In Kirkland, located nearby Seattle on
the eastern shore of Lake Washington,
groups can book hands-on art-making
activities and art demonstrations lead by
professional artists at Kirkland Arts Center.
Olympia’s Washington Center for the
Performing Arts is another terrific venue
for both performances and meetings.
“Hold a reception in the black box to get
that behind-the-scenes theatrical feeling
for your event, or make a presentation on
center stage in the theater,” said Moira Da-vin, director of marketing and communications for Experience Olympia & Beyond.
In Tacoma, where Dale Chihuly grew up,
“glass art is in our DNA,” said Nick Mann,
group marketing manager for Travel Tacoma + Pierce County.
The Bridge of Glass connects downtown
Tacoma to the Museum of Glass, where
lobby receptions and demonstrations in
the on-site glassblowing hot shop can be
After visiting the museum, groups
can visit Tacoma Glassblowing Studio
or Area 253 Glassblowing for hands-on
And in Snohomish County is the
Pilchuck Glass School, where groups
can take a tour and watch a demo of the
Chihuly-inspired “team approach” to
glassblowing, said Kristine Vannoy, group
sales manager for the Snohomish County
Another group option, the Edmonds
Center for the Arts, a restored 1939 performing arts venue, offers a calendar filled
with entertaining performances as well as
flexible meeting space.
Bellingham and San Juan Islands
At Bellingham-based Whatcom Museum,
which offers a rotating schedule of art exhibits, groups can arrange for a docent-led
tour as well as events in settings such as the
modern Lightcatcher space and the Victo-rian-era Old City Hall building.
A wonderful lineup of movies are
screened year-round at the Pickford Film
Center, which is housed in a remodeled
historic building that accommodates group
events, according to Annette Bagley, director of marketing for Visit Bellingham.
“Private screenings can be arranged,”
Private docent-led tours and hands-on Art for Fun workshops are available
for interested groups at San Juan Islands
Museum of Art.
“Sip your favorite beverage and follow
step-by-step instructions from experienced
artists,” said Amy Nesler, communications
assistant for the San Juan Islands Visitors
Bureau. “While the parties have been
focused on painting, other mediums may
be included, such as jewelry or mixed-me-dia collages, depending on the group’s
Central and Southern Washington
Groups meeting in Vancouver, Wash.,
around the last weekend in June are encouraged to check out the Recycled Arts
Festival, an eco-conscious annual event
featuring amazing works of art made from
landfill-bound materials. At this free event,
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