Organizations, Clubs, & Groups

Burien Actors Theatre

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Mission & Description

BAT brings together a diverse group of people to share a common experience to build community and sustainable economic growth.

BAT is committed to treating audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage, and involve both the local and the expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region. See outstanding performances rivaling any live theatre in the Seattle area.  Musicals, drama, and comedy presentations by excellent local performers, directors, and playwrights.

Burien Arts

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Mission & Description

Our Mission
To enrich the lives of all members of the Burien area communities through the arts.

BURIEN ARTS NAMED CHARITY OF THE YEAR 2016

History
Burien Arts Association (BA) formed in 1964 as Burien Arts Gallery, an informal group of local artists, art enthusiasts and activists who wished to increase access to art in local schools and secure a place to display artists’ work. BA incorporated in 1968.

The first Gallery was in the Burien 400 Building on SW 152nd where it operated for two years. The Gallery then moved to 4th Avenue SW and Ambaum Boulevard SW, BA offered arts instruction in schools and at the gallery for both students and adults into the early 1990s.

In 1974, the Gallery moved to the former home of Harold and Bonnie Kampinski, the “little blue house” in Dottie Harper Park, 4th Avenue SW and SW 146th Street, next to the then Burien branch of the King County Public Library. The  Gallery occupied the little blue house until 2009.

Email
burienarts@gmail.com
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Highline Heritage Museum

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Mission & Description

Our History

The Highline Heritage Museum began when an organization called the Burien Heritage Society was founded in 1994. The Society soon merged with the Friends of the Highline School District and acquired their large collections relating to the history of the school district. Later acquisitions of the archives of The Highline Times and thousands of articles of local community history have made founding a regional heritage museum imperative. At that time the name was changed to “Highline Historical Society” to reflect the region that the several hundred thousand 3-dimensional objects, photos, slides, films, and documents represent.

Awards

As a relatively new organization in the state, we are especially pleased to have been given awards for our first venture into professional exhibits.  In 2014, the Society hosted a 3-month traveling exhibition called “Hope in Hard Times,” about Washington State during the Great Depression.

Thanks to the hard work of our Director and her band of excellent volunteers, the Museum received two prestigious awards for their effort.  We are looking forward to having our new museum finished so we can produce even more great exhibits for our Highline communities.

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Northwest Associated Arts

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Mission & Description

MISSION: Northwest Associated Arts provides performances that enliven, enrich, entertain and educate members and audiences alike while appealing to a variety of musical tastes. Members are energized by an environment that fosters bonds of community, serving and respecting people of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups.

VISION: NWAA offers both musical education as well as performance opportunities for a broad range of musicians, from grade three through adulthood. We believe that the discipline, camaraderie and pride instilled through music are valuable for people at any stage of their lives. We know that offering choral experience and education to singers of all skill levels creates a fertile environment for personal growth and for professional level performances, while fostering a healthy community among our membership and audience.

ABOUT: Northwest Associated Arts, Inc. is an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and is governed by an elected Board of Directors. Donations to CSN are fully tax-deductible.

HISTORY: Northwest Associated Arts was founded in 1984 as Highline Civic Chorale in response to the need for a vibrant, diverse south-end (Seattle) chorus that would bring quality choral music into the community while challenging experienced singers. In 1986, the Chorale changed its name to ChoralSounds Northwest (CSN) and co-founder Mark A. Adrian was engaged to conduct the ensemble. In 2000 Cantaré Vocal Ensemble was added to the organization in part to provide CSN singers with an opportunity to sing and perform classical choral repertoire in intimate settings. In 2003 as school districts in our community continued to cut music programs, our leadership saw a tremendous need for a way to involve our youngest citizens in the choral arts, and founded the Youth Choral Education Program (YCEP) under the direction of Paula Hawkins. The first ensemble in YCEP was the CSN Children’s Chorus for singers in grades 3-5. Within a year the tremendous success of the Children’s Chorus led to the formation of the CSN Youth Chorus, for singers in grades 6-8.

In 2005 CSN created Northwest Associated Arts as an umbrella organization to better encompass the range of performing groups now operating in our organization. As part of this reorganization, the Children’s Chorus became KidSounds Northwest and the Youth Chorus was re-named YouthSounds Northwest. Mark A. Adrian resigned as conductor of ChoralSounds Northwest in 2006, leading to five years of change in the artistic leadership of CSN, culminating in the engagement of new Artistic Director Brian J. Winnie in 2011.

In 2007 the continued success of the YCEP led NWAA to form yet another chorus, TeenSounds Northwest. Inspired by the many young people and their parents who asked for singing opportunities for older singers, TeenSounds welcomes singers in grades 9-12.

In 2009 Cantaré Vocal Ensemble, under the baton of Mark Adrian, spun off from NWAA and is now an independent chorus based in North Seattle.

In 2011 NWAA formed a new chorus, SilverSounds Northwest, under the direction of Paula Hawkins, providing a musical home to the retired members of the South King County area. Their annual mainstage concerts prove that you really are, “Never too old to rock-and-roll!”

In 2013, Artistic Director Dr. Brian J. Winnie created VocalSounds Northwest, a 16-voice ensemble designed for those more experienced singers in CSN who were committed to singing more advanced repertoire associated with a chamber ensemble.

In 2014, Dr. Winnie accepted a professorship in Kansas, and CSN engaged Ryan Ellis as its new Artistic Director, continuing the renewed focus on musical excellence and quality performances by the ensemble. In addition, Paula Hawkins stepped down as conductor of the Youth choruses, and the NWAA engaged two new Artistic Directors: Colleen Thomas-Reitsma to conduct KidSounds and YouthSounds, and Kerstin Shaffer as the new conductor for TeenSounds.