Wednesday
Nov202013

Even with uncertainty, time to act on Global Warming

Monday
Oct142013

Thoughts on Culture & the Arts

The great Métis leader Louis Riel once said: "My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back." Phillip was such an artist. When he danced you could sense the pride that he felt in what he was doing, and how much he was immersed in it. You could see the feeling of pride and sense the self-respect that his people felt at what he did. He was not dancing for himself. He was dancing for them. In bringing out the spirit of the dance, he brought out the spirit in all who watched. He was truly an amazing and gifted artist.” A message on the passing of Phillip Elanik, from Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission Chair, Justice Murray Sinclair

“Could we ever know each other in the slightest without the arts?” Gabrielle Roy quote on every $20.00 Canadian bill.

“That's why musicians, artists and writers are so important to change. They know the combination to the back door; they know how enter and create a counterculture in which change occurs.” Sam Smith 

Tuesday
Sep242013

8th Annual Critical Geographies Conference November 2, 2013 at Peninsula College

The Center for Community Design is partnering with Peninsula College, Arts Northwest and Feiro Marine Life Center to present this year's regional Critical Geographies Conference on November 2, 2013.  Last year the conference was held at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, and Mike & Carol Gentry attended along with Bill Hennessey.  We found it so valuable, we wanted to be a part of it "sometime in the future".  Lo and behold, our offer to host it in Port Angeles was accepted for this very year, and Peninsula College very graciously agreed to hold the event at the campus here in our home town.  The conference mainly interests graduate students in the Critical Geographies field, but anyone interested is welcome to attend and there is no charge.

Details can be found at the Conference website (included on the Peninsula College website).

In partnership with Arts Northwest, Feiro Marine Life Center, and the Center for Community Design (C4CD), Peninsula College is proud to present this year's conference, welcoming a wide range of spatially-oriented critical scholarship. The conference will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 on the main campus. The organizers encourage creative media on various themes from geography and other disciplines.

Last year’s conference recognized unceded Coast Salish territories in British Columbia and emphasized decolonization. The unique geographies of the Olympic Peninsula provide not only potential topics for scholarly work but excellent opportunities in the arts.

We welcome you to submit paper or panel abstracts on a wide variety of geographical topics that may include, but are not limited to political economy, feminist, and post colonial perspectives. We encourage creative presentations that feature visual arts, music, poetry, or other media. Abstracts should be 200 words maximum and submitted by October 10, 2013. There is no fee to attend the conference, and graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply.


Monday
Feb252013

Film Screening March 2 PRINCESS ANGELINE

CENTER FOR COMMUNITY DESIGN presents...  

FILM SCREENING:   

PRINCESS ANGELINE

Saturday, March 2, 2013  -  3:00pm 

Elwha Klallam Heritage Center 
401 E. First Street, Port Angeles 

Suggested Donation:  $5.00 - 10.00

 

Photo by Edward Curtis

The image of Princess Angeline, daughter of Chief Sealth (Seattle), is seen on many postcards.  Toward the end of her life, she lived alone, refusing to leave her homeland. What historical events led to her being one of the few Duwamish people left in Seattle by the 1890s, only 35 years after the peace treaty? This video explores the story of the Duwamish and their unrecognized tribal status, primarily through the life of Princess Angeline.

Filmmaker Sandra Osawa (who attended school in Port Angeles and is a member of the Makah Tribe) and her husband, Yasu Osawa, of Upstream Video Productions, will join us for this 53-minute long movie and will remain after the screening for questions and discussion.  If any of you were able to see Sandy's film, Maria Tallchief, when it premiered at Peninsula College's Little Theater last November, you know what a remarkable opportunity this is.

This event is presented jointly by the Center for Community Design and the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center.

Proceeds of this event will support the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe's 2013 Canoe Journey, and the Drum Group.

Saturday
Jan192013

2013 - Upcoming Events Hosted by the Center for Community Design

OUT OF THE MIST: OLYMPIC WILDERNESS STORIES
Saturday, February 9, 2013  -  7:00pm
The Landing Mall - 2nd Floor Banquet Room
Suggested Donation:  $5.00

 

In conjunction with February's Second Weekend Art Walk, we are pleased to show this breathtaking Robert Chrestensen film.  Just under 1 hour in length, it allows the viewer to "Experience the Magic of the Wild Olympics".  Featured are four avid outdoors enthusiasts: Dave Skinner, Harvest Moon, Dane Burke and Tim McNulty.  If you missed the premier of the movie at Little Theater on December 6 or if you would just love to see it again, please join us!

The filmmakers, Robert & Kathy Chrestensen, and several of the cast will join us for an evening filled with stories of the Olympic Wilderness.  The evening will be enhanced by music and storytelling by Quinault native Harvest Moon, as well as a conversation with the Chrestensens and cast.  We also will be honored with the presence of our new Olympic National Park Superintendent, Sarah Creachbaum.

Proceeds of this event will support Klallam Earth Day activities (April 20) and the 2013 Paddle Journey to Quinault at Taholah (August 1-6).


PRINCESS ANGELINE
 
Saturday, March 2, 2013  -  3:00pm
 Elwha Klallam Heritage Center
 
Suggested Donation:  $5.00

Princess Angeline, daughter of Chief Seattle, is seen on many postcards and toward the end of her life, she lived alone, refusing to leave her homeland. What historical events led to her being one of the few Duwamish people left in Seattle by the 1890s, only 35 years after the peace treaty? This video explores the story of the Duwamish and their unrecognized tribal status primarily through the life of Princess Angeline.
  

Filmmaker Sandra Osawa and her husband, Yasu Osawa, of Upstream Video Productions will join us for this 53-minute long movie and discussion to follow.   If any of you were able to see Sandy's film, Maria Tallchief, when it premiered at PC's Little Theater last November, you know what a remarkable opportunity this is.

 

Proceeds of this event will support the 2013 Paddle Journey to Quinault at Taholah (August 1-6).

 

KLALLAM EARTH DAY CHALLENGE

Saturday, April 20, 2013

 

 
Everyone is invited to participate in the 3rd annual Klallam Earth Day beach & stream cleanup and celebration! Originally conceived by Paul and Sarah Cronauer, the event has been very successful and we look forward to seeing all of you again.  Please put it on your calendar, and stand by for more details soon.