I am ecstatic to announce that Franklin High School’s Art of Resistance and Resilience Club will be contributing their artistic skills to the set design for Don’t Call it A Riot!’s remount at 12th Avenue Arts this spring. Last year the Club, under the tutelage of co-adviser Lauren Holloway, as well as members of the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party, participated in a year-long educational and artistic project that resulted in a mural honoring the Seattle Chapter Panthers.

The stunning mural is 40-feet wide and can be viewed on Franklin’s athletic field on Rainier Avenue South. Don’t Call it a Riot! is partly set in 1968, the year that the Seattle Chapter of the Party was founded by Aaron Dixon and Curtis Harris, and at a time when our country was undergoing a massive social, political and cultural revolution. Ms. Holloway, and our set designer, Parmida Ziae, will be conducting an arts workshop with the students to bring some revolutionary design to our theatrical set, and add elements that reflect those turbulent and exciting times. We feel honored to be partnering with these committed and talented artists.