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Town Hall Seattle: Arts & Culture Series

The Arts & Culture series enriches our community with imagination and creativity. Whether reinventing the classics for a new audience or presenting an innovative new art form, these events are aimed at expanding horizons. From poetry to music to storytelling, this series leaves our audiences inspired, encouraged, and seeing the world with new eyes.

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Town Hall is a gathering place where ideas are planted and movements grow. It’s where we come together as a community to listen and be heard—to ask and answer the big questions facing our city and our world. Annually, we present hundreds of artists and scholars, and collaborate with more than 150 grassroots groups in our self-produced programs. Rooted in the belief that we all deserve a voice, our programming reflects—and inspires—our region's best impulses: creativity, empathy, and innovation. With our podcast series, we take one more step towards making our programming accessible to all. 

Mar 1, 2018

A generation on the move, a country on the brink, and a young author’s search to find out how we got here. Shaun Scott presented a cultural history of the United States in his book Millennials and the Moments That Made Us: A Cultural History of the U.S. from 1982-Present, lending us insight into the factors that have shaped the development of the Millennial image and outlook. He was joined onstage by freelance writer and curator of exhibitions Minh Nguyen to share a relatable pop culture history that critiques the late-capitalist status quo the Millennial generation inherited. Scott took us on a tour of the music, films, books, TV shows, technology, and numerous other factors that have defined this emerging wave of leaders and workers. Join Scott and Nguyen for a timely modern portrait of our nation as seen through the eyes of the largest, most diverse, and most disprivileged generation in American history.

Shaun Scott is a Seattle-based writer and filmmaker. His work has appeared in Jacobin MagazineQuartz, and Sports Illustrated. He is a columnist for City Arts Magazine, where writes the semi-weekly thread “Faded Signs,” a reflection on the popular culture of late capitalism. 

Minh Nguyen is a freelance writer, curator of exhibitions and programs, and former Town Hall Artist-in-Residence. She has collaborated with Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Arts and Lectures, and The Alice Gallery, and her writing has appeared in periodicals such as Seattle Weekly, AQNB, and Art in America. 

Recorded live at Rainier Arts Center by Town Hall Seattle on Saturday, February 24, 2018.