Cultivating Black Brilliance since 2016

Who We Are

LANGSTON Seattle is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, founded in 2016 with the purpose of spearheading programs at the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. We lead innovative programs and foster community partnerships that center Black art, artists, and audiences while honoring the enduring legacy of Seattle’s Black Central Area. Our wide-ranging programs span multiple disciplines, all firmly rooted in our unwavering mission and values.

Founded in 2016

LANGSTON is the realization of a community-led vision. It was conceived and designed by dedicated community members to serve as a steadfast steward for this vital Black arts and cultural hub in Seattle. Our journey reflects the recommendations of our community, gathered through a three-year stakeholder engagement process led by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. They remain our close partner and a major sponsor to this day, guiding us in our commitment to strengthening and celebrating our community through the transformative power of Black arts and culture.

Our Mission: Strengthening and Advancing Our Community Through Black Arts and Culture

Our mission is not just a statement; it’s a driving force behind everything we do. It serves as the guiding principle for our diverse range of programs, initiatives, and partnerships. At LANGSTON, we are dedicated to creating a future where arts and culture play an integral role in building a stronger, more vibrant, and more united community.

Our Vision is to Cultivate Black Brilliance

At LANGSTON, our vision is to cultivate the brilliance within the Black community. We are dedicated to uplifting the stories of Black artists, both emerging and established and to furthering the enduring legacy of those who have paved the way.

By promoting the brilliance within our community, we aim to create a world where Black stories and voices are cherished, celebrated, and continue to shape our cultural landscape.

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We’re here to listen, engage, and connect with you. LANGSTON is more than just a performance venue; it’s YOUR space, where your voice and your stories matter. Reach out today; we’re here for YOU! 

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