Enriching Burien Through the Arts

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Annual Programs

Strawberry Festival Shortcake Booth – June, Town Square

Shakespeare in the Park – End July, early August

Student Art Work Shops – every Fall, and TBA

Arts-a-Glow Face Painting Booth – B.A. collaborates w/ City

Burien Jazz Walk – September

Dia de los Muertos Face Painting Booth – October

Vision 20/20 – 3rd. Saturday in November


Programs for 2017

Our Programs

Presentations/Talks at Burien Locations – Burien Arts presents interesting speakers in the arts such as poet Shin Yu Pai, who spoke in April 2017 at the Burien Library. Her presentation was on The Painted Word: When Poetry Collides with Art.  See details here.

Strawberry Festival Shortcake Booth – June 17-18, 2017 and every June in Town Square.  The strawberry shortcakes are delicious! Our booth is located in the center of Town Square. Support the arts and buy one or more of our absolutely yummy strawberry shortcakes! This is our major fundraiser.

Shakespeare in the Park – July 29, 2017 Comedy of Errors @ 7:00 PM & August 5, 2017 Richard II @ 7:00 PM at our new venue: Lake Burien School Memorial Park, 1620 SW 149th Street, Burien. Rest rooms and a playground are available. Bring your folding chair and picnic.

Burien Arts brings two Shakespeare plays to town every summer, usually the last Saturday in July, and first Saturday in August. Thanks to the support of the city and 4Culture, Burien Arts and Greenstage presented Shakespeare in Dottie Harper Park for the eighth year in a row in 2016!

Greenstage has been performing Shakespeare in area parks since 1989.


Arts Education – Free Art Workshops for students in grades 1-6 at the Burien Library, Multi-Purpose Room, will be held on these Thursdays: July 27, August 3, August 24, and August 31, 2017.

Burien Arts is committed to arts and education and offers free, hands on, art work shops for students of limited means. Burien Arts offered these with the King County Burien Library in 2014 and 2016. In 2015, we partnered with New Futures to offer these work shops on-site in Woodridge Park.

Arts-a-Glow Face Painting Booth – September 9, 2017, 5:00-10:00 PM as part of the annual Arts-a-Glow Lantern Festival & Procession, Dottie Harper Park, 421 SW 146th, Burien.

Burien Arts collaborates with the city to offer free face painting during the Arts-a-Glow Lantern Festival each year.

Burien Jazz Walk (formerly Highline Classic Jazz Festival) –  September 23, 2017 from 3:00 -11:00 PM, Olde Burien. On the program are 21 bands & vintage jazz films in 5 venues, all for $25.

The 8th Annual Highline Classic Jazz Festival on September 24, 2016 was the second year of the jazz walk in venues along SW 152nd Street.


Five music stages, plus vintage jazz films at The Tin Theater, presented jazz from the early days of Dixieland to the Swing bands of the 1930’s to the Cool sounds of the 1960’s.  Also included were Acoustic Blues and World Jazz.

The music venues were 909/913 Courtyard, Burien Arts Gallery, Frankie’s B-Town Bistro, The Mark Restaurant & Bar, and St. Elizabeth’s Church.

A single ticket ($25 cash only) got jazz fans into all six venues to hear these fine groups, which included:

200 Trio; Brian Butler & Paul Green; Casey MacGill’s Orchestra; Del Rey; Dina Blade & Swingin’ in the Rain; EntreMundos; Finley-Forman Band with Cherrie Adams; Fred Hoadley Trio; Holotradband; Hot Club Sandwich; Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band; Johnson, Miller & Dermody; Julian Smedley & Alison Odell; Kelso-McDonough Band; Lance Buller & the Roadstars; Monty Banks; Orville Johnson; Pearl Django; Ryan Burns Trio; The Washboard Cutups

Dia de los Muertos Celebration Face Painting Booth –November 1, 2017. Burien Arts collaborates with the city to offer free face painting during the Dia de los Muertos celebration.

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Vision 20/20 – November 18, 2017 at the Burien Community Center. This art auction is THE art event of the fall. Unique 8″ x 8″ pieces of art are all $40 each, together with a silent auction for larger pieces. Good food, wine, and exuberant company as well as music and prizes complete the evening. This is a critical fundraiser for Burien Arts’ programs. For more information or to exhibit at Vision 20/20, email vision2020.ba@gmail.com.

Photos from the 2016 Vision 20/20 are below:



Used Jewelry for Hospitality House & Other Women’s Agencies – Burien Arts accepts donations of used jewelry for women who are homeless, victims of domestic abuse, or recovering from addiction.  All types of jewelry are accepted.

Volunteers sort, clean, and repair the pieces . A single earring without a mate can become a pendant. Beads can be combined and restrung. The renovated pieces are distributed by Hospitality House in Burien and other women’s agencies.

Jewelry artist Micki Lippe began the Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project 17 years ago along with other members of the Seattle Metals Guild.

Contact us at burienarts@gmail.com if you have pieces to donate.

For more information about existing programs or to suggest future programs, please contact us.