Diversity, Social Justice and Awareness

SJIMA plans to continue to organize socially relevant world-class arts that explore significant issues and the diversity of Washington State. We were first on the West Coast to exhibit Ai Weiwei: Fault Line, his investigation into the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake that killed over 60,000 people including 5,196 schoolchildren in Sichuan province, China.

In MASRICANI, Yasmine K. Kasem, an American-Egyptian Muslim sculptor, created works addressing the perception of identity through trans-cultural eyes. She comments on social stigma and the issues that the Middle Eastern and the Western women share. In Domestic Bliss, Holly Ballard Martz’s art transformed household items into statements on gender equity and women’s reproductive rights.

Left to right: Artists Holly Ballard Martz, Serge Attukwei Clottey, Yasmine K. Kasem.

SJIMA intentionally focuses on moving exhibits and arts education that celebrate cultural diversity, enriching our community and visitors. Among our exhibiting artists we have had those who identify as First Nation, Egyptian-American, Asian-American, Chinese, Black, Latinx and LGBTQI.

SJIMA promotion of Ai Weiwei's FAULT LINE.

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