Thank a Farmworker

Join ArtsWest in their partnership with WashMasks Mutual Aid for our Thank A Farmworker Drive to benefit those who are in need of food and household supplies. Washington’s phenomenal farm workers are behind nearly all we eat and drink. They are the hands that make that our favorite rainy day soup or chilled drink on a hot afternoon possible. Let us come together as a community to show our gratitude to those who feed us. 

We’ll be taking donations on Friday, March 12 from 12pm-4pm and Saturday, March 13 from 12pm-4pm 

Masked, contactless drop-offs will be accepted at the front entrance of ArtsWest at 4711 California Ave SW.

Please check out our list of requested items prior to donating

WashMasks Mutual Aid Food & Hygiene Supply List

Since launching in May 2020, WashMasks has collected more than 17,600 masks, over $10,000 in school supplies, 20 full shipments of food, bedding, infant care, and paper goods; and $1,000 in cash donations for farm working communities affected by Covid-19 and last summer’s wildfires. 

For more information on the important work of WashMasks, visit washmasks.org.

Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

Who we are:

ArtsWest is a predominantly white theater institution that is committed to becoming an anti-racist theater.  We understand that we have made errors and have much work before us.  We welcome this work and we will do better.  We will hold ourselves accountable and ask that our stakeholders, our artists, staff, board, patrons, donors, and volunteers also hold us accountable. 

What we believe:

We believe that there are only two choices – racist or anti-racist.  We recognize the definition of anti-racist theater to be that put forth by Nicole Brewer, founder of the Anti-Racist Theater (A.R.T.) movement.  A.R.T. is defined as practices and policies that actively acknowledge and interrogate racism, anti-Blackness and other discriminatory practice, promoting anti-racist ideas, values, and policies that counter the oppression of any people during education or production of theatre.  

We also believe that anti-racist theater is practiced in reciprocity with other anti-oppressive values, creating space for dismantling a myriad of oppressive constructs such as, but not limited to: sexism, ableism, paternalism, gender and sexual orientation discrimination, bias against Indigenous peoples, and patriarchy.

How we’ll move forward:

We have begun a rigorous examination of our core practices, values, and the existing structures of our organization, including what stories we tell, how we make and present them, who makes them and who hears them, and how we will hold ourselves accountable to this work.  Below is a list of commitments we have made and work we are doing, to be updated regularly as we continue this journey.  We’d like to express our gratitude to the framers of the We See You White American Theater documents, in addition to our local BIPOC theater communities, for their labor in helping define a path for change.

Associate Artists

ArtsWest is pleased to welcome to the company an inaugural cohort of five Associate Artists, creating a new power-sharing model for curation and beyond in season programming. In collaboration with the Artistic and Managing Directors, this group will determine the upcoming season of programming as a collective, engaging in a collaborative exploration and decision making process.

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From the Blog

Added Performance of HEAD OVER HEELS!

December 6th, 2019

By popular demand we’ve added a performance on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18th! Get your tickets now for this special additional performance and see why audiences are going HEAD OVER HEELS for this awesome musical with songs by The Go-Go’s and why Broadway World says “ArtsWest nails it!”

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