Welcoming Week in Bellevue

Bellwether Art+ Experience: Taking Root

Ten days and nights of art and experiences in downtown Bellevue, including site-specific installations, live music, talks, culinary events and more. This year’s theme is "Taking Root," activated by a team of curators and artists who explore notions of identity and cultural exchange.

  • When and Where: Sept. 13-22, various locations downtown 
  • Host: City of Bellevue in collaboration with Bellevue’s arts community 

Botanical Gardens: Cultivating a Culture of Discovery, Inclusion and Access

Learn about the efforts of the Botanic Garden of Smith College, in Northampton, Mass., where staff implement strategies to welcome everyone to experience the world of plants. Discuss the social role of botanical gardens and their potential contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts.

  • When and Where: Friday, Sept. 13, 6:30-8 p.m. Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St.

Bellevue Welcomes The World

Live music and dancing from around the world, crafts and activities for kids, refreshments, selfies for all and the Eastside Equity Arch!

  • When and Where: Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Marketplace @ Factoria.
  • Co-Hosts: Bellevue Diversity Advisory Network, Eastside Race & Leadership Coalition, Marketplace @ Factoria

Performances, Crafts and Martial Arts From Around The World

Chinese tea tasting, Turkish coffee, kung fu and taiji demonstrations, henna, unicycle and pipa performances, marbling and food crafts for kids. Something for everyone to experience. All ages welcome. 

  • When and Where: Saturday, Sept. 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Highland Community Center, 14224 BelRed Rd.
  • Co-Hosts: English Language Learners Alliance, Turkcha, Popcorn Play Party and Cook, Boundless Parenting Group, Echo Pipa Studio, Mariko

Cultural Conversations: Taking Root at Bellwether

The women's group discusses the Bellwether arts festival's theme with storytelling from Minhi Winkemplenk, an artist whose work is in Bellwether.   

  • When and Where: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1-2:30 p.m., Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE

Introduction to “We are History Keepers” Workshops

Preserve your family and ethnic community history. Tools, techniques and resources for keeping records, caring for personal, family and community papers, organizing photos and audio/visual collections, books and other collections.

  • When and Where: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6-7:30 p.m., Crossroads Community Center Community Room, 16000 NE 10th St.
  • Co-Hosts: Ethnic Heritage Council of the Pacific Northwest and University of Washington Libraries

The Power of Masks: Faces of Diversity

Create a mask inspired by your favorite cultural influence with instructor Brad Niemeyer. Masks will be combined into a community art project and on public display for 3 weeks. Registration highly recommended as space is limited!  Parents must accompany and participate with children (ages 7 and older). Free. Register.

  • When and Where: Friday, Sept. 20, 6-8 p.m., Northwest Arts Center, 9825 NE 24th St. 

Celebrating Chinese Culture 

Explore four regional culture and tea booths – Beijing, Shanghai and Jiangnan, Canton and Southwest China to share their cultures, plants and flowers as well the events and dresses. The event will include music, dance, taiji, and other performances, in addition to an information desks for living, schooling and other residence needs for the immigrant community, available in various languages. 

  • When and Where: Sunday, Sept. 22, 1-4 p.m., Botanical Garden Education Center, 12001 Main St.

Growing Food with Mayors and Other Elected Officials

Learn about the history and future vision of the farm as we create locally and globally connected communities rooted in healthy living and inclusion, supporting the Eastside community, and enabling children to learn about our world through gardening.

  • When and Where: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2-4 p.m., tBUG, shuttle from Spiritridge Elementary School, 16401 SE 24th St.
  • Co-Hosts: Global Social Business Partners, tBUG (The Bellevue Urban Garden), Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition

More information

Details about all Eastside Welcoming Week events are at ERICmembers.org/events. Welcoming is more than a week of celebrations. Join the movement and contact Debbie Lacy (debbie@ERICmembers.org) at the Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition.