New Staff: Welcome Kristen Ramirez

Please join us in welcoming Kristen Ramirez, as the new Arts Program Enhancement Project Manager at the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) and Seattle Department of Transportation. Prior to ARTS Ramirez worked at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in a variety of capacities including: Art Faculty, Manager of Summer & External Programs, and Manager of Academic and Community Engagement. Kristen has also taught at the University of Washington, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Edmonds Community College, and Path with Art, a non-profit that serves adults in recovery. In addition to teaching, Kristen is an artist, whose artwork explores many media, including printmaking, drawing, painting, installation and public art. Her work is often about place, conjuring an affection for disorienting urban/suburban places by appropriating signs and symbols of commerce. Her studio practice takes her increasingly into the public realm through community-based projects and murals. Ramirez earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz, a MA in Education and California Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University, and a MFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington.


Photo credit: Dan Carrillo


Love & Art, the perfect combination for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. Really, how is it February already? Whether you’re in a relationship, single or “it’s complicated”, we have the ultimate arts-filled event guide for you.

Go on an art walk! Three neighborhoods will be showcasing art this February 14th:

Ballard Art Walk, Central District Art Walk, or Georgetown Art Attack!





Take in a performance, or go to a museum:

Carousel at 5th Avenue Theatre//Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet at Seattle Symphony //Dear Elizabeth at Seattle Repertory Theatre// The Dog of the South at Book-it Theatre//Valentine’s Concert a Northwest Symphony Orchestra//4000 Miles at ArtsWest//Comedy of Love at Theatre Sports // Dinner, Jazz & Chihuly // Kurios Cirque de Soleil // The Atomic Bombshells: J’ADORE at The Triple Door

(Also, if you’re feeling really romantic, plan a staycation at a hotel downtown, and enjoy 50% off admission at museums for Seattle Museum Month!)

For the whole family:

Watch animals eat heart-shaped foods at Woodland Park Zoo// Valentine’s activities at Seattle Children’s Museum//Octopus Week at Seattle Aquarium// Workshops at The Museum of Flight


Celebrate your love of nature:

Enjoy free admission to National Parks// Northwest Flower and Garden Show // 10th Annual Valentine’s Day Dash at Greenlake




And last but not least, planning on eating out? Check out Seattle Magazine’s recommendations at these romantic restaurants.

Don’t forget the presents! Great gifts, including local chocolate & flowers: SAM Shop // Frye Art Museum Store

We hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day this year!