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.

Our Mission is to strengthen and advance our community through Black arts and culture.

Our Vision is Cultivating Black Brilliance

Our Values include

  • Sharing culture
  • Promoting artistic expression
  • Encouraging artistic excellence
  • Facilitating cultural education and possibility
  • Cultivating leaders
  • Practicing radical inclusivity
  • Thriving as a self-determined community

These principles serve as the guiding light 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.

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.

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