Places and spaces
By Imana Gunawan
Throughout the day, the minimalist concrete structure accommodates thousands of students in various lecture classes. At other times, Kane Hall, named after Thomas Kane, the UW’s 15th president, hosts a number of different events that provide students with education beyond the classroom. Located at the northern edge of Red Square near the three brick monoliths, Kane Hall includes five classroom-auditoriums of varying size, from 20-seat conference rooms to a 720-seat lecture hall. Events held at Kane Hall span from educational lecture series, panels, and conferences, to entertainment events like film screenings, music performances, and even comedy shows. UW-affiliated and unaffiliated organizations alike can rent the spaces.
MEANY HALL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Look no further than Meany Hall for a taste of the rich cultural and artistic environment that defines the UW campus. Considered one of the top-notch performance venues in the region, Meany Hall houses the 1,206-seat proscenium Meany Theater, the 238-seat Meany Studio Theatre, and various artworks by visual artists from the Pacific Northwest. Performances at Meany Hall range from those by the UW fine arts departments — including the School of Drama, School of Music, Dance Program, and the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media — to shows by international performers through the UW World Series, a program that brings international performance artists to campus for both the UW community and the greater Seattle audience.
HUSKY UNION BUILDING
The newly-remodeled Husky Union Building (HUB) reopened in fall 2012 after undergoing renovation that lasted about two years. Various Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) and ASUW entities have since moved their annual events and programming back to the HUB, which features ballrooms and the Lyceum. Such events include the Winter and Spring Powwows held by the American Indian Student Commission and UW RSO First Nations, and the ASUW Student Health Consortium’s annual Everybody Every Body Fashion Show. Along with large event spaces, the HUB games facilities and various meeting and conference rooms are also available for rent for both UW-affiliated and unaffiliated parties.
SAMUEL E. KELLY ETHNIC CULTURAL CENTER AND THEATRE
The Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center and Theatre complex (ECC) epitomizes the university’s commitment to diversity. The center first opened its doors in 1972 in response to student demands for greater cultural diversity in educational programming and activities on campus. The new center is equipped with a ballroom, a kitchen, and various meeting rooms, and has hosted cultural events and programs from meetings to conferences to soirees. The Ethnic Cultural Theatre (ECT) is a student-run, 171- seat performance space at the heart of the movement to encourage cross-cultural exchange and learning through performing arts. In previous years, the ECT produced its own season of performances, but it is now primarily a rental venue for both UW-affiliated groups and performance organizations from the greater Seattle area. The ECC and ECT both host programming that focuses on cultural and ethnic diversity and enriches the student experience outside the classroom.
Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic