Karshner Center Events 2019-20
Admission is always free!

Culture & Arts Festivals
Noon—5 pm

2.8.20 Culture & Arts Festival - Black History Month: A family festival featuring a full spectrum of African American history through music, dance, theatre and art.  Maya Soleil Tradition will present acoustic African songs and dancees from countries of western and south-central Africa. With colorful costumes and engaging personalities, these master-level performers use ethnic vocals, musical instruments, and drums such as djembes and talking drums to weave complex rhythms and beautiful melodies.  Want a little Soul, Funk, or R&B classics? Well, Music Soulstice will provide a musical experience tracing the evolution of soul music and how it has impacted American culture from decade to decade.  Starting at the foundation, the listener will be taken on a journey of familiar music, weaving them through time with the popular sounds of that era.  From early spirituals to Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, to Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, and Marvin Gaye, to Michael Jackson, Prince, and more; hear soul music that has shaped the American cultural landscape. Book-It Theatre of Seattle brings Crown: Ad Ode to the Fresh Cut, about the importance of the haircut.  There will be art projects based on folkart traditions, teaching of African dance moves, a drum circle to join, some favorite songs of all time to sing -  a great day for all ages!

3.14.20 Nordic & Viking Culture & Arts Festival: A fun day of Vikings - REALLY, Vikings will be in the house!  Learn about the traditions, celebrations, history and culture of the countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland.  Ruthie Dornfeld and Irene Myers will play traditional dance music from the four countries.   Alf and Lulie Herigstad will teach about “living” Viking, tell stories, show handcrafts and more.  Professional woodcarver Erik Holt will demonstrate Baroque Acanthus, Rococo and Viking/Dragon woodcarving. Learn the art of rosemaling and other Viking handcrafts.  Take a picture with a Viking and make a Viking helmet. In addition, artifacts from Pacific Lutheran University, the Scandinavian Club, and the Nordic Museum in Seattle will be on display.  March 14 will be fun for all and a free family festival. 

5.9.20 Make It, Paint It, Print It Art Festival


Third Thursdays/Kids Club
4 pm—7 pm

Drums, Drums, Drums: Make drums, play drums, drums from around the world on display.

3.19.20 Women's Suffrage & Rights: Learn about the fight for women's right to vote, make art projects, and have more fun!

4.16.20 Scavenger Hunt At Spring Fair*

5.21.20 Celebrate the Child


Nights at the Museum
7:00 p.m.

1.24.20 The Right to Dream, performed by Living Voices Theatreshowing the struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America during the 1950's and 1960's. Living Voices combines dynamic solo performances with archival film and sound, turning history into a moving and personal journey.  (For students in grades 5 and older) Learn more.

3.19.20 Hear My Voice, presented by Living Voices Theatre. How long was the fight for women's suffrage?  Jessie is the daughter of a political columnist from Tennessee. When her Great-Aunt Charlotte, a longtime suffragist, comes to Washington, she introduces Jessie to the movement. Jessie begins to learn about the history of the women who started the movement, and joins in. What will they achieve? What rights were women given? (For students in grades 5 and older)

*at the Washington State Fairgrounds