All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party - Local Impact

Panel with Royal Alley-Barnes, MAT and King County Councilman Larry Gosset

Saturday, June 9, 2018
2:00 – 3:30 pm

Frye Auditorium

A panel discussion examining the local impact of the aesthetic legacies of the Black Panther Party with artist, activist, and cultural policy expert Royal Alley-Barnes, MAT and King County Councilman Larry Gosset, moderated by Michelle Dunn Marsh, Photographic Center Northwest Executive Director and Curator.

This panel is part of a 3-part discussion series examining the ongoing impact of the Black Panther Party’s aesthetic legacies internationally, nationally, and here in Seattle. Featured speakers include artists and activists Royal Alley-Barnes, MAT, Endia Beale, Yadesa Bojia, Councilman Larry Gossett, Ayana V. Jackson, and Robert Wade.

Sunday, April 22, 2 pm: International Impact, moderated by Negarra A. Kudumu, Frye Art Museum Manager of Public Programs

Saturday, May 19, 2 pm: National Impact, a conversation

Saturday, June 9, 2 pm: Local Impact, moderated by Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director & Curator of Photographic Center Northwest

This series was organized in collaboration with Photographic Center Northwest and is in conjunction with its exhibition All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party, which runs from April 20 – June 10, 2018.

Royal Alley-Barnes, MAT is an energetic motivator with “unbridled enthusiasm and leadership” for developing highly diverse communities with a career profile that spans forty years. Alley-Barnes is Executive Director Emerita of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and the intellectual architect for its transformative migration to a sustainable non-profit in private-public partnership. Executive and administrative leadership tenure includes the following City of Seattle departments: Parks and Recreation, Finance, Zoo Operations, and the City Budget Office.

Alley-Barnes has dedicated a significant portion of her career towards education, having worked with the University of Washington Upward Bound Program, Seattle Opportunities Industrialization Center (SOIC), and as an adjunct lecturer at the Faculty of Fine and Studio Arts at Seattle Community College. Expertise in business and arts development, and her familiarities with educational approaches and modalities of learning created the Arts Education Director role for Seattle Public Schools and sustainable financial structures for six performing and visual arts organizations. She has served as a board member for private schools as well as leadership for their development phases and long-term transformations. She continues to be a passionate advocate for building diverse stakeholder communities that value all human capital for its essential responsibilities in capacity building and individual empowerment for youth.

King County Councilmember Larry Gossett was born and raised in Seattle and has been a dedicated servant of the people for over 45 years. Gossett’s Council district represents an area where he has lived and worked on issues his entire life. Gossett serves on the Metropolitan King County Council representing many Seattle neighborhoods, including the Central Area, Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill, the Rainier Valley, Seward Park, UW, Fremont, Ravenna, Laurelhurst, and Skyway in unincorporated King County. Gossett is a highly respected community leader who has advocated for the underrepresented and underprivileged in King County for his entire career. He is an advocate for programs that help inner-city youth and reduce racial and class disparities in our local criminal justice system. He has also spearheaded efforts to eliminate black-on-black violence and other manifestations of self-hatred by poor and disenfranchised populations.

In 1999, 13 years after the 1986 change of the County's name to honor the slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he spearheaded the campaign to change the King County logo from an imperial crown to an image of Dr. King. He is married with three adult children and four beloved grandchildren.

Lewis Watts. Graffiti, 1993. West Oakland.

Ticketing Policies

Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and may be picked up at the desk in the foyer outside the Auditorium thirty minutes prior to the start of the program. There is no late seating, so please arrive early.

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