The Future Ancient public art project works to center our cultural futures and collective liberation. The project works to understand our past, our present place and help imagine an indigenous future where #BlackLivesMatter, a hallmark of racial equality and respect for our diverse cultures, people and mother Earth.
In partnership with Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Seattle Art Museum, The Future Ancient Public Art team pivoted from in-person museum programming to develop “The Channel,” an art and cultural variety show featuring interviews, performances and cultural gems as we tell and ground our living history in story, performance and contemporary cultural practices. Season 1: “Culture Without Borders” features 40+ local and international artists and cultural workers of Tibetan, Cham, Hmong, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander and other Asian descent, as well as Black and Indigenous folks. Our 30+ member team of Seattle-based artists works to value our cultural heritage in a future-forward, socially transformative way based on our experiences.
Our eight-episode season airs Saturdays in October and November 2020, at 7:30 PM, Pacific Time, on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube in a livestream, interactive format. Please tune in and even watch past episodes!
Through a competitive process, local Corean artist Che Sehyun was selected as Special Projects Curator for the Seattle Asian Art Museum, a first in its history to hire a local Asian and/or Pacific Islander (API) artist to provide a year’s worth of public art programming that centered API lives and perspectives and celebrate the historic grand re-opening and $55 million remodel. The vision was to uplift, empower and build the Asian Pacific diaspora community and our relations with all people, so in addition to “The Channel”, the Future Ancient also presents the Artist Roster Survey:
• Promote economic opportunity for local Asian and Pacific diaspora artists and cultural workers through a artist roster for hire;
• Develop self-awareness as a sector to empower and advocate for our cultural futures;
• Uplift, empower and build the Asia Pacific community.
• Free professional development training from Artist Trust (emerging and mid-career level);
• Specialized professional Ddevelopment training from the Future Ancient Public Art Team;
• Free tickets to the Seattle Asian Art Museum and Seattle Art Museum;
• VIP invitation to Future Ancient API Networking event.
Dates: Open now until 12/12/2020
Professional development training in January and February 2021
Future Ancient API and BIPOC networking event March 2021
API Roster Survey: www.bit.ly/apiroster
All Project Links: www.linktr.ee/futureancient