After four years of incredible work, the Goethe-Institut is sadly saying goodbye to its Pop Up locations in Houston, Kansas City, and Seattle. Originally founded as temporary project spaces during the Year of German-American Friendship in 2018, the Goethe Pop Ups continued well beyond the planned period due to their overwhelming success. These past few years would not have been possible without the host cities’ warmth and hospitality, the close collaboration with partners, and the great interest in local programming.
Thank you to the many partners and visitors who supported the Pop Ups during this eventful and moving time. A big thanks also goes to the colleagues on-site whose tireless commitment brought the Goethe-Institut’s mission to life in three new locations across the country.
The Goethe-Institut will continue its work promoting the German language and culture at its permanent locations in the U.S. Find out more about the Goethe-Institut’s offerings in Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston here.
As the Managing Director of the Goethe Pop Up Seattle, Arabelle Liepold is excited to be working with artists and partners in Seattle and abroad to present an international program and help foster a cultural dialogue between the U.S. and Germany. Arabelle was born and raised in Bonn, Germany, and moved from Berlin to Seattle in 2014. She studied Literature, Art, and Film at the University of Konstanz and the University of Technology in Sydney (M.A.), and has worked in the cultural sector ever since. She is passionate about bringing people from different backgrounds together through arts and culture.
Program Curator: Martin Schwartz
Program Curator Martin Schwartz is energized to help connect the people of Seattle with contemporary German culture through art and ideas. He studied German, Drama, and Comparative Literature at University of California, San Diego, and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and earned his MA from University of Chicago. Prior to joining the Pop Up team, Martin served as Manager of Institutional Relations at the Henry Art Gallery, and before that, led the Public Diplomacy and Cultural Affairs section at the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco. Martin is additionally active as a playwright, with several produced and published plays.