Biblioteca Popular del Paraná. • Photo by Mauriciocaminos
Biblioteca Popular del Paraná. • Photo by Mauriciocaminos

The venue of the Artistic Freedom & Artistic Responsibility forum has changed from the PONCHO Forum to the Bagley Wright Theatre to accommodate a larger than expected response.

The forum was organized by the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, with support from the Seattle Office for Civil Rights and 4Culture, following discussions about the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s production of The Mikado last month.

The forum is described as a collaborative conversation, in which the audience is asked to raise questions, provide examples and offer strategies, while engaging in respectful dialogue. The forum will take place in the Bagley Wright Theatre at the Seattle Repertory Theatre on Monday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are requested through; attendees may also submit questions or ideas they would like to see addressed via the online form.

For those who are unable to make the forum, it will be live-streamed on A video of the event will be posted online in the days following. You can also follow along via #SeattleAFAR on Facebook or Twitter to take part in the conversation.

To submit a question, email [email protected], call 206-733-9926, or tweet using the hashtag #SeattleAFAR.

The city’s Office of Arts and Culture stated in a news release about the event: “Art plays a vital role in our society and can be a catalyst for dialogue and change. As the demographics of our country become more diverse, how do artists and arts groups approach new and historical work in a way that is meaningful, relevant and equitable? In response to the spirited conversation happening in Seattle and the wider arts community, this moderated forum will address issues of art, race, and cultural representation.”

Artistic Freedom & Artistic Responsibility
Monday, August 18
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bagley Wright Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre

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