Parks & Recreation Dept.
12424 42nd Avenue South
Tukwila, WA 98168
Phone: 206 768-2822
Fax: 206 768-0524
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 fourth Wednesday of each month beginning at 6:00 pm at the Tukwila Community Center. For more information, check out Arts Commission Meeting Agendas & Minutes
Calling all musicians, performers, teaching artists, event photographers, and visual artists! Sign up for our Tukwila Arts Roster to help us find visual and performing artists for events and programs at the community center.
Interested in staying informed about Arts & Culture happenings in Tukwila? Sign up for our Arts & Culture Contact List here!
Tukwila Municipal Arts Plan
Adopted May 21, 2018
Arts For All
Tukwila Parks and Recreation has teamed up with Silver Kite to provide Intergenerational Arts Workshops Thursday nights from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Community Center! Check out some upcoming classes available for registration:
Oct 3- Poetry
Oct 10- Gratitude Boxes
Oct 17- Drum Circle
To register, please call the community center at 206-768-2822 or register online at www.tukwilawa.gov/onlineregistration
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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: www.tukwilawa.gov/artwall, applications are reviewed by the Tukwila Arts Commission.
September & October Featured Artist
The Tukwila Arts Commission is proud to feature local artist, John Taylor at the Tukwila Community Center through November 2019. Mr. Taylor’s installation includes 30 colorful mixed-media paintings. Each painting is unique and each compliments the overall work. Mr. Taylor will be hosting an artist’s social in October.
“Mr. Zig Zag at the Duwamish Curve Café”. The title comes in part from my first exhibition as a young person at ZONE Art Center in Springfield Massachusetts. ZONE Art Center was a progressive contemporary art space within an old garment shop loft in the city of Springfield MA. One of the Board of Directors liked my drawings, ink and watercolor on paper of a small figure. When, and I still do, had a compulsion to just keep making lines. From this figure’s pants, to his shirt, though his face. And he told me the story of why he liked my drawing. He told me this, he had been teaching in an inner-city school system, and my mind that is old and confused, but my best recollection is Buffalo NY. One of his young students made drawings like I was, and this student could not pronounce Larry’s name. Mr. Slezak, but this young person called him Mr. Zig Zag.
At the Duwamish Curve Café, every Tuesday at the Tukwila Community Center, lunch is served for seniors for a modest donation. This place of having lunch had been informally called the Duwamish Curve Café. The Duwamish River is right behind the building. I help facilitate lunch sponsored in part from Sea- Mar, Catholic Community Services, and the City of Tukwila is wonderful. Full disclosure, I do work part time for the City of Tukwila. I am very lucky for my experiences in my life. My present-day job working with the Parks and Recreation and seniors is very rewarding.
About the Artist
John Taylor received his BA from Alfred University in NY and MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has been awarded project grants from 4/Culture Seattle in 2010 and 2019 including this project. In 2010 he received the Distinguished Staff Award from the University of Washington. 2008 he was nominated for the Needy Fellowship for the Beknke Foundation Award and a Gap Grant from Artists Trust in 2007. In 1983 he was awarded an Artist Fellowship in Painting from the Artist Foundation in Boston Massachusetts.
John, known for his ceramics and pottery, has exhibited locally and nationally. This will be his first all painting exhibition on the west coast. This exhibit is made possible with generous help from 4Culture.
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, including annual Holiday and Pops concerts, performed in Tukwila. 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
Organizations Supporting Arts & Culture: