Photo Credit: Kina Ackerman
"Go forward and live or turn back and die" - Tubman
Tariqa Waters, owner and curator of Martyr Sauce, and the late Jonathan Moore were the launch curators of the RE:DEFINITION gallery at the Paramount Theatre bar in 2015, a partnership with Seattle Theatre Group (STG) to redefine historic cultural space. The goal of the space was always to elevate underrepresented artists and issues of equity in our community. This mural (in photo above) was commissioned by STG during the COVID-19 pandemic and coincides with the 5 year anniversary of the RE:DEFINITION gallery at The Paramount. The mural features Tariqa Water’s installation, a triple stack of Harriet Tubman $20 dollar bills bundled in RE:DEFINITION bands, and a custom mural by A.O. Hamer which also references Tubman's life through lyrics from “Soldier” by Erykah Badu.
The debut RE:DEFINITION show took place in January 2016. Yearly rotating exhibits showcase works from visual artists whose pieces highlight issues of equity in our community.
As STG reopened theatres in 2021 after the COVID-19 Pandemic, Re:Definition expanded to The Neptune Theatre and has continued to grow throughout STG operated venues.
THE PARAMOUNT LOBBY BAR GALLERY
THE PARAMOUNT 3rd MEZZANINE GALLERY
Artist & Pieces
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We remain grateful to our RE:DEFINITION founders, Jonathan Moore and Tariqa Waters, for establishing this ongoing partnership.
For more information on their contributions, as well as those of past curators, artists, and exhibits, please visit our archive.