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 auditoriums of varying size, each seating anywhere from several hundred to 720 students. 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 Theater, 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, department of dance, and Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media to shows by international performers through the UW World Series, a program that brings international performance artists on campus for both the UW community and the greater Seattle audience.
HUSKY UNION BUILDING
The HUB, which was completely remodeled in 2012 and again in 2018 to add an Esports Arena & Gaming Lounge in the basement, serves students and creates opportunities for communities to come together. The newly opened Esports Arena provides 40 deluxe gaming computers, virtual reality, and an atmosphere for both competitive and noncompetitive players alike. The facility is also available for rent by both UW-affiliated and unaffiliated parties. In addition to large-scale event space, a bowling alley, and a food court, the HUB serves as the center for operations for the ASUW, Graduate & Professional Student Senate, and several registered student organizations (RSOs). Several student groups have hosted their annual events and programming in the HUB including the Winter and Spring Powwows held by the American Indian Student Commission and First Nations at the UW, plus the ASUW Student Health Consortium’s annual Everybody Every Body Fashion Show.
SAMUEL E. KELLY ETHNIC CULTURAL CENTER AND THEATRE
The Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center & 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 like meetings for student groups, conferences, and soirees. The Ethnic Cultural Theatre (ECT) is a student-run 161-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.