BrandKings and MoPOP proudly present the fifth annual “Through the Eyes of Art,” a special event designed to help foster stronger communities in the Puget Sound region. In recognition of the evening’s theme, “The Tie between Sports & Activism,” the program will include a panel discussion, live performance, the presentation of the Community Servanthood Award, a Poetry Slam and an Art Showcase highlighting paintings by members of the African American community. And in honor and celebration of this special evening, MoPOP’s ‘We Are 12’ and Jimi Hendrix exhibits will be open to all guests.
The evening will feature a panel discussion centered around the theme of “The Tie between Sports & Activism.” Guest panelists will include: Donald Watts, former University of Washington Basketball Player; Joey Thomas, former Green Bay Packer & current Garfield High School Football Head Coach; Mario Bailey, former University of Washington Wide Receiver and others. “We wanted to pull together a collection of local athletes to have a conversation about what inspires them to act and how athletes can use their platform for good.” Says Draze, event organizer.
In the spirit of celebrating Seattle’s rich sports history, Through the Eyes of Art honors Daryll Hennings and Dan Finkley as the recipients of the 2018 Servanthood Award. For over 20 years this duo has mentored, trained and cultivated some of the Northwest’s greatest basketball talent. From names like Aaron Brooks (Minnesota Timberwolves); DeJounte Murray (San Antonio Spurs); Marvin Williams (Charlotte Bobcats); Peyton Siva (Louisville) and to the hundreds of other young people who will never play in a college or NBA arena. Daryll and Dan’s commitment to youth development is unmatched. Through their belief that youth basketball is about building character and lifelong memories that has turned the Rotary Boys & Girls Club AAU Program into a community gem and nationwide power house.
This year’s event features the Byrd Barr Place Art Exhibit from local painters creating works around the theme. “Every year this event takes a look at a different issue impacting the Black community. Art is a language that everyone understands. This exhibit is going to be nothing short of amazing.” Says event coordinator, Ja’Net Williams. Capping the night off will be live performances by Northwest Tap along with a Poetry Slam featuring some of the region’s top spoken word artists.
Tickets now on sale at MoPop.Org.
Facebook Event: Through the Eyes of Art
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Venue: MoPOP’s Sky Church; 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109
Tickets: $15 general admission ($12 MoPOP members, youth ages 5-17); all ages