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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience 

Description

The Wing is a community anchor of the Chinatown-International District serving a broad public audience that includes immigrants, refugees as well as low-income students and families. Through our community-driven programming, The Wing works to empower the Asian Pacific American (APA) community, comprised of over 26 ethnic groups, to tell their own stories, build community and significantly, share their experience with others. 

Mission Statement
The mission of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (The Wing) is to connect everyone to the rich history, dynamic cultures and art of Asian Pacific Americans through vivid storytelling and inspiring experiences.

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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 S King St 
Seattle 
WA
98104-3035 
(206) 623-5124 

Ms. Beth Takekawa 
Executive Director 

Programs

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.

Neighborhood Revitalization

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.

Evaluation


Wing Luke Asian Museum (The Wing) offers effective and culturally relevant programs that promote understanding of different cultures through engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. The Wing is building youth engagement and participation in the museum by focusing on leadership development opportunities.

Best Practices
Over the past 20 years, The Wing has developed and refined a community-based approach to all of its exhibits and projects. The Wing offers critical community space to residents of the International District and effectively engages the community in advisory levels and planning committees. Community Advisory Committees help determine museum themes, storyline, content and design and members range in background and age, resulting in multicultural, intergenerational dialogue. The new museum space boasts a community room, where community groups can gather and celebrate.

Accessibility and Cultural Competency
Their work engages populations who are less portrayed and represented in cultural majority arts organizations. The museum is the only organization of its type, serving a broad and multifaceted Asian Pacific American (APA) community which encompasses over 26 ethnic groups. They provide free tours for students who qualify for free and reduced price lunch. Also, by taking their education programs directly to schools, the museum makes learning about the history of Asian Pacific Americans easily accessible to youth.

Proven Success
As the only organization of its type, the Wing is frequently asked for advice from organizations trying to replicate pieces of its model around the country. Its community-based exhibit process has become a national model. The museum’s you programming has received special recognition- in October 2010 YouthCAN, their out-of-school high school program, was one of 15 youth programs in the country to receive an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The Wing was named “2010 Best Museum” in an online poll of over 400,000 voters in King5.com’s Best of Western Washington contest.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
9/10/2012 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
9/10/2011 $12,500.00support general operating expenses.
9/10/2009 $30,000.00support general operating expenses.
9/22/2005 $100,000.00support the How You Keep a Story Going Capital Campaign.

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