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The Shape of Trust: A partnership between the Office of Arts & Culture, Department of Human Resources & Office for Civil Rights

  • Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute 104 17th Avenue South Seattle, WA, 98144 United States (map)

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Written and directed by award-winning artist Sara Porkalob based on stories collected from the City of Seattle workforce, The Shape of Trust examines the ways that racism and its intersections with sexism and other forms of oppression are embedded in the culture, norms, practices and policies affecting the workplace environment. It shows us the truth, courage and resiliency of those who are most impacted by racism and points us toward opportunities for transformation.

Join us for one of three performances in June

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 
ACT Theatre in The Falls Theatre
700 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in the Theatre
104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Benaroya Hall, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

Doors at 9:30 am. Performances followed by talk-back sessions with the creative team and City leaders from 10 am – 11:45 am.


April 30: Priority Registration for City staff who have been organizing for workforce equity and those who are supervisors and managers and advise on HR matters. This includes: members of the Anti-Harassment Interdepartmental Team, Coalition of Affinity Groups Against Racial Harassment, Seattle Silence Breakers, Workforce Equity Planning and Advisory Committee, Human Resources Policy Team, departmental change teams, RSJI Subcabinet, and past and present RSJI CORE Teams; department directors, deputy directors and division directors; other managers and supervisors; those in designated RSJI positions throughout departments; and Office for Civil Rights, Office of Arts & Culture and Department of Human Resources staff.

May 14: General Registration for the public and all City employees.


Interpretation – ASL will be provided for each performance. Additional interpretation services may be arranged with enough advance notice. Please contact Diana Falchuk at at your earliest opportunity if you would like interpretation services to be arranged.  

Wheelchair accessibility – All theatres and the buildings they are within are fully wheel-chair accessible and include ADA compliant restrooms.  

Scent sensitivity – We cannot guarantee that all spaces will be scent-free. We encourage guests to minimize the use of fragrances and other scented products for the duration of the event.

Image: Design by Otts Bolisay with art direction from Jenny Crooks using original photographs by Alex Garland and Jenny Crooks

Later Event: July 19
7th and Jackson