Past Programs & Resources


Take action and be inspired with Discovery Center’s virtual programs from home! Join us, our guests, and partner community organizations in this selection of past virtual events featuring resources, performances, and discussions.

Rock the Giving Season: Virtual Concert

December 9, 2021 | What better way to get into the giving spirit than with music? The Gates Foundation Discovery Center’s Youth Ambassadors and musicians from Totem Star hosted an inspiring virtual concert to celebrate the giving season. We shared ideas for giving back during the holidays and lift up some of our favorite organizations, including ROOTS, YouthSpeaks, Creative Justice, Duwamish Valley Youth Corps and Gay City. Watch the event video and learn more about the performers!

Indigenous Voices: Ending HIV Stigma through Storytelling & Drag

November 4, 2021 | The Urban Indian Health Institute and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center hosted an hour of drag performance, storytelling, and discussions that amplify voices on Indigenous sexual health. Watch the event video and learn from artivist (artist + activist) Bill Hall (Tlingit) as he shares about his lived experiences with HIV with photos captured for the Discovery Center’s exhibition, Through Positive Eyes. Indigenous drag queens Eartha Quake (Navajo) and Landa Lakes (Chickasaw) present Urban Indian Health Institute's new short film, “Indigenizing Safe Sex with Glitz, Glam, and Honest Aunties," before joining Bill for an empowering conversation on gender, stigma, and the intersections of identity and wellness. Abigail Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), Director of Urban Indian Health Institute and Executive Vice President of Seattle Indian Health Board, moderates.

World Polio Day 2021: Delivering on a Promise – A Polio Free World is in Reach

OCTOBER 21, 2021 | Celebrate World Polio Day 2021 with Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. This virtual event, held on October 21, 2021 was an opportunity to celebrate progress in the fight against polio, but also discuss the obstacles to overcome in order to achieve a polio-free world. Former Seattle Rotary President and King 5 Evening Anchor, Mark Wright, moderated an engaging panel discussion with prominent polio figures on progress in polio eradication and the new strategy launched in June, 2021. Speakers included Dr . Zeina Ali Siam, Associate Program Officer, and Dr. Ananda Bandyopadhyay, Deputy Director, at the Polio Team of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotarian and polio survivor, Denny Wilfrid, and Rotarian and former Secretary of State, Ralph Munro.

In Community We Nourish | Food Justice

June 24, 2021 | The Gates Foundation Discovery Center, South Seattle Emerald and Civic Commons brought together local leaders for a conversation moderated by Rosette Royale, Storyteller + Writer, to discuss food justice and community impact. The event featured a musical performance by Totem Star’s Sabyu! Learn how YOU can get involved and nourish our communities!

In Community We Flourish | Enduring COVID-19

May 5, 2021 | COVID-19’s health and economic impacts have exacerbated and shined a light on existing structural racism and inequities. It has also brought communities together in new ways to meet needs, spread joy, and heal from a world transformed by COVID-19. See some of these inspiring stories.

2021 Virtual Teen Action Fair: YOUnity

May 20 & 21, 2021 | Presented by the Gates Foundation Discovery Center Youth Ambassadors. Celebrate youth-driven change and watch the 2021 Virtual Teen Action Fair! Streamed live over two evenings, we embraced individuality, developed community, and found ways to take action.


February 24, 2021 | In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) and Black History Month, the Discovery Center hosted a virtual program featuring voices from the Black community exploring the power of storytelling, the impact of HIV, and thoughtful ways to take action to end stigma.

World AIDS Day Event 2020

December 1, 2020 | The event "Stories of the Past, Stories of the Present: Honoring World AIDS Day" was held virtually and hosted in partnership with The AIDS Memorial Pathway (The AMP) and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center to reflect on the impact of AIDS.

In Community We Flourish: Art & Creativity Now

October 28, 2020 | We discussed the power of art to heal, create change, and take action at this moment in time. We featured the “You’ll Heal Tacoma” video of the public art project by Jessica Spring of the Public Art Reaching Community (PARC) program in Tacoma. Then heard from panelists, as they shared what is inspiring them, and the challenges and opportunities for creating and presenting art during COVID-19.

In Community We Flourish: Education & Equity

September 30, 2020 | We focused our program on education and equity, an issue amplified by the pandemic of COVID-19. We discussed your hopes for this school year, heard from amazing young leaders, and explored actions we can all take to build more equity in education.

In Community We Flourish: We All Count | Census 2020

August 26, 2020 | The Census and the impact of its findings was front-and-center during our event. We explored how communities and organizations are coming together around the 2020 census and voter registration and outreach.

In Community We Flourish: Resilience

July 29, 2020 | How can we take action to strengthen community resilience? This inspiring half-hour event brought together stories of impact and resilience during COVID-19 from performers and local changemakers.

Teen Action Fair LIVE 2020

Discovery Center Youth Ambassadors present a series of virtual episodes filmed live in the spring of 2020 featuring performances, local organization spotlights, fun activities, a collective art project, and Q&As with local youth activists, organizers, and artists.

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