Centrum November E-News

New Jazz Voicings: Jazz Lessons that Changed My Life


You won’t want to miss this special Jazz Voicings! Jazz Port Townsend veteran Tia Fuller is joined by first-timers Marion Hayden and Allison Miller for a conversation with John Clayton called “Jazz Lessons That Changed My Life.” If previous episodes are any indication, they will dig deep and bare their souls. Thursday, November 19, 5:00 – 6:30 Pacific Time.

November 19 (Thursday) 5 pm – 6:30 pm (Pacific)

Online via Zoom


About Jazz Voicings

The 35 musicians who comprise the Jazz Port Townsend faculty each summer are a priceless resource. Artistic Director John Clayton hosts informal 90-minute sessions with some of them, talking about experiences, colleagues, mentors and musical heroes that have shaped them. Expect inspiring stories (and doubtless a few laughs) as they look at life through the open window that is Jazz.

Eric Dorfman Lecture Concludes Inaugural Season of Communiversity


Monday, November 16, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.
Eric Dorfman in conversation with Knute Berger

Director of The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS), Eric Dorfman joins Knute Berger to unveil the science, planning and the process of acquisitions for Dorfman’s former Museum’s (Carnegie Natural History Museum) upcoming 2021 exhibition, “Nature’s Rainbow,” illuminating diversity in gender and sexuality among fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals, including primates. In this talk, Eric will share how this diversity develops from the action of genes and hormones and how people come to differ from each other in all aspects of body and behavior.


2020 marked the launch of Centrum’s new arts and lectures series in partnership with KCTS 9 and Crosscut — Communiversity. The series was designed to inspire thought-provoking conversations highlighting a wide range of topics affecting our world. We have one fascinating event to finish the year, and you are warmly invited to participate in the discussion, which will be held exclusively online. Admission is $15 per household. Advance registration is required.

2020 Creative Aging Conference

Creative Aging speakers

The 2020 Creative Aging Conference – a partnership with the Frye Art Museum – will explore the topic of legacy, from the perspective of making a positive difference in an imperfect world. The conference will bring together speakers from multiple disciplines and life experiences, inspiring participants to consider what legacy means to them and how they can meaningfully shape the world left to future generations.

Select confirmed presenters includes keynote speaker Eddie Gonzalez, Engagement Manager, On Being Project; Sonnet Kekilia Coggins, Executive Director, The Merwin Conservancy (pictured); Tom Ikeda, Founding Executive Director, Densho; Carol Kummet, LICSW, MTS, Palliative Care Social Worker, University of Washington; Pam McCluskey, Curator of African and Oceanic Art, Seattle Art Museum; and Dr. Katie Schlenker D.O., UWMC Palliative Care Physician, University of Washington.

Held virtually Thursday and Friday, December 3 and 4, 9am–1pm: Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend 
General Admission: $75.00 
Current Centrum Donors or Frye Members: $50.00 
Scholarship Admission (limited): $37.50 
This program will be held virtually (online). If you haven’t already, you will need to download the Zoom app prior to attending. A link with log-in information will be sent to you via the email address you register with prior to the event. 
The Conference begins promptly at 9am each day. Continuing education clock hours are offered. If you’re interested please check continuing education box on registration form and additional information will be sent closer to the conference date. For general inquiries, info@centrum.org.

2020 Year-End Giving

We believe you stand with Centrum’s values.

As 2020 comes to a close, we’ll be asking you to stand by us.

Despite the COVID19 pandemic, Centrum is still working every day to build a world of greater civility and inclusion through the arts. Like so many of you in this atypical year, we’ve made the Internet our new best friend and become a home for creative content, developed in community with artists and generative thinkers. Through podcasts and online gatherings we’ve served thousands of multigenerational learners. And we’re making plans for 2021 that expand our podcast and online gatherings and prepare for hybrid workshops that will blend online and in-person instruction and mentoring.

What we’ve described above will speed Centrum’s vision of a future where anyone from anywhere can nurture their creativity in an environment that is supportive, challenging and uplifting. But to get there, we’ll need your support. You’ll receive something soon inviting that support—and whether it lands in your mailbox or your inbox or both, when you see it, please give! Every dollar you give through December 31 will be matched by a generous donor. And if you can’t wait to support Centrum’s mission and would like to give now, click the button below:

Here’s to you and yours! Thank you for all you do to keep our shared communities safe and supported.

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