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Museum of Culture and Environment

The Museum of Culture and Environment approaches our diverse and changing world with an interdisciplinary perspective, examining human life, culture, and our interaction with the environment. The Museum is located in Dean Hall on the Central Washington University campus.

Current Exhibitions:

Re-writing the Streets: The International Language of Stickers

Paper Bullets: 100 Years of Political Stickers

Pulling Back the Curtain: Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Window on Central: Our Changing Pacific Northwest

Detail of "Hello" Stickers

Detail of "Hello" stickers from Re-writing the Streets: The International Language of Stickers


Salmon Run Design contest details!

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January 18, 2018: Pecha Kucha Ellensburg 20X20, “Art is for Everyone”
Time: 6:30 PM

Description: Ellensburg’s Pecha Kucha is coming to CWU! The Pecha Kucha is an engaging format for engaging with the stories of fellow community members.  This Pecha Kucha theme is “Art is for Everyone.” Sometimes people think about “art” as only for the elite, but everyday people—our Ellensburg neighbors—are making and sharing important works of art. 

February 1, 2018: Our Changing Pacific Northwest Part II
Time: 5:30 PM

Description:  The MCE continues its conversation on the impacts of climate change in the Pacific Northwest by looking at biology.  The exhibition Our Changing Pacific Northwest explains how rising temperatures and 20th century fire suppression cause larger wildfires, and that soot from wildfires speeds up melting of glaciers.  But what does the bigger picture look like for the ecosystem we are part of?

February 15, 2018: “Property Of . . .”
Time: 5:30 PM

Description: The exhibition Rewriting the Streets: The International Language of Stickers raises important questions about street art, the boundaries between public/private property, and the larger public sphere. Join the MCE staff, CWU faculty members and students, and Ellensburg community members as we respectfully engage in a conversation about the issues surrounding property rights and free speech.  Given recent controversies surrounding free speech and the right to access public spaces, it is more important than ever to be part of discussions that bridge political and cultural divides.

March 1, 2018: Humanities Washington and the MCE feature Daudi Abe, “Emerald Street: Race, Class, Culture, and the History of Hip Hop in the Northwest”
Time 5:30 PM

Description: From its beginnings in 1979, to Sir Mix-a-lot’s “Posse on Broadway,” to Macklemore, Northwest hip hop has been informed by local history as well as the diversity that defined the scene. Discover the history behind not only the Northwest’s Grammy-winning rappers, but its world champion break dance crew, its internationally read hip-hop magazine, the producers who collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, its world-renowned clothing designers, and the grassroots organizations dedicated to community service and education. Led by author and professor Daudi Abe, discover how Northwest hip hop is a living document of our region’s social and political movements, styles, energies, and ideologies, and how it embodies a unique sense of community.


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