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The Rise & Fall of Prohibition @ Mohai, Check Out a FREE Museum Pass @ SPL

AS teal text only logo with dates horizontal Step back in time to the era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation!  Created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and making its West Coast premiere at MOHAI, American Spirits brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life through a re-created speakeasy, films, photos, multimedia, and more that 100 rare artifacts. -MOHAI


PEMCO Webster & Stevens Collection, MOHAI

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In Washington State, Prohibition lasted from 1916 until 1933. Local police and federal agents made regular raids and arrests. Circa 1921. 






At the new MOHAI show, “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” Maria Lunder, 10, of Seattle, tries to do the “Charleston” dance, using the foot prints on the dance floor.




At the new MOHAI show, “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition”, a wall displays vintage police photos of bootleggers. 





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The Museum Pass allows you to use your Seattle Public Library card to reserve and print out an admission pass to participating Seattle museums at no charge.

Out and about: Don’t forget about Henry

As far as Seattle art goes, I think we all get a bit caught up with SAM. His friend Henry is available and although he’s a bit less popular, maybe on the more introverted side, there’s a lot going on behind that grey, stoic exterior.

I recently visited the University District’s Henry Art Gallery for the first time in years. I went to see “The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker,” an interesting and wide collection of primarily black and white prints that explore light, shadow, and extraordinary additions to an otherwise ordinary scene. The images of cities held the most intrigue for me: his expertly composed pictures of shadows on empty streets are quiet portraits of urban life and the people that live it. Darkroom experimentation resulted in repeating sets and the merging of two photos, techniques that litter Instagram and the like, but Metzker’s is the original and most beautiful way.

The Henry is a place for the established contemporary art world and a crop of new, risk-taking artists to convene. Below the floor housing Metzker’s works lies “Jason Dodge: What we have done,” a modern installation that I initially saw as a large empty room with a few pillows. Dodge is a sculptor who uses ordinary things and transforms them by proclaiming them to be art. On the four rolls of printer paper loaned by the Seattle Times, “While they are exhibited in the gallery as art objects, many news-making events will take place in the world and in our community. When the rolls leave the Henry they will be returned to the print room where they will cease being art objects…” The exhibition also featured the space where animals were brought in to graze (but there is no photographic documentation per the artist’s request). It’s different and that’s what I love about small art galleries.

James Turrell’s Skyspace “Light Reign” is another Henry fixture and unique architecture experience. An oval of sky in a round, secluded tower is the essence of it, but it must be seen and felt in person.

I have so much appreciation for the SAM and its presence in our city. I’m also grateful for the less visited spaces that still make an impact. Entrance to the Henry is free for students, but is also included as part of the Seattle Public Library’s Museum Pass program. With your library card you can receive a free pass for several museums up to 30 days in advance.

 – Greta, 16, Teen Center Advisor






Image: James Turrell’s Skyspace “Light Reign” at the Henry Art Gallery

The Pros & Cons of Summertime

pros_consPro: You have time to relax!

After a long school-year, summer has just begun and you can finally have a bit of time for yourself.  It is around this time that you can begin planning exactly what it is that you want to do to relax.  Whether that means finding a spot to lay in the grass and read or catching a few extra hours of sleep—you’re now free to do as you wish when it comes to relaxing!

Con: Your sleep cycle can become irregular.

The majority of people that I know have the ability to stay up late if they try and often don’t even have to try.  During the summer, when one isn’t constantly thinking about school, this can means that one can be subject to staying up late on a regular basis.  Sometimes, one can be distracted by surfing the Internet, reading a book or simply losing track of time—either way, this can become a pattern that is hard to break.

Pro: You have time to explore and experience new interesting places.

Due to an increase in free time you’re able to go out an explore at your leisure.  You can go to a park and discover trails or go on a picnic and discover nature first-hand.  If you’re a tea or coffee person, you can search for new fun tea/coffee places.  If you’re an artsy person, why not take the time during the summer to plan out a few museum days?  With Seattle’s wide-range of awesome museums you’re bound to discover something interesting! (You can even get free tickets for many of them from the library!) Continue reading

Summer Fun! Museums

Hey, all you culture vultures out there! Whether you’re into art, music, or history, Seattle has a museum for you – and guess what? You can get into a lot of them for free! Check out this list of all the museums in the Seattle area that offer free admission on certain days:

 The Seattle Art Museum is free for everyone on the first Thursday of the month. It’s also free for teens with ID on the second Friday of every month from 5-9 pm. Oh, and don’t forget that SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park is always free!


The Seattle Symphony’s Soundbridge Music Discovery Center is free from 12-4 pm on Fridays. You can learn about the science behind sound, play Wii Music, listen to the collection of over 500 recordings by famous composers, and more.

 The Northwest African-American Museum is free on the first and second Thursdays of every month. The museum just opened a few years ago in the newly renovated Colman School building, so be sure to check it out!

 The Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park is free for all on the first Thursday of every month. It’s also free for families on the first Saturday of the month, and on the Second Friday of every month from 5-9 pm as part of the Capitol Hill art walk.

 The Museum of Flight near Boeing Field is free from 5-9 pm on the first Thursday of every month. Upcoming exhibits include Style in the Aisle, a history of flight attendants in the U.S., and Chasing Horizons, the story of women in aerospace.

 The Henry Art Gallery and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington are both free to the public on the first Thursday of every month. Henry Art Gallery is always free for high school and college students with ID.

 The Frye Art Museum, which features European and American paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries, is always free to the public. In fact, it was recently named one of the top ten free museums in the country by the Travel Channel!

 Okay, okay, so it’s technically not a museum, but the downtown Central Library is just as much fun as a museum, and it’s always free! You can admire public artwork, take in the amazing view from the 10th floor, go on an architectural tour of the library, sip a coffee from the Chocolati cart, peruse the gift shop, and of course browse the collection of over one million materials. What could be better?

Post by Callan, teen blogger

Bodies! Gross….or actually cool?

I was very, very reluctant to go to the Bodies exhibit. Unless it’s epic movie gore, I can’t even glimpse blood, and I cover my ears when people talk about shots. Much to my chagrin, my Biology class took a field trip to the exhibit, which is back in Seattle for the second time. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t half bad.

Sure, I wouldn’t want one of the bodies in my room, but they weren’t really as gross and gory as expected. When I first entered the exhibit, I didn’t think they were real. Trying not to imagine the bodies when they were living, breathing people, I got a literally up-close look at all the intricate pieces of muscle and tissue that compose us. The coolest body parts in the show were easily the capillaries they had soaking in water tanks, because they were so delicate and beautiful that they reminded me of a picturesque botanical garden.

While unquestionably controversial, the fetus portion was the most interesting because it actually resonated with me. It was strange to see what we all looked like before we were born, and definitely left me thinking when I left.

My biggest complaint is that it was much too small. I looked at everything with close attention to detail and still barely spent an hour in there. I think to be worth the steep ticket price, a museum exhibit should at least occupy two hours worth of “sight-seeing”.

Even though it’s somewhat of a macabre place, I would recommend going if studying the human body in your textbook just doesn’t give you a feel of what you truly are on the inside.

 -Margaret, 15, Teen Center Advisor