival and Relive your Favorite Moments

Still in the reverie of the 2015 Northwest Folklife Festival? We are too!!

Listen to some of our favorite showcases like The Folk, Redefined showcase! This awesome Sunday afternoon showcase was sponsored by KEXP and included performers: Melville, Mindie Lind, Tomo Nakayama and OK Sweetheart!  Read more about these performers and listen to them now below!

To find more audio streaming music from The NW Folklife Festival 2015 at no-charge, click here!

Melville

3:00pm-3:35pm – Melville
Melodic Indie Rock

Listen     

With the visceral Ryan T Jacobs’ emotive vibrato carrying the band’s lyrics, he’s joined by Tim Skerpon on drums and Thomas Yates on bass, a core that crafts melodic indie rock with roots in American rock ‘n’ roll.

 

 

Mindie Lind

3:45pm-4:20pm – Mindie Lind

Psych Twang Indie Roots

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Heartbreaking psych twang with sweet, haunting vocal harmonies and tons of wobbly electric voodoo guitar  Inly’s warbley like a ship, steady like a train, and we like celebrating sadness with a kick-line choral hooks.

 

 

 

 

Tomo Nakayama

 

4:35pm-5:10pm – Tomo Nakayama

Northwest Indie Folk Singer

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Tomo Nakayama is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter from Seattle, Washington. His music has been praised by NPR, New York Times, and KEXP, and he has toured throughout the US and Japan at fests such as SXSW, CMJ, Sasquatch, and Bumbershoot. Fog On The Lens is his first solo album, made after nearly a decade fronting beloved Seattle chamber-pop band Grand Hallway, and composing for an acting in Lynn Shelton’s Sundance Grand Jury nominated film “Touchy Feely”.

 

 

Erin Austin

5:25pm-6:00pm – OK Sweetheart

Melody Driven Smart Pop

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Reminiscent of all the good things from mid-century pop, Erin Austin’s songs well crafted simplicity pulls influence from classics such as Harry Nilsson, The Beatles, The Zombies, and Randy Newman. OK SWEETHEART’s uniquely pop sound is the result of an eclectic collaboration between members of multiple bands included.

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Thank You for Giving!

Did you Text FOLK to 20222 to Give $10? Give some cash to the folks in the purple aprons? Drop dollars in the donation boxes? Make a donation at the Donation & Information Station? Become a Friend of Folklife?

We Thank YOU!

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Chaotic Noise Marching Corps. Photo by Piper Hanson

Your donation to Northwest Folklife during the 2015 Northwest Folklife Festival sparks the magic! Your support gives meaning to the Festival’s community-powered identity. You, along with all of the brilliant performers, volunteers, sponsors and supporters create this enormous, layered phenomenon of arts and culture. It is easy to have a good time at the Northwest Folklife Festival, making new discoveries and meeting your neighbors. And there is more to it.

Your gift provides Northwest Folklife with resources to reach out to new artists and to develop the extended relationships that make up the Northwest Folklife family tree that embraces communities, dancers, singers, musicians, performers and artists, and their ‘Folklife’: arts and culture as a way of life.

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Draze. Photo by Piper Hanson

Behind the scenes, year round, for over 44 years, Northwest Folklife has helped form the cultural landscape of the Northwest by giving voice to artists and their creative expression, through their traditional music and personal innovations. Every year, we present a Cultural Focus, a ‘festival within a festival’, that features a Pacific Northwest community through special performances, panels, workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, and activities. The 2015 Cultural Focus, Beats, Rhymes and Rhythms: Traditional Roots of Today’s Branches explored the cross-cultural and traditional roots of Hip Hop.

This year’s Cultural Focus let us meet the Maraire Family through Dumi Maraire, Jr., aka Draze, as he shared his family’s long involvement with the Northwest Folklife Festival, and his own evolution as an artist. New to Washington, and the USA, Dumi, Sr. was a brave force, determined to share his Zimbabwean culture. He found open arms and an invitation in the Northwest Folklife Festival. The Maraire children grew up with the Festival as their annual performance of the year: new songs, new outfits, new opportunities. Today, Dumi Jr. creates hip-hop inspired by his life in Seattle and Shona roots in Zimbabwe. His music functions in the same way roots music in Africa has for thousands of years: to educate a community, to encourage individual strengths, and to celebrate and respect cultural heritage.

Your enduring support makes the Northwest Folklife magic happen! Your generosity strengthens our community, and gives voice to artists and inspiration to audiences of all ages to play, dance, sing, taste, learn and participate: everyone together. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Robert Townsend, Executive Director                         Sheila Siden, Development Director

PS Save the Date! The second annual Seattle Children’s Festival will be on Sunday, October 11, 2015, a one-day multi-cultural festival located on Seattle Center grounds, “Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood.”

Thank You

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Final Fun at Folklife ’15

NWFolk2015_Friday_PiperHanson-99Come out today and celebrate the last day of the 44th Annual Festival! There’s so much in store starting at 11am until 9pm this evening!

Check out our schedule here and remember…just wander.

 

 

 

Here’s a few highlights from this weekend:

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It’s not too late to Volunteer!

Volunteer at Northwest FolklifeEven though the online Volunteer Application is now closed, you are welcome to stop by Volunteer Registration (Next 50 Annex) during the festival to see what shifts we still have open!

Remember that Volunteer Appreciation Day is Monday May 25th in Volunteer Registration. Volunteers can stop by to pick up a treat and see if they’ve won a prize through our Volunteer Appreciation Program!

We would also like to take a moment to say THANK YOU to all of the organizations that donated to our 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Program!

 

 

5th Ave Theatre

ACT

Bold Hat Productions

Dave’s Killer Bread

Dick’s Drive-Ins

Elysian Brewing Co.

EMP

Ivar’s Inc. / Kidd Valley

Jet City Improv

KEXP

Landmark Theatres

Museum of Flight

Nordic Heritage Museum

Northwest Film Forum

Northwest Railway Museum

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Pacific Science Center

Rat City Rollergirls

Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Children’s Theatre

Seattle Mariners

Seattle’s Own Shortbread

Seattle ReCreative

Seattle Sounders FC

Tacoma Rainers

Teahouse Kuan Yin

Teatro Zinzanni

The Center for Wooden Boats

The Space Needle

Timber! Outdoor Music Festival

Tom Bihn

Trophy Cupcakes

Wing Luke Asian Museum

Woodland Park Zoo

 

And an extra special THANK YOU to Girl Scouts of Western Washington Troop #52767!

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Northwest Folklife Festivals Indie Roots Lineup – Sponsored by 90.3 KEXP – kexp.org

kexp-logoThe Northwest Folklife Festival‘s Indie Roots program returns for its fifth consecutive Festival, packed with live music showcases programmed in partnership with Northwest Folklife and local community curators such as Seattle Living Room Shows, Hearth Music and Underwood Stables. Indie Roots musicians integrate the traditional elements of folk and Americana music – banjos, acoustic guitars, Appalachian harmonies, or country twang – but with a more modern, pop-sensible sound. This year there are nine showcases and over 30 bands performing throughout all four days of the Festival, on four different stages including the Fountain Lawn Stage, Vera Project Stage, Folklife Café and on the new Back Porch Stage.

Indie Roots programming and showcases line-up – sponsored by our friends at 90.3 KEXP – kexp.org – for 2015 Northwest Folklife Festival includes: 


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FRIDAY, MAY 22

Hearth Music Showcase

Featuring Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners, Vaudeville Etiquette, Wild Rabbit

7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Fountain Lawn Stage

 

SATURDAY, MAY 23

New Generation Roots Show

Featuring Max’s Midnight Kitchen, The Desert Kind

12:20-1:30 p.m., Back Porch Stage

 

Kinfolk: New Sounds of the Northwest

Featuring Scarlet Parke, Pepper Proud, Whitney Monge

5:00-7:00 p.m., Folklife Cafe

 

Seattle Living Room Showcase

Featuring The Native Sibling, St. Paul de Vence, The Mama Rags, and Lonesome Shack

1:00-4:00 p.m., Fountain Lawn Stage

 

Prom QueenHeavy Harmonies

Featuring Eurodanceparty USA, YVES, Prom Queen, and Powers

7:00- 10:00 p.m., Vera Project

 

SUNDAY, MAY 24

Folk, Redefined

Featuring Melville, Mindie Lind, Tomo Nakayama, and OK SWEETHEART

3:00-6:00 p.m., Vera Project Stage

 

Underwood Stables

Featuring Caleb and Walter, Lowman Palace, Cahalen Morrison, and The Ganges River Band

6:00-9:00 p.m., Fountain Lawn Stage

 

MONDAY, MAY 25

Homespun Indie

Featuring The Elk Tribe, Hallstrom, Joy Mills Band

1:00-3:00 p.m., Vera Project Stage

 

Ear To The Ground: Indie Roots Show

Featuring COHO, Low Hums, Tango Alpha Tango, and Ravenna Woods

3:30-6:30 p.m., Fountain Lawn Stage

 


All Indie Roots programming is sponsored by KEXP 90.3 FM –
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