Ethnic Cultural Center & Theatre (ECC)
The Ethnic Cultural Center & Theatre (ECC) at the University of Washington opened its doors in 1972 as a performance venue with the goal of supporting greater diversity in programming within the institution. A direct response to student demands, the ECC has worked with BIPOC students and faculty, as well as community organizations for more than 40 years to encourage cross-cultural exchange and learning. The ECC also housed the Group Theatre Company from 1978 to 1992, when the company moved to the Center House Theatre. In 2013, the ECC was renovated and renamed the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center in honor of the late leader of minority affairs at the UW. Today it is recognized as the largest and longest standing cultural center on a college campus within the United States.
- Primary Form of Entity: University Program & Facility
- Primary Artistic Discipline: Theatre, Folk/Traditional/Heritage arts
- Primary Areas of Activity: Arts Education: Adults, arts in community development, presenter/distributor, venue/facility
Research and Resources
Records of the University of Washington Ethnic Cultural Center, 1972-2002, University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections