ARCH Digest 11.14.22

Call for Art: 2023 Arts Walk Cover Artist

Each year, two artists are selected (one for each Arts Walk event) to have their artwork featured on the Arts Walk poster and in event related publications. These artists are commissioned by the City to create a new, original work of art for either the spring or fall Arts Walk event.
Selected artists each receive $750 to create a new work, and have been featured in multiple ways. Additional details including eligibility at the link below.

Call for Sculpture: 2023 Percival Plinth Project

The City of Olympia is seeking up to 18 loaned sculptures from Washington and Oregon state artists for temporary outdoor display on Percival Landing, a waterfront park at the southernmost end of the Puget Sound in view of the state capitol located in Olympia, WA. Selected artists receive a $1,000 honorarium for the one-year loan of their work and are eligible for consideration for the Peoples’ Prize purchase award of up to $10,000, where one sculpture is selected for purchase by public vote and added to the City’s public art collection. 

All works are displayed on stainless steel pedestals and attached by artists via a connector plate provided by the City. Additional details including eligibility at the link below.

  • Applications are due February 1, 2023 by 11:45pm.
  • Learn More

Join us at Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation for some great classes!

To register or for more information, please click the link after each class, call 360-753-8380 or stop by to see us at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia.
Performing Art & Dance
 Intermediate Improv, Nov 14-Dec 19
 Ukulele Holiday Songs, Nov 16-Dec 14
Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Newsletter

Watch & Learn

Dec. 9-10: Emerald City Music Presents San Francisco's Telegraph Quartet Performing Music by Florence Price, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Ravel

On Friday, December 9, 2022 at 8pm in Seattle at 415 Westlake (415 Westlake Avenue N) and Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 7:30pm in Olympia at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (1601 North Street SE), Emerald City Music (ECM) presents Telegraph Quartet. The award-winning, San Francisco based group brings lively musicality and an energetic stage presence to Emerald City Music, showcased through a variety of works written in the first half of the 20th century.

Emerald City Music shines the spotlight on the award-winning Telegraph Quartet with two concerts featuring three vigorous string quartets: Florence Price’s Five Folksongs in Counterpoint, Grażyna Bacewicz’s String Quartet No. 4, and Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major. For the performance at 415 Westlake, audiences can enjoy ECM’s flagship “date-night experience,” which combines vibrant classical performance with an open bar, and a “wander-around” concert setting with no stage dividing the audience from the musicians. The second performance of the program in Olympia will be held at the intimate and acoustically resonant Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Harlequin remounts Aaron Lamb’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol with new sets and effects for 2022

Harlequin Productions presents Producing Artistic Director Aaron Lamb’s adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, November 25 – December 24 at the State Theater in downtown Olympia, WA. Mr. Lamb will direct.
Hailed as the greatest ghost story ever told, we restage Artistic Director Aaron Lamb’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s timeless story of transformation, absolution, and grace, updated with new chills and thrills for 2022. Join us for a Holiday classic that’s sure to please, with a healthy dose of cheer and the kind of ghostly special effects that only Harlequin can deliver. Grab the family and start your Holiday season with some theatre magic!
  • Harlequin Productions presents A Christmas Carol, based on the Dickens classic, adapted and directed by Aaron Lamb.
  • November 25 – December 24, 2022
  • State Theater, 202 4th Ave East, Olympia, WA 98501
  • Tickets are available online at, by phone at 360-786-0151, or in person 12-5:30 pm, Tuesday-Saturday at the Washington Center, and beginning 2 hours before performances at the State Theater.
Preview: Wednesday, November 23 at 7:30 pm
Tickets to the Preview are $20 General Admission
Opening Night: Friday, November 25 at 7:30 pm
Pay-What-You-Can: Three performances TBA prior to Opening

"The Lost Salmon" - A Film by Shane Anderson

Pacific Rivers is proud and pleased to announce that the latest Shane Anderson/Pacific Rivers documentary film will soon be available for viewing.  The documentary tells the story of why spring Chinook salmon are genetically unique from other Chinook runs and makes the compelling case that these fish are at serious risk of extinction along the entire Northwest coast. 

The film will be aired on November 8 on KBTC Public TV in Washington and on November 9 on KCTS channel 9 in Seattle.  It will also be shown on OPB during the November 30 pledge drive and will be available for streaming with a PBS passport.

Pacific Rivers is hoping to have local screening in the future-- we will keep you informed.

Click here to find out more about the film and view the trailer on Swift Water Film's website.

Window Seat Media and CIELO will be co-hosting a Community Storytelling Circle in November
Asking for help: Ways to access community resources without shame
Maneras de acceder a los recursos de la comunidad sin Vergüenza

Cristian is a Chicano Advocate who first started as a volunteer with CIELO in 2016. With the hardships of the pandemic, he knew our community had a limited number of resources. In an effort to support the Latinx community, he took on the role of Community Navigator in May of 2021. Since then, he has been able to distribute over 500k funds. He is on a mission to help others access the resources they need without shame by sharing his story and authentic self. We will gather to listen to Cristian’s story, and move into small groups to reflect on moments from our own lives of asking for help. This event is produced in community partnership with CIELO, and promotes community, self-sufficiency, and leadership of Latinx folks in the South Sound.
*Sliding scale ($0-$100) SOGO Messiah Sing-Along
Come to sing or come to listen to Handel’s glorious masterpiece! A true community event with guest soloists and featuring the audience as the chorus.
  • FREE & Open to the Public!
  • Monday, December 19, 2022, 7 p.m., at the Washington Center, 512 Washington St SE, Olympia. 
  • Selections of the work will be performed. Vocal scores available for purchase or to borrow.
  • For more information visit
  • Sponsors:  PCS Structural Solutions, R.L. Ray Violin Shop, TwinStar Credit Union, Washington Center for the Performing Arts
Holiday Memories Brass Choir Holiday Show
Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO) presents the Holiday Memories Brass Choir Holiday Show. The ever-popular 18-member Brass Choir, directed by Greg Allison, will put you in the holiday mood. Laughter and reflection abound in the programming. Also joining in the fun is the Olympia Youth Chorus. A delightful afternoon out for family, friends, and co-workers. For more information visit
  • Saturday, December 10, 2 p.m., at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1925 Boulevard Rd SE, Olympia.
  • Reserve Tickets $5 Student, $10 Adult/Senior, $26 Family. Purchase at or 360.352.1438. Tickets at the door: $8, $13, $35.
  • Sponsors:  Tumwater Eye Center, Academy Mortgage Corporation, Lacey  
Newsletter Roundup
Media Island International Fall Seasonal Newsletter 2022
Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Snapshot - November 2022
Olympia Downtown Alliance - News of the Week
The Washington Center - Celebrating our Capital Campaign, Mystery Show Revealed, and More!
Lacey MakerSpace Hot Makes!
Artists' Gallery - Get Ready for the Holidays

Give Local Campaign
Olympia Arts and Heritage Alliance
Thurston Community Media
Olympia Tumwater Foundation
Olympia Symphony


Opening November 8 COVID Safety Support for Large Organizations

Eligible applicants must have costs associated with COVID-19 testing and safety monitoring required by either state and local governments, union contracts, or both. All eligible applicants will have reported annual gross receipts of greater than $5,000,000 in calendar year 2019.


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