Arts and Culture Reporter
Marcie Sillman arrived at KUOW in 1985 to produce the station's daily public affairs program, Seattle After Noon. One year later, she became the local voice of All Things Considered, NPR's flagship afternoon news magazine.
After five years holding down the drive-time microphone, a new opportunity arose. Along with Dave Beck and Steve Scher, Marcie helped create Weekday, a daily, two-hour forum for newsmakers, artists and thinkers.
The new century brought new challenges. Marcie and Dave Beck created The Beat, Seattle's only broadcast program to focus specifically on arts and culture.
In 2002, after more than 15 years as a daily host, Marcie decided to become a full-time cultural reporter. During her career, more than 100 of her stories have been heard on NPR's newsmagazines, as well as on The Voice of America.
In 2005, she became KUOW's first special projects reporter. In this role, she produced in-depth audio portraits and documentary series about life and culture in the Puget Sound Region.
In September, 2013, Marcie was part of the team that created The Record, a daily news magazine focused on the issues and culture of the Puget Sound region. After two years as Senior Host of the program, Marcie returned to full-time cultural reporting.
Over the past three months, we’ve become accustomed to loss: the loss of lives, of livelihoods, and the loss of the way we used to go about everything from grocery shopping to educating our kids. Now we’re looking at the loss of Seattle cultural institutions.
Memorial Day weekend usually brings a spate of pre-summer festivals and other cultural offerings. Although public gatherings are out, you can still enjoy some of your holiday weekend traditions.
Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer Amanda Morgan says the pandemic is devastating...and an opportunity to make dance more accessible.
Voices of the pandemic features people in the Seattle area coping with the coronavirus outbreak.
Lynn Shelton, a beloved member of Seattle’s film community, died May 15 in a Los Angeles hospital. Shelton’s representatives said the cause of death was a previously undiagnosed blood disorder unrelaed to Covid-19. Shelton was 54 years old.
Hip hop culture is ubiquitous—in Seattle and around the world. But 40 years ago, a local group called Emerald Street Boys were hip hop pioneers.
The pandemic has forced all of us to change the way we go about our daily lives--everything from work to school to grocery shopping. Even our social lives have migrated to various digital platforms; we have Zoom happy hours, Google Hangout coffee dates, and we stream entertainment like never before.
85 years ago, May 6, 1935, with America mired in the depths of the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed an order that created the Works Progress Administration. The WPA was created to provide jobs for millions of unskilled laborers who were put to work on giant infrastructure projects. But at the behest of Eleanor Roosevelt, the WPA targeted another sector that was experiencing bad times: the nation’s artists.
Washingtonians have been sheltering in place since mid-March; we’ve gotten used to everything from online school to Zoom happy hours. Local artists also have become more skilled at migrating their output to various streaming platforms. Here are three weekend online cultural opportunities.
I’d been hunkered down at home for almost three weeks when Gov. Jay Inslee issued his stay-at-home order for Washington state in late March. Health officials had identified America’s first official Covid-19 death on February 29th, and they warned the novel coronavirus could be particularly dangerous for people over the age of 60. At 66, I wasn’t taking any chances.
When Governor Jay Inslee announced his stay-at-home order in mid-March, theater artist Shana Bestock knew she had two choices: cancel her youth drama program’s spring production, or move it online.