ARTS at King Street Station

ARTS at King Street Station 

ARTS at King Street Station is a dynamic space for arts and culture in the heart of the city, dedicated to increasing the opportunities for communities of color to present work. ARTS at King Street Station is driven by community. We provide public access to presentation space, creative space, and resources, and highlight the innovation of our communities. 

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Hours

ARTS at King Street Station gallery hours:

Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
First Thursdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. 

ARTS administrative office hours:

Monday -  Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Getting Here

Plan your trip and don't forget to check the traffic conditions at Seattle Traffic

King Street Station is located at 303 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104. The station is conveniently located where the Downtown Central Business District, Pioneer Square, and the Chinatown / International District all meet (on Jackson Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues South).

There are multiple options for reaching the station using public transit:

  • The Sounder regional commuter train stops at the station, as do all of Amtrak's national and international lines.
  • The Link Light Rail stops at the International District Station, one block east of the station.
  • Many King County Metro Bus lines pass within a block of the station, including 1, 7, 36, 14.

Where do I park? There are multiple paid garages and parking lots in the neighborhood, as well as street parking. You can view the Seattle Parking Map here.

Accessibility

King Street Station has an ADA-compliant elevator that services every level of the station. ARTS @ King Street Station also has ADA-compliant, all-gender restrooms.


yəhaw̓ at ARTS at King Street Station

Image by Mer Young.

Inaugural exhibition opening celebration Saturday, March 23, 2019, 12 - 7 p.m.

In recognition of the Coast Salish peoples on whose land the City of Seattle is built, the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is honored to open ARTS at King Street Station, a new arts and cultural hub with yəhaw̓, an indigenous-centered inaugural exhibition that will run March 23 - August 3, 2019.

yəhaw̓ is an expansive multi-city, yearlong project. It includes satellite installations across the Puget Sound region, performances, artist-in-residence, a publication, art markets, and culminates in a large-scale exhibition at King Street Station. The title yəhaw̓, is drawn from the Coast Salish story of Native people from all tribes uniting around a common cause and lifting up the sky together. yəhaw̓ will reflect a nuanced, inclusive narrative that firmly establishes Native creatives as belonging in the here and now. yəhaw̓ is an open call project; all Indigenous creatives living in the region were invited to participate and everyone who applied has work represented in the programming. The project was conceived and curated by Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole), Asia Tail (Cherokee Nation), and Satpreet Kahlon. The exhibition at King Street Station is the centerpiece of the yəhaw̓ project. In the spirit of the yəhaw̓ story, the exhibition will be a collective portrait of Native America featuring artwork by over 200 creators ranging from master artisans and elders, to gallery-represented and museum-collected artists, to youth and emerging creatives who will be exhibiting in a gallery for the first time. For more information visit our Gallery page.

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Open Call for Art

Coming soon! Propose your exhibition, permformance, presentation, and event ideas for ARTS at King Street Station. 

Rental and Meeting Space

Outside rentals and meeting space booking is not currently available for ARTS at King Street Station.

Special Exhibition and Event Calls

Special opportunties for ARTS at King Street Station coming soon!


Resources

ARTS engaged in an inclusive, city-wide outreach effort in order to hear from the community about their needs (check the #ARTSaboard hashtag on Twitter). Below are reports that capture the feedback and the plans created to address community needs.

ARTS' intention with the new space is to increase opportunities for communities of color to present their work. The dedicated cultural space will provide public access to presentation and creative spaces, ARTS staff and resources, space for city convenings, and professional development and other services that were requested through the outreach process. This is an innovative plan that utilizes an underused city resource to address issues of affordability and livability while preserving the unique creative economy that drives Seattle.

AFrican performers at King Street Station during Create City 2016. Photo by Sunita Martini.

King Street Station Programming Plan (pdf)

ARTS staff worked with the University of Washington Evans School Consulting Lab to produce a research report, "Reimagining King Street Station through a Racial Equity Lens" (May 2018), which is an aspirational document about best practices in cultural space programming.  

Watercolor of King Street Station by Tina Kayoma.

Reimagining King Street Station through a Racial Equity and Social Justice Lens, UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
PDF

 2018 King Street Station Community Feedback Report 

King Street Station Community Feedback Report 
PDF (5 MB)

About King Street Station

Historic image of King Street Station

King Street Station is a public asset that is an important part of Seattle's history. For over one hundred years it has improved connections, serving as a gateway for millions of travelers coming into Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The station has spurred economic growth and helped establish Seattle as a major metropolitan city.

King Street Station first opened to the public in May 1906. Reed and Stem, the architectural firm responsible for New York City's historic Grand Central Terminal, designed the station. The San Marco bell tower of Venice, Italy, served as the model for the building's familiar clock tower. The structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Interior King Street StationKing Street Station, located on Jackson Street between Third and Fourth Avenue S., is a brick and granite three-story building with a twelve-story clock tower. The ground floor, accessed from King Street, is clad in granite. The walls of the second and third floors, as well as the clock tower, are faced in pressed brick with decorative terra cotta elements such as cornices and window lintels.

While much of the exterior of King Street Station has remained intact since the building was constructed in 1906, parts of the interior have been substantially altered and others have suffered neglect. Similarly, while nearly half of the facility's original finishes remain intact, most of the significant finishes in the lower portion of the station have been removed. In March 2008 the City of Seattle purchased the landmark building from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Company.

Under city ownership, King Street Station underwent a $50 million renovation that achieved the following goals:

Exterior King Steet Station

  • Restore the building's historic character and grandeur
  • Upgrade facilities to meet present and future needs of rail and transit users
  • Enhance passenger safety and security
  • Promote sustainable design with a LEED building certification
  • Support efforts to transform the station into a modern transit hub
  • The station is served by Amtrak Cascades, Coast Starlight and Empire Builder long distance rail lines and Amtrak intercity buses. It includes convenient connections to Sound Transit commuter rail, local and regional buses, Sound Transit Link light rail, and the First Hill Seattle Streetcar.
  • The restoration of King Street Station ensures it remains a critical transportation hub and gateway into Seattle for the next hundred years.