Blues

John “Gray Hound” Maxwell Joins 2017 Blues Faculty

John “Gray Hound” Maxwell will be teaching blues guitar at the 2017 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop. John was raised in Chicago and indoctrinated in the blues at the Old Town School of Folk Music by the great John Long. In over 40 years of honing his skills, John has shared the stage with Gatemouth

Fiddle Tunes

Rhiannon Giddens & Dirk Powell Join 2017 Fiddle Tunes

We are thrilled to announce that Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell have joined the artist faculty for 2017 Fiddle Tunes! The duo will be leading a Southern Old Time music band lab. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens is best known as the frontwoman of African-American string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, whose 2010 album Genuine Negro

Jazz

Alex Dugdale Leads Educator Track at 2017 Jazz Port Townsend

“I’m not very good with words,” Alex Dugdale, 26, of Seattle, said. “But when I play sax and dance, I am truly able to express myself in my first language: rhythm.  It is how I pray. It is how I express every emotion, good or bad.” Dugdale, Educator Track Coordinator for Jazz Port Townsend, is

Writing

mark-doty

Mark Doty on New Poems: Unscrew The Locks From the Doors

Centrum is excited welcome poet Mark Doty back to the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference in 2017. His Conference workshop will focus on writing new poems: UNSCREW THE LOCKS FROM THE DOORS: Writing New Poems Walt Whitman, early in the “language experiment” he called LEAVES OF GRASS, calls on his readers to open the locked doors

Voice Works

Grace Love Breathes Music

Singer songwriter Grace Love is Seattle’s shining jewel of grit, beauty and power – think Etta James and Betty Wright meet Mahalia Jackson. We’re excited to welcome Grace to the faculty of our 2017 Voice Works gathering in June. (If you love to sing, you’ll want to join us!) She grew up in Tacoma, just a stone’s

Young Artists

Check Out Photos from 2017 Explorations

We’ve just wrapped up an amazing week of arts immersion for students in grades 7-9 from throughout Washington state. In Explorations, students are introduced to the world of arts and ideas, creative risk-taking, and personal development. It’s a total learning environment that challenges the mind and body in equal measure. Photographer David Conklin was on

Top