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Parks & Recreation Dept.
12424 42nd Avenue South
Tukwila, WA 98168

Phone: 206 768-2822
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Arts in Tukwila

Welcome to “Arts in Tukwila,” brought to you by the Tukwila Arts Commission.  The Tukwila Arts Commission encourages citizen participation in the arts, promotes arts in the Tukwila community and advises City officials on arts matters.

The Arts Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month beginning at 5:00 pm at the Tukwila Community Center. For more information, check out  Arts Commission Meeting Agendas & Minutes

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Tukwila Municipal Arts Plan
Adopted May 21, 2018

Rotating Art Display at the Tukwila Community Center:   The Tukwila Arts Commission is working to increase public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of arts through exhibits of emerging and professional local resident artists.  The Commission recently launched the Tukwila Rotating Art Display at the Tukwila Community Center.  Professional or amateur artists living in Washington who work in two-dimensional media are invited to display their work.  As Parks and Recreation Manager Tracy Gallaway describes, “The rotating art program features local artists of all cultures, techniques, and styles.  There are several talented artists in south King County and we are thrilled to showcase and share their talents with the community.”   Artists interested in displaying can submit online at:, applications are reviewed by the Tukwila Arts Commission.

Currently there are six prints on display by Seattle based artist Buddy Bunting.  The prints on display, as well as some of his other work, can be found here.




Buddy Bunting has been examining the prison system in the American west through painting and drawing for more than 15 years.  He studied painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the San Francisco Art Institute, receiving an M.F.A. from the Boston University College of Fine Arts.  His work has been shown at the Tacoma Art Museum, PS122 in New York, and the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia.  He has received grants regionally from Artist Trust, 4Culture, The Washington State Arts Commission and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York.  He is currently in the process of completing a 2018 painting residency in Leon, France awarded by the Maryland Institute College of Art.  He lives and works in Seattle, Washington.


In late 2014 Buddy Bunting began a two year long print project working collaboratively with printer Sheila Coppola at her studio in Tukwila, Washington. The project involved creating a suite of intaglio prints from Buddy’s memories about past people and places. Buddy drew each image onto each plate using a variety of traditional printmaking materials and techniques. After the plates were etched they were inked and wiped by hand in editions of 25, using the bon à tirer (B.A.T.) as the “match to” print, (on display here). The word intaglio means “incised below the surface,” and in each case ink was applied to the plate, wiped off the top of the plate, leaving the ink in the crevices below the surface. The ink is then transferred to the print paper by means of a press which applies pressure, forcing the paper into the inked lines. Each finished print is signed and numbered by the artist. The platemaking, proofing and printing is accomplished with the artist and printer working together, the artist responsible for the esthetics (image drawing, design and colors) and the printer responsible for the technical aspects of the project (platemaking and printing). Five of the prints on display utilize a process called chine collé which translates roughly as Chinese collage. Chine collé is an old process involving gluing an additional piece (or pieces) of thin Asian paper to the support sheet while printing. Another technique used to make these prints is the à la poupeé method of inking plates. This method uses small ink daubers or spreaders to place, blend and wipe multiple ink colors on the same plate. The specific details of each print on display are listed in the linked document below.  For inquiries on this print process please contact Sheila Coppola, Sidereal Fine Art Press at (206) 298-9803.

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Rainier Symphony: The Tukwila Arts Commission is pleased to sponsor and support Rainier Symphony. The symphony is an artistically distinguished, 75-member community orchestra founded in 1981. The orchestra is composed of talented musicians ranging in skill from well-qualified students and amateur players, to internationally-renowned professionals. Each season includes five pairs of concerts plus an annual holiday concert performed at venues in Tukwila and other area locations. The orchestra rehearses Tuesday nights from September through May on stage at the Foster Performing Arts Center in Tukwila.

Foster Performing Arts Center (FPAC):  The Foster Performing Arts Center is located within Foster High School at 4242 S. 144th St. in Tukwila, WA.  Tukwila School District students utilize the arts center for classes, rehearsals, concerts, and special presentations.  The center is available to rent and several organizations utilize the space for various performances.

Public Art Collection: The City of Tukwila’s Public Art Collection is currently made up of several pieces on display throughout Tukwila’s parks and city facilities.  Additionally, the Arts Commission maintains over 40 portable works such as paintings, sculptures, and prints. The collection can be found carefully displayed within municipal buildings and facilities throughout the city.

4Culture: Generous support through 4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, provides funding for musical, dance, and creative arts performances throughout Tukwila each year.