ARCH Digest 12.5.22

Watch & Learn

Harlequin Productions Pay What You Choose (PWYC) and Rush Tix for "A Christmas Carol" 

There are two more PWYC performances of A Christmas Carol:
  • Thursday, Dec 8 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 18 at 2 pm
PWYC tickets go on sale when the State Theater opens, 2 hours before showtime on the day of the performance. Pay What You Choose tickets must be purchased in person at the State Theater. Limit four tickets per person please.

In addition, every performance offers half-price Rush tickets, available 30 minutes before the show begins! Just come to the theater and at half-hour to curtain, get 50% off all tickets.
If you're under 20, Rush tickets are only $5

New “Winter Under the Salish Sea” Installation Runs Through December

Olympia Artspace Alliance invites the community to the latest Art in Olympia Storefronts project, created by students from Fine Arts Club at South Sound Dance, Hansen Elementary School, Olympia Waldorf School and Madison Elementary in the windows of The Goldberg Building. Art will be installed November 28-29, and remain in place through February 2023.
The windows hold the following displays:
  • "Jelly Town" Madison Elementary / Graeme Smith
  • "Winter Under the Salish Sea" Hansen Elementary / Lindsey Johnstone
  • "Dancing in the Salish Sea" Fine Arts Club at South Sound Dance / Cyrra Robinson
  • "The Courage of the Salmon" Ali Carras / Olympia Waldorf School
Approximately 280 students worked under the guidance of art teachers Cyrra Robinson from Fine Arts Club at South Sound Dance , Lindsey Johnstone from Hansen Elementary School, Ali Carras from Olympia Waldorf School and Graeme Smith, from Madison Elementary, with the help of several families.

Merritt Long - Author Talk

The League of Women Voters of Thurston County is honored to host local author and community leader, Merritt Long who will discuss his memoir, “My View From the Back of the Bus.” Merritt D. Long was shaped by – and helped to shape – American history. Meet him in-person, and see his view, “from the back of the bus.” His book reveals his lens as a “colored” child, “Negro” teenager, “Black” young  man, and finally successful African American state official. Learn about his journey and how he and his wife, Marsha continue to inspire and serve our community. Books will be available for purchase and inscription by Mr. Long.
  • Saturday, December 10th 3-5pm -   This is an in-person public event presented by the LWVTC's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Committee
  • Panorama’s Pavilion building, 1751 Circle Ln SE, Lacey, WA 98503
  • Reserve your space at: Space is limited - make your reservation soon! 
  • For more information, go to
Workshops at Window Seat this Winter!
Stories of Food, Food as Story
This 4-session project-based workshop series explores personal history and cultural heritage through food traditions. Participants learn oral history interviewing skills and use interview transcripts and memorabilia as inspiration for a creative project. Offered in partnership with local teaching artists: Genevieve Chan, Carrie Chema, Devon Damonte, Meg Rosenberg, and Elaine Vradenburgh
  • 4 Saturday Sessions: Jan 28, Feb 11, Feb 25, and Mar 11
  • Register by Jan 6. Students may earn ILC credit. 
  • Learn more 
Learn Oral History Interviewing Skills. Join the Winter Cohort for Community Roots
Community Roots is a community oral history project featuring elders in Washington’s South Sound who are artists, innovators, and change-makers, with a special emphasis on stories and memories between 1960-1980. As a community-based effort, we invite involvement in all aspects of the project - from conducting interviews and editing them into short audio stories, to community mapping, curating a photo voice exhibit, planning community events, and more.
  • Winter Cohort meetings begin Jan 6. Participants meet weekly and conduct 2-3 interviews for the project.
  • Register by Dec 31. Begins Jan 6. Students may earn Internship or ILC credit. 
  • Learn more
Olympia Little Theatre proudly presents One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall
It's Christmas Eve and the Evergreen Mall is buzzing! Two teenagers snatch a baby Jesus from the mall nativity scene, a new salesperson uses a unique technique to sell fishing rods, a shoplifter meets an unusually compassionate security guard, a special snowman donut is missing from the break room, a sad elf needs a friend, two actors argue over roles in “A Christmas Carol”, a pair of former lovers may reconnect or not, and just which sweater should you buy for your father’s new wife? It all comes together in this heartwarming story at the Evergreen Mall.
  • Tickets are $11 - $15 and are available online at
  • Performance dates: September 9 – 25, 2022
    • Fridays – Saturdays @ 7:25 p.m. 12/2, 12/3, 12/9, 12/10, 12/16, 12/17
    • Sundays @ 1:55 p.m. 12/4, 12/11, 12/18
    • One Thursday show @ 7:25 p.m. 12/15
  • The theatre is located at 1925 Miller Avenue NE in Olympia (off Bethel on the Eastside).
  • For more information please call (360) 786-9484 or visit our website at
OLT continues to take steps to help maintain the safety of our actors and volunteers and is asking audience members to wear masks at all performances.

Symphony Sips - A Brazilian New Year's Eve
Learn about Brazilian New Year traditions and superstitions from Olympia Symphony Orchestra's very own Alexandra Arrieche while enjoying traditional Brazilian music, wine tasting, and curated appetizers. Included are six wine samples, a personal charcuterie plate, and a glass of bubbly to ring in the New Year!

Only 50 seats are available for this 21+ event. Begins at 7:00 pm (midnight in Brazil), and we will toast the New Year at east-coast-midnight (9:00 pm).
  • Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 3, at NOON!
  • Learn more
Arbutus Folk School Class Highlights
  • Colors of Heritage and Home: Introduction to Natural Dyeing begins in January. In this 4-week class, students will learn about the dye traditions of Finland and the Indigenous Sami of Europe's far north, both parts of the instructor's heritage. Students will create their own dye sample book with 16-20 colors on various fibers. All materials provided. The instructor will also support interested students in exploring the dyeing traditions of their own ancestry or home-place and how to source local, seasonal plants as they continue their dyeing practice at home. 
  • Ceramics Classes are open for registration! We have classes in the new year for all skill levels, beginner to advanced. 
ORLA's Winter Craft Fair
Shop locally made crafts while listening to live music by ORLA Senior Avery McDonald.  Newsletter Roundup


Community Accelerator Grant Informational Webinar is this Friday, December 9, at 11 am
Calling all WA arts and cultural organizations – register for @ArtsFundSeattle’s information session webinar to learn more about applying for the Community Accelerator Grant, and share with your networks.
Washington state nonprofits with a 3-year average budget of $25,000 or greater, whose primary mission is to produce or support arts and cultural activities are eligible. The program will open for application January 4-31, 2023. Funded by the @Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Community Accelerator Grant will provide unrestricted grants for cultural nonprofit organizations across Washington state in amounts of $2,500 to $25,000.


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