Voices of the Great Hall Field Trip


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"Washington, My Home"

To mark the opening of our new permanent exhibit, Washington, My Home, we are showcasing stories of immigration to our state. Students will experience firsthand accounts of recent and historical journeys to Washington through performances, demonstrations, and interactive story-telling.

Fall 2017 Performers & Presenters:

Dilbar Akhmedova


Dilbar Akhmedova moved to Washington from Uzbekistan when she was 18 to study at the University of Washington. Since then she has showcased her love for her culture through teaching and performing traditional Uzbek music and dance.


Yadesa Bojia

Yadesa Bojia immigrated to Washington in 1995 to pursue his childhood passion in art. After obtaining degrees in Visual Communication and Graphic Design, he continues to blend his exposure to both African and Western art into his work. In 2010, Yadesa won a global competition to design a new flag for the African Union.


Mizu Sugimura


Mizu Sugimura's art and programs reflect her family's history of emigrating from Japan and settling in the South Sound. During WWII, her family was incarcerated in internment camps along with other Japanese American citizens from all over the West Coast. Her programs create personal connections for students to this often forgotten chapter of U.S. history.


John Novakis grew up in Greece during WWII and the Greek civil war that followed. He developed an early passion for music, which opened doors to a career as a professional musician. He took an opportunity to tour in the U.S., and traveled throughout the country performing Greek music before settling in Washington in 1983. He continues to find joy in performing and teaching Greek dance. In his words, "If people are dancing, I am smiling."


Voices of the Great Hall brings real characters from Washington's history to life. Student groups are led through the Great Hall, to three different characters and experience the past through their defining moments.

At the conclusion of each interactive performance, students are encouraged to ask questions about the event and/or life of their character. Students will have opportunities to explore the museum exhibits before and/or after the guided portion of the tour. This facilitated program can accommodate groups up to 200 students.

Watch video of Voices of the Great Hall!

Voices of the Great Hall field trip admission is based on a sliding scale measured by the percentage of students who receive free and reduced lunch at that school.  

Percentage of Students Receiving
Free or Reduced Lunch
Cost per Student for
Self-Directed Field Trips
 0 - 49%  $7
 50 - 65%  $6
 66 - 80%  $5
 81 - 100%  $4


Teachers and chaperones at a 1:5 ratio are free.  Additional chaperone admission is $5 each.

Please note: History Lab facilitated visits are not available during Voices of the Great Hall.

For more information, contact the Education Department.

Hear Performances

Listen to samples from previous Ghosts' performances by selecting one of the links below.

Additional Resources

Below are some suggested resources for learning more about exploration.

Chaperone Schedule

Download a schedule and map of the Great Hall for chaperones visiting the museum.