Puyallup’s Karshner Center hosts show and festival exploring human migration


The Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts presents an evening of art, music and theatre exploring the human journey. Migration, and the movement of human groups, immigration and refugees will be examined, stories told, and perspectives talked about. Along the way see a theatrical show, listen to an outstanding trio of musicians, explore art by over 40 artists from Tacoma to New York. The evening events are free to the public

The art show, “Migration Now” will be on display at the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts from Feb. 12 through March 1. “Migration Now” is a limited-edition portfolio of handmade prints addressing migrant issues from a collective of U.S. artists. University of Washington, Tacoma art students as well as others are also contributing to this show.

On Feb. 23, the Karshner Museum hosts a free, family festival held in conjunction with “Migration Now.” The festival is called “Art, Theatre and Music of the Human Journey.”


Trio Guadalevin

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a performance by the Trio Guadalevin. Drawing on the deep roots of music, Abel Rocha, August Denhard and Antonio Gómez will show how music migrates and how wonderful our heritages have blended in music and song. These musicians play in various groups and venues, this time sponsored by the Early Music Education Foundation out of the University of Washington. Receiving a 4Culture Grant has made wonderful history of music performances possible.

David Fenner

At 6:30 p.m., “Living Voices Island of Hope,” a multimedia theatrical production about immigration of early 1900’s Ellis Island will be performed. The production won the Governor’s Award for Art in Education Organization in 2017. At 7:15 p.m. there is a Washington Humanities Event with guest speaker, David Fenner whose lecture is called “The Long Haul: A Story of Human Migration.” From our beginnings in Africa to our frenetic journeys in the 21st century, examine the roots and the routes of human migration. Fenner’s presentation is supported by a Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau grant.

Ongoing at the museum is “Children’s’ Stories of Immigration” and “Migration Read Aloud” and a slide show and video about Jacob Lawrence’s art series, “The Great Migration.”

The Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts is located at 309 4th St. NE in Puyallup.

For information visit www.puyallup.k12.wa.us/karshner_center

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