About Making the Cut

Making the Cut is a group of organizations, institutions, and individuals that began meeting in the summer of 2015, with the goal of commemorating the legacy of the Lake Washington Ship Canal a century after it was completed. The construction of the locks, the ship canal, and the lowering of Lake Washington created enormous economic opportunities that shaped our region’s development in positive ways but also resulted in environmental and economic losses for many people.

Our goal is to foster and promote a series of events, exhibits, installations, and other projects that will highlight local stories about this “watershed” moment in our region’s history. Because transformations in the landscape are so hard to see once they have happened, we are encouraging the use of visual and performing arts to convey these “invisible” stories to the public. In addition, we hope these centennial projects will, taken together, explore both the negative and positive effects of this massive engineering project.

Making the Cut is the brainchild of Susan Connole and Mikala Woodward, who first met on November 10th, 2011: the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Locks. They reunited in 2015 and began recruiting others to  their shared vision of a regional centennial commemoration of the  Ship Canal. Thanks to the many people who have offered support, insight, and encouragement along the way. Special thanks to 4Culture for funding the Making the Cut campaign and this web site, and to Discover Your Northwest for serving as fiscal sponsor. Listed here are organizations and individuals who have participated in planning projects for the centennial or who have resources pertaining to the Ship Canal.