Seattle as your classroom

You get credits for your classes, but sometimes the real learning takes place outside the classroom. When you’re attending college in a world-class city like Seattle, be sure to take advantage of all the interesting cultural events around you. Here are six ideas for how you can turn Seattle into your classroom:

1. Boeing’s Museum of Flight: Walt Disney Studios and World War II

Donald Duck

Disney might be known as the House of Mouse, but do you know the significant role the Walt Disney Studios played during World War II? Explore how Disney cartoons served as a social commentary and a morale-builder for the American public and troops during wartime in ironic and amusing ways.

When: Open now through Feb. 5, 2023
Where: Museum of Flight (9404 East Marginal Way South)
Get your tickets or learn more here

2. MoPop: Afrofuturism in Costume Design

black panther costume designs

Are you fascinated with the field of costume design? Are you a fan of movies such as Black Panther, Malcolm X, and Selma? Be sure to check out this MoPOP’s exhibit featuring Oscar winner Ruth E. Carter’s costumes as she brings the intricate history and stories of African culture to life on the big screen.

When: Ongoing
Where: Museum of Pop Culture (325 5th Avenue North)
Learn more about the exhibition

3. Seattle Art Museum:  American Art: The Stories We Carry


What is American Art? How would you define it? SAM presents American Art: The Stories We Carry, a collaboration among artists from the Seattle community that challenges and reexamines our notion of what American art can be and should be. These various pieces of art hope to highlight the complexities of the different communities that make up our country and establish equity in the arts.

When: Oct. 20, 2022 – ongoing
Where: Seattle Art Museum (1300 1st Avenue)
Explore the upcoming exhibition here

4. Seattle Aquarium: Journey with Salmon at Cedar River

sockeye salmon

Salmon is familiar to us in the Pacific Northwest, but there is more to discover about this fish! Follow the salmon journey this fall and see salmon spawning at various locations in the Cedar River in October. You’ll learn from trained naturalists about what it takes for the salmon to survive.

When: October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, and 24, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the sites listed on the webpage.
Where: Locations differ by dates.
Get info here

5. Museum of History and Industry: Artificial intelligence: Your mind and the Machine.

museum poster

If you’re a history buff, this is the first traveling museum exhibit in the U.S. to display the history of artificial intelligence and the direction it’s heading in the future. You’ll get to experience and investigate how AI is transforming the industry in incredible ways and why it is also an indispensable part of our everyday lives.

When: Oct. 15, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023
Where: Museum of History & Industry (860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109)
See event info here

6. Cascade Youth Symphony featuring SPU Choir and ChoralSounds Northwest – Canticle of Peace and Valor

orchestra poster

Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Pacific University choral program honor heroes of peace through music that pays tribute to those who served in our armed forces. This program reflects a musical prayer to trust in the peace of God and to bless those who perished for our freedom. Featuring works by Mendelssohn, Rutter, Marsh, and familiar national hymns.

When: Nov. 12, 2022, at 2:00 pm
Where: Benaroya Hall
Get tickets and info from Seattle Symphony

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