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.

We're thrilled that you came to celebrate the Grand Opening of ARTS at King Street Station with us on March 23, 2019. 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.
 
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey on the Grand Opening, as we continually assess how we can better serve you and integrate our existing work into our new space. We'd love to hear from you. The survey will close on April 6, 2019.

If you have any questions about ARTS at King Street Station or the survey, please contact us on our general line at 206-684-7171 or at arts.culture@seattle.go

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Hours

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.

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.


yəhaw̓Detail from Kali SPitzer's "Awapuhi"

Inaugural exhibition by Indigenous creatives, March 23 - August 3, 2019

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 with yəhaw̓, an Indigenous-centered exhibition.

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 is 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 are exhibiting in a gallery for the first time. For more information visit our Gallery page.

Download the Press Kit for ARTS at King Street Station and the yəhaw̓ exhibition (zipped file).

Image: Detail from Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena and Jewish), Awapuhi, Archival pigment print from scanned tintype, 2016, Courtesy of the artist.

Apply KSS

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

For exhibitions and events, apply via this survey.

APPLY

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:

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!


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


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.