Ballard Artist Akira Ohiso Wins JMN Design Contest

Ballard Akira Ohiso JMN Design Contest Winner

Photo courtesy Jewish Multiracial Network

Congratulations to Ballard artist Akira Ohiso for winning 1st place in Jewish Multiracial Network’s (JMN) design contest. Ohiso created the Jews of Color Convening (JOCC) poster which will be featured during the 2nd National JOCC happening this spring. His submission showcased the vibrance of intersectional and Jews of Color identities, and you can see his winning entry at

Locally, a collection of Ohiso’s mixed media work is available for view at the The Oddfellows Building, 915 E Pine St, Suite 401, in downtown Seattle. Learn more:

From the Jewish Multiracial Network:

Akira is an artist, writer and musician who gained popularity as an outspoken blogger and social media voice, and is now using social media to curate about green living, art, and a philosophy of “slowing down.” He received his Masters of Social Work degree in 2003 and worked for years in the social services profession. His invaluable experience working with underserved populations continues to inform his engagement in the digital world. He was the co-founder and editor of Green Door Magazine. He is married to Ellie Ohiso and lives in Seattle with their three children.

About the 2nd Jews of Color Convening:

The 2nd Jews of Color Convening (JOCC), sponsored by the Jews of Color Field Building Grant, is an initiative by Jews of Color and for Jews of Color and their families to wage strategic impact upon the Jewish community far and wide.

This year, JOCC will take place in Copake, New York, at the Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp, from Sunday, June 17 – Wednesday, June 20, 2018.  Those interested in learning more are encouraged to visit  Additional information about the event, including fees and transportation details, can be accessed  at

Ballard Akira Ohiso JMN Design Contest poster

Seattle Maritime Festival Family Fun Day happening May 12 in Ballard

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Want to learn to pilot a tugboat or a ferry boat? Take a free Argosy Ship Canal Tour? Try your hand at welding? Fire an emergency flare? Or be in a Survival Suit Race?

Those are part of the free hands-on activities planned for the Harley Marine Seattle Maritime Festival Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at Seattle Maritime Academy, 4455 Shilshole Ave NW in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood. The Seattle Maritime Academy is part of Seattle Central College.

In addition to the Experience Maritime Activities, there will be music on the Port of Seattle/KEXP Entertainment Stage, Argosy Ship Canal tours, food trucks, fire boat tours, photo booth, and other events. The festival, which is Seattle’s largest maritime industry celebration, is presented by the Seattle Propeller Club and Port of Seattle, with Harley Marine.

“Family Fun Day is a tremendous opportunity to experience the maritime industry and learn about the incredibly important role it plays in the region,” said Susan Chesney, President of the Seattle Propeller Club and National Sales Manager for National Fisherman magazine.

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Here’s a sample of the days events:

1. Free Argosy Ship Canal Tours – 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Presented by the Port of Seattle
2. Pilot a workboat at the full mission bridge simulator and engine room – Seattle Maritime Academy
3. Build your own boat (kids) – Courtesy Center for Wooden Boats
4. Try your hand at tossing a heaving line and a life ring – Seattle Maritime Academy
5. Join in Survival Suits Races – Compass Course and Seattle Maritime Academy with
6. Knot Tying – Sea Scouts, Seattle Maritime Academy and Northwest Marine Trade Association
7. Oil Removal Demonstration – Global Diving and Salvage

And so much more!  Full free family fun event schedule available HERE.

Port of Seattle / KEXP Entertainment Stage
Noon – 12:45 p.m. The Not-Its!
1:15 – 2 p.m. Knut Bell and the Blue Collars
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. The Knast

Special Events
Water Display – Seattle Fire Department, 11:15 a.m.
Tour a Seattle Fire Department Fireboat
Tour a U.S. Coast Guard vessel – on the plaza
Evergrey Photo Booth

Food Trucks
Trident Seafoods’ Fin and Fork
Full Tilt Ice Cream
Secret Sausage

Other Displays
Port of Seattle
Seattle Propeller Club and Festival Information Booth
Youth Maritime Collaborative

All events subject to change.

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The Seattle Maritime Festival and the Maritime Matters campaign are sponsored by a unique partnership between business, labor, industry associations and government.

Presenting Sponsors – Seattle Propeller Club, Port of Seattle, and Harley Marine Services.

Industry Sponsors – Crowley Maritime and Foss Maritime.

Supporting Sponsors – The Northwest Seaport Alliance. Seattle Maritime Academy – Seattle Central College, and Vigor.

Industry Partners – Columbia Bank, Compass Courses, Global Diving & Salvage, Island Tug and Barge, Jones Stevedoring, Manson Construction, Marine Exchange of Puget Sound, Maxum Petroleum, Markey Machinery, International WorkBoat Show/WorkBoat magazine, Pacific Fishermen Shipyard, Pacific Marine Expo/National Fisherman, SSA Marine | Carrix, Puget Sound Pilots, Washington Chain and Supply, and Western Towboat.

Industry Supporters – American Seafoods Group, Argosy Cruises, Bauer Moynihan Johnson, Fisheries Supply, Pacific Seafood Processors Association, Port of Everett, Harrigan Leyh Farmer & Thomsen, Track Your Truck & Straight North, Transportation Institute, and West Coast Insulation.

Maritime Friends – American Waterways Operators, Ballard High School Maritime Academy, Center of Excellence, Marine Manufacturing & Technology, Skagit Valley College, The Center for Wooden Boats, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County, King County Maritime, Lake Union Working Group, Manufacturing Industrial Council, Marine Exchange of Puget Sound, Maritime Folknet, Museum of History & Industry, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, North Seattle Industrial Association, Northwest Marine Trade Association, Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, Northwest Seaport, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, Puget Sound Maritime, Puget Sound Ports Council, Maritime Trades Department AFL-CIO, Sailors’ Union of the Pacific, Sea Scouts, Seattle FIREBOAT Duwamish, Seattle Marine Business Coalition, Seattle Maritime Academy, Seattle Propeller Club, Tacoma Propeller Club, Transportation Institute, Virginia V Foundation, Youth Maritime Training Association, Washington Maritime, Washington Maritime Federation, WorkBoat Maintenance & Repair Conference and Expo, and Youth Maritime Collaborative.

Media Partners – KOMO Television, KEXP Radio, KIRO Radio, The Evergrey, National Fisherman, and WorkBoat Magazine.

About the Seattle Propeller Club
The Seattle Propeller Club is Seattle’s premier and largest maritime membership organization. The Club represent all sectors of the commercial marine industry and coordinates a year-round schedule of luncheon programs, marketing activities and special events.

About the Port of Seattle
The Port of Seattle manages international trade and travel in King County and operates harbor facilities and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

About the Seattle Maritime Academy
Part of the Seattle Colleges, the Academy provides the classroom instruction and hands-on training on working vessels that you need to prepare for a career in the regional and global maritime industry.

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