Uncollectable Treasures

Performance with Storme Webber and Ernestine Hayes

Thursday, September 28, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 pm

Frye Auditorium

Storme Webber and acclaimed author and scholar Ernestine Hayes will perform a new collaborative work, combining spoken word, and song. Together they will share urban, Alaskan Native mixed-blood stories from the place of poetry, spirit, and the sacred land, woven together with the jazz shadings that illuminate journeys and wanderlust.

About the Presenters

Storme Webber, a writer, interdisciplinary artist, educator, and curator, was born and raised in Seattle where she attended Lakeside School. She holds an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont. She has performed and toured her work internationally, and consistently foregrounds the work of other marginalized artists, most recently founding Voices Rising: LGBTQ of Color Arts & Culture in Seattle. Her poetry collections include Diaspora and Blues Divine. She has been featured in numerous anthologies, including Black Women and Writing: The Migration of Subject, International Queer Indigenous Voices, and The Popular Front of Contemporary Poetry, and in the documentaries Venus Boyz, What’s Right with Gays These Days, and Living Two Spirit. Webber received the 2015 James W. Ray Venture Project Award, which is funded by the Raynier Institute & Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium. The award supports and advances the creative work of outstanding artists living and working in Washington State and culminates in an exhibition at the Frye Art Museum.

Ernestine Hayes was born and raised in Juneau when Alaska was still a territory. When she was fifteen years old, she and her mother moved to California, where she spent twenty-five long years. When she turned forty, she resolved to go home or die with her thoughts facing north. It took her eight months to get from San Francisco to Ketchikan. She finally made it back home two years later. After returning home, she enrolled at the University of Alaska, eventually receiving an MFA in creative writing and literary arts. She now teaches at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. Hayes belongs to the Kaagwaantaan clan of the Eagle side of the Lingit nation. She has four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Jim Gupta-Carlson. Blues Divine, 2010. Photograph. Courtesy of the photographer.


Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis, and may be picked up at the information table located in the foyer outside the auditorium thirty minutes prior to the start of the program. There is no late seating and capacity is limited, so please arrive early.

As a special benefit, Frye members may reserve free tickets in advance to guarantee seating. To reserve, email rsvp@fryemuseum.org or call 206 432-8289 at least two days prior to the event. Each member may reserve two tickets and may claim their tickets one hour in advance of the program start time.

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