Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience Programs
Community-driven Exhibits & Public Programs
Our exhibits are developed in partnership with community members and provide visitors with insider perspectives of our present-day communities such as "Belonging: Before and After the Immigration Act of 1965" which uncovers the bill's legacy and explores ongoing issues carried on in its wake. The Wing presents 60 public programs annually including Family Fun Day, book readings by APA authors; and demonstrations and workshops by local and national artists. We offer one free admission day and free activities to ensure all visitors have the opportunity to experience the stories, themes and cultures explored by The Wing.
Education Resources & Youth Programs
We reach 10,000 students annually through school tours and provide free tours for students qualifying for free/reduced meals. The Wing’s nationally recognized out-of-school youth programs are offered year-round for refugee, immigrant, and/or low-income APA youth; through art-based activities, students build leadership skills, participate in service learning and explore their creative voices.
As a core anchor of the Chinatown-International District, which has been our home since 1966 and is Seattle’s lowest income tract, The Wing is committed to community revitalization efforts that connect visitors with the historic and cultural vibrancy of our neighborhood and strengthens the economic livelihood of our local family-owned businesses.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2014 we opened a new exhibit on Asian American global icon Bruce Lee, the only Bruce Lee exhibit in the world outside of Hong Kong. “Do You Know Bruce?” honors his full legacy through his works and writings. This includes his less-known work in dance, poetry, philosophy, drawing, as well as his visionary martial arts and film work. The show was developed with The Wing’s community-based method, and resulted in a unique high-quality exhibit. Celebrating Bruce’s Seattle roots helps youth understand how humble beginnings can lead to unexpected accomplishments, rather than glamorizing stardom. The exhibit received the 2015 Exhibit Award from the Association of King County Historical Organizations for incorporating historical collections as an educational source material.
Additional highlights included 80 educators from across the country convening at The Wing to attend our week-long, 2014 National Endowment of the Humanities’ Landmarks of American History and Culture summer institute. In conjunction with our exhibit “Grit: Asian Pacific Pioneers Across the Northwest”, the intensive course focused on the hidden histories of APA pioneers who built the infrastructure of the major cities in this region.
Funding supports The Wing’s exhibits, public programs, out-of-school youth programs, and educational resources.