Painting of Syvilla Fort.

Born in Seattle in 1917, Syvilla Fort was an influential artist who began her dance career in the 1930s at the Cornish School (now Cornish College).

She went on to find fame as a performer in the Katherine Dunham Company and was recognized as a transformative dance educator in New York. In the spirit of collective remembering, Seattle-based artists, educators and historians will come together to illuminate her living legacy in a multimedia evening. Join us for this in-person program at MOHAI.

Co-produced with BJ Bullert, Edna Daigre, Nia-Amina Minor and The Black Heritage Society of Washington State.

To request accessibility accommodations, email [email protected] two weeks in advance of the event.

Photo: Al Doggett, A Life in Dance (detail, Syvilla Fort Portrait), circa 1985. Oil on canvas, 42 x 30 inches. Black History Society of Washington. Photo courtesy of the artist.