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. Current exhibitions include In Struggle: Asian American Acts of Resistance, which brings forth the stories of those who stood against social and cultural injustices. The Wing presents 70 public programs annually including Family Fun Day, our year-round series of free family programs filled with intergenerational hands-on learning and art activities; book readings by local APA authors; and demonstrations and workshops by local and national artists. We offer free admission days 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 lunch. Our curriculum resources for K-12 teachers and students focus on topics such as Asian Immigration and fill a void for APA instructional materials in classrooms. The Wing’s nationally recognized afterschool 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.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Staying true to our immigrant and public service roots, The Wing serves as a cultural community anchor of Seattle and a national resource for APA art, culture and history. The Museum, established as a legacy after Wing Luke’s early death, is a conduit for storytelling, dialogue and empowerment, based on the experiences of our diverse APA population that are largely underserved in mainstream cultural and civic institutions. Accomplishments in the past year include:
- Securing the National Park Service Affiliated Area designation after a long campaign with leadership of Congressional members;
- Opening 15 new exhibitions, including Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century that spurred visitors to share their personal experiences as well as historical, scientific and social perspectives on race through contemporary artworks by 26 artists. The opening was the largest in our 47-year history;
- Receiving the Achievement in Historic Preservation award by the U.S. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Chairman and the Favorite Cultural Preservation Institution award by the International Examiner Reader’s Choice Awards; and
- Completing the renovation of Chiyo’s Garden, a once hidden, unused lot in Japantown now transformed into a garden with sculptures and mural by Rumi Koshino. The garden will be accessible through The Wing via guided tours and public programs.
Funding supports The Wing’s exhibitions, public programs, afterschool youth programs, and educational resources.