The first affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute is right here in Seattle. The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience offers a unique perspective into the historic and cultural impact of the Asian Pacific community in the Northwest. The museum opened in 1967, named in tribute to Wing Luke, the first person of color elected to the city council, and the first Asian American elected to public office in the Pacific Northwest.

Wing Luke Museum is hosting several current exhibits, including "Grit", centered on Asian American pioneers across the Northwest. Executive Director Beth Takekawa joined Margaret to talk about the museum's history and mission, as well as how ArtsFund is helping Wing Luke expand its reach into the community.

Beth also previewed an incredible exhibit opening in October honoring the life, career and teachings of martial arts master, actor and philosopher Bruce Lee, as well as his longstanding connection to Seattle.

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