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Town Hall Seattle: Arts & Culture Series

Town Hall’s Arts & Culture series elevates the voices of local artists while bringing world-renowned cultural icons to Seattle audiences. The series celebrates music, photography, sculpture, philosophy, heritage, and traditions around the world that enrich our lives.

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Nov 13, 2018

Longtime residents of Seattle have seen the city’s cultures morph dramatically—enough that designers Tera Hatfield, Jenny Kempson, and Natalie Ross have drawn us a thematic guidebook. They arrived on Town Hall’s stage to offer us insight from Seattleness, their visually rich cultural atlas of Seattle. They invited us to explore the mercurial nature of place through the lens of one of the fastest growing cities in America, examining topics from UFO sightings to pinball legacies, gray skies to frontier psychology, strong women to strong coffee.

Through both experiential and data-driven cartography, Hatfield, Kempson, and Ross provided an extensive cultural map of the moody borough that has brought us airplanes, grunge, gourmet coffee, and e-commerce. With invitations for newcomers to the city and longtime residents alike, these three dynamic designers call us together for a cultural exploration of the green metropolis.

Tera Hatfield, a Seattle native, is a design director with a background in visual design and architecture. Her diverse work focuses on the intersection of digital and physical spaces.

Jenny Kempson is a multidisciplinary designer with a background in urban design, psychology, and human geography. She continuously explores ways to connect people to places through design.

Natalie Ross, a landscape architect with a background in cartography, focuses on the design of urban environments, and works at a Seattle landscape architecture firm.

The discussion will be moderated by Sarah Ellwood, Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Washington.

Recorded live at Rainier Arts Center by Town Hall Seattle on Thursday, November 8, 2018.