Our Gift to You: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

This holiday season, support artists, support local businesses, and support your community! Here’s a list of arts-related memberships, classes, experiences, and things that would be perfect gifts for your loved ones.


Take them out:

To a play, movie, or show  

5th Avenue gift certificate //  Pacific Northwest Ballet gift certificate // A Contemporary Theatre gift certificates // Book-it theater tickets //SIFF gift certificate // Northwest Film Forum membership // A Christmas Story, The Musical // Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music // Annex Theatre Gift Card // ArtsWest Subscription // Seattle Baroque Orchestra Subscription // Show at Icicle Creek  // Intiman Theater Festival Tickets // Chamber Music Show // Northwest Symphony Orchestra Season Tickets // Seattle Chamber Singers Subscription // Seattle Opera Gift Certificate // Seattle Shakespeare Company Subscription    

Photo by Greg Gilbert


To a museum

Experience Music Project (EMP) Membership // MOHAI membership // Seattle Art Museum Membership // Henry Membership // Burke Membership // Center for Wooden Boats Membership // Nordic Heritage Museum Membership // Northwest African American Museum Membership  // Wing Luke Museum Membership

Photo by Greg Gilbert


To a class  


Class at Hugo House | Class example: “Being Funny”

Class at Fremont Abbey | Class example: “Self Defense”

Class at The Vera Project | Class example: “Silkscreening 101″

Class at Velocity Dance Center | Class example: “Intro to Dance Series”

Photo Credit: Photo Center NW

Class at Coyote Central | Class example: “Cake Boss”    

Class at Jazz Night School | Class example: “Jazz History”

Class at Photo Center NW | Class example: Food Styling & Photography

Class at Pottery Northwest | Class example: “Throwing Beer and Brewing Stains” 

Class at the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts | Class example: “Flying Trapese”

Class at Seward Park Clay Studio | Class example: “The Expressive Portrait”

Class at Spectrum Dance Theater  | Class Example: Fitness for Living


Get them something          

  Photo Credit: Sub Pop Records


Teen poetry collection from Pongo Teen Writing

Lots & lots of goodies at the Frye Museum store

Everything you need for your next space trip at Greenwood Space Travel Supply Store

Records from the Sub Pop store

Wallets from Oxenrider

Science books at Ada’s Technical Books

T-shirts & art cards from Degenerate Art Ensemble

Surprise art! From LxWxH subscription

Jewelry from SAM Shop

Chihuly on Paper” from Chihuly Workshop

A film from Scarecrow Video

Subscription to Arcade NW

Poetry from Whit Press


Want to get a new piece of art for yourself or someone you love? You deserve it. Check out Jen Graves guide to buying art in Seattle from The Stranger!

More local art store ideas



Are you a tactile purchaser and want to feel and hold something before you buy it? Here’s a smattering of fairs that might sell crafts/books/goods/cute things that could make great gifts!

November 21-30 | Pratt Holiday Art Sale | Pratt Fine Arts Center

December 5-7 | 2014 Artist Studio Tour | Seattle Sampling

December 6 | Art Under $100 | Seattle Design Center

December 6 | Georgetown Holiday Market | Spectrum House Salon & Photo

December 6-7 | Winter Festival and Crafts Fair | Phinney Center

December 7 | ArtAche Market | Chop Suey

December 13 | Punk Rock Flea Market | 1166 E. 23rd Ave. Seattle, WA

December 6-7 | Urban Craft Uprising | Seattle Center

December 5-24 | Winter Holiday Sale | Seward Park Clay Studio

December 7 | Open Studios | Inscape Arts

December 13 | DIY Holiday Fest | The Vera Project

December 12-13, 20-21 | Shop O Rama | The Wing Luke

Photo Credit: Seattle Pi


Have more suggestions? Tweet them to us at @SeaOfficeofArts and we’ll tweet our praises of your local artsy suggestions! Happy holidays!

2014 Cultural Facilities Partners awarded

Congratulations to the 2015 Cultural Facilities Partners! This funding is awarded annually to provide assistance in the renovation of physical structures for organizations that sustain Seattle through arts and culture.

This year, nine organizations have received funding through the Office of Arts & Culture who all contribute to the Seattle arts community through their programming. With the help of the Cultural Facilities Grants, these non-profits will continue to serve the Seattle arts community.

Renovations will begin this year, and they include a variety of expansion and installation projects, including implementing full fire protection for the Seattle landmark Washington Hall by Historic Seattle, a nonprofit that works to preserve Seattle’s architectural legacy ; Ripple Productions will finish the construction of a new theatre, and build a new central location for Café Nordo shows; and The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation will renovate the physical infrastructure of Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, which will include several improvements to existing classrooms.

To view all nine recipients and their renovations, visit our website.

Photo: Historic Seattle is implementing full fire protection for Washington Hall. Photo courtesy Washington Hall.

Upcoming Funded Events

Washington State Brain Injury Art Show

September 7-29 |  Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

An annual art show featuring work of artists across the state that reflects the journey through healing, recovery, acceptance, expression and development of identity (smART Ventures).





Gifts of War

September 24-28 | Velocity Dance Center

A live, cross-disciplinary, two-act performance exploring the result of what happens to women when they encounter endless cycles of violence (smART Ventures).



The Italian Festival

September 26-28 | Seattle Center

The 27th annual presentation  of a community festival to celebrate the joy of “All Things Italian” featuring Italian and Italian-American art, music, dance, food and fun-filled activities for the entire family (NCA).




October 4-5 | Seattle Center

The festival features music, dance and food from the Croatian culture. This year’s festival will feature Dario Barisic, a traditional Croatian musician and singer and his band (NCA).



Modus Operandi

October 9-12 | Velocity Dance Center

Michelle Miller and Alana O Rogers will present an evening of new and repertory choreographic works that cover a range of themes including family dynamics, memory and dementia,  identity and diversity, freedom and restrain, and bullying (smART Ventures).


Social Justice Film Festival 

October 13-24 |  Various Locations

The festival strives to forge new connections and inspire new conversations about justice through the innovative platform of art featuring short and feature-length documentaries and narrative films (NCA).




These events are funded through the Office of Arts & Culture’s Neighborhood and Community Arts and smART ventures grants. The Neighborhood & Community Arts (NCA) program supports Seattle’s neighborhood arts councils and community groups that produce events to promote arts and cultural participation and build community. SmART Ventures is a Seattle-based, flexible awards program that encourages innovative ideas, creates community impact, and provides new access for individuals and groups not served by our other programs.



Aaron Walker-Loud Talks Arts Education

Washington Middle School Drum Line director Aaron Walker-Loud has given new meaning to the term “teaching artist.” He is highly esteemed by Seattle Public Schools, youth programs and the Seattle arts community alike for his dedication to youth development and arts education. Over the years, his students have ranged from kindergarteners to high schoolers, but his impact has not been limited to academia. In fact, he has made tremendous strides in the Seattle arts community through his leadership at Seattle Jazz Ed (a 2014 Youth Arts Partner), and Arts Corps, where he filled the role of teaching artist.

In addition to his involvement with Arts Corps, Seattle Jazz Ed and Washington Middle School, Walker-Loud has recently been selected for the Arts Partner Roster– a list of artists and organizations compiled by the Office of Arts & Culture to pair teaching artists with educators at Seattle Public Schools and other community groups. This roster was created as a component of The Creative Advantage– Seattle’s arts education initiative that aims to restore access to the arts for all students by 2020. Last month, Walker-Loud showcased The Creative Advantage to the community at the Capitol Hill Block Party.

At the festival, top-of-the-chart artists graced stages on Capitol Hill to perform the hits that Seattleites know and love, along with several up-and-comers whose fresh sounds keep music-lovers coming back year after year. This year’s surprise performance featured the Washington Middle School Drum Line and students from Seattle Jazz Ed. It’s no surprise that Walker-Loud sought the opportunity to showcase the talent of his students to over 20,000 concert goers in order to demonstrate with style the importance of arts education. Walker-Loud, an artist himself, strives to integrate the arts into the lives of young people, and his projects never fail to attract public attention. The Drum Line performed with acclaimed Seattle rapper, Sol, who has also played a critical role in the promotion of The Creative Advantage. Watch Sol in our latest video.


Why do you believe that arts education is important in schools? How has your experience in Seattle public schools shaped you?

Arts education breaks down economic and cultural barriers between students and families in ways that other school subjects do not traditionally accomplish, while simultaneously drawing a creative energy from the student population that invigorates the spirit for learning in general.

What are you most excited to pursue in Seattle Public Schools? What benefits will the Community Arts Partner Roster provide in the execution of your goals as a teaching artist?

I believe that modeling successful and innovative partnering is vital to moving our educational community forward. Combining skill sets, experience and resources will not only enhance the learning experiences of our youth and the growth of all professionals involved, but will show our community through collaborative action that we are fighting for our youth’s success.

Your work with Seattle Jazz Ed has expanded student access to music in the Seattle area. What kinds of growth have you noticed among your students?

More adaptability, more openness to new musical ideas, more courage, more confidence while collaborating with professionals and more self-awareness.

You have been preparing the Washington Middle School Drum Line to perform at Capitol Hill Block Party and Bumbershoot as promotion for the Creative Advantage. What has your process been in getting your students ready for these performances? How do you motivate your students?

I give them opportunity to articulate their personal goals, motivation around the topics of professional development, facing challenges, building fan base, building endurance, professional collaboration and personal growth.

What type of performance can CHBP/Bumbershoot attendees expect from the Drum Line? What message are the students working to convey to the audience?

Talent x Work Ethic = Success


Photo Credit: Dave Lichterman

August Events

South Park Putts Out

August 5 |  South Park

A perennial summer event that turns the neighborhood into mini-golf greens with holes designed and built by local community artists. Join us for live some live music, food and a great time! Event from 6-8 P.M. More information






The Columbia City Blues Festival

August 15-17 | Columbia City- Various Locations

A 3-day blues festival during Heritage Festival weekend presenting local artists paying tribute to America’s iconic art form. The festival will begin at 8 P.M. on Friday and Saturday, and 6:30 on Sunday.

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Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival

August 17 | Othello Park

A one-day multicultural festival featuring musical, dance and theatrical performances from cultures in the greater Othello neighborhood.

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Tibet Fest

August 23-24 | Seattle Center

This festival will share Tibetan traditions and educate the larger community through arts and crafts, visual and performing arts, children’s corner, Tibetan food, and a Himalayan Bazaar.

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TK Art of the City Art Street Fair

August 2 |  Prefontaine Place South

In celebration of its 10 year anniversary, over a hundred artist participants from around the city will join TK tenants to create a day-long, indoor-outdoor event in Pioneer Square. Event from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M. More information





1448: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival

August 4, August 18 |  Seattle Center

Seven writers, seven directors, twenty-six actors, seven designers and seven musicians create 14 original plays over 48 hours to be performed outdoors at Seattle Center.

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5th Annual Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center Art Show

August 9-10 |  Seattle Center Armory

An exhibition of artworks created by people touched by MS in order to raise community awareness of MS, enhance quality of life through art, and provide an opportunity to network with other artists.

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