Educational Outreach

As part of our mission to promote artistic mastery and community participation in the visual arts, Kirkland Arts Center has partnered with a number of community organizations to offer visual arts outreach programs.

To inquire about an educational partnership with Kirkland Arts Center, please email education@kirklandartscenter.org or call (425) 822-7161 x105 for more information.

In-School Artist Residencies

Our Artist Residency program began in 2013 and has brought grade-specific, curriculum-relevant art projects to two Lake Washington School District schools – Thoreau Elementary and Juanita Elementary, both in Kirkland. Serving Kindergarten through fifth grade, Kirkland Arts Center hired artist-educators Lynn Chou, Karen White, Rupa Palasamudram, and Beverly Ash Gilbert to bring hands-on art instruction into the schools, during school hours, complementing curricular units students are studying during their regular school day. This program was made possible in part by the Opus Community Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

We also offer a number of resources for K-12 teachers and art docents, including offering field trips through our gallery and studios; clock hours for instructors; and technical assistance and training in support of in-school ceramics programs.

City of Kirkland Parks & Community Services

Kirkland Arts Center has partnered with the City of Kirkland Parks & Community Services to bring affordable youth and adult visual arts classes to a broader community. Through Parks & Community Services, we have offered collage and jewelry making classes to adults and drawing, painting, and ceramics classes to children in the Peter Kirk Community Center.

For questions about offsite class supply lists, picking up fired ceramic work, or other offsite class inquiries, contact registrar@kirklandartscenter.org.

View our current PKCC Partnership Classes

Scholarships

Kirkland Arts Center is a nonprofit arts organization that has been offering unique and vibrant arts experiences to this community for over 50 years.  KAC strives to maintain an active scholarship program. We hope to make arts accessible to everyone, not just those with abundant resources, and to make our community more inclusive, creative, and reflective of our whole population.

In 2015, we awarded $9,720 in scholarships and $11,180 in work study grants to help students access quality arts classes and workshops. This included a partnership with Artsfund to give 27 children from Attain Housing and Hopelink an opportunity to go to summer art camp.

Alternative Materials youth summer camp students

Scholarship funding was also provided by the Kirkland Interfaith Network and generous individual donors. Find out how you can contribute.

Eligibility & Application

KAC scholarships cover a portion of class registration fees. To qualify, students must complete an application and provide requested financial documentation as noted in the application. Scholarships are available to students of all ages.

Download a scholarship application form below or contact education@kirklandartscenter.org or (425) 822-7161 x105 for more information.

KAC also has several work study positions which are open to students with financial need. Find more information on our work study program here.

Youth Scholarship Application
Summer Camp Scholarship Application
Adult Scholarship Application