Get ready for Art on the Plaza! In August, the Central Library will have three afternoons of music, dance performances, drop-in art making and awesome books to check out on the Fourth Avenue plaza. We'll wrap up the series with a showcase of Seattle's emerging youth and civic leaders and their dreams for America.


Art on the Plaza - Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., outside the Fourth Avenue entrance in the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Plaza. The Library's artist in residence Romson Bustillo will be offering drop-in art projects at noon on Aug. 14 and 21.

  • Noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 features Eduardo Mendonça and #jazzgirl. Mendonça is a Brazilian recording artist, vocalist, composer, percussionist, guitarist, and musical arranger. Catch the spirit of the next generation of #jazzgirl artists from Seattle JazzED. Drop-in art projects will involve screen printing and mixed media posters.
  • Noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 features Filipinas Performing Arts of Washington State (FPAWS) and LaVon Hardison. FPAWS collects, preserves, performs and expresses in art forms the way of life of the Filipino people and introduces Filipino-American youth to Filipino folk dancing. Hardison sings swing, jazz standards, blues, sacred and inspirational music, as well as her own compositions. Drop-in art projects will involve monochromatic relief prints.
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 features Alex Dugdale. Dugdale is a local teacher who performs in many big bands and leads his own small groups that perform regularly in the Seattle area.

Rebirthing a Nation: Letters from the Future - 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. What solutions are young Seattle leaders dreaming for America during divisive times? Listen to youth and other emerging civic leaders who are thinking of solutions to homelessness, hatred, climate change, mass incarceration and more. There will also be performances featuring Gansango African Dance and Seattle JazzED.


This program is made possible with support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation. It is presented in partnership with Earshot Jazz, Seattle Center Festál and Pecha Kucha Seattle.

The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We support universal access to information and ideas, and form strong partnerships with community organizations to offer art that is accessible to all. We accomplish this by finding creative solutions like Art on the Plaza to meet the public's changing needs and interests.