The Open to Question outdoor exhibition is a revealing retrospective on political and social activism in Seattle’s University District.

A dramatic photo archive is combined with quotes and recorded personal histories from Seattle’s movers and shakers of the 1960s and 70s.

From 10,000 protestors facing off with riot police in the middle of I-5, to Black Student Union sit-ins demanding the hiring of more African-American faculty at UW, this exhibition offers an exciting peek into a critical time in Seattle’s history.


April 4 – Dec 30, 2009
Exhibit extended to March 2010.


Near Red Square, between Meany Theater and the By George Cafe on the UW campus.
15th Ave NE Entrance
Seattle WA 98195

The exhibition and all events are free and open to the public.


April 3, 2009 / 5:30pm – 8pm
Opening Reception. Slide show presentation by historian Paul Dorpat at 6:30pm.
UW Tower Mezzanine and Auditorium

April 25, 2009 / 2pm – 4:30pm
Screening of Open to Question: Voices from the University District. Watch interviews with University District activists from the ’60s to the present, and share your own stories about neighborhood changes over the years at a community roundtable.
University Heights Community Center, University Way NE between NE 50th and NE 52nd Streets

May 17, 2009 / 1pm and 3:30pm
Taking it to the Street Fair! Civic engagement project leader Nancy Amidei leads U District activists from the past and present in an engaging impromptu conversation. Jump in and share your own stories.
University District Street Fair, Brooklyn Avenue NE and NE 42nd Street

May 28, 2009 / 12pm – 2pm
Activism for a New Century. Join Nancy Amidei in a conversation exploring the new roles and ways of activism today.
University Heights Community Center, Room 110

What Doors of Opportunity Will You Open? Educators Guide available by mid May. Includes materials for self guided exhibit tours and pre and post activities for high school students and college freshmen.
To request a guided tour contact [email protected].


This exhibition is ADA accessible. Disability parking is available in the Tower garage. There is regular street parking available on Brooklyn Avenue.