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Passports Postcard 5x7 horizontal
Meet the Mayor and you’ll find the walls lined with passports, each pair presenting the experiences that define and unite seemingly different people. An “American/Anglo American” woman shares a frame with a Korean American whose gender identity is “FTM and/or M and sometimes F.” Both are adopted. A 61-year-old “Secular Jew of Color” is beside a Mexican and African American who is 40 years younger. Both are shaped by motherhood.
These four are among the 40 you’ll meet at the latest exhibition of The Passport Series at the new Paul Schell Gallery, in the Mayor’s Office at Seattle City Hall. The inaugural exhibition runs from November 6, 2014 through February 6, 2015.
As part of the public programming for the exhibition, I have been invited to install additional passports and a temporary “passport office” at the Seattle Human Rights Awards at Town Hall on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, from 6 to 7:30 pm. This free public event commemorates the December 10, 1948 signing of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is sponsored by the Mayor’s Office with the Seattle’s Office of Civil Rights, Office of Arts and Culture, Human Rights Commission, Disabilities Commission, LGBT Commission, Women’s Commission, among others.
Tired of being asked what you are? Visit my “passport office” at this event to meet others who feel the same way, who fight for our right to be who we are. See the creative ways they present themselves. Be a part of the growing Passport Series and traveling exhibition.

Paul Schell Gallery
Mayor’s Office at Seattle City Hall
600 4th Ave, Floor 7, Seattle, WA 98124-4749
For inquiries or to visit, contact elisheba.johnson@seattle.gov

Seattle Human Right Awards, Dec. 10, 6 pm
Town Hall
1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
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