Seattle Asian Art Museum officially welcomed the public back to the renovated and expanded museum, Saturday, February 8. The three-year project has modernized the historic building, expanded exhibition and education space, and established a better visual connection to Volunteer Park.
In a public ribbon-cutting ceremony, remarks were given by Amada Cruz (SAM’s Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director and CEO); Ken Workman (Duwamish Tribal Council member and direct descendent of Chief Sealth); Christopher Williams (Deputy Superintendent of Seattle Parks & Recreation); Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-7th District); and a youth representative from non-profit Junior Asha. The teens from Junior Asha cut the ribbon.
The Seattle Asian Art Museum held a sold-out free reopening weekend on February 8 and 9 distributing 10,000 free timed tickets for the two-day event. The reimagined and reinstalled museum reopens with regular hours on Wednesday, February 12.