NAAM in the News

Gratitude Report

2018 NAAM Gratitude Report


News Featuring NAAM


Forbes | Iconic Black Women on View at Northwest African American Museum in Seattle



Seattle Times | From Sojourner Truth to Simone Biles, Seattle artist Hiawatha D. captures the power of ‘Iconic Black Women’

Real Change | Designing Stoneware: Artist Christopher Shaw contemplates in clay

Real Change | Iconic Images: Artist Hiawatha D. celebrates Black women in NAAM exhibit

Komo News | New exhibit chronicling iconic black women opens at Seattle museum

Seattle Channel | Warren Pope Exhibit Feature | Best Free Things To Do In Seattle

Seattle Times | See how a Seattle artist is telling the painful story of redlining in his city

Crosscut | The living lesson of Juneteenth

Real Change | Artist Warren Pope addresses inequality in NAAM exhibit

King5 | A new exhibit reveals Jimi Hendrix’s Seattle beginnings

King5 | Helping students trying to get into historically black colleges and universities 

Institute of Museum and Library Services | IMLS Names Finalists for National Medal for Museum and Library Service

King5 | What could you be if you didn’t have barriers?

Seattle Channel | Jimi Hendrix Comes Home to NAAM

Northwest Now | Black History Month 2019

Seattle Magazine | Jimi Hendrix exhibit reveals early sparks of creativity

The Evergrey | Meet the museum leader who helps Seattle celebrate black history

Real Change | Utopian Blackness: Artist Jeremy Bell explores the human experience

The Seattle Times | Seattle-area events will commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. through music, inspiration, and action on Monday

The Grio | Music legend Jimi Hendrix honored with renamed Seattle post office


Crosscut | From Garfield High to Kiss the Sky: Jimi Hendrix’s local roots, New NAAM exhibit tells the story of the legendary Seattle musician

King 5 | Jimi Hendrix’s birthday celebrated with opening of new museum exhibit

The Seattle Times | Santa-sized hugs abound at the Northwest African American Museum

The Seattle Times | Colman School survives and thrives as the Northwest African American Museum

Crosscut | The Sanctuary of Black Spaces in Seattle

The Seattle Times| New leader brings passion, growth to Seattle’s Northwest African American Museum

City Arts| Portraiture and Community in ‘Everyday Black’ at NAAM


The Evergrey| This exhibit will immediately make you smile

King 5| Museum Offers Opportunity to Reflect

Ethnic Seattle| NAAM 2018: EVERYDAY BLACK

New Day Northwest| Art exhibit spotlights race relations and encourages civic engagement-New Day Northwest


Seattle Channel| Community Stories: An Elegant Utility – Building Across Generations

NAAM | LaNesha DeBardelaben Appointed Executive Director

New Day Northwest | The Every 28 Hours Plays emphasizes civil injustice in today’s communities

Crosscut | The impact of white spaces on Black identity

King 5 | An artistic answer to a rude question

City Arts | Lisa Myers Bulmash and “Saint Felicia” at NAAM

Seattle Channel | Community Stories: Lawrence Pitre

City Arts | Central Intelligence: As gentrification threatens culture, can art help save the soul of the C.D.?

Q13 Fox | Hall of Famer Kenny Easley says he’d take a knee if he were playing today

Q13 Fox | ‘It’s not a disrespect:’ Seahawks’ Baldwin, Bennett and civil rights leader defend NFL protests

Seattle Weekly | An Elegant Utility’s Radical Interdependence

Real Change  | Carved Art: NAAM Showcases the Illustrations of Daniel Minter

The Seattle Times  | ‘The ways love shows up in the world’: a Central District’s family’s history, transformed

The Seattle Times  | Review: At Northwest African American Museum, works you’ll want to touch- but don’t

Leschi Community Council  | Culture Corner- Far Away & Right Here: Deep South Tales and Central District Families

Real Change  | Family ties: Artist Inye Wokoma follows his family’s history through the Central District at NAAM

Seattle Weekly  | Getting Down at KEXP’s Expansions MLK Unity Party

Seattle Medium  | Local Woman Uses Genealogy to Unite Relatives, Preserve Gravesite of Ancestors


The Seattle Times  | Photos: First-time Santa in Seattle tries to ‘bring us together’

Real Change | Dance Theatre of Harlem hailed at NAAM exhibit

Mildred W. Ollee appointed Interim Executive Director | NAAM

A Letter to our Community | NAAM

Seattle Magazine | Returning Home with Tariqa Waters in 100% Kanekalon

KING-5 News | Giving Day: Northwest African American Museum

The Seattle Times | A Seattle Dad’s Dying Gift That Little Daughter Know Her African American Heritage

A Statement From Our Executive Director on Recent Tragedies | NAAM

Seattle Weekly | 25 Arts Events We’re Excited About This Summer

Parent Map | 2 Local Exhibits Celebrate African American Fashion and Beauty

The Stranger | Tariqa Waters Returns to the South in 100% Kanekalon Hair’

Art Zone | Tariqa Waters & ‘100% Kanekalon’ | Northwest African American Museum scores with “Posing Beauty”

Crosscut | Hanford’s diverse human history deserves to be told

The Seattle Globalist | Beyoncé, Barbie and “Posing Beauty” at NAAM

The Seattle Times | The beauty of blackness at the Northwest African American Museum photo exhibit

Seattle Gay News | The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper at the Northwest African American Museum

Tri-City Herald | Exhibit chronicles hard life for blacks at WWII Hanford | Spectacular Art at Northwest African American Museum

Huffpost Black Voices | 10 Museums in the U.S. Focused on African American History

Seattle Times | Art, dance and more for Black History Month in Seattle

KING5 News | Longtime friends share their unusual history in Seattle


GO: South Seattle | 10 Small Organizations Doing Big Things in South Seattle (Part 1)

KUOW | Who Says Santa Claus Has To Be White?

The Stranger | Black Americans Came to Washington State from Around the Country to Help Build the Atomic Bomb

Seattle PI | The Girls are Coming

Art Zone with Nancy Guppy |  Debora Moore: Glass Orchidarium

Seattle Times | Fragile Beauty: the glass art of Debora Moore

 KUOW | What it Means to Dream about Justice

Art Zone with Nancy Guppy | Eyes to Dream: A Project Room by C. Davida Ingram 

Parent Map | Superheros for Washington Families featuring Rosanna Sharpe

Art Zone with Nancy Guppy | Funky Turns 40: The Black Character Revolution


Seattle Times |  Onyx artists celebrated at NAAM 

Seattle Metropolitan Magazine | Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair

 Seattle Voices | Rosanna Sharpe w/ Eric Liu

The Stranger | Relevance of NAAM

The Stranger | #Ferguson Event “Radical Church”

KPLU Artscape | Afros a Celebration of Natural Hair

Tacoma News Tribune | NAAM and Rosanna Sharpe

The Seattle Times | Afros a Celebration of Natural Hair

Video Seattle Channel | #Ferguson Pecha Kucha

Video Seattle Channel | Afrofuturism Pecha Kucha

Video Afropunk Bash  and Afrotastic Catwalk | Georgio Brown

 King 5 Evening Magazine | Pitch Black Exhibition 

Seattle Times | Pitch Black Exhibition | Northwest African American Museum History


KCTS 9 | Marita Dingus: Fashion Free-For-All

Seattle Times | New Executive Director

Rainier Valley Post | Baldwin Conversation Series

Yes Magazine | Bearing Witness from Another Place: James Baldwin in Turkey

Seattle Times | Michael Upchurch reviews book of the bound and Bearing Witness from Another Place: James Baldwin in Turkey


Crosscut | Interview with  Sedat Pakay regarding James Baldwin and the Bearing Witness from Another Place Exhibition

BARBARA MCMICHAEL | Museum exhibit inspires memorable book of photographs

Seattle Gay News | Portraits of a Native Son

AAHC Forum | Pacific Northwest Provides Professional Development for African American Museum Professionals

The Stranger A & P | Bearing Witness from Another Place: James Baldwin in Turkey


CBS Local | Listen to Barbara Earl Thomas, NAAM Executive Director give a tour of the Museum and discuss the what she loves most about NAAM with Lee Callahan.

King 5 News | NAAM’s latest exhibition IndiVisible: African Native Lives in the Americas is discussed by Marilyn Wandrey, Suquamish tribe member and Chieko Phillips, Curatorial Assistant.

Seattle Times | Checking Our Pulse Exhibition

Washington Womens Foundation | Award NAAM $87,500 over the next three years.


Videos about the five health issues highlighted in the Checking Our Pulse Exhibition


Seattle PI | Colman School activists to get their museum

Seattle Times | School Transformed Into Museum, Housing

Seattle Channel | CityStream Segment: Northwest African American Museum

View a gallery of opening day photos. Courtesy of Storms Photographic

Press Releases


Pitch Black: African American Baseball in Washington State


New Executive Director for Northwest African American Museum.

Marita Dingus Fashion Free-For-All


Bearing Witness From Another Place: James Baldwin in Turkey

Community Conversation Press Release