ARTS at King Street Station

Brighter Future: To be heard. To be seen. To be free.

A young person lays on a bed, their long hair dangling off the edge, looking into the camera.

November 7, 2019 - January 11, 2020

Brighter Future: To be heard. To be seen. To be free. is an exhibition featuring artworks created by more than 50 local artists of color reflecting on freedom. The exhibition is organized by the Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery (EHAG) Board, a collective of City of Seattle employees including people who are of Black, Latinx, Native, White, Asian, and Indian backgrounds who showcase local artists of color and build appreciation for diversity and social commentary expressed through art.

The exhibition features 100 artworks including paintings, photography, sculpture, print, video and four installations. Artists on display include:

  • Aaliyah Gupta
  • Adam Collet
  • Addison Karl
  • Andrea Razook
  • Angie Hinojos Yusuf
  • Anouk Rawkson
  • Barry Johnson
  • Blanca Santander
  • Carina A. del Rosario
  • Carol Rashawnna Williams
  • Catherine Cross Uehara
  • Cheryl Fujii Zahniser
  • Cheryll Leo-Gwin
  • Damiano Austin
  • D33LIGHT
  • Eliaichi Kimaro
  • Erin Shigaki
  • Evan Chau
  • Fiona K. Lau
  • Hanako O'Leary
  • Hawo Ali
  • Hugo Moro
  • Jessica Ghyvoronsky
  • Judith Rayl
  • Julia Tatiyatrairong
  • Juliana Kang Robinson
  • Junko Yamamoto
  • JW Harrington
  • Kamla Kakaria
  • Lauren Iida
  • Lawrence Pitre
  • Lihong Yang
  • Marilyn Montufar
  • May Kytonen
  • Mohamed Abdullahi
  • Monica Lisette-Sanchez
  • Naoko Morisawa
  • Naomi Ishisaka
  • Nasrin Afrouz
  • Nathan Shultz
  • Norman E. Riley
  • Robert L. Horton
  • Sara Osebold
  • Susan Ringstad Emery
  • Tamar Alsberg
  • Tanya K. Langford
  • Tatiana Garmendia
  • Tatyana Ostapenko
  • Trung Pham
  • Vikram Madan
  • Xavier Lopez
  • Yoona Lee
  • Young Hee Lee

Brighter Future: To be heard. To be seen. To be free. was organized through an open call, asking artists of color what it means to be heard, to be seen, and to be free. The call was open to the Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery artist roster, the Office of Arts & Culture Ethnic Artist Roster, and artists of color from the general public. All artists who submitted work were accepted in the exhibition.

Opening Reception

Thursday, November 7, 2019 5 – 7pm

Image: detail from Marilyn Montufar's Dani, Mexico City, MX, Chromogenic color print, 2011.

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ARTS at King Street Station gallery hours:

Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm
First Thursdays 10am - 8pm

ARTS administrative office hours:

Monday -  Friday 8am - 5pm

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.


King Street Station has an ADA-compliant elevator that services every level of the station. Access it via the Amtrak level (1st Floor) from the King Street entrance.

ARTS at King Street Station also has ADA-compliant, all-gender restrooms.

Do Something at ARTS at King Street Station - apply for exhibitions and events

King Street Station Portal call for art and events

Gallery inside ARTS at King Street Station
ARTS at King Street Station gallery, photo by Benjamin Benschneider

You are invited to DO SOMETHING at ARTS at King Street Station - a cultural space that celebrates the creativity of communities of color, and that reflects and foster the creativity and talents of people that continue to create the fabric of Seattle.

We are seeking proposals for exhibitions, performances, workshops, lectures, readings, screenings, gatherings, events, and more. You do not need to live in Seattle, and you do not need to be a professional artist to apply. All creative mediums are welcome - visual arts, design, literary, music, dance, and more. Apply any time with our rolling deadline. All selected proposals are resourced, with support ranging from in-kind staffing and space, up to $25,000, depending on scale and type.

The selection criteria used by our Advisory panel are listed in the application Guidelines, so make sure to read them. Contact with questions. Feel free to drop in during ARTS at King Street Station programming office hours: 11am-12:30pm on the Second Wednesday and Saturday of each month EXCEPT December. We are here to support your application and provide guidance. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.


If you want to work on your application offline, you can download the ARTS at King Street Station Portal application.

ARTS at King Street Station Portal Guidelines

ARTS at King Street Station Portal budget form

ARTS at King Street Station information packet:

Studio Residency Award

Artist studio at ARTS at King Street Station

ARTS at King Street Station Studio Residency, photo by Benjamin Benschneider

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), is offering a Studio Residency at ARTS at King Street Station. The Studio Residency offers creatives of all disciplines, at all stages in their careers, time and space in the onsite studio to encourage growth in their practices.

ARTS is looking for up to six artists/artist teams for the residency award. Each residency period is approximately two months long and will take place March 2020 - March 2021. Each residency will received a $2,000 stipend. Artists from historically under-represented communities, including communities of color, immigrant, and refugee communities are encouraged to apply. 


This call is open to individuals or groups. Creatives working in any medium and at any stage of their career are welcome. Applicants must be 15 and over, but youth under 18 must include an adult contact. Applicants should be interested in working in a public setting.


Each selected Studio Residency will receive a $2,000 stipend.


6 p.m. Pacific, Friday, November 15, 2019. Please allow ample time to complete your application. Do not wait until the last minute. Applications submitted after the 6 p.m. deadline will not be accepted. 

Office Hours

For more information or help on your application please contact or drop in during ARTS at King Street Station programming office hours, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on the Third Wednesday and Third Saturday of each month EXCEPT December.


Contact S Surface at or 206-256-5484.


2020 Studio Residency Award Guidelines

2020 Studio Residency Application

2020 Studio Residency Award Work Sample document

ARTS at King Street Station Studio Facility Information

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!

About ARTS at King Street Station

ARTS at King Street Station, which incorporates a new 7,500-square-foot cultural space available to the general public, a studio for artists-in-residence and offices for staff of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, was conceived to increase opportunities for people of color to generate and present their work and to reflect and foster the creativity and talents of people that continue to create the fabric of Seattle.

Over the past several years, we've listened to community feedback and continue to gather research on best practices in how to make this space welcoming.

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ARTS at King Street Station Advisors

About ARTS at King Street Station Advisors

ARTS at King Street Station Advisors is a newly formed group of community leaders and arts/culture enthusiasts who will work with ARTS staff to ensure that the programming at ARTS at King Street Station centers racial equity, represents and welcomes diverse communities, and showcases many creative disciplines. Advisors will serve a two-year term beginning November 2018 and ending October 2020.

ARTS at King Street Station Advisors

To come


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

 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.