Document Type

Case Study

Publication Date



Manuel Cawaling; Steve Sneed


Susan Kunimatsu


The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, previously the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center and the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center has provided a sense of community to the Central District of Seattle since its creation in 1972. As a community center focused on providing cultural opportunities, Langston Hughes has had a unique partnership with the City of Seattle, which has provided both fiscal support and leadership dedicated to teen programming. In addition to regular cultural and artistic programs throughout the year, the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center started an annual teen summer musical program in the 1990s which became an important community event. These programs provided space to explore African and African American arts, while maintaining the importance of the voice of that cultural community. Through organizational and leadership changes, the teen summer musical has maintained its importance to and impact on the community.

Organization or Event

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute; Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center; Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center

Form of Entity


Area of Activity

Presenter, Arts Education, Community Development, Venue/Facility

Artistic Discipline

Multidisciplinary, Heritage