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Founded in 2012 by multi-award winning installation artist and curator Tariqa Waters, Martyr Sauce emerged as a groundbreaking conceptual brick and mortar art installation in the renowned arts district of Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle, Washington. Over the course of a decade, Martyr Sauce has metamorphosed into a mult-hyphenate cultural hub, serving as a gallery, performing arts venue, beauty supply store, and most recently, opening its sister counterpart, MS PAM (Martyr Sauce Pop Art Museum), in 2020. As a Black-owned and women-run hub of artistic expression, Martyr Sauce did not only become a neighborhood fixture but has also garnered nationwide recognition through collaborations with various institutions and organizations. Drawing upon the foundation of Martyr Sauce, Tariqa Waters embarked on a new venture in 2022, transitioning the art installation into an enthralling television show titled "Thank You, MS PAM." Initially a short film that garnered attention at various film festivals, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Film Festival in 2023, "Thank You, MS PAM" has now evolved into an episodic series that airs on The Seattle Channel KCTS 9. Martyr Sauce's impact on the art world has been widely acknowledged, earning features in esteemed publications such as Rolling Stone France, Madame Figaro, Artsy, ArtForum, Artnet, and Dazed magazines. Locally, it has been celebrated in publications like the Seattle Times, City Arts Magazine, The Stranger, Crosscut, and Seattle Magazine's Arts Most Influential. The influence and reach of Martyr Sauce extend far beyond its physical location in Pioneer Square, with collaborations and partnerships with renowned entities like The Paramount Theatre/Seattle Theatre Group, CitizenM Hotel, The Office of Arts & Culture, and Bumbershoot. Furthermore, Martyr Sauce is a Cultural Partner of the Seattle Art Fair, solidifying its position within the artistic landscape of the city. In recognition of Martyr Sauce's innovative and transformative impact on Pioneer Square, the City of Seattle's Office of Arts and Culture commissioned Tariqa Waters to design a unique crosswalk for the neighborhood in 2021. This groundbreaking installation, the first of its kind, can be found on S Jackson St. between 1st Ave. and Occidental Mall, in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square. This crosswalk serves as a testament to the artistic vibrancy of Martyr Sauce. Martyr Sauce's journey from a conceptual art installation to a multifaceted cultural arts hub showcases the vision and determination of its founder, Tariqa Waters. With its dynamic and ever-evolving nature, Martyr Sauce continues to push boundaries and challenge traditional notions of artistic spaces by fostering collaboration, creativity and nurturing the artistic community.

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