Editor’s note: This piece was created during the 2023 session of History Lab, a summer intensive for high school students interested in local history and storytelling. Over the course of two weeks, participants explore creative ways to interpret and share history, conduct research, and produce a work of historical interpretation in a digital medium on a topic of their choosing. For her project, Nora created a web interactive that spotlighted four different women artists/organizations from a variety of artistic disciplines and time periods.
This year's History Lab was inspired by the Museum of History and Industry exhibit Celebrating Pacific Northwest Artists: 25 Years of the Neddy Awards. As a participant, I was prompted to incorporate Seattle art and artists into my research project. As someone who has lived just outside the city her whole life, I wanted to focus on the diverse types of art that have been produced by local artists. As I began research, I started to look up parts of Seattle’s art scene and lesser known stories of artists. The first one I found was Tina Bell. Bell’s story fascinated me as I found it so bizarre that someone who seems so influential could be so relatively obscure. That led me to focus on other women who have helped to shape Seattle’s art scene. Before this project I was oblivious to each of the women I chose to write about. I found it curious that I hadn’t heard of any of them when they all have a huge legacy in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Throughout this project I noticed similarities between all these women and how they’ve each been challenged with being underrepresented in their fields. I created this project in order to highlight and showcase their unique stories and accomplishments that so more people can learn about them. I hope that this helps to bring to light their talents and contributions to the arts.