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Living the Dream, Dreaming the Life: Edwin Pratt in the 21st Century, Opening Reception

Artists Explore Pratt Archival Material in Collaboration with Black Heritage Society of Washington State

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A group art exhibition titled “Living the Dream, Dreaming the Life” presents the work of 17 local artists inspired by the life and legacy of Edwin T. Pratt, civil rights pioneer and Shoreline homeowner. In partnership with the Black Heritage Society of Washington State, (BHS) and a Collections Care Grant from 4Culture, this unique exhibition asked artists to view documents and photographs from the Pratt Family archive recently donated to BHS by Miriam Pratt and Jean Soliz, Pratt’s daughter and the Pratt’s Shoreline neighbor and close family friend.

These archival materials offer a glimpse of Pratt’s life as the first Black homeowner in an otherwise exclusive white suburban neighborhood during the postwar Eisenhower years when home ownership created the modern American dream for so many but sadly for very few people of color. The exhibition opens Saturday January 26th from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. 

Join us to celebrate the legacy of Edwin Pratt with literary readings and presentations in the City Hall lobby from 6:30-7:30, food & beverages, and art exhibit on the third floor.

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