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Engaging Places Tours

The Engaging Places tours will highlight various ways we can explore, acknowledge, and honor the stories of place and community. Sign up to receive notifications as new tours are added and to learn about other social learning opportunities.

Winter 2022 Tours Coming Soon.

Are you interested in hosting an Engaging Places Tour? We would love to hear from you.

Please email Laurel Hammond at laurel.hammond@wwu.edu.

PAST ENGAGING PLACES TOURS

December 2021

WHATCOM MUSEUM: UPCLOSE AND PERSONAL EXHIBIT

Co-hosted by the Whatcom Museum and led by Curator of Art and CE Fellow Amy Chaloupka. Participants viewed and reflected on the human body through the expressive lens of 60 artists. The Up Close & Personal Exhibit was generously presented from the renowned collection of Driek and Michael Zirinsky.  Amy Chaloupka, gave a guided tour highlighting several works within the exhibition and shared her thoughts on developing the project for audiences in Bellingham. 

"An especially valuable part of the experience was... the guided tour by the curator, Amy! Amy is knowledgeable and had a story for every piece of art. It was magical! "

 

ALLIED ARTS OF WHATCOM COUNTY: TOUR OF THE 42nd ANNUAL HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

Co-Hosted by Allied Arts Executive Director, Kelly Hart. Participants heard from local venders and learned about the history of the event. This annual festival featured over 100 artisans from our region.

"An especially valuable part of the experience was... hearing directly the from the artists. Very fun!"

Jessie Bloss, Spring Chruch

SUSTAINABLE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE WALKING TOUR

Co-Hosted by the Sustainability Engagement Institute, Community Food Co-op Downtown, Alsan, Brandywine, City Sprouts, Sustainable Connections. Participants learned from local leaders about the processes that bring your food from field to fork. 

"An especially valuable part of the experience was...hearing about creative ways that organizations are encouraging healthy food options, as well as ways to provide these to a variety of people." 

-James Loucky community activist; WWU prof emeritus

November 2021

FOOTHILLS FOOD BANK ANNUAL THANKSGIVING BOX PREPARATION AND DISTRIBUTION

Co-hosted by Foothills Foodbank Executive Director, Sam Norris. Their mission is to distribute quality, nutritious food to community members in need, and deliver services with respect and dignity. Volunteers packed and distributed over Thanksgiving boxes for over 300 families. 

"An especially valuable part of the experience was...helping out where it seemed needed."

- Katherine Freimund, Whatcom Literacy Council

October 2021

" A CHANGING WATERFRONT - THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF THE BELLINGHAM WATERFRONT" WALKING TOUR 

Co-hosted by RE Sources, Kirsten McDade and Eleanor Hines. Participants discussed the pre-colonial and industrial history of Bellingham Bay and the cleanup process for restoring the 12 legacy contaminated sites on our waterfront. They explored what our City might shape up to look like in the future as we reimagine a new waterfront for our community and how you can influence this transformation.

 

"An especially valuable part of the experience was...the show and tell aspects of the tour with historic photos."

- Howard Sharfstein, Kulshan Carbon Trust

"BELLINGHAM HISTORY FROM BELOW" 

Co-hosted by historian and WWU associate professor, Dr. Josh Cerretti. Focusing on the evolution of Bellingham’s waterfront and industries from the 1850s to the present, and on the ways that racism and white supremacy have shaped the community and region. 

"An especially valuable part of the experience was...learning about the true history of Whatcom County and learning about the multiple events that were orchestrated to push people of color out of the area and harm them. Also, Josh was a fun host and really passionate about his work making it all the more engaging!"

-Sarah Simpson- Whatcom Community College

"Josh gave an excellent narrative of this history of colonization local to what is now called Bellingham. Having grown up in the Skagit/Whatcom area, I had never been told this history, nor would have even been aware of the meaning of these sites absent attending. In general, I find the opportunity to grapple with local history, especially by navigating physical sites, is few & far between, so I am grateful to those who make it happen."

-Susanna Williams - WWU Woodring

September 2021

WHATCOM MUSEUM: FLUID FORMATIONS EXHIBIT

Co-hosted by the Whatcom Museum and led by Curator of Art and CE Fellow Amy Chaloupka.  

Celebrating a rich legacy unique to our region, Fluid Formations features the art of fifty-seven contemporary artists working in glass. The tour will be centered around the importance of place for this particular exhibition.

"An especially valuable part of the experience was the amazing expertise of Amy and the community experience”

-Emily Flarry - Western Washington University