Face painting at Mardi Gras at the Point – March
Face painting at UFO Event – April
Strawberry Festival Shortcake Booth – June, Town Square
Face Painting at Pride Fest – June
Shakespeare in the Park – August
Face Painting at Awesome Kids Day – July
Student Art Work Shops – every summer
Arts-a-Glow Face Painting Booth – September
Dia de los Muertos Face Painting Booth – November
Burien Art Market (formerly Vision 20/20) – 3rd Saturday in November
Programs for 2020
POP-UP ART GALLERY – In January 2020, Burien Arts will start hosting bi-monthly art exhibits at the Highline Heritage, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, with opening receptions in conjunction with the First Friday Music and Art Walk. Quarterly exhibits at the Burien Community Center round out our art exhibit program for 2020. Note: The Museum is closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The opening reception at the Museum will be 6:00-7:00 PM on the First Friday, so make our display your first stop on the Art Walk. Our wall is open free of charge to all during regular Museum hours, Tuesday-Sunday 12:00-5:00 PM. Note: The Museum is closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
We have exhibited art around town in several locations. So far, we have displayed in the lobby of Burien City Hall, at the Burien Community Center, and at the Burien Actors Theatre at the Annex.
7 STORIES PROGRAM @ HIGHLINE HERITAGE MUSEUM
This free program presents an evening of true stories told by members of our community. There will be 7 storytellers, 7 real stories, 7 minutes each on the fourth Friday of each month through July 2020. Upcoming themes are:
- March 27: Second Chances Postponed due to coronavirus pandemic.
- April 24: Kindness of Strangers
- May 22: How Did I Get Here?
- June 26: My First Crush
- July 24: When I was a Kid
This new program is co-sponsored by the Burien Arts, the Highline Heritage Museum, and Culture Hub.
ARTS & CULTURE PROGRAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HIGHLINE HERITAGE MUSEUM – These events may include lectures, hands-on workshops, & presentations with a demonstration. This will be a regular program on the third Saturday of each month, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM, at the Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166.
In February 2020, Chris Porter presented on How Art is Used in Activism and the Cultural Impact It Has, Past and Present. Chris is State Committeeman for the 34th District Democrats and Associate Supervisor, King Conservation District.
Note: Our programs at the Museum are suspended as the Museum is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
MONTHLY POETRY READINGS – Poets West and Burien Arts are co-presenting poetry readings every first Friday April-October at Phoenix Tea, 447 SW152nd, Burien, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM. The readings are organized and curated by poet Lisa Noble. Poets can arrange to read ahead of time or drop in. All ages are welcome, but some poems may not be suitable for children. http://www.poetswest.com
STRAWBERRY DAYS ARTS & CRAFTS SECTION – Starting in in 2019, Burien Arts is going back to the roots of this festival, which we started in 1964 an an arts festival. We are sponsoring an Arts and Crafts section as part of the street fair in Town Square and along 152nd Street. The festival takes place on Father’s Day weekend in June at the Town Square Plaza.
Artists with their original arts and crafts can secure a 10’ x 10’ space for $50.00 at the Discover Burien website. Go to https://www.discoverburien.org/events-2019/2019/1/3/strawberry-days . Under “Select Booth Typ”e, choose “Burien Arts Juried Section.”
You may also pay by credit card in person at the Discover Burien office, 427 SW 152nd St., Burien.
You may leave your booth canopy in place for both days. Parking for vendors is provided in the Burien Municipal Parking lot near the Post Office, one block away. Load and unload instructions will be sent later.
STRAWBERRY DAYS SHORTCAKE BOOTH – Every June in Town Square as part of this annual town festival. 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 a major fundraiser for our programs.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK – Burien Arts brings two Shakespeare plays to town every summer in July and/or August. The plays are produced and enacted by Greenstage in Lake Burien School Memorial Park, 1620 SW 149th Street, Burien.
In 2020, the two productions will be:
- Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saturday August. 1, 7-9 PM
- Henry V, Saturday August 8, 7-9 PM
Both plays were written by William Shakespeare.
For 2019, the two productions were Henry IV, Part 2 and The Taming of the Shrew, both by Shakespeare.
In 2018, the two plays were Henry IV, Part. 1, by Shakespeare and The Three Musketeers (based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas).
We are grateful for the support of the City and 4Culture for this program.
Burien Arts and Greenstage presented Shakespeare in Dottie Harper Park for the eighth consecutive year in 2016.
In 2017, the venue moved to Lake Burien School Memorial Park, 1620 SW 149th Street, Burien. Rest rooms and a playground are available. Bring your folding chair and picnic.
Greenstage has been performing Shakespeare in area parks since 1989.
FIRST FRIDAY MUSIC & ART WALK
Burien Arts participates in the First Friday Music & Art Walk, hosted by the B-Town Beat. This takes place every first Friday now year-round in Burien downtown businesses on 152nd, 153rd, and Seahurst. In January 2020, we will start hosting bi-monthly exhibits at the Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd St, Burien. Note: The Art Walk is suspended for April and May due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The 2020 Art Walk map is below. Click here for a printable PDF map.
The 2020 First Friday Music and Art Walk program will include musical performances as well as art displays.
ARTS EDUCATION – 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, 2016, 2017, and 2018. In 2015, we partnered with New Futures to offer these work shops on-site in Woodridge Park.
In 2018, free art workshops for students in grades 1-6 took place at the Burien Library, Multi-Purpose Room, on Wednesdays July 11, 18, and 25 from 10:00 AM-2:30 PM and Wednesdays August 8, 15, and 22 from 10:00 AM-2:30 PM.
BURIEN ART MARKET (formerly Vision 20/20) – Each November at the Burien Community Center. This is THE art event of the fall. Unique 8″ x 8″ pieces of art are all $40 each and larger pieces are for sale as well. 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 Burien Art Market, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About 490 people attended the Burien Art Market in 2019.
DROP-IN FIGURE DRAWING
Burien Arts hosts drop-in figure drawing sessions at the Moshier Community Art Center, 430 South 156th Street, Burien. There is no instructor. In 2020, the sessions will take place Thursdays January 16-March 26, 12:45 – 3:45 PM with mandatory set-up 12:30-12:45 PM. There is a $15 model fee to be paid each session. For more information, contact Jacque Carroll, email@example.com.
PTA REFLECTIONS PROGRAM
Burien Arts is partnering with the Highline School District and the National PTA Association to bring the PTA Reflections Program to Burien. For 50 years, the National PTA has sponsored an art contest in the Visual Arts, Literature, Music, Photography, Dance Choreography, and Film categories. The 2018-2019 theme is “Heroes Around Me.” Burien Arts is providing art supplies. The opening reception is January 8, 2019, at the Burien Community Center.
See National PTA Reflections for more on this program.
FACE PAINTING – Burien Arts regularly collaborates with the city and Discover Burien to offer free face painting during:
-Mardi Gras at the Point (March 2, 2019)
-Pride Fest (May 31-June 1, 2019)
-Awesome Kid’s Day (July 20, 2019)
–Arts-a-Glow Lantern Festival each year. (Sept. 7, 2019) This event takes place each fall in Dottie Harper Park, 421 SW 146th, Burien.
–Dia de los Muertos Celebration Face Painting Booth (Nov. 1, 2019) Burien Arts collaborates with the city to offer free face painting during the Dia de los Muertos celebration.
–UFO Festival (sponsored in 2019 by Discover Burien, previously sponsored by John White & Shelli Park). This event for UFO enthusiasts takes place in Olde Burien on 152nd, which is closed to traffic for the occasion. Burien Arts usually provides face painting and did so again in 2019.
PRESENTATIONS/TALKS/CONCERTS 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.
We also present concerts, such as the international world flute recording artist Gary Stroutsos, featured on November 30 2017. Gary has one-of-a-kind collection of world flute music, featuring traditional love songs from Native American tribes, British traditional music, and introspective Jazz.
LINDA DOUGHERTY ARTS SCHOLARSHIP – Burien Arts established a scholarship for graduating high school seniors going on to study the arts in honor of our late President Linda Dougherty.
The scholarship is offered through the Highline Schools Foundation scholarship program. Awards up to $1000 are available. The scholarship is based on financial need, academic merit, achievement, and the student’s goals.
Linda was an active member of Burien Arts since its early days and served many times as president. She was a very visible volunteer at all Burien Arts’ events, especially the strawberry shortcake booth at the Strawberry Days festival each June. In addition, she collected art by local artists and displayed their work in her home. Her administrative savvy was much appreciated; she mentored new board members and shared her executive skills and grant writing expertise.
Linda was employed as Director of Road Services for King County government where she was noted for taking leftovers from county events and taking them over to homeless shelters.
Linda passed away on July 7, 2015.
BURIEN JAZZ WALK (formerly Highline Classic Jazz Festival). Burien Arts presented a jazz musical event 2009-2017. This was a jazz walk 2015-2017. The 2017 Jazz Walk was September 23 from 3:00 -11:00 PM, Olde Burien. On the program were 21 bands & vintage jazz films in 5 venues, all for $25.
Venues included St. Elizabeth’s Church, 909/913 Courtyard, Classic Eats, Humble Vine, and Frankie’s B-Town Bistro plus vintage jazz films at The Tin Theater.
Musical styles ranged from jazz of 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, American Roots, and World Jazz.