ABOUT OUR BIG NEIGHBORHOOD
Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center have partnered to present Our Big Neighborhood, a year-round youth and family initiative providing opportunities that share and sustain the vitality of folk, ethnic and traditional arts for present and future generations. This multicultural, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational program fosters the sharing of traditional and evolving cultures among people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds with the hope of promoting greater social understanding. Our Big Neighborhood, which includes Northwest Folklife Festival and Seattle Children’s Festival, presented in partnership with Seattle Center, offers families of all ages the chance to learn about Northwest communities through a variety of engaging education, presentational and hands-on programs. It aims to develop young minds and bodies through dynamic movement, rhythm, song, and hands-on activities.
Participants may explore cultures in a variety of art forms and multiple learning opportunities with no financial barrier. Our Big Neighborhood currently consists of four main programs: Movin’ Around the World, Global Playground, the Seattle Children’s Festival, and Our Big Neighborhood at Winterfest. We hope you’ll join us as our neighborhood continues to grow!
Collaboration and co-creating this program with our cultural partners makes the program fully representative of our neighborhood and our cultural communities. Northwest Folklife partners with such organizations as 206 Zulu, Arts Corps, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Center for Wooden Boats, Creative Advantage, Foundation for International Understanding through Students, Gage Academy of Art, King County Library, Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), Music Center of the Northwest, Northwest African American Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Gymnastics Academy, Seattle Symphony, Seattle Theatre Group, Seattle Tilth, Somali Youth & Family Club, Sunshine Music Together, Technology Access Foundation and Youth Theatre Northwest.