In accordance with the directives from the Governor’s office and recommendations from King County health officials, Goethe Pop Up Seattle will remain closed until further notice. All programs will be offered virtually, and our gallery space will be closed to the public.
As a community gathering space, this is a preventative action to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and ensure the safety of our community and staff.
Located in Capitol Hill’s iconic Chophouse Row building, the Goethe Pop Up Seattle is a temporary branch of the Goethe-Institut, the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. Throughout 2020, we will be hosting and supporting an international program of exhibitions, films, lectures, performances, public discussions, and more.
Our goal is to present German culture in Seattle and help shape a current understanding of Germany today. Our program offers an opportunity to engage with themes and questions relevant to contemporary German culture and society. We organize a broad range of events and support projects in the fields of film and new media, arts, theater and dance, music, literature, architecture, and more. The events take place in our space and at partner venues around Seattle. We collaborate with local artists, organizations, universities, and schools with an interest in Germany and its language and culture.
Come visit us to find out more!
Director: Arabelle Liepold
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 Germany and moved from Berlin to Seattle in 2014. She studied Literature, Art, and Film in Konstanz and in Sydney, and has worked in the cultural sector ever since. She is passionate about bringing people from different backgrounds together through arts and culture.
Program Coordinator: Jasmin Krakenberg
Jasmin Krakenberg is a film scholar and German language instructor who assists the director of the Goethe Pop Up Seattle with the coordination of the cultural program. She grew up in Germany and moved from Missouri and Berlin to Seattle in 2010. She studied Art History and German Literature and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Germanics with a focus in Cinema and Media Studies. Throughout her career, she has placed enormous value on fostering a productive relationship between the educational institutions she worked with and the community these institutions serve. At the Goethe Pop Up Seattle, she is excited to engage a wide range of audiences and to organize events that highlight works of those who have historically been overlooked or denied access from sharing their stories.
Program Assistant: Kendra Berry
Kendra Berry is a student of Germanics at the University of Washington and helps out at the Goethe Pop Up Seattle. At the Pop Up, she is excited to promote international cooperation through culture and the arts. Kendra is a native Seattleite who returned to the area in 2017 after living in Germany for a few years. She most recently worked in the arts in Berlin, and she looks forward to working with both local and German artists!