Mission:

To cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.

Vision:

Inclusivity
We believe that the arts should welcome the expression and creativity of every person.  We see art as a bridge that connects the people in our communities across cultures and artistic traditions.

Fiscal Responsibility
We value the financial support of our community and use the resources we are entrusted with wisely. We strive to offer high quality arts experiences that meet our mission and our budget, while fairly compensating artists and our staff.

Community
We believe that community engagement with the arts strengthens the social fabric of our cities.  We create arts and culture programs that bring people together and we support other community organizations that do the same, embracing our longstanding leadership role in an increasingly vibrant artistic community. We believe that arts education in schools lays the foundation for children’s lifelong enrichment through art and future success in their chosen endeavors.

Inspiration
We bring creativity and ingenuity to our work and respond nimbly to changing circumstances. With a playful and innovative spirit, we embrace and showcase the artistry in everyday life. We provide arts experiences and resources that fill unmet needs in our community, and do it with style and flair. 

Respect/Kindness
We conduct our business with respect and expect the same of those who work with us. In the way we work with staff, partners, and artists, we model the way we believe professionals and artists should be treated. We value kindness in every interaction.

We:

  • Promote public awareness of the arts in the community;

  • Coordinate and sponsor of performances, exhibitions, and other arts programs, activities and events which will benefit and compliment the total community development

  • Advocate for support of the arts and arts programs and organizations in the community

  • Sponsor, present, promote and support educational programs for the benefit of the community concerning all aspects of the visual and performing arts

  • Provide financial and other support for arts organizations, artists, arts activities and projects

History

In 1989, a group of volunteers seeking to enhance our community formed the Arts Council to support, present, and encourage the arts in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. This nonprofit, community-based organization enriches the life of every resident by promoting public awareness of the arts, and by making the arts available in all its forms.

Early programs included the Shoreline Arts Festival, Concerts in the Parks, and our Artists in Schools program. All of which we’re proud to continue to this day.

In the 30 years we have served the residents of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park we’re proud to have added programming that is adaptive to our community including the Edible Book Festival6X6NW, Dia de Muertos Celebration, and the Shoreline Short Short Film Festival.

The Gallery at Town Center in Lake Forest Park has now been selling the work of local artists for over 10 years.  Featuring 90+ artists representing virtually every medium from paint, to fiber, to photography, to sculpture. We now see over 8,000 visitors a year at the gallery!

The Arts Council collaborates with other agencies such as the libraries, Shoreline Community College, the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, Shoreline Historical Museum, The Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park, the Cities of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, and 4Culture to ensure a wealth of quality arts experiences throughout the year.

The arts help us celebrate in the best of times, and they comfort us in the worst of times.
Let’s keep the arts vibrant together!

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