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Current & Past Programs


 In January 2020, Burien Arts began hosting bi-monthly art exhibits at the Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, with opening receptions in conjunction with the First Friday Music and Art Walk. We also planned quarterly exhibits at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien, as part of our art exhibit program for 2020.

During the pandemic and venue closures, we mounted video exhibits on our website to replace in-person shows.

The Highline Heritage Museum reopened November 7, 2020, after a pandemic-related closure, but closed again November 17 due to further pandemic restrictions. The Museum reopened on March 5, 2021. See https://highlinehistory.org/ for information on the current schedule.

Our gallery walls at the Burien  Community Center are open now after renovation at the Center.

Please note that our exhibits at the Highline Heritage Museum will go to quarterly in 2024.

2024 Museum exhibits:

January-March: Ken DeRoux (Reception January 5)

April-June: Essa Baird (Reception April 5)

Museum exhibits for 2023 were:

January/February: Naomi Benson (Reception: January 6) with online video

March/April: Danny Mansmith (Reception: March 3)

May/June: Maureen Hoffman (Reception: May 5)

July/August: Daniel Lyons (Reception: July 7)

September/October: Laura Bermes (Reception: Sept. 1)

November/December: Brandi Reyna (Reception: November 3)

Museum exhibits for 2022 were:

January/February: Antonija Hasanbegovic  (Reception: February 4, 2022) with online video

March/April: Margery Ellsworth (Reception; March 4, 2022) with online video

May/June:  Kelly Lyles (Reception May 6, 2022) with online video

July/August: Esther Loopstra (Reception: July 1, 2022)

September/October: Andrew Woodcock (Reception: September 2, 2022)

November/December:  EcoThrive – Denise Henrikson & Susan Russell (Reception: November 4, 2022)

Museum exhibits for 2021 were:

March/April:  Reinhardt Hollstein, in person solo gallery show at the Museum with online video

May/June: Lezlie Jane online show with  online video

July/August: Helena Rogers in-person solo gallery show at the Museum with online video.

September/October: Jody Romero in-person solo gallery show at the Museum with online video.

November/December: Arnulfo Ramirez in-person solo gallery show at the Museum with online video .

Museum exhibits for 2020 were:

January: Shelia Coppola, in-person solo gallery show at the Highline Heritage Museum

February-March:  Alina Hakim, in-person solo gallery show at the Highline Heritage Museum

April-May:  Rebecca Sayre, virtual gallery show 

June-July:  Doug Early, virtual gallery show

August: Diane Sarr, virtual gallery show

September: Amaranta Sandys & others, virtual gallery show 

November/December: Rebacca Sayre, in person solo gallery show with online video

Our wall area is open free of charge to all during regular Museum hours, Tuesday-Sunday 12:00-5:00 PM.

We also host walls at the Burien Community Center exhibit walls that feature youth artists from the Highline School District 2023-2024. The public can visit the exhibits during  Center open hours free of charge.

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 when the Theatre operated in that location.

We love to feature established artists and emerging artists alike, including student artists. See details on the Home page and the Gallery page.



Burien Arts brings two Shakespeare plays to our area every summer in July and/or August and has done so for 15 years.

The plays are produced and enacted by GreenStage,  usually at the Lake Burien School Memorial Park, 1620 SW 149th Street, Burien or at Dottie Harper Park, 421 SW 146th Street, Burien. In recent  years, we have also presented at Marvista Park, 19990 4th Ave. SW, Normandy Park.  The audience brings their folding camp chairs and a picnic. Rest rooms and a children’s play area are available.

In 2024, the GreenStage production of Twelfth Night is scheduled for Friday, August 2, in Lake Burien School Memorial Park, Burien.

In 2023, we presented the GreenStage productions of King Henry VI, Part 1, in Lake Burien School Memorial Park, Burien, on Sunday, July 30, at 7:00PM and Romeo and Juliet in Marvista Park, Normandy Park, on Sunday, August 6, at 5:00 PM.

In 2022, we presented Henry V on July 23 and Pericles, Prince of Tyre, on July 30 at Dottie Harper Park.

For 2021, we presented Backyard Bard, an evening of abbreviated versions of The Tempest and Twelfth Night on July 31 and Midsummer Night’s Dream on August 7, both by Shakespeare. Both evenings took place in Marvista Park, Normandy Park, WA, in collaboration with the City of Normandy Park and the Normandy Park Arts Commission. The park had space for distancing per pandemic regulations, together with restrooms, parking, and a nice children’s play area.

GreenStage canceled its 2020 summer season due to the pandemic. The two productions were planned to be Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry V, both by Shakespeare.

For 2019, the two productions were Henry IV, Part 2 and The Taming of the Shrew, both by Shakespeare, presented in the Lake Burien School Memorial Park..

In 2018, the two plays were Henry IV, Part. 1, by Shakespeare and The Three Musketeers (based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas), presented in the Lake Burien School Memorial Park.

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. In 2021, the venue was Marvista Park, Normandy Park. In 2022, we returned to Dottie Harper Park. In 2023, we are presenting one play in Lake Burien School Memorial Park and one in Marvista Park.

Greenstage has been performing Shakespeare in area parks since 1989. For more about them, go to https://www.greenstage.org.

We are grateful for the support of the City of Burien, the City of Normandy Park, the Washington State Arts Commission, and 4Culture for their support of this program.



This free program plans an evening of true stories told by members of our community on a given theme. There are 7 storytellers, 7 real stories, 7 minutes each. The event was planned for the fourth Friday of each month as a public event.

Due to the pandemic, the events were videoed at the Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA, and then posted on the 7 Stories YouTube channel. Now that pandemic restrictions have eased, a limited number of people can attend in person. The event continues to be videoed and posted on YouTube.

The 2024 season includes:

  • January 26: “Brush With Greatness” or “You Only Live Once (Y.O.L.O.)”
  • February 23:“The Perfect Storm/Aligned & Positive!” or “Hot Mess”
  • March 22: “Paths Not Taken” or “Diary Entries”
  • April 26: “Duped” or “Aha!”
  • May 24: “Chance Encounters” or “Tiny Acts”
  • June 28: Sibling Rivalry and/or theme of Father’s Day (Life with or Life without father)
  • July 26: Brush with the Law and/or What the hell am I doing?
  • August 23: Best/Worst Vacation and/or Chemistry
  • September 27: Summer’s Over! and/or New Beginnings
  • October 25: Acceptance  and/or Close Encounters (thinking of Halloween…)

The lineup of themes for 2023 was:

  • January 27: Coming Home
  • February 24: Fed Up-Tipping Point/Stories of Enough is Enough
  • March 24: Advice to My Younger Self and/or Rearview Mirror
  • April 28: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
  • May 26: Disconnecting, Unplugging, Uncoupling
  • June 23: Crossroads (U-turns, stories of changing your mind)
  • July 28: Fish Out of Water / Square Peg in Round Hole
  • August 25: Never in a Million Years!
  • September 22: Reinventing Yourself (stories of transformation, change)
  • October 27: Things You Should Regret, but Don’t / Craving  (stories of desire)

If you would like to tell your story on one of the above themes, please email 7stories@burienculturehub.org.

Earlier themes were:


  • January 28 – How Did I Get Here? (cancelled)
  • February 25 – My First Crush or How Did I Get Here?
  • March 25 – When I Was a Kid
  • April 22: If Only I’d Listened
  • May 27: Mother or Gifts: Stories of Getting What You Need
  • June 24: Acceptance
  • July 6: Storytelling Workshop, Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA
  • July 22: Coming to America/Adjusting to America
  • August 26: Saying Yes – Taking Chances
  • Sept. 7, 2022: Storytelling Workshop, Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA
  • Sept. 23, 2022: First Job/Worst Job
  • Oct. 28, 2022: Silver Linings


  • March 26: Kindness of Strangers, live on Zoom, later posted on YouTube.
  • October 22 – Uncharted Territory
  • November 19 – Plan B
  • December 17 – If Only I’d Listened


  • February 28: Lost and Found (live event)
  • March 27: Second Chances. Due to the pandemic, this was videoed by Scott Schaefer of the B-Town Blog and posted on YouTube

Pandemic closures and restrictions halted the program for the rest of 2020.

This program is co-sponsored by the Burien Arts, the Highline Heritage Museum, Culture Hub, and the City of Burien.


Life Drawing Classes

in 2022, we  presented monthly life drawing classes at the Highline Heritage Museum in partnership with the Museum. These were held  Saturdays 5:00-7:00 PM at the Museum.

These continued quarterly in 2023.



These events may include lectures, hands-on workshops, and presentations with a demonstration.

In the Artist’s Studio

In the Artist’s Studio is a series of workshops featuring local artists demonstrating their techniques. Due to the pandemic, these moved to video and Zoom.

May-June 2021: Lezlie Jane gave a virtual workshop. See her video on YouTube.

August 2020: Artist Paul Illian (shown above) gave a Zoom workshop on landscape painting as the first in this series.  Please see the video here.

He gave an in-person workshop, Landscape Painting with Paul Illian, in October, 2019, at the Museum.

October 2020: Artist Reinhardt Hollstein gave a virtual workshop showing how he creates his “electronic touch audible paintings”  of iconic musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, and Bob Marley. The paintings can be touched to play a 30-second clip of their music. Please see a video on YouTube.

November 2020: Rebecca Sayre gave a virtual workshop in November. See her video on YouTube .

Presentation by Chris Porter

In February 2020, Chris Porter presented on How Art is Used in Activism and the Cultural Impact It Has, Past and Present at the Museum. Chris is State Committeeman for the 34th District Democrats and Associate Supervisor, King Conservation District.


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VISION 20/20

Held each November, this event features unique 8″ x 8″ pieces of art created by local artist priced at $40+ each. The 2023 event  was the 16th year of this event.

Usually in held in person, this event went online to an auction website in 2020 due to the pandemic. The website opened November 1, 2020, for browsing and went live on November 14, 2020 @ 6:30 PM for bidding and buying. About 240 people bought art works, including buyers from out-of-state.

Vision 20/20 took place for years at the Burien Community Center, and included food, a band, and a raffle. It is a very enjoyable evening! About 490 people attended the 2019 event at the Center.

2019 Vision 20/20 event at the Burien Community Center.

VISION 2022 and 2023 GALA

For 2022, our traditional Vision 20/20 became the Vision 2022 Gala and was Vision 2023 last year.. Featuring over 50 artists who created 8″ x 8″ art works for the occasion, the in-person event was held at the SeaTac Community Center, 13735 24th Avenue South, SeaTac, WA, on  November 19, 2022.

There were appetizers, wine, and live music as well as a silent auction.

Go here for information on Vision 2023.

Vision 2022 underway at the SeaTac Community Center



In 2024, the Burien Art Market summer art sale and garden party will take place at the New Start Community Garden 614, SW 126th Street, Burien., on June 29 from 11:00-2:00. There will be a range of art booths and life music.

In 2023, the Burien Art Market was held at the New Start Community Garden on Saturday, July 1, 2023. There were 20 booths and live music. It was a wholly in-person event.

The Art Market offers a curated selection of  arts and crafts ranging in price with a low minimum price.

In 2022, BAM was a hybrid event: in-person at the Community Garden, New Start High School, 614 SE 126th, Burien, on June 24-26 and online as well.

In 2020 and 2021, the Burien Art Market was wholly online due the pandemic.



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 the summers of 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

In-person classes were canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

In 2015, we partnered with New Futures to offer these work shops on-site in Woodridge Park.



What: Burien Arts first-ever Zoom art classes for all ages due to pandemic restrictions for in-person classes.

When: Starting Sunday, March 21, 2021, and continued every Sunday @ 3:00 PM through the end of 2023.

Restarting Sunday April 9 every Sunday @ 3:00 PM

Sign-up:  In Eventbrite

Where: In Zoom.



In 2019, Burien Arts sponsored an Arts and Crafts section as part of the Strawberry Days street fair in Town Square and along 152nd Street.

Artists with their original arts and crafts could rent a 10’ x 10’ space for $50.00 at the Discover Burien website and leave the booth canopy in place for both days of the fair.

Strawberry Days was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.



Burien Arts had a strawberry shortcake booth every June in Town Square as part of this annual town festival for many years.   The booth was located in the center of Town Square and was a major fundraiser for our programs. The strawberry shortcakes are delicious!

Strawberry Days was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. Burien Arts did not have a shortcake booth in 2022.



Burien Arts participates in the First Friday Music & Art Walk, in the past  hosted by Discover Burien and the B-Town Beat. This takes place on the first Friday in Burien downtown businesses on 152nd, 153rd, and Seahurst. Our exhibits at the Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd St, Burien, are part of the event.

The 2022 Art Walk took place every Friday 4:00-8:00 in participating businesses in downtown Burien.  Discover Burien issued a new map each Friday.

The Art Walk for 2023 has not yet gotten underway.

The Art Walk did not function in 2021 due to the pandemic.



In collaboration with seven other non-profits, in 2021 Burien Arts  sponsored an art contest for students of the New Start High School, 614 SE 126th, Burien. The entries were to be on a garden or wildlife theme for mounting on the fence of the Community Garden at the high school.

Photographs of the selected works were mounted in a fabricated aluminum composite sign by a local sign shop and installed on the Garden fence as permanent installations.

The project is complete. An opening event took place on September 4, 2021 at the Community Garden.



Poets West and Burien Arts were 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 could arrange to read ahead of time or drop in. All ages were welcome, but some poems may not be suitable for children. This program was postponed due to the pandemic. Phoenix Tea is now closed. http://www.poetswest.com



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 was “Heroes Around Me.” Burien Arts i provided art supplies. The opening reception was January 8, 2019, at the Burien Community Center.

See National PTA Reflections for more on this program.


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Burien Arts has regularly collaborated with the city and Discover Burien to offer free face painting during:

      • Mardi Gras at the Point – March
      • UFO Event – April
      • Pride Fest – June
      • Awesome Kids Day – July
      • Arts-a-Glow Face Painting Booth – September
      • Dia de los Muertos Face Painting Booth – November



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.



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.

The event had its own website as well.