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 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
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
This summer, Tukwila Arts will host the Love City Love Summer Jam and Open Mic series at the Sullivan Community Center. Come as a spectator or performer! No pre-registration required.
Nature Storytelling Series
Join guest artists by the river for a FREE 3-part, interactive workshop that highlight some of the many ways nature can show up in writing and storytelling. Workshops will take place July 7th, July 21st, and August 11th. For more information: Nature Storytelling Series
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.
April & May 2019 Featured Artist
“Painting is a way of recording my existence… What a time to be alive with good music, art and fashion. Through the push and pull of paint, my portraits emphasize the fine line between abstraction and realism in human figure. Using negative space and light tension, I intentionally construct and deconstruct my subject as I perceive them. A mixture of sharp and broken details suggests both clarity and ambiguity in the subject I paint because I believe you can never truly know someone completely—only what he/she allows you to see.
This series of hip-hop portraits include four of my favorite artists in music and art. Each portrait is my personal interpretation for each artist based on what I know through his or her talent/talents. Thus, everything I paint is what I interpret as ‘my’ reality. Nothing more. Nothing less. Now it is up to you to interpret what you see as ‘your’ reality. ”
About the Artist
Hoa Hong is figurative oil painter, currently based in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Painting & Drawing Major at University of Washington (Seattle) and completed her art residency at NYU. Hoa has had various group exhibitions and solo local pop-up shows in Seattle and New York. While preparing for her Master of Fine Arts, Hoa serves as an art judge for the Puget Sound Regional High School Art Judge
Panel, guest speaker/teacher at local high schools in Seattle greater areas. She dedicates her time to painting and giving back to her community by providing young adults with an art platform, resources and technique demonstrations through her practice and workshops.
Hoa Hong’s work will be on display at the Tukwila Community Center through May 2019.
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
Organizations Supporting Arts & Culture: