PHOTO FOLDER: Rediscovering the central district with “Walk the Block” by Wa Na Wari
by Susan Fried
Over seven hundred people bought tickets for Wa Na Wari’s inaugural “Walk the Block” fundraising event on Saturday, October 16. Attendees were treated to a feast of visual art, music, dance, food and drink.
Upon arriving at the event, attendees were handed maps, picked out race bibs personalized with a variety of words and slogans, and then embarked on a 0.08-mile walk through the Central District neighborhood. During “Walk the Block” they were able to find work from artists Inye Wokoma, Chloe Kingand Kimisha Turner. There were also video pieces of Martine Syms, Sable Elyse Smithand the Shelf Life Community History Projectas well as live music by the Gary Hammon’s group. Three blocks away, in front of the Garfield Community Center, there were dance performances by Northwest tap connection and the collective Bring Us, with the jazz trumpeter Owuor Arunga playing between performances. There were 15 stops along the way.
Elisheba Johnson, co-founder of Wa Na Wari, told the emerald that the event was “a total success”.
“We decided to do this on a lark and we didn’t know if it would resonate or not, and it’s so amazing,” Johnson said, adding that Wa Na Wari plans to make it an annual event. Feedback from neighbours, who want to add their home next time, and from participants, who suggested partnering with other organizations, has already given them some great ideas for next year.
Johnson said one attendee returning to Wa Na Wari after his “Walk the Block” tour said he was able to “rediscover the Central District”.
“And it looked like everything we [Wa Na Wari] do, both, in a certain way,” Johnson said. “We want people to rediscover their relationship with the Central District.”
Fried Susan is a 40-year veteran photographer. Her early career included weddings, portraits, commercial work – plus she‘I was The Skanner photographer in Seattle for 25 years. His images have appeared in the University of Washington Daily, the Seattle Globalist, Crosscut and many more. She was a emerald contributor since 2015. Follow her on Instagram @fried.susan.
📸 Feature Image: A volunteer helps keep track of people inside the Wa Na Wari house during the ‘Walk the Block’ fundraiser for Wa Na Wari on Saturday October 16. (Photo: Susan Fried)
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