The YouthCAN Summer Cultural Arts Experience is all about the environment this summer. In fact, this summer begins a three year initiative on what we’re calling environmental heritage.

What is environmental heritage? Simply put, environmental heritage is the historic relationship between people and the land. An untold story about Northwest environmental hertiage is the contributions made by Japanese immigrants over 100 years ago.  Did you know that the labor force that built the railroad that runs underneath Stevens Pass was primarly of Japanese discent? This begs the question: when we look East and to the Cascade Mountains, are we looking at a Japanese landscape? This is one of the questions we’ll take up this summer.

But you may ask yourself: What does environmental heritage matter to me? Come by the Wing Luke Museum on Friday, April 15th at 3:30PM to hear Seattle City Council Member Mike O’Brien talk about how his high school experience led to him to take leadership on environmental issues and how you can too!

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