The People’s Grand Opera

The People’s Grand Opera is a collaborative community-sourced singing project featuring the timeless wisdom of American poet Walt Whitman, original songs by founder/director Sara Edwards, and a variety of musical collaborators including Sari Breznau and Jose Bold. The Art Director of The People’s Grand Opera is the artist Nko. The singers are members of the public. Its first project, The Public Road, was presented at On the Boards as part of the Northwest New Works Festival in 2012. The project seeks to create site-specific, original choral performances, existing at the nexus of poetry and performance, co-authored by the community and featuring their individual and collective voices.


Mw [Moment Magnitude] is organized by the Frye Art Museum and curated by Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, Joshua Kohl, Ryan Mitchell, Doug Nufer, and Yoko Ott. The exhibition is funded by the Frye Foundation with the generous support of Frye Art Museum members and donors. Sponsored by Frank Stagen, Nitze-Stagen, and Riddell Williams, it is supported by the Washington State Arts Commission, with funding—in part—by The Wallace Foundation, and by 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Seasonal support of the Frye Art Museum is provided by Canonicus Fund and ArtsFund.

Media sponsorship of Mw [Moment Magnitude] is by KUOW 94.9FM and The Stranger. Opening event sponsorship is by The Boeing Company.